Paramahansa Yogananda's Quotes

"The way to freedom is through service to others. The way to happiness is through meditation and being in tune with God... Break the barriers of your ego; shed selfishness; free yourself from the consciousness of the body; forget yourself; do away with this prison house of incarnations; melt your heart in all, be one with all creation."

"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

July 4: On Thursday, July 4, the Inspirational Service has been cancelled due to the Fourth of July holiday.                  

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

July 14: All devotees 65 and over are invited to join us on Sunday, July 14, 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.             

July 20: A 5-Hour Meditation in honor of Mahavatar Babaji will be held on Saturday, July 20, from 2-7pm. There will be a short break at 4:30. Please try to arrive on time. After the first chant and meditation has begun, devotees 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 4pm are welcome to meditate in the second floor chapel so as not to disturb the peace established by those already meditating.

July 21: Please join us on the third floor after the service for our Fellowship Social. A light lunch will be served and all are welcome!

July 25: You are warmly invited to Mahavatar Babaji’s Commemoration service on Thursday, July 25  from 6:30-8:30pm. 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 service are open to SRF students, members, and anyone drawn to the Self-Realization line of Gurus.  Due to this special service, the regular Thursday Inspirational Service has been cancelled.        

New York City Center Fundraising Project: Thank you to all devotees and friends who contributed their financial and personal resources to our much-needed HVAC project. During the first week of June our old HVAC units were removed, and modern, efficient, and reliable ones were installed. We are grateful for your help in making this major physical improvement to our beloved spiritual home.

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: