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

Contact Info

Self Realization Fellowship of New York City
217 East 28th Street
New York, NY 10016
212.689.3622

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Announcements

May 2: Thursday, May 2 is National Day of Prayer. Devotees are invited to participate through prayer and meditation at NYCC or in their home. Sri DayaMata has said, “We can make this world a better place…by our thoughts, our actions, and, most far-reaching, our prayers…”                   

May 3: Please join us on Friday, May 3 for 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.                          

May 5: On Sunday, May 5 there will be special kirtan devoted to Divine Mother 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 Divine Mother.                 

May 10: A special service will be held on Friday, May 10 from 6:30-8:30pm, to commemorate the birthday of Swami Sri Yukteswar. The chapel will open at 5:00 for private meditation. Please bring a flower as a symbol of devotion to God and Guru, and a donation may be offered as a sign of loyalty to SRF. Special services are open to SRF students, members, and anyone drawn to the SRF line of Gurus. Due to this special service, the regular Friday 3-Hour Meditation has been cancelled.                       

May 12: All devotees 65 and over are invited to join us on Sunday, May 12 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 14: On Tuesday, May 14, a Monastic-Led Meditation and Kriyaban class will be held from 7:00 -8:30 pm, followed by a reception on the third floor with light refreshments. Please bring your Kriyaban card for admittance.               

May 16: The Thursday evening Inspirational Service on May 16 will be led by visiting monastics.

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!

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893–1952) is considered one of the preeminent spiritual figures of modern times.

Author of the best-selling spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, this beloved world teacher came to America in 1920 from his native India, and was the first great master of yoga to live and teach in the West for an extended period (more than 30 years). He is now widely recognized as the Father of Yoga in the West. He founded Self-Realization Fellowship (1920) and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (1917), which continue to carry on his spiritual legacy worldwide under the leadership of Sri Mrinalini Mata, one of his closest disciples.


Paramahansa Yogananda has profoundly impacted the lives of millions with his comprehensive teachings on:

  • the science of Kriya Yoga meditation,
  • the underlying unity of all true religions,
  • the art of balanced health and well-being in body, mind, and soul.


His teachings and the meditation techniques he taught are available today through: