What Is Ananda?
Ananda is a global movement founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda. Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi, who showed how all can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality.
Ananda has retreats, meditation groups, centers, and spiritual communities around the world. We also have online classes in meditation and other spiritual subjects, as well as books, music, and many other resources for your inspiration.
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15 Ways to Spiritualize Your Christmas Season
by Nayaswami Savitri
While you are shopping for gifts, pray for the person(s) to whom you are giving them and say the “Gratitude” affirmation:
“I give thanks to the Giver behind each gift and to the one Giver behind all that I give [and receive.]” From Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda.
- The Highest Technique for God-Realization
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- Can We Know How Self-Realized Someone Is?
- Fasting for Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Purification
- I Can’t Breathe Through My Nose: Is This Bad for Meditation?
- How You Can Work with the Subconscious Mind
- Coming Back to My Body in Meditation Is Uncomfortable
by Peter Skillman
The recent anniversary of Swami Kriyananda meeting Paramhansa Yogananda caused me to pause and reflect on my own, vastly insignificant by comparison, spiritual anniversary. Read More
Some Helpful Tips for Energization
by Kalidas Hansen
When I was first embarking on Yogananda’s path about 10 years ago, I was thrilled to be given such effective techniques to relax the body and calm the mind. The energization exercises were of particular interest to me and I dove into them with great earnestness. Read More
How to Feel God’s Presence
by Nayaswami Anandi
Recently at Ananda Village, in a study group on The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, we read this: “The unenlightened man sinks back, at death, into the negative sleep state…. The yogi who can fix his concentration on the spiritual eye leaves his body consciously, whether in deep ecstasy or in death.” Read More
Listen to the pauses in people’s speech. Often, that’s where the message is.
A Touch of Light
by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
The 30 Day Meditation Challenge was a Success!
December 1, 2015
We recently launched a 30 day meditation challenge to help you re-energize your practice. This challenge was enthusiastically taken up by over 700 people! You can take (or retake) this challenge anytime by signing up here.
Two Successful Babaji Cave Pilgrimages Led By Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
November 12, 2015
Nayswamis Jyotish and Devi recently led two consecutive weekend trips to Babaji’s cave in India. Despite physical challenges some of pilgrims were experiencing at the time, the climb up to the cave went smoothly and many of the pilgrims said that they felt blessed and changed by Babaji afterward. Jyotish and Devi are now in Pune, India giving retreats.