Program

A warm welcome to our Centre in Leichhardt! 

Services include readings from the inspirational writings and lectures of Paramahansa Yogananda, and devotional chanting leading into silent meditation periods. Our services conclude with a healing affirmation as part of the Worldwide Prayer Circle.

Dates of Meditations and Services

Dates of our meditations can be seen in the calendar below. Download the schedule for March – June 2024.

Thursday: 

7:00 – 8:15 pm Inspirational and Prayer Service 
(Centre open from 6:30 pm)

Sunday timings: 

8:00 – 10:45 am Long Meditation
(Centre open from 7:45 am)

  • 8:00 – 8:20 am: Energization Exercises
  • 8:20 – 8:30 am: Chanting
  • 8:30 – 9:00 am: Meditation
  • 9:00 – 9:10 am: Chanting 
  • 9:10 – 10:00 am: Meditation
  • 10:00 – 10:10 am: Chanting 
  • 10:10 – 10:45 am: Meditation
  • 10:45 – 11:00 am: Break

Entry to the chapel is until 8:30 am, during chanting periods, and in the break at 10:45 am. If you arrive during when meditation is in progress, please wait in the waiting room until the door to the meditation room is opened. 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Sunday Reading Service

Reading Service from Paramahansa Yogananda’s Service Collection. Each service is on a subject mentioned in the calendar below. The service alternates between reading, chanting and short periods of meditation.  

Calendar

Sunday School and socials

Sunday School 

  • Sunday School is held on the first Sunday of each month from 11 am to 12 noon.

Socials 

Our socials are held monthly on the second last Sunday of the month. It is an opportunity for fellowship with our fellow devotees. The social starts at 12.15 pm, after the Sunday Readings Service. A potluck lunch is arranged. Please bring a vegetarian plate or juice to share. 

Study groups

For details about joining in either of these study groups, or other Sydney Meditation Centre activities, you can email us. For regular updates on Sydney Centre activities, please join our email list.

The Resurrection of the Christ Within You book cover

The Second Coming of Christ study group dates for 2024, via Zoom: 

  • 29 January
  • 26 February
  • 25 March
  • 29 April   
  • 27 May
  • 24 June
  • 29 July
  • 26 August
  • 23 September
  • 28 October 
  • 25 November
  • 16 December
God Talks With Arjuna The Bhagavad Gita Royal Science of God Realization

The Bhagavad Gita study group dates for 2024, via Zoom: 

  • Friday 19 January
  • Friday 16 February
  • March meeting cancelled due to Silent Retreat
  • Friday 19 April
  • Friday 17 May
  • Friday 14 June

Commemorative services and meditations

Self-Realization Fellowship temples and meditation centres throughout the world observe special commemorative ceremonies and meditations each year. Some dates, such as Easter, change each year.

Special services are primarily intended for students of the SRF Lessons, but all are welcome who are well enough acquainted with SRF teachings to appreciate the significance of the guru–disciple relationship and to participate in the ceremony with sincerity and reverence. Please bring a favourite flower and a sealed donation (we provide envelopes) as symbols of loyalty and faithfulness to the cause of SRF. Donations received at special services are sent to Mother Centre to help support the worldwide spiritual and humanitarian work of SRF. 

Birthday of Paramahansa YoganandaJanuary 5
Paramahansa Yogananda Commemorative All-day MeditationJanuary 13
Mahasamadhi of Paramahansa YoganandaMarch 7
Mahasamadhi of Sri YukteswarMarch 9
Good Friday MeditationMarch 29
Easter Sunday ServiceMarch 31
Birthday of Swami Sri YukteswarMay 10
Mahavatar Babaji Commemoration DayJuly 25
Janmashtami (Birthday of Bhagavan Krishna)August 26
Mahasamadhi of Lahiri MahasayaSeptember 26
Birthday of Lahiri MahasayaSeptember 30
All-Day Christmas Meditation (See Guidelines)December 16
Christmas Day ServiceDecember 25
  
20200105_Sydney Centre SRF Yogananda birthday garland

Online meditations

You may also find the Self-Realization Fellowship website and the online meditation centre useful for services, talks, and study groups.