Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of
Paramahansa Yogananda’s Arrival in the West



Saturday, September 19th, 2020

To celebrate this historic occasion, Self-Realization Fellowship will have a special livestream event from Boston Harbor and the International Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. Following the livestream event, after a mid-morning break, a 24-hour online meditation will begin.

Part One:
Piers Park Ceremony & Livestream with Brother Chidananda

7:00 – 8:30 am  PDT 

The Livestream will include:
  • A ceremony conducted by Self-Realization Fellowship monks and nuns at Piers Park — where the steamship The City of Sparta carrying the young swami sailed into Boston’s Harbor exactly 100 years ago.
  • Followed by a special talk from the Self-Realization Fellowship International Headquarters in Los Angeles by Brother Chidananda, president and spiritual head of Self-Realization Fellowship.

View on the SRF website or SRF YouTube Channel

Part Two:

24-Hour Online Centennial Meditation

Saturday 10:00 am –  Sunday 10:00 am PDT

Brother Chidananda, president and spiritual head of SRF/YSS, will be conducting the inaugural hour of this special long meditation.  

You can participate in whatever portion of this event that you are able through either Zoom or YouTube.

Please see the Online Meditation Center Caldendar
for the Zoom and YouTube links.

The Science of Religion — SRF Centennial Edition

Since its first publication, this book has been introducing readers to the profound understanding that Yogananda brought to the West from India — a concept that is ancient yet entirely suited for our modern age — that the purpose of life is to permanently remove suffering and to know oneself as Spirit, “the fountainhead of Bliss.” 
In clear, simple language, Yogananda describes how Yoga — India’s universal science of the soul — can lead anyone to experience that Bliss for themselves. 

A New Temple – A New Name!

Bay Area Temple of Self-Realization Fellowship

Brother Chidananda expressed the need for the name to be inclusive for members through-out the Bay Area and the location to be identifiable by those living elsewhere.

This marks another step forward in our eventual move to our long-awaited and long-sought-for permanent home.

Renovations have begun in certain areas within the temple grounds, but due to Covid 19 regulations, we are restricted from having large groups of volunteers/workers. Mother Center is overseeing the work timeline in accordance to the ever-changing precautions as the pandemic continues. 

→ Slide Presentation

Article in the SRF Mother Center website: → Good News in Challenging Times

2020 SRF Online Convocation



We are happy to let you know that the 2020 Convocation events will remain available on the SRF website.

Please continue to enjoy this weeklong online program of classes on Paramahansa Yogananda’s “how-to-live” teachings and meditation techniques, guided group meditations and kirtans (devotional chanting), virtual pilgrimage tours to the ashrams where the great Guru lived and communed with God, and more.

Brother Chidananda SRF/YSS President

June 05, 2020

Speaking to the current situation in America and around the world, Brother Chidananda discusses the serious problem of racial injustice and divisiveness, and the way to address not only the symptoms but the cause of this disease facing humanity.

He encourages those who meditate to be true peacemakers by producing peace first within themselves, through meditation, and then radiating that peace to others through spiritual actions that address the deep-rooted racial prejudices in our society.


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Joining Worldwide to Pray Throughout the Day

SRF has announced a new worldwide prayer initiative. In the Self-Realization Fellowship and Yogoda Satsanga Society of India ashrams of Paramahansa Yogananda, all the monastics will be praying for the world and all those in need at specific times of the day, and we invite those who wish to do so to join in this collective effort — at those times or any other time that fits into your daily routine.

Following are the times that the monks and nuns at the SRF International Headquarters and other locations in California will be offering these healing prayers: (All times in PDT)

  7:50 – 8:00 am     12:50 – 1:00 pm        6:50 – 7:00 6 pm 

To read the full article: → Read more

To Help You Cope with the Current World Situation

From SRF Mother Center:
We in the ashrams of Paramahansa Yogananda are deeply concerned for the welfare of the SRF/YSS global spiritual family and for all humanity during the current difficult world situation. Above all, we want to encourage you to turn within to the unfailing Inner Source of protection and reassurance.

Here are some online resources to aid you in your efforts to do just that at this or any other time of need. We will be updating this list with more content in the weeks to come:

 . . . Connecting With the Inner Source of Protection

Donate to Berkeley/Bay Area Temple

Many have asked how they may continue donating to the temple while it remains closed. The donations are needed and are very much appreciated!  Thank You!

We deeply appreciate and welcome your support of the Berkeley/Bay Area Temple. 

Your gift enables us to fund the vital services and activities that we offer to our members and larger community, and to maintain our sacred facilities.

Recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Self-Realization Fellowship is a public charity under federal law and a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation under the Revenue Taxation Code of the State of California. Accordingly, contributions to Self-Realization Fellowship are deductible to the maximum extent permitted by law for income tax purposes.

Donations can be made through outright gifts in the form of cash, check, credit card, appreciated securities, real or personal property, and other types of assets, and deferred gifts in the form of charitable trusts. Bequests eligible for a charitable estate tax deduction can be made by naming the organization as a beneficiary in, among other things, a will, a trust, an insurance policy, or retirement funds.


___________________  SRF / YSS NEWS   ___________________

At this time all SRF Temple Meditations and Inspirational Services have been cancelled until further notice.


SRF Online Meditation Center

“Group meditation is a castle that protects the new spiritual aspirants as well as the veteran meditators.
Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization of each member of the group by
the law of invisible vibratory exchange of group magnetism.”

                                                                           – Paramahansa Yogananda

Yogananda Seva Sign-Up

To participate in the online group meditations, sign-up with the international community of SRF members, Yogananda Seva  or on the SRF website.


Meditations and Study Groups  |   Monday – Saturday

Join devotees around the globe for daily online group Meditations and Scripture Studies via the newly established online SRF Meditation Center.

Daily group meditations, SRF Lessons and Scripture Study groups are now available for SRF members and friends around the world.

All sessions are scheduled in Pacific Time.

Check the Online Calendar for updates.


Online Meditations

Monday – Friday:   5:00 am   9:00 am   Noon   5:00 pm   9:00 pm
Tuesday – Saturday:  12:00 am

Wednesdays:   11:00 am – German   |   1:00 pm – Italian   |   4:00 pm – Spanish

Monday & Thursday are YSS Sannyasi-led meditations with Energization Exercises at 4:40 am

Saturdays:   8:40 am – 12:00 pm  – SRF lay-led
Saturdays:   5:40 pm – 9:00 pm  –  YSS Monastic led

Sundays:  4:40 – 7:00 pm

Please check the Online Calendar for dates and times



Online Study Groups

5:00 – 7:00  pm   |  open to SRF Lesson Students
(1st hour – meditation;  2nd hour – Study )



 The Second Coming of Christ The Bhagavad Gita
9:00 – 11:00 am  /  5:00 –  7:00  pm
9:00 – 11:00 am   /  5:00 –  7:00  pm
(1st hour – meditation;  2nd hour – Study ) (1st hour – meditation;  2nd hour – Study )



Prayer Requests

Monks and nuns of the Self-Realization Fellowship Prayer Council pray daily for all those who request prayers for physical, mental, and spiritual healing and for world peace.

They are joined by SRF members and friends around the globe who are part of our Worldwide Prayer Circle.

All prayer requests are confidential and will remain with our Prayer Council for a period of 3 months.


If you would like to look ahead to more temple events,
our Temple Calendar is available here.