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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jivaniCancer and the Guru’s Grace
by Jivani Ghirla

On some level, I had always known I would someday have cancer. Therefore, it was not a shock when, at age 52, I received the news that I had stage three breast cancer.

It was April, 2009. I was on the phone, fiddling with a button on my shirt when I felt a lump the size of robin’s egg in the left upper chest. I thought, “Uh oh. I better call Peter,” my doctor.

Within ten minutes I was in his office down the road from Ananda Village where I live. Thirty minutes later, I was on my way to the imaging center at the local hospital. Read More

Recent Blog Posts

Hand in Hand
by Anonymous

All we know about my father’s upbringing is that he lived alone with his grandmother. He was very secretive about why or when his parents left him, and even whether or not they were still alive. Alcoholism apparently figured in there somewhere. Read More

How to Handle Spiritual Tests
by Uddhava Ramsden

People often talk about the strength that comes through spiritual tests. But the questions I have are: Who exactly is administering these tests? Who will be grading my test paper? And, what happens if I flunk! Read More

Divine Remembrance
by Satyana Willard

One day, after Sunday service at Ananda Palo Alto, I walked through our beautiful sanctuary with my 3-year-old nephew Drew. He wanted to see the altar, which has large photos of our line of five Masters. Read More

The 4 Aspects of Health

Paramhansa Yogananda said that the root cause of illness is the conflict between the soul and the ego: the soul trying to draw us toward an awareness of our unity with God, and the ego trying to convince us that we are separate individuals. Read More

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September 1, 2015

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New York Times Article Mentions Ananda Assisi Community
August 20, 2015

The article, titled “In St. Francis’ Hometown, a New Kind of Pilgrim”, talks about yoga and meditation retreats in Assisi, Italy, including Ananda’s community and retreat there: “About 150 people live in terra cotta cottages on the grounds. The retreat has a holistic healing center that offers massages and spa treatments, and a meditation temple. Visitors come from all over Europe to study yoga, and their numbers swell into the hundreds during the high season from June to August…” Read Article

The Answer Movie Selected for Film Festivals
August 17, 2015

The Central Florida Film Festival and the Awareness Film Festival are the first two festivals to officially select The Answer, the new movie about Swami Kriyananda's time spent with Paramhansa Yogananda.

The Answer, produced in India, is also the only Indian film selected and one of the few chosen to be screened on both days of the Central Florida Film Festival. Festival directors in Florida have also entered the movie for competition in two categories: Best Feature and Best Foreign Project.

See festival dates and times…

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