Commemorative Services

Self-Realization Fellowship temples and centers throughout the world observe the following occasions each year with a special commemorative ceremony to the Guru that is being honored.

 * Mahasamadhi meaning - Sanskrit maha, “great,” samadhi. The last meditation, or conscious communion with God, during which a perfected master merges himself in the cosmic Aum and casts off the physical body. A master invariably knows beforehand the time God has appointed for him to leave his bodily residence. 
*Janmashtami celebrates the birth (Janma) of Krishna on the eighth day (Ashtami) in the month of Shravan (August-September). 
 

Ceremony OccasionService DateService Time
Birthday of Sri Yukteswar (1855)2024-05-1007:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Mahavatar Babaji Commemoration Day2024-07-2507:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Janmashtami (birth of Bhagavan Krishna)2024-08-2607:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Mahasamadhi of Lahiri Mahasaya (1895)2024-09-2607:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Birthday of Lahiri Mahasaya (1828)2024-09-3007:30 pm - 09:00 pm
All-Day Christmas Meditation2024-12-1409:00 am - 04:30 pm
New Year's Meditation2024-12-3110:30 pm - 12:30 am
Birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda (1893)2025-01-0507:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Paramahansa Yogananda Commemorative Meditation2025-01-1110:00 am - 04:30 pm
Mahasamadhi of Paramahansa Yogananda (1952)2025-03-0707:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Mahasamadhi of Sri Yukteswar (1936)2025-03-0907:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Good Friday2025-04-1807:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Easter Sunday2025-04-2011:00 am - 12 noon