Paramahansa Yogananda's Quotes

"Make new determinations as to what you are going to do and what you are going to be in this next year. Set a program for yourself; carry it through, and you will find how much happier you will be. Failure to keep to your schedule of improvement means you have paralyzed your will. You have no greater friend and no greater enemy than yourself. If you befriend yourself, you will find accomplishment. There is no law of God preventing you from being what you want to be and accomplishing what you want to accomplish. Nothing detrimental that happens can affect you unless you sanction it." 

"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.


Inspirational Service 6:30-8:00pm


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


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

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June 3:  There will be a short kirtan led by our Center members on Sunday, June 3 in the main chapel from 12:30-1:00 PM. Come and experience the joy of chanting together in devotion to God.

June 14: The Thursday Inspirational Service will be led by visiting monastics. 

June 15:  The Friday 3-Hr. Meditation will be monastic-led.

June 16: Our annual India Night fundraiser will be held on Saturday, June 16 from 5-8 PM. The program will feature classical dance performances showcasing Indian culture and tradition, as well as ancient Sanskrit hymns and devotional songs and chants, all presented by our NYCC devotees. Also included in this special evening is a showing of the documentary, “Ganges," depicting how the majestic river Ganges has shaped the landscape, wildlife, and culture of India. A delicious vegetarian Indian meal, lovingly prepared by members of our Center, will also be served. SRF monastics will be joining us for this event and we hope you will be able to join us for this inspiring and enjoyable evening of fellowship. All are welcome and tickets may be purchased in the lobby after Thursday and Sunday services, or reserved at Reserved tickets will be held until 4:45 PM the day of the event.

June 17: The Sunday Meditation and Inspirational Service will be monastic-led.            

June 24: All are invited to join us for our monthly Friendship Tea on the third floor after the service. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

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: