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The New York City Center is a branch of Self-Realization Fellowship, a world-wide religious movement founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, the author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.

The purpose of Self-Realization Fellowship is to disseminate a knowledge of definite scientific techniques of yoga meditation for attaining direct personal experience of God.

"May Thy Love shine forever on the sanctuary of my devotion, and may I be able to awaken Thy Love in all hearts."

- Paramahansa Yogananda

Schedule of Services
Meditation as taught by Paramahansa Yogananda is the primary activity at all SRF services.
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
Reading Service 11:00-12:00pm

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Our Thanksgiving Food Drive will begin on November 1. We will be collecting food for distribution to people in need in NY City. A list of appropriate, non-perishable food items will be available at the information table in the lobby. All contributions may be left in the designated area in the lower level until December 1. Envelopes will also be available for those who wish to contribute money to City Harvest.

November 23: Our Holiday Boutique begins on Sunday, November 23. Handcrafted Christmas ornaments and other holiday items will be on sale on the third floor until December 20. In conjunction with the sale, a Friendship Tea will be held on the third floor after the service. Tea and light refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

November 27: Our regularly scheduled Inspirational Service will be cancelled, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

November 29: Please join us on Saturday, November 29, for the Annual Clean and Decorate the Center for Christmas event from 10am to 2pm. We will start with a short meditation and then begin the Christmas season by brightening up our Center and decorating for Christmas. A light lunch will be served. It's a beautiful day of service, and also lots of fun.

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Announcing the World Premiere of the movie "AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda" at Village East Cinema, 189 2nd Ave, New York, NY from October 10 - November 6. This ground-breaking documentary is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

To view the movie trailer click here.

For more information, visit the film’s website by clicking here.
We are pleased to announce that monastics will be visiting NYC on the weekend of October 10-12th in conjunction with the theatrical premier of the movie Awake: The Life of Yogananda. In conjunction with this visit, on Sunday, October 12th, our Sunday service will be conducted by two nuns from SRF’s International Headquarters in Los Angeles. Please mark your calendar for this special Sunday service. More information will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

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