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Ananda SanghisDear friend,

We invite you to join our worldwide family of like-minded souls. Below you can read “The Way of Ananda Sanghis” statement, which outlines our spiritual principles.

The membership in Ananda Sangha Worldwide is free. We ask from you no outward commitment, but an inward
dedication to helping us bring a new consciousness into the world.

The Way of Ananda Sanghis

May the Divine Light awaken and purify my heart, and bring enlightenment to all beings.

  1. We believe in a single, blissful, eternal consciousness, Satchidanandam, which pervades the entire universe, unifying it and all creatures in a bond of mutual service. This blissful consciousness is the underlying reality of all existence; it precedes the very manifestation of the universe.

  2. We believe that man’s highest duty is to realize himself as an expression of all-pervading Satchidanandam.

    1. We embrace the way to this Self-realization through the inner silence, above all, of daily communion with the infinite Self.

    2. We embrace, for ourselves, the need to embody this realization in our own lives by daily performing at least one specific, conscious, personally selected act of service to our fellow beings.

    3. We embrace — again, for ourselves, since we seek not to impose our understanding on others — the need to honor all, whether friends or self-named foes, as manifestations of the eternal Satchidanandam, and to see them as our brothers and sisters in that Supreme Consciousness which is variously called God, Ishwara, Allah, or Jehovah. We recognize all names for that Supreme Being as designating our one, common Progenitor.

    4. We embrace the need to give back to our Supreme Source by offering up every ego-attachment and self-limiting identity in daily acts of service to others.

    5. We seek as our primary goal in life the state of actual, conscious union with Satchidanandam.

    6. We aspire to make our own lives works of art, whether through music, through the visual arts, or through the simple deeds of our daily existence, with a view to expressing the bliss that is latent in our deeper selves.

    7. We seek to make our every thought and action a radiation outward from the center of our being, and not to allow ourselves to become superficial reflections of the thoughts and actions of others.

  3. We seek never to convert anyone to our specific cause except, in love, to inspire all with the desire to reclaim the bliss of their own being.

  4. We seek fellowship with others willing to join hands with us in this loving labor for universal upliftment. Thus, by our united efforts, our hope is to share inspiration with ever-increasing effectiveness.

  5. We recognize that, whether or not others join us consciously in this labor, all human beings, each one individually, serve the Eternal Purpose, doing so by the simple act of seeking, whether ignorantly or wisely, the bliss of their own being. We condemn no one, therefore, for ideas he may hold that are different from our own, but embrace all as fellow seekers of Ultimate Bliss.

  6. In token of our dedication to these principles, the assumption of which is our guiding rule in life, we undertake at formal functions of our Order to wear a color expressive of our hearts’ ardor, of the purity of our aspiration, and of the humility of our intentions. We wear that color not to set ourselves apart from others, but simply to remind ourselves to remain focused on our true purpose. The color is a warm hue of yellow, reminiscent of the sun and symbolic of the joy of our own being. By donning this color, we demonstrate our willingness to cooperate with others equally dedicated to this lofty ideal. The color yellow may be worn in any shape: a tie, a scarf, a shawl, or even a handkerchief tucked into the breast pocket of a man’s jacket.

  7. We recognize that the way of Ananda Sangha is primarily inward, not outward; that it leads one by the universal pathway of the spine to the high state of communion with God at that point in the forehead which lies between the eyebrows. We follow this path by the daily practice, after receiving it, of the non-sectarian science of Kriya Yoga, as it was named by its reviver in the nineteenth century, Yogavatar Lahiri Mahasaya of Varanasi. The aim of Kriya Yoga is to withdraw one’s energy and consciousness from the senses to the spine, and to lift the awareness to conscious union with the Supreme Reality: Satchidanandam.

    Those who practice this sacred science are known as Kriyabans. The Kriyabans of Ananda Sangha offer special respect, honor, and reverence to those who inspired the promulgation of Kriya Yoga in modern times: Jesus Christ, Mahavatar Babaji (who was, as he has informed his close disciples, Bhagavan Krishna in a former incarnation), Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Sri Yukteswar, and Paramhansa Yogananda, ambassador of Kriya Yoga to the West and promoter of the underlying oneness of Hinduism, Christianity, and, consequently, of all the great religions of the world. Kriyabans revere the great saints of all religions, but give special reverence and obedience to the line of gurus on whose lives and teachings we pattern our own lives.

History

Ananda Sangha began with the founding of Ananda Village in 1968, near Nevada City, California, USA, by Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), a direct disciple since 1948 of Paramhansa Yogananda of Bengal, India. Ananda Village has, since its founding, given birth to seven other communities: five of them in the United States of America, one in Italy, and one in India.

Residing in these communities there are a total of about one thousand sevakas (members of the Ananda Order). Most of the children of these residents attend Ananda’s own schools, but are not considered members until they themselves reach the age of discernment and make the decision to join.

Ananda Sangha, with the blessings of God and Gurus, is dedicated to the spiritual upliftment of our planet.

Membership in the Ananda Sangha Worldwide

Ananda Sangha is primarily a fellowship of souls, not of purses and pocketbooks. Donations are welcome, of course, for it takes money to run an organization. All that Ananda Sangha asks of its members is their heartfelt commitment to the basic principles stated on this page, and a striving to share with others, in spiritual partnership with us, in the dissemination of these ideals.

Should you desire to join us in that spirit, we invite you to enroll as a member. Simply fill in and submit the membership form. In return you will be inscribed as a member, and will be sent a card declaring your participation in Ananda Sangha. Membership confers no rights, and no obligations; it is simply a declaration of solidarity with the spiritual ideals propounded by Paramhansa Yogananda, and of your own desire to reinforce the efforts of others toward these ends by your active good will, prayers, and loving support.

Membership includes no requirement that one resign from any other organization. Except in cases of extraordinary abuse, membership may be terminated only by the member himself. The first 1,000 members in every country will be assigned a number, and will be inscribed as charter members of Ananda Sangha in that country.

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