About SRF

For more complete and comprehensive information, please go to the official SRF website at www.yogananda-srf.org

Paramahansa Yogananda founded Self-Realization Fellowship in 1920 to spread the science of Kriya yoga, a sacred spiritual technique originating millenniums ago in India. The society publishes Paramahansa Yogananda's writings, lectures, and recorded talks; oversees temples, retreats, meditation centers, and the monastic communities of the Self-Realization Order and guides the work of the Worldwide Prayer Circle, a network of groups and individuals dedicated to praying for those in need of physical, mental, or spiritual aid and for world peace and harmony.

Weekly SRF lessons are available for those who wish to study the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. The lessons are sent from the SRF International Headquarters and contain techniques for recharging the body, concentrating the mind, meditation, and the higher technique of Kriya Yoga, as well as instructions on how to live a balanced material and spiritual life.

As an introduction to these teachings we suggest that you read Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi. Copies of this spiritual classic are available in the bookroom at the D.C Center, in bookstores around the world and online directly from Self-Realization Fellowship.

The aims of SRF are:

To disseminate among the nations a knowledge of definite scientific techniques for attaining direct personal experience of God.

To teach that the purpose of life is the evolution, through self-effort of man's limited mortal consciousness into God Consciousness; and to this end to establish Self-Realization Fellowship temples for God-communion throughout the world, and to encourage the establishment of individual temples of God in the homes and in the hearts of men.

To reveal the complete harmony and basic oneness of original Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ and original Yoga as taught by Bhagavan Krishna; and to show that these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions.

To point out the one divine highway to which all paths of true religious beliefs eventually lead: the highway of daily, scientific, devotional meditation on God.

To liberate man from his threefold suffering: physical disease, mental inharmonies, and spiritual ignorance.

To encourage "plain living and high thinking"; and to spread a spirit of brotherhood among all peoples by teaching the eternal basis of their unity: kinship with God.

To demonstrate the superiority of mind over body, of soul over mind.

To overcome evil by good, sorrow by joy, cruelty by kindness, ignorance by wisdom.

To unite science and religion through realization of the unity of their underlying principles.

To advocate cultural and spiritual understanding between East and West, and the exchange of their finest distinctive features.

To serve mankind as one's larger Self.


Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Rd., College Park, Md 20740
Phone: 301-345-4172
SRF Website www.yogananda-srf.org