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“Self-realization is the knowing — in body, mind, and soul — that we are one with the omnipresence of God....”
Paramahansa Yogananda




Self-Realization Fellowship is…
… an invitation to the spiritual seeker to journey together on a life-transforming discovery of the soul. This journey embraces the “how-to-live” teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda, which embody the highest techniques for realizing who we truly are and show how to bring lasting peace, joy, and love into our lives and into the world.

The Science of Kriya Yoga

Paramahansa Yogananda founded Self-Realization Fellowship in 1920 to make available the universal teachings of Kriya Yoga, a sacred spiritual science originating millenniums ago in India. These nonsectarian teachings embody a complete philosophy and way of life for achieving all-round success and well-being, as well as methods of meditation for achieving life’s ultimate goal — union of the soul with Spirit (God).


The best-selling Autobiography of a Yogi not only provides inspiring insights into the lives of Yogananda and other saints, but also introduces the reader

to the ancient into the thought processes of the ancient yoga teachings.

And it sheds light

on how Orient and Occident could benefit from each other.

First Time Membership

SRF Lessons

The Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons were compiled under the guidance of Paramahansa Yogananda from his writings and from his numerous talks and lectures.

They contain detailed instructions on the concentration and meditation techniques taught by Paramahansa Yogananda as well as the preparatory charging exercises for the body. After practicing these basic techniques for some time, one can ask for initiation into Kriya Yoga, an advanced yogic pranayama technique.

In addition to his detailed instructions on meditation, the teachings offer practical advice on all aspects of spiritual life - to live joyfully and successfully in this world of change amidst ever-changing challenges and opportunities.

Monastic Order and Leadership


In accord with its founder’s wishes, the work of Self-Realization Fellowship is guided by the monastic order that Paramahansa Yogananda established along the lines of the ancient swami tradition of India. The monks and nuns of SRF take formal vows of renunciation; and are responsible for serving the spiritual needs of Self-Realization Fellowship members and friends around the world.

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Request Prayers


Self-Realization Fellowship Prayer Fellowship monks and nuns pray daily for all those who have requested prayers for physical, mental and spiritual healing, and for world peace.

They are supported by SRF members and friends who belong to the Worldwide Prayer Circle from around the world.

All requests for prayers are kept strictly confidential and remain on the prayer list for a period of 3 months.

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