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Ananda Fire First Response Team
August 31, 2007

Being located in a rural area with lots of brush and trees, Ananda Village has always been in risk of being affected by wildfires. Add to this the hot and dry summers, it is almost impossible to have a year without any fire incident. Year 1976 (way before my time here) marked the worst fire…

Dave Bingham,
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The Man Behind the Camera
August 29, 2007

I first came to Ananda Village in the fall of 1979 for a vacation. I had been practicing hatha yoga for about 6 years, and I really wanted to learn how to meditate.

I had a great longing for “something more” in my life, and I knew I could find it within …

Century with Gurubais
August 15, 2007

On June 2nd, JT, Bob and I did our first century together in Calaveras County, organized by the Sacramento Wheelmen Bicycle Club. I had talked about this upcoming ride in my previous post, titled “Satsang On Bicycles”. Three of us have been preparing and training for this event for the several months preceding it. We…

Spiritual Renewal Week
August 13, 2007

Yesterday was the first full day of Spiritual Renewal Week of 2007 and Jyotish and Devi Novak gave the most wonderful and profound talks. This years theme is Inner Peace, World Peace. I believe at this moment my husband, Dave, is converting and uploading today’s talk to our website. I think when you listen to…

Tea with Swami Kriyananda
August 12, 2007

Swami Kriyananda was a gracious host. He shared his words, but much more than that, he shared his kindness and friendship.

When he had been talking with the Indians for a while, some of them set their food aside, probably out of respect or because they had experienced an inner stillness.

Then Kriyananda stopped in mid-sentence and said to one of them…

Evenings at Ananda
August 12, 2007

I was a bit sad to see Swami Kriyananda go back to India. It was a summer visit packed with inspiring events and talks and visits with spiritual family from all over. …

Susan Usha Dermont,
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Back to School: Ananda's Education for Life System
August 10, 2007

Recently, the parent of a first-grader told me how grateful she was for the culture of calm and compassion at our Living Wisdom School. She had just seen her son, on his way to fill his water bottle, turn to a classmate and ask if he can fill her water bottle too. The mom attributed…

The Spirit within the Music
August 8, 2007

I have the deep blessing to work with the music at Ananda Village. Most of my work is presenting music written by Swami Kriyananda, which comprises over 400 vocal and instrumental pieces. This summer we’ve had many performances: one at Ananda village, another at the Seattle Temple Dedication, and still more at the Revelations of…

Recording Revelations of Christ Audio Book
August 4, 2007

Last month I had the honor to be the audio engineer during Swami Kriyananda’s recording of the Revelations of Christ audio book. To hear him read the book, which he calls his best-written, was an experience in eloquence. The book covers subjects of science and Christianity that so badly need to be addressed in our…

Hriman McGilloway,
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The Miracle of Ananda Seattle Temple of Light
August 4, 2007

Blessings come in many forms. When we offer those blessings back to the Divine with our highest aspirations, we find them multiplied, and our lives transformed. Such has been the experience of Ananda Seattle in the building of its new meditation temple in Bothell, WA. The Dream is Born Since 1995, Ananda Seattle was located…