Holiday Season Events
During the Holiday Season, we will be streaming various events from this page. We hope you will be able to join us to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s, and the commemoration of the birth of Paramahansa Yogananda. (And please note: There will also be in-person special meditations held at SRF locations during this time as well — you can find a link at the bottom of this page to find a location near you.)
You can participate in the events by going to different tabs on this page:
- Saturday, December 9: Online Christmas Open House
- Saturday, December 16: All-Day Christmas Meditations in Multiple Languages
- Sunday, December 31: New Year’s Eve Meditation
- Friday, January 5: Paramahansa Yogananda Birthday Commemorative Meditation
- Saturday, January 13: Paramahansa Yogananda Commemorative Six-Hour Meditation
Commemorative Meditations in SRF/YSS
In Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India, certain commemorative meditations are conducted throughout the year to honor the enlightened gurus in the SRF lineage.
The teachings of SRF/YSS are founded upon the original Christianity of Jesus Christ and the original Yoga of Bhagavan Krishna. The spiritual lineage of SRF/YSS consists of these two great avatars and a line of exalted gurus of contemporary times: Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Sri Yukteswar, and Paramahansa Yogananda (last in the line of SRF/YSS Gurus).
Find a Self-Realization Fellowship Location Near You!
Many of our temples, centers, groups, and circles worldwide will be holding in-person commemoration services and meditations during the holidays. Please check with your SRF location to confirm and for the exact times.
Online Christmas Open House at the SRF Mother Center
Saturday, December 9
Join the SRF monks and nuns for a special Online Christmas Open House. This virtual Christmas Open House follows in the many-years-old tradition of welcoming SRF members and friends to the Mother Center for a joyful gathering of divine fellowship and upliftment in the sacred vibrations of the Christmas season.
This event will be available for viewing on this page and the SRF YouTube channel after it is first streamed.
A Special Day of Meditation and Divine Communion
Saturday, December 16, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (PST)
Please join us on Saturday, December 16, for this year’s All-Day Christmas Meditation led by SRF monastics. The meditation will be held in person, in English, at the SRF Fullerton Temple and also livestreamed so all can attend online. If you wish to attend the meditation in person, please visit the SRF Fullerton Temple website for more information.
All-day meditations in German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish will also be available starting at 4:00 p.m. (PST) on December 15.The meditations in all five languages will be available for viewing until December 31.
Please note that there will be an intermission as part of these meditations.
We hope you can join us for this special day of divine communion to receive the love and blessings of the Infinite Consciousness that was manifest in Jesus Christ and all great masters — and can become a tangible reality in our own lives through meditation.
English: Livestream at 10:00 a.m. (PST)
The meditations below will be available starting at 4:00 p.m. (PST) on December 15.
New Year's Eve Meditation
Sunday, December 31, 11:30 p.m. (PST)
Join us for a special meditation to bring in the New Year. The meditation will be held in person at the SRF Encinitas Temple and also livestreamed worldwide. Paramahansa Yogananda instituted the practice of ushering in the New Year with a special meditation on the night of December 31 from 11:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Following this tradition, congregations at SRF temples as well as many individual devotees meditate at that time. If you wish to attend the meditation in person, please visit the Encinitas Temple website for more information.
The meditation will be available for viewing until January 6 at 4:00 p.m. (PST).
Paramahansa Yogananda Birthday Commemorative Meditation
Friday, January 5
A commemoration meditation in honor of the birth anniversary of Paramahansa Yogananda, led by SRF monastics, will be held online on Friday, January 5, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. (PST).
For those unable to attend the livestream event, it will remain available for viewing until Tuesday, January 16 at 4:00 p.m. (PST).
Paramahansa Yogananda Commemorative Six-Hour Meditation
Saturday, January 13
A six-hour meditation in honor of Paramahansa Yogananda's birthday will be streamed live on Saturday, January 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (PST) through the SRF Online Meditation Center, where you can participate via Zoom or video feed. There will be an intermission half way through this long meditation. The meditation, which will be led by SRF and YSS members in English, will continue to be available until Monday, January 15 at 10:00 p.m. (PST) for those who are unable to join the livestream event.