Calendar of Events


Commemoration Ceremony  January 5, 2014

Our traditional commemoration service honoring Paramahansa Yogananda's birth will be held on Sunday, January 5. All are welcome. Please check with the Self-Realization Fellowship temple, center, or meditation group closest to you for the time of the ceremony.

Special Meditation  January 11, 2014

A special six-hour meditation commemorating the birth of Paramahansa Yogananda (January 5, 1893) is held each year at Self-Realization Fellowship temples, centers, meditation groups, and ashrams on the Saturday after January 5.

Temple Services

The regular program of services and other activities at Self-Realization Fellowship temples is outlined in our Schedule of Services. These include inspirational and lecture services, meditations, Sunday school classes for children, and special prayer and healing services.

Convocation   August 3 – 9, 2014 

Self-Realization Fellowship members from around the globe will be coming to Los Angeles August 3 – 9 for our 2014 Convocation. Welcoming the participants will be monks and nuns of the Self-Realization Order, who will conduct classes, satsangas, and meditations, and offer individual counseling to those who wish to receive personal guidance in their practice of the Self-Realization teachings. Detailed instructions in the techniques of meditation taught by Paramahansa Yogananda, and advice on living a more peaceful and spiritually fulfilling life in today's complex world, will be presented in afternoon and evening classes.

Among the week's highlights will be uplifting audio/visual presentations, and pilgrimages to the Mother Center, the Lake Shrine, the SRF Temple in Hollywood and Paramahansaji's crypt at Forest Lawn. There will also be a pilgrimage to our Encinitas Hermitage and Retreat on Sunday, August 10, the day after Convocation.

Kriya Yoga Initiations

Kriya Yoga initiations are scheduled for the following locations and dates in 2014. Self-Realization Fellowship students in each area will be sent full details in advance.

Mother Center, Los Angeles   Feb. 22
Lisbon, Portugal   Mar. 22
Bologna, Italy   Mar. 29
Zurich, Switzerland   Apr. 5
Portland, OR   Apr. 5
Mother Center, Los Angeles   May 17
Kansas City, MO   May 24
Toronto, Canada   June 7
Convocation, Los Angeles   Aug. 8
London, United Kingdom   Sep. 27
Palermo, Italy   Oct. 4
Bad Pyrmont, Germany   Oct. 11
Berkeley, CA   Oct. 18
New York City   Oct. 25
Perth, Australia   Nov. 1
Bogota, Colombia   Nov. 1
Tokyo, Japan   Nov. 8
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Nov. 15
Mother Center, Los Angeles   Nov. 15

Students of the Self-Realization Fellowship teachings become eligible to apply for Kriya Yoga after completing Step II of the Self-Realization Lessons. Those who wish to receive Kriya are welcome to send their personal report (included in Lesson 52/1) to the Mother Center.

Commemorative Services  

Self-Realization Fellowship temples and centers throughout the world observe the following occasions each year with a special commemorative ceremony.

Birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda (1893)   Jan. 5
Paramahansa Yogananda Commemorative Meditation   Jan. 11
Mahasamadhi of Paramahansa Yogananda (1952)   March 7
Mahasamadhi of Sri Yukteswar (1936)   March 9
Good Friday   April 18
Easter Sunday   April 20
Birthday of Sri Yukteswar (1855)   May 10
Mahavatar Babaji Commemoration Day   July 25
Janmashtami (birth of Bhagavan Krishna)   Aug. 17
Mahasamadhi of Lahiri Mahasaya (1895)   Sept. 26
Birthday of Lahiri Mahasaya (1828)   Sept. 30
All-Day Christmas Meditation   Dec. 20

  Youth Programs

Our summer How-to-Live Youth Programs provide children between the ages of 10 and 16 with an opportunity to learn the art of living balanced, harmonious lives, in tune with God and their true selves. Separate weeklong programs for boys and girls include periods of meditation, spiritual instruction, constructive creative projects, and outdoor activities. As in past years, the 2014 Youth Programs will be held in a setting of natural beauty in southern California's San Bernardino Mountains. The Girls' Youth Program will be June 21 — 28. The Boys' Youth Program will be held June 28 – July 5. For further information, please visit our web page How-to-Live Youth Programs.


Our Self-Realization Fellowship Retreats and How-to-Live Retreat programs offer members and friends an ideal opportunity to devote a period of time to spiritually renewing their lives and deepening their awareness of the Divine.
The retreat schedule includes:

  •  Morning and evening meditations with monastic disciples of Self-Realization Fellowship
  •  Evening classes and inspirational programs
  •  Opportunities for personal counseling in one's practice of Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings
  •  Free time to relax, meditate, and enjoy the peace and beauty of the retreat grounds

 Monastic Tours & Regional How-to-Live Retreat Programs

This year, Self-Realization Fellowship monastics will be conducting public lectures, member programs, and weekend How-to-Live retreat programs in the following cities:   

Lisbon, Portugal  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

March 21–23

Bologna, Italy  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

March 27–30

Zurich, Switzerland  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

April 4–6

Portland, OR  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

April. 4–6

New York City  (regional retreat)

May 16–18

Kansas City, MO  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

May 23–25

Minneapolis, MN  (regional retreat)

May 30–June 1

Toronto, Canada  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

June 6–8

Seattle, WA  (regional retreat)

June 6–8

Front Royal, VA  (general retreat)

Sept. 19–21

London, United Kingdom (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

Sept. 26–28

Palermo, Italy  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

Oct. 3–5

Bad Pyrmont, Germany  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

Oct. 9–12

New York City  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

Oct. 24–26

Perth, Australia  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

Oct. 31–Nov. 2

Houston, TX  (regional retreat)

Oct. 31–Nov. 2

Bogotá, Colombia  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

Oct. 31–Nov. 2

Tokyo, Japan  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

Nov. 7–9

Armação Retreat (regional retreat)

Nov. 7–9

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

Nov. 14–16

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