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Taking a Vacation in the Best Way
June 20, 2012

It is summer now, and I can feel my own and others’ thoughts of “…time to take a vacation!” vibrating in the air. Years ago, I went through real challenge around taking vacations. I found that I was coming back from vacations more exhausted than when I left. One of my problems seemed to be…

Fearlessness
May 22, 2012

This was originally posted at YoganandaBiography.com/blog. “Smile because you are fearless; smile because fear is ashamed to cause you apprehension and failure” –Paramhansa Yogananda I’ve just about finished reading Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography, and one story stood out to me in particular. Yogananda was giving a talk in New York and he accused some very…

How to Communicate Clearly
April 26, 2012

Since last June, I’ve taught yoga every Thursday night at the local YMCA, and this question is nearly always the number one thing on my mind! Every week I have a fresh class of students. Some are new and some have attended class on and off for months. Some are very experienced yogis, while some…

Land of the Rishis
April 18, 2012

I am late for satsang with the revered woman saint, Mataji Vanamil Devi. I was unavoidably detained by an appointment with a highly respected vedic astrologer. But Divine Mother comes to my rescue, yet not without a playing a little joke on me. I had professed to a friend, only weeks before, that if I…

The Oratorio Experience
April 7, 2012

Last night was our third and final Easter season performance of Swami Kriyananda’s Oratorio, Christ Lives, of which I have had the honor to conduct. The Oratorio is composed of 50 short pieces including solos, instrumentals, and choir pieces, inspired by a pilgrimage that Swami Kriyananda took to the Holy Land in 1983. Before the…

God's Grace and the Healing Power of Prayer
March 22, 2012

I have been blessed to witness what many souls would call a miracle through the healing power of prayers. Yogananda’s healing prayer techniques utilize the natural law of electromagnetism and healing energy transmission through the hands and spiritual eye. I have witnessed these prayers work and the following story is another example very dear to…

Kolkatta Pilgrimage-Land of the Yogi
March 13, 2012

Ever since I have been on this path after reading Autobiography of Yogi my utmost desire was to visit all the places mentioned in that book, at least those which are in India. Guruji once again heeded my prayer. I received an email from Ananda for a Kolkata pilgrimage. I must say the email was…

Edit Your Life
March 9, 2012

Inner Renewal Week, a month ago, focused on life, death and rebirth, viewing our ultimate transition as a “final exam” we might prepare for now. One tip, for me, stood out:  Review your life, but focus on the happy memories and experiences. Since going through hospice with my partner Ken in 1998, I’ve been a…

All the World Is My Friend...
February 16, 2012

One of the beautiful things about India was nicely put by Nayaswami Dharmadas in one of his last satsangs; he said: “India is more about people than about things”. As a foreigner, having lived in India for the last year and a half, I came slowly to realize that this is true, and that the…

Eric Munro,
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Learning to Love God 10 Times a Minute!
January 29, 2012

Devotion is the foundation of our spiritual path. All the teachings, writings, and talks emphasize its primary importance. Yet it took me over 16 years at Ananda before I realized it and started to actively practice it. My own nature is more “mind” than “heart” focused. I grew up in a Christian religion that never…

"How Few are Either Educated or Entertained!"
January 23, 2012

Since the first supermarkets in the 1930’s,  a general disregard for nature has been increasing. The need for growing one’s own food has become an inconvenience our “modern age” has conquered. With the rise of factory farms and greenhouses the size of small cities, the need to follow the “whims” of Mother Nature is behind…

Maia Grenell,
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Sign Me Up!
January 4, 2012

An affirmation is a statement of truth which one aspires to absorb into his life. It has been said that we are what we eat. It would be truer to say, “We are what we think.” –Swami Kriyananda September 15, 2011. Where was I?… Glued to my computer screen, of course! A new gem had…

Group Discussion: How Did You Find Ananda?
November 4, 2011

How did you come on to the spiritual path, and find Ananda? Was it by reading Autobiography of a Yogi? Was there a single event, or many long years of searching? A favorite pastime at Ananda is listening to these stories, as they are always inspiring, and often quite fascinating. Please share your own story…

Dance of Divine Grace
October 24, 2011

Ananda Portland is expanding – you may have read about the new educational campus, Ananda Center at Laurelwood, and the new assisted living venture, Ananda House. But we have many other parts of the work here as well, and as I play my role as manager of the temple and teaching center I find it…

Dmitri Borohhov,
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God Cares More Than We Imagine
October 24, 2011

In one of Asha Praver’s excellent MP3 lectures she expressed a remarkable thought that I like to remind myself in many situations: When we are worried and anxious about things that can happen to us, the cause of this is that we actually don’t trust God enough. So, even though I have not yet achieved…

Christian Salisbury,
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Highlights from Ananda Farm Apprentices at Ananda Village
October 6, 2011

Working on an organic farm can be a very interesting and entertaining endeavor, especially when you have little or no experience in farming! There are all those preconceived thoughts that come to one’s mind with what goes on, on a farm: waking up early, lots of manual labor, remembering when and how much to water…

Finding God in the City
September 27, 2011

Swami Kriyananda asked a group of people to move to Los Angeles and help Ananda happen down here. So last fall 10 or so of us packed up and moved down to the big city. We are now quickly coming up on our one year anniversary. I think all of us have been stretched in…

“Find abundance in me, not in your bank account.”
September 26, 2011

Finances are tough for everyone, especially now and usually the thought is “We must save and pinch our pennies!” Now this isn’t a bad thing, in fact we should be smart with our money, but with everything on the spiritual path, the question should be, “Am I being more contractive or more expansive?” Even though…

The Joy of Living in Community: An Interview with Melody West
September 20, 2011

Q: What inspired you to come live here? A: I’d never seen anywhere else a large amount of people dedicating their lives to God. I saw the results happening here that I had longed for in my own life. I could see the joy in their eyes and in their lifestyles and attitudes. For the first time…

Dedication Weekend for Ananda Laurelwood
September 5, 2011

Workers were out all over the property when we arrived on Saturday. Building a chicken coop, raising fence around garden, hauling trash, building an altar, cleaning, installing windows, and of course, cooking for the 100+ Anandans who converge from all the different communities to add their energy to the growing vitality that is rapidly becoming…

Kamran Matlock,
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Young Adults of Ananda: An Interview with Kamran Matlock
July 27, 2011

Question: How did you become interested in following the spiritual path? Answer: I was interested in consciousness, and wanted to know how to use more of my brain and unlock the potentials of body and mind. I got into the Indian philosophy when I read Autobiography of a Yogi. I wanted to do a meditation retreat, so I…

When Your Spiritual Progress Seems Too Slow...
July 25, 2011

About 45 years ago, I spent two and a half years paralyzed from the chest down. The neurosurgeons tried unsuccessfully to remove a cyst that was compressing my spinal cord, and a year of physical therapy brought no improvement, but a second surgery succeeded, and I gradually recovered the use of my legs. I’ve had…

Sowing the Seeds of Spiritual Awakening
July 21, 2011

A few weeks ago, Ananta and I were walking through the fields with four apprentices who have come to work with us on the farm this season. Specifically, we were identifying local weeds and talking about their function in soils as indicators of soil quality and health. One of the common weeds we were discussing…

Day by Day
May 18, 2011

These are thoughts of daily life are from over a year ago — I’m just now sharing them! This is an experiment, and I’d be glad to know what you think of this format in the comments. February 3, The Joyful Arts Center Right now I’m standing in the auditorium of the Joyful Arts Center,…

Back in Gurgaon
May 16, 2011

Sadhana Devi and I shifted last month to Gurgaon from Pune after being away since 2008. In our absence, the Ananda center/ ashram went through significant changes, making our return like coming back to a different place. Even Delhi seems to have changed for the better but my guess is that these transformations are more…

Brahmacharini Narayani,
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News of Swami Kriyananda
May 13, 2011

Brahmacharini Narayani has been travelling with Swami Kriyananda for the past several years through all our Ananda Communities. She has become one of his personal staff. Dear friends, Swami Kriyananda’s health has in general been doing very well, and his spirit is always soaring in divine joy. As you may know from having seen the…

Spiritual Laziness and Other Virtues
May 12, 2011

It’s early morning and you’re shuffling to your meditation seat. You’re feeling that peaceful anticipation that comes before a meditation. Still walking, you glance up and see your laptop on your desk. It seems to beckon to you. The thought arises, “You know, it would only take a few moments, a few keystrokes to check…

Maria Antonia,
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Who Was Mary?
April 19, 2011

This past holy season brought many blessings. One of these was on the occasion of Christmas Eve, with the Festival of Light and the living creche representation in Ananda Village. When Devaki, the director of the creche scene, asked me to be the Virgin Mother, I started to think about Mary. Who was she? I…

Going on Pilgrimage Everyday
March 3, 2011

I had two titles in my mind for this blog post. The second one was to be something like, Riding the Wave with Yogananda. I went on a pilgrimage this past weekend to sites in the Los Angeles area made sacred by Paramhansa Yogananda. In some ways it was a very fast paced weekend trying…

Avital Miller,
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Take Two: Shooting Videos with Swami Kriyananda
January 13, 2011

Last June I initiated a project to film short video clips of Swami Kriyananda while he was at Ananda Village, promoting a few of his books from Crystal Clarity Publishers. This project kept getting postponed, possibly so I could learn a few lessons along the way. The original shooting date was postponed due to the…

Good bye, dear friend!
December 8, 2010

It is always hard to lose a great soul. Even though one mentally understands that the soul simply leaves the body as we all change the clothes at the end of the day, it is still very sad to say good bye to a great friend. I first got in contact with Maria through e-mails…

Nayaswami Nirmala,
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News of Ananda Pune, India
November 10, 2010

Our progress here in the Pune community has been steady these past weeks. We hosted two retreats in October: one for future residents, and one to celebrate All Saints Day:  “How to Become a Saint.” Ananda Pune residents All the members of Ananda Pune put out a lot of effort to make both retreats wonderful.…

 

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