Information for New Visitors


Brother Bimalananda greets visitors at the Mother CenterWelcome to Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), the worldwide nonprofit spiritual organization founded by Paramahansa Yogananda. It is our joy to serve you in your quest for spiritual fulfillment.

If you are new to Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings, here are a few recommendations to get you started:


Learn to Meditate

Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons

New to Yoga and its concepts?
Those who may be unfamiliar with the concepts and terminology of the yoga tradition will find brief helpful explanations of terms used on our website in our online Glossary.

The Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons are a comprehensive home-study series featuring Yogananda's detailed instruction in the scientific meditation techniques of Kriya Yoga as well as his in-depth guidance on the art of balanced spiritual living.

Beginner's Meditation Instructions
If you would like to start meditating now, visit our Learn to Meditate page for a selection of offerings. 


Visit a Self-Realization Fellowship Ashram, Retreat, Temple, or Center

Self-Realization Fellowship has more than 500 temples, retreats, ashrams, and meditation centers around the world offering all interested seekers the opportunity to come together to experience the power of group meditation, focused retreat programs, inspirational services, and to share in spiritual fellowship. Activities include:

SRF Lake Shrine
  • Lecture services on the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda (at our temples)
  • Personal counsel from monks and nuns
  • Group meditations
  • Devotional chanting (kirtan)
  • Meditation services with readings from the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda (at our centers and meditation groups)
  • Sunday school for children
  • Special events



Self-Realization Fellowship's Annual Worldwide Convocation (Los Angeles)

Audience at SRF's annual worldwide Convocation

Every year, we offer a week of spiritual renewal, fellowship, and in-depth study of the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda including:

  • Evening lecture classes on the How-to-Live teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Review of SRF meditation techniques (open to students of the SRF Lessons)
  • Group meditations
  • Satsangas (questions and answers)
  • Kirtans (devotional chanting accompanied by Indian instrumentation)
  • Showings of rare films of Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Fellowship with monastics and thousands of SRF members from around the world
  • Pilgrimages to beautiful sites in southern California where Paramahansaji lived and meditated



Visiting Meditation Gardens in Encinitas

Experience our retreat programs at Encinitas, Lake Shrine, or Hidden Valley (men only). 

In the words of Paramahansa Yogananda, SRF Retreats offer "a dynamo of silence where [you] may go for the exclusive purpose of being recharged by the Infinite." Highlights of our retreat programs: 

  • An environment of silence and tranquility for introspection, spiritual study, and meditation
  • Opportunity for personal meetings with our meditation counselors
  • Locations that emphasize the beauty and divinity of nature
  • Review of the SRF meditation techniques
  • Informal classes on balanced spiritual living
  • Delicious vegetarian meals





Recommended Reading

We would like to suggest the following books as a good place to start your exploration of Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings.

Autobiography of a YogiAutobiography of a Yogi
by Paramahansa Yogananda

This best-selling spiritual classic serves as an excellent introduction to the life and teachings of Yogananda. A fascinating and entertaining story, it also answers questions about the purpose of existence, yoga, higher consciousness, religion, God, and the challenges of daily spiritual living. It is a book for people of all faiths, for anyone yearning to know what life is truly all about.

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Where There Is LightWhere There Is Light
by Paramahansa Yogananda

This spiritual handbook compiled from the writings and lectures of Paramahansa Yogananda offers concise guidance and spiritual perspective on many topics of interest, such as: perfecting human relationships; transforming failure into success; cultivating a personal relationship with God; understanding death; transcending stress, worry, and fear; making prayer effective; and finding wisdom and strength to make life's decisions.

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Three Anthologies of Lectures and Essays by Paramahansa Yogananda

Man's Eternal QuestMan's Eternal Quest
by Paramahansa Yogananda

This first volume of Paramahansaji's collected talks and essays explores little-known and seldom-explained aspects of meditation, life after death, the nature of creation, health and healing, and the unlimited powers of the human mind.

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The Divine RomanceThe Divine Romance
by Paramahansa Yogananda

In this second volume of collected talks and essays, Yogananda shows how we can meet the daily challenges to physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being by awakening our divine nature. He reveals the deep metaphysical roots of our closest relationships and explains how the invisible, universal thread of love that unites these relationships is drawing us back to the Source from which all love comes. Other topics include: habits, memory, karma and reincarnation, yoga and meditation, and how to bring greater harmony to oneself, one's home, one's community, and the world.

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Journey to Self-RealizationJourney to Self-realization
by Paramahansa Yogananda

This third volume of collected talks and essays offers counsel for those seeking to better understand themselves and their true purpose in life. Yogananda brings a universal and far-seeing perspective to the myriad complexities of human experience — showing us how to view even pitfalls and obstacles as a purposeful part of the adventure of life. Other topics include: how to express lasting youthfulness; acquiring attunement with the Source of success; balancing business and spiritual life; overcoming nervousness; the art of getting along with others; and realizing God in daily life.

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Other Books by Paramahansa Yogananda

Inner Peace: How to Be Calmly Active and Actively CalmInner Peace: How to Be Calmly Active and Actively Calm
by Paramahansa Yogananda

These inspiring selections from Yogananda's writings give practical applications to help one stay calm, happy, and evenminded, in spite of world conditions. Empowering the reader to transform anxiety and stress into happiness and peace, this small book offers a potent antidote to our fast-paced world.

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The Law of SuccessThe Law of Success
by Paramahansa Yogananda

This potent little book describes how to connect with the Source of success, choose worthy goals, overcome obstacles and fears, and operate the divine laws that invite success into our lives. Topics include: creativity and initiative, positive thinking, dynamic will, self-analysis, the power of meditation, and much more.

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Metaphysical MeditationsMetaphysical Meditations
by Paramahansa Yogananda

This pocket-sized book offers more than 300 meditations, prayers, affirmations, and visualizations, as well as introductory instructions on how to meditate. Beginners and experienced meditators alike may find this small volume a useful tool for awakening the boundless joy, peace, and inner freedom of the soul.

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If you would like to delve deeper into the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda,
please see our complete list of books and recordings at the SRF Bookstore.


Those who may be unfamiliar with the concepts and terminology of the yoga tradition will find brief helpful explanations of terms used on our website in our online Glossary.

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