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"Only Love Can Take My Place"
March 16, 2014

On March 7th, 1952, Paramhansa Yogananda consciously left his body before hundreds of people in a dramatic display of yogic mastery. We all know the memorable story in which he read his poem “My India,” expanding into the Infinite on the very last word, his untenanted body slumping to the floor to be left in…

Carianne James,
guest author

Spirit Warriors: Adventures of Inner Growth for Young Girls
February 12, 2014

For the past year, I have been helping to lead an after school girls group called Spirit Warriors. The girls range from age nine to eleven. The focus of the group to help the girls with self-acceptance, self-confidence and a personal connection to the Divine within them through creative play and activities. Before it began,…

Avital Miller,
guest author

7 Years to Heal
February 4, 2014

They say it takes seven years for all the cells in the body to fully regenerate. A year ago both my mother and I completed a seven year cycle. Before those seven years both my mother and I were known to be active energetic people. At the beginning of those seven years we both noticed…

Opportunities
January 16, 2014

“There are no obstacles; there are only opportunities!” —Paramhansa Yogananda There were a lot of opportunities today. I don’t mean that as we sometimes do, using “opportunities” as a euphemism for “problems”; or at least I don’t mean only that. Today was one of the most hectic days I’ve had in a long time, but…

A Gift from Ma
January 9, 2014

I moved to Ananda Village without the necessary funds to pay for the membership training programs that are a prerequisite for living here. I had already spent much time working and saving and I just couldn’t wait any longer. I felt I was following God’s will in this, so I said to Him, “I’ve done…

Gita Matlock,
guest author

Spiritual Christmas
January 7, 2014

I sit here, writing quietly from the corner of my room as fast as I can – before the baby wakes up! So many things that I do now include that urgency. Meditation, sadly, is one of those activities that I now plow through with an anticipation of interruption. It’s that restlessness that I write…

Melody Hansen,
guest author

A Valuable Lesson
January 7, 2014

I’ve had the privilege and honor for many years now of sharing an office with some of Ananda’s finest ministers and meditation instructors. Each of the desks around me belong to long-time devotees who have been on our path for at least 25 years. I am the only one in that office who is fairly…

Dambara Begley,
guest author

Pipe Down and Crack On
December 30, 2013

Ben and Tarka have just walked 900 miles to the South Pole.  Now, they walk back. But let’s back up a bit.  It all started when friends Koral and Suzanne Ilgun took a recent trip to Antarctica, sharing photos like this: Later, Koral mentioned a blog he’d been following by 2 British adventurers who are…

When My Dream’s Dream is Done — The Blessing of a Friend’s Passing
December 10, 2013

It was last August when we watched our dear friend Andy Lyon make his transition into the world beyond this one. I have seen death in this life only from a distance in the way of great grandparents, family friends, bygone pets, and jaded celebrities. But what a powerful and enlightening experience it can be…

The Joymasters Experiment
November 11, 2013

I’d like to take this opportunity to commend those who had the courage to be involved in the first Joymasters experiment. Nobody knew if our hypothesis would prove a fruitful one. We were sure it would bear some kind of fruit but we all hoped it wouldn’t be one of those strange, astringently bitter, hard…

Group Discussion: Who Are You Most Grateful For?
November 5, 2013

In honor of the month of Thanksgiving, please tell us of someone in your life who you are grateful for. You can share your answer in the comments below, and enjoy others’ responses as well. You can even send your response to the person you’re grateful for. Here are some nice articles on gratitude from…

Divine Parenting
Reflections on the Living Discipleship Program
November 1, 2013

On the level of duality, it is more than a balancing act as a single parent to raise children, meditate, work, run a household, and serve. However, in the inner reality, it is an experience of ever-new joy, expansion, and communion in God. For all I give to God is returned in the form of…

An Amazing New Development for Ananda in the Bay Area
October 18, 2013

A Beautiful Farm near Half Moon Bay When Swamiji passed into the Infinite, it was as if an enormous wave of energy was released. As his body declined with the passing years, his consciousness expanded, until the body was simply too confining to hold it. For him it was a joyous release. And once freed,…

Signs in the Skies
October 10, 2013

An amazing “sign in the sky” came my way on December 20, 2012. I thought it might be fun to share this unusual event with you and also share my thoughts about it. First, a little background. In my second grade classroom, we actually practiced crawling under our school desks when the alarms sounded. We…

Energization Experiments
October 2, 2013

One of the first techniques we learn at Ananda is an original creation of Paramhansa Yogananda’s: the Energization Exercises. These exercises help us learn to work directly with our life force in a way that can be applied not only in our other meditation techniques, but in everything we do. The Energization Exercises intrigued me…

Have You Heard About Ananda for the Future?
September 25, 2013

One year ago Swami Kriyananda was speaking to a group of youths at Ananda Village. During this satsang, he suggested that the next generation of Ananda focus on “outreach.” As Swamiji’s successor, Nayaswami Jyotish, has since explained, “outreach” in its deepest sense means “to share”: Sharing the teachings of our path from our own center…

Inner View: The Answer
August 26, 2013

‘In Swami’ is how I usually like to end my emails now. I hadn’t imagined though that it’d be so soon. He did give us the slip, didn’t he… perhaps thinking we would never have otherwise let him go. But he hasn’t really gone. Doesn’t love in one form or another touch us every day?…

Popular Music at Ananda
August 20, 2013

With few exceptions, only Swami’s music is played at our Sunday services, The Expanding Light, Crystal Hermitage and Master’s Market. Though, in fact, other music does sometimes rear its head, the typical Ananda visitor comes and goes hearing little of it. “What’s the deal?” many have wondered. “Is other music banned?” Well, yes and no.…

Also Starring God (as Himself)
August 4, 2013

Last weekend marked the culmination of an extraordinary year as over 700 people filled the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley, California to watch the debut screening of the film Finding Happiness. I had the great honor to be part of the cast and also produce the soundtrack for this exquisite film by director Ted…

Being Gay at Ananda
July 24, 2013

When the Supreme Court heard arguments in two same-sex marriage cases this March, Facebook surged with expressions of solidarity, some from Ananda folk. Rachel Andersen superimposed an equals sign over her profile picture, prompting me to say “thanks.” “It just makes sense,” she said. Bhagavati equated gay marriage with the civil rights movement. “You don’t…

No Word's Required
July 22, 2013

  Dear friends It has been a long time since I had any inspiration to write a blog. A long and difficult eight months has passed with some heavy karma; the heaviest was me and my husband parting ways, and my leaving beloved India. And then we all had our dear Swami’s passing. But all…

Catching the "Bug" of Service
June 17, 2011

I was working at the publications building at Ananda Village one day in the summer of 1976, when Swami Kriyananda stopped by. He asked for my help with photographing some art for a project he was working on. I followed Swamiji and several members of the publications staff outdoors where the light was better for…

Master's Market: A true test of community
February 11, 2011

This month I wanted to give my best possible testimony to our awesome market here, which serves as an integral hub of our “downtown” activity. In this time of economic hardship, the market is struggling to make ends meet. Hearing this, we decided to try an experiment: make Master’s Market our first place to shop.…

Through the Grace of God
January 15, 2010

The year 2009 was one of great expansion for Ananda Sangha outreach. All of it came through the grace of God, which is reflected in the title of this post.

Here are some of the year’s highlights. …

Lisa Clark,
guest author

A Tale of Three Villages
July 14, 2008

Wind Turbine goes up!I recently returned from a trip to the Morni Hills where the Ananda Solar team is installing their first wind turbines and solar panels in India.

Ananda Bell DSL
November 12, 2007

It’s been over five years since I moved to Ananda Village. In 2001, when my wife and I had decided to move here, we also had to figure out our job situation. She was a nurse back then and it wasn’t hard for her to find a similar job in Grass Valley. I was (and…

Melody Veenhof,
guest author

Treasures Along The Path Talk-of-the-Month Club
October 26, 2007

I have to say that one of the greatest blessings of my life has been working with Treasures Along the Path talk-of-the- month club, featuring a collection of archival talks by Swami Kriyananda. It was originally founded in 1998 by Daya Taylor, an Ananda member who since moved to India to help our work there,…

Ahimsa Silk: An Interview with Cecilia
October 24, 2007

Cecilia Patitucci I would like to tell you something of the businesses we are establishing in India. This is an interview with Cecilia Patitucci, an Ananda member of many years from our center in Assisi, Italy. She came to India as part of the first wave of Westerners with Swami Kriyananda in 2003-04, and has…

Tim Clark, Ananda India,
guest author

Ananda Solar Technologies
October 23, 2007

Ananda Solar Technologies is a start-up company by the members of Ananda India. Swami Kriyananda is the inspiration behind the company. He tells a story of when he was a youth, and happened to lay on the pavement one night after he and some friends lost their way in the dark countryside of upstate New…