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

October 3: The Inspirational service will be monastic-led on Thursday, October 3.

October 6: On Sunday, October 6, visiting monastics will be leading the Meditation and Inspirational Service.

October 12: Our Spiritual Movie Night is coming soon, on Saturday, October 12, featuring "Brother Sun, Sister Moon". This film is a dramatization of the life of St. Francis of Assisi, showcasing his conversion experience and later practice of humble service and devotion to God. Doors will open at 4:30 pm for private meditation. Pizza will be served on the third floor at 5:00 and the feature will run from 6:00-8:15 pm. Please plan to attend this evening of warm fellowship and inspiration.                       

October 13: All devotees 65 and over are invited to join us on Sunday, October 13, from 12:00-2:00 pm on the third floor for an afternoon of joyful fellowship and inspiring conversation focused on SRF teachings. A light lunch will be included with the meeting.

October 20: Please join us on Sunday, October 20 for our monthly Fellowship Social. A light lunch will be served and all are welcome.

November 1: A special guided meditation will be held on Friday, November 1, from 6:30-9:30 pm. During this meditation, the congregation will be led by the service reader through the practice of 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, this may be just the thing. All are welcome to attend.



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: