OLD Monastic Visit, Friday 11 to Monday 13 November, 2022


We are happy to inform you that Self-Realization Fellowship monastic disciples will visit Sydney, 11–13 November, 2022 to meet with members and friends of Paramahansa Yogananda’s spiritual family. During the weekend there will be inspirational programs, meditation classes, and Kriya Yoga initiations. See the weekend schedule below. We hope you will be able to join us for this time of divine fellowship – a wonderful opportunity to delve deeper in the understanding and practice of Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings. Even if you cannot come for the whole weekend, we would be glad to have you with us for any of these events.

All are welcome to attend the inspirational programs. However, to attend classes on the meditation techniques, you will be asked to show a student or Kriyaban card for admittance. Newcomers interested in studying the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda may attend these classes by enrolling for the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons, either before or during the weekend program.

We joyously anticipate meeting with you to share the inspiration of our Guru’s soul-revealing teachings. He told us:

Those who sincerely seek Him will surely find Him.
Those who want to love the Lord and yearn to enter His kingdom,
and who sincerely wish in their hearts to know Him, will find Him. 
You must have an ever-increasing desire for Him, day and night.
He will acknowledge your love by fulfilling His promise to you throughout eternity,
and you shall know joy and happiness unending.

Event information

Important information about attending Kriya Yoga ceremony

If you are not yet a Kriyaban and wish to apply for Kriya, we encourage you to submit your Kriya application through the Member Portal no later than August 31, 2022.

Alternatively, you may complete and mail to the Mother Center the personal report and pledge received with Basic Lesson 17. However, depending on the postal service, it may take some weeks to reach us. Therefore, we ask that you mail the forms no later than August 15, 2022.

  • If you are a Kriyaban and have not attended a Kriya Yoga ceremony: please register by sending an email to Membership Services through Contact Us, or call +1 (818) 549 5151 no later than September 28, 2022.
  • If you have already attended a Kriya Yoga ceremony, you do not need to register for the initiation but will be asked to show your Kriyaban card in order to attend. If you need a replacement card Contact Us by sending an email to Membership Services, or call +1 (818) 549 5151 no later than September 28, 2022.

Weekend schedule

Events to be held at:

NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre
37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills, NSW

Monastic lecture NSWTF Conference Centre 2c Brother Devananda

Friday 11 November

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Finding inner bliss: Public lecture with guided meditation, followed by informal gathering

Saturday 12 November

9:00 am to 9:45 am

10:00 am to 12:30 pm

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Technique review with guided meditation*

Kriya Yoga initiation**

Sunday 13 November

9:00 am to 10:30 am

11:00 am to 11:45 am

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Kriya Yoga review class**


Closing inspirational service

* Open to students of the Self-Realization Fellowship Lessons
** Open to Kriyabans only (See link for further details above.)

For further information, please email: monastictour2022@srfsydney.org.au

The events are geared toward adults, but children age 12 and older who are Self-Realization Fellowship students may attend if they wish. We are not able to accommodate younger children at the meetings.

Accommodation options close to the venue

The $50 NSW Stay vouchers are valid until October, so you can use these vouchers if you pay in advance.

Most hotels will accept the vouchers if you book directly with them, and not through a third party such as booking.com. The vouchers are available on the ServiceNSW App, or from a ServiceNSW office.  

Veriu Central
75 Wentworth Ave, Sydney
4 star
Double, Twin, Queen, King350 m, 4-minute walk
Oaks Sydney Castlereagh Suites
317 Castlereagh St, Haymarket
4 star
Studio, 1 BR, 2 BR apartments350 m, 5-minute walk
57 Hotel
57 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills
4 star
Single, Twin, Queen, Triple450 m, 6-minute walk
Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central
431-439 Pitt St, Haymarket
3 star
Twin, Double, Queen, Triple450 m, 6-minute walk
Song Hotel
5/11 Wentworth Ave, Sydney
3 star
Single, Double, Twin, Triple, Family500 m, 6-minute walk
Ibis Sydney, World Square
382/384 Pitt St, Sydney
3 star
Twin, Triple (3 single beds), Queen, Family600 m, 8-minute walk
Big Backpackers Hostel
212 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
2 star
Twin, Double, Family, Dorm (ensuite or shared bathroom)200 m, 3-minute walk
The Pod, Sydney
F6/396 Pitt St, Sydney
2 star
Single, Double, Twin, Family (shared bathrooms)559 m, 7-minute walk

Public transport for seniors

Interstate Seniors cardholders can apply for a NSW Gold Opal Concession travel card (unlimited travel for no more than $2.50 a day in the Sydney region, but not including the Sydney airport station access fee).

You will need to submit this 4 weeks before.

Recent visits by SRF monastics

Centre Department Monastic Visit, March 2020

Sydney Centre of SRF Monastic Visit Sun 1 March 2020_Br Jason_Bro Jayananda
Brother Jayananda and Brahmachari Jason visit Sydney Centre on Sunday 1 March 2020
Sydney Centre of SRF Monastic Visit Sun 1 March 2020_Br Jason_Bro Jayananda 2a

Public lecture held in Surry Hills, April 2019

Sydney Centre hosted a free public lecture in April for over 200 attendees in Surry Hills. The speaker was Brother Devananda who was visiting Australia from SRF headquarters in Los Angeles accompanied by Brother Jitananda. The lecture was entitled ‘Meditation, the source of lasting joy’ and included a guided meditation.

The two monastics mingled with participants afterwards enjoying refreshments and Indian street food and answering questions about the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda.

Monastic lecture NSWTF Conference Centre 2c Brother Devananda
Brother Devananda speaking on ‘Meditation, the source of lasting joy’
Monastic lecture NSWTF Conference Centre 4 Brother Jitananda
Brother Jitananda
Monastic lecture NSWTF Conference Centre 3 Brother Devananda
Brother Devananda