What Is Ananda?

Untitled-1Ananda 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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Happy Thanksgiving
from Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Swami Kriyananda on Gratitude

“The way to thank someone is simply to offer your love, and offer it in silence.” — Swami Kriyananda

Recent Blog Posts

First Meeting
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

Highlight from Sunday Service
November 22, 2015


Complete Video: Reincarnation — the Spiral Staircase

Nayaswami Ananta

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Daily Inspiration
November 29, 2015

Overcome self-limiting attachments by viewing them as prison bars. Concentrate not on the bars themselves, but on the space remaining between them — space through which you can escape to freedom.

Upcoming Events

Live Broadcasts with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi from India

November 8, 11am–12:30pm IST (November 7, 9:30pm—11:00pm PST)


A Touch of Light
by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Why Our Plans Go Awry
by Nayaswami Devi

Ask Me About Truth
Questions and Answers with Swami Kriyananda


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.

Happy Diwali from Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
November 11, 2015

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi recorded a short video message in honor of Diwali, a major holiday in India, which represents the victory of light over darkness. Watch the video

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