Calendar of Events


Commemorative Services  

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

All-Day Christmas Meditation   Dec. 20


Commemoration Ceremony  January 5, 2015

Our traditional commemoration service honoring Paramahansa Yogananda's birth will be held on Monday, 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 10, 2015

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 16 – 22, 2015 

Self-Realization Fellowship members from around the globe will be coming to Los Angeles August 16 – 22 for our 2015 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 23, the day after Convocation.

Kriya Yoga Initiations

Kriya Yoga initiations are scheduled for the following locations and dates in 2015. Self-Realization Fellowship students in each area will be sent full details in advance.

Mother Center, Los Angeles   Feb. 21
Madrid, Spain   Mar. 7
Rome, Italy   Mar. 14
Phoenix, AZ   Apr. 18
Ft. Lauderdale, FL   Apr. 28
Chicago, IL   May 2
Mother Center, Los Angeles   May 16
Buenos Aires, Argentina   May 16
São Paulo, Brazil   May 23
Convocation, Los Angeles   Aug. 21
Austin, TX   Sept. 26
Innsbruck, Austria   Oct. 3
Aschaffenburg, Germany   Oct. 10
Berkeley, CA   Oct. 17
Seattle, WA   Oct. 17
Mother Center, Los Angeles   Nov. 14

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. 10
Mahasamadhi of Paramahansa Yogananda (1952)   March 7
Mahasamadhi of Sri Yukteswar (1936)   March 9
Good Friday   April 3
Easter Sunday   April 5
Birthday of Sri Yukteswar (1855)   May 10
Mahavatar Babaji Commemoration Day   July 25
Janmashtami (birth of Bhagavan Krishna)   Sept. 5
Mahasamadhi of Lahiri Mahasaya (1895)   Sept. 26
Birthday of Lahiri Mahasaya (1828)   Sept. 30
All-Day Christmas Meditation   Dec. 19


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:   

Madrid, Spain (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

March 6–8

Rome, Italy (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

March 12–15

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

April 17–19

New York City (regional retreat)

April 24–26

Chicago, IL (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

May 1–3

Buenos Aires, Argentina (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

May 15–17

São Paulo, Brazil (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

May 22–24

Seattle, WA (regional retreat)

June 5–7

Front Royal, VA  (general retreat)

Sept. 18–20

Austin, TX (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

Sept. 25–27

South Bend, IN (regional retreat)

Oct. 2–4

Innsbruck, Austria (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

Oct. 1–4

Aschaffenburg, Germany (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

Oct. 8–11

Atlanta, GA (regional retreat)

Oct. 9–11

Seattle, WA (public lecture and Kriya Yoga Initiation)

Oct. 16–18

Toronto, Canada (regional retreat)

Oct. 16–18

Maui, HI (regional retreat)

Nov. 6–8

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

Nov. 14–16

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