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 Date
All-Day Christmas Meditation2022-12-17
New Year's Meditation2022-12-31
Birthday of Paramahansa Yogananda (1893)2023-01-05
Paramahansa Yogananda Commemorative Meditation2023-01-07
Mahasamadhi of Paramahansa Yogananda (1952)2023-03-07
Mahasamadhi of Sri Yukteswar (1936)2023-03-09
Good Friday2023-04-07
Easter Sunday2023-04-09
Birthday of Sri Yukteswar (1855)2023-05-10
Mahavatar Babaji Commemoration Day2023-07-25
Janmashtami (birth of Bhagavan Krishna)2023-09-06
Mahasamadhi of Lahiri Mahasaya (1895)2023-09-26
Birthday of Lahiri Mahasaya (1828)2023-09-30