Paramahansa Yogananda's Quotes

"Be always with people who inspire you; surround yourself with people who lift you up. Do not let your resolutions and positive thinking be poisoned by bad company. Even if you cannot find good company to inspire you, you can find it in meditation. The best company you can have is the joy of meditation."

Schedule of Services

The following services are held each week at the New York City Center. All are welcome to attend. If you are new to meditation or just beginning, we suggest you attend the Thursday evening or Sunday morning services which are a good introduction to meditation and the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.

THURSDAY EVENING

Inspirational Service 6:30-8:00pm

FRIDAY EVENING

Energization exercises 6:30-6:45pm
Three-hour meditation 6:45-9:30pm

SUNDAY MORNING

Meditation 10:00-10:50am
Inspirational Service 11:00-12:00pm

Parents with children under 4 yrs. old may view the services in the Parent and Infant Room

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Announcements

March 3: On Sunday, March 3 there will be a kirtan led by our Center members in the main chapel from 12:30-1:30 pm. Come and experience the joy of chanting together in devotion to God.                            

March 7: You are warmly invited to the Mahasamadhi Service for our Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, on Thursday, March 7 from 6:30-8:30pm.  Please bring a flower as a symbol of devotion to God & Guru, and a donation may be offered as a symbol of loyalty to SRF.  Due to this special service, the regular Thursday Inspirational Service has been cancelled.                   

March 9: On Saturday, March 9, a 4-Hour Meditation in honor of Sri Yukteswar will be held from 2:00-6:00 pm. Please try to arrive on time. After the first chant and meditation has begun, those newly arriving will be directed to the second floor chapel until the next period of chanting when they can go to the main chapel. Those arriving after 4 pm are welcome to meditate in the second floor chapel so as not to disturb the peace established by those already meditating.                 

March 9: A special service will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm to commemorate the Mahasamadhi of Swami Sri Yukteswar. Please bring a flower and a donation. Special services are open to SRF students, members, and anyone drawn to the SRF line of Gurus.                       

March 17: Please join us on Sunday, March 17 for our St. Patrick’s Day Social on the third floor after the service. A light lunch will be served. Don’t forget to wear something green!                           

March 21: The Thursday evening Inspirational Service will be monastic-led.                  

March 22: Monastic will lead the Friday 3-Hour Meditation.                               

March 24: The Sunday morning Meditation and Inspirational Service will be led by visiting monastic.

April 7: There will be a kirtan led by our Center members in the main chapel on Sunday, April 7 from 12:30-1:30 pm. Come and experience the joy of chanting together in devotion to God.             

April 14: Please join us after the Sunday service for our Fellowship social on the third floor. A light lunch will be served. All are welcome!                   

April 19: Our Good Friday service will be held on Friday, April 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The chapel will open at 5:00 for private meditation. Due to this special service, the regularly scheduled 3-Hour Meditation has been cancelled.             

April 21: All are welcome to our Easter Sunday Service on Sunday, April 21 at 11:00 am. The regular Sunday Meditation Service will be held at 10:00 am.          

April 28: All Young-at-Heart devotees, ages 65 and over: Mark your calendars. You are invited to this year's first Young-at-Heart Activity, from 12:00-2:00 pm on the third floor for an afternoon of joyful fellowship and inspiring conversations focused on SRF teachings. A light lunch will be included with the meeting.              

May 3: On Friday, May 3 there will be a special guided meditation from 6:30-9:30 pm. During this meditation the congregation will be led by the service reader through the practice of the various meditation techniques. Select devotional readings and chants will also be chosen for this service to allow participants to go deeper into meditation. If you are looking for a bit more focus in your group meditations at the Center, this may be just the thing. All are welcome to attend.

New York City Center Fundraising Project: We are initiating a fundraising project to help support the various needs of our New York City Center. Our main goal is to set aside adequate funds to replace our HVAC System, which is quite old and inefficient. Our goal for this fundraiser is to raise $90,000. Please click here for details. Thank you for your support!

Garrison Retreat 2019

Regional Weekend Retreat, May 17 – May 19, 2019.
Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY

We are pleased to announce this year’s Regional Weekend Retreat conducted by Self Realization Fellowship monastics from May 17 through May 19, 2019 at Garrison Institute, Garrison, New York.

The conducted retreat will include classes on Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings and provide opportunities for group meditations and satsanga (informal talks). The retreat is open to SRF members and friends. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A SILENT RETREAT.

Garrison Institute is a beautifully renovated former Capuchin monastery located on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River surrounded by forest and fields. It is about fifty miles north of New York City. The serene ambience of the Institute, its picturesque surroundings and the various trails, ponds, meadows, and scenic overlooks on its grounds are conducive to deep meditation and silent spiritual retreat.

Since the goal of the retreat is to interiorize our consciousness and minimize external distractions, retreatants are expected to maintain silence from the beginning of the first class on Friday through the conclusion of the last class on Sunday.

The retreat begins on Friday evening and concludes on Sunday afternoon. Because of the number of requests received, it is important that reservations be made well in advance.


Registration


Registration opens at 9:00 AM on Monday, January 7, 2019 and involves two steps.

Step 1. Attendees complete “Program Registration” and submit a fee of $45 per person to NYCC-SRF. Fees paid in this step cover retreat related expenses incurred by New York City Center of Self-Realization Fellowship.

Please click here to Register Online. Please note that online registration in this step uses PayPal for payments which requires an additional $2.00 service fee. Online registrations will be open up to Friday, May 17th, the first day of the retreat.

Registrations may also be submitted to an usher along with cash or check at New York City Center, or the form (click to download) can be mailed along with a check or money order to New York City Center of SRF, 217 East 28th Street, New York, NY 10016. Checks must be made payable to “Self-Realization Fellowship” and marked “Retreat Program Fee” on the notation line.

Step 2. Attendees complete the “Garrison Institute Room & Board Registrationform and pay appropriate fees for the room of their choice. Online registration via Garrison’s Website is highly preferred and does not require any service fee. The fees paid in this step cover costs of room for two nights and meals for the entire stay. Please click here to Register Online for Garrison Institute.

Those who do not have access to the Internet may complete this step by calling 845-424-4800, or by completing and mailing or faxing Garrison’s registration form accompanied by the appropriate form of payment.

Room & Board registration closes on May 16, 2019, at 4:00 pm. We do not accept "walk-ins" or onsite registrations. There is a $50 cancellation fee for all cancellations at least a week before the retreat, and a $130 cancellation fee within a week of the retreat.


Check-in and Check-out

Check-in at the institute is from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Friday, May 17 and check-out is from 2:00 to 3:00 PM on Sunday, May 19. Program schedule and details about the retreat will be available by mid-April, 2019.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to: SRF.Garrison.Retreat@gmail.com or contact New York City Center at 212-689-3622

If you are a SRF member, please make sure to bring your Lessons Student or Kriyaban card with you to the retreat.

We look forward to the joy of your spiritual fellowship at the retreat.