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Candie
USA

Question

I am interested in learning more about this faith. I used to have some links to free lessons, I have gained the link to the books, however I thought there used to be daily assignments to help you work toward initiation. Bless you for your time, and information.

Candie

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Candie,

The best way to know more about the teachings we at Ananda share and live is to follow the tried and true progressive course lessons of our Ananda Course in Self-Realization.

As you’ve already discovered by visiting our websites and reading our books, the teachings of Yogananda are personal and at the same time universal. It is based on what the Indians call Sanatan Dharma, or the eternal religion. More than religion, however, it is a way of life, applicable for day-to-day life challenges, as Paramhansa Yogananda said, in order to be able to fight the battle of life, to find true happiness.

doreen
USA

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Has Ananda explored the possibility of creating a Roku Channel? Thank you all for your amazing service!

Nabha Cosley

Nabha Cosley

Ananda Village

Answer

I like how you think! The short answer is that we hadn’t explored it until you wrote.

Let me share some ways that you can watch Ananda videos on your TV now, then I'll answer your specific question.

Roku, as I understand it, is like Apple TV and similar devices that connect services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video to your TV. My wife and I own an Apple TV, so I have a little experience here. We’ve found some ways that work well, and they may work for Roku.

Ivan
Italy

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I am Catholic, and I am very active in my parish church. I really like teachings of Yogananda. So, my question is: Can one remain active Catholic when one enters in Ananda Sangha? Does it change or limit his relation with the church? Thank you!

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Ivan, ciao!

Yes, joining Ananda Sangha you can remain fully active as a Catholic. Ananda is not a religion, but is pure spirituality. It is open and supportive. It has Hindus, Christians, Jews, Muslims (I know at least one) among its members. Ananda will help you to spiritualize and deepen your Catholic faith, as well as your inner closeness to Jesus.

becky jean rich
usa

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What makes Ananda's experts....experts?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Becky,

Probably each of our "Ananda experts" would humbly decline the use of the description if you were to ask them about it!

But to answer you more fully: Ananda's experts are devotees who have been on the spiritual path for a good deal of time and have been in various roles of being leaders, teachers, or ministers. They have typically had a lot of experience in dealing with people's issues and challenges and helping them find solutions.

Sai
India

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Dear Ananda Friends, I would like to understand the significance of Ananda's symbol that we see in the top of the page.

Nayaswami Gopal

Nayaswami Gopal

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear One,

You ask a very good question with deep meaning. The "Joy is Within You" symbol has deep significance to truth-seekers and it provides a wonderful opportunity to meditate on its meaning.

The bottom portion of the symbol is that of a mountain peak aspiring up to meet God, recognizing the soul's desire for upliftment. The lines are soft and demonstrate a joyous ascension. The direction the lines follow end with an outline of "A Bird of Paradise". The lines are also representative of how the soul can move up and out and finally back and in. This movement suggests that the joy we are seeking comes from within. I hope this helps.

Anthony
USA

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Hello, Is japa or chanting out loud the different names for God like Aum as a practice accepted in Ananda? I find it helps me to have better meditations when I do, along with affirmations and prayers.

Thanks for your help

Anthony

Nayaswami Sahaja

Nayaswami Sahaja

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Anthony,

Not only are japa and chanting accepted at Ananda, they are encouraged practices. Both of these practices help to develop devotion and awareness of the presence of God.

Yogananda himself said "Chanting is half the battle". Chanting opens the heart and helps you to become more receptive to God's presence within and around you. Chanting prior to meditaiton, enriches and deepens your experience.

Peter
USA

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I follow this site and the colony sites very closely and love the support and resources available. I am curious - why does Ananda primarily exist on the West Coast? I am in the Midwest and there are many followers of Yogananda here that could benefit from the teachings in person. Are there any plans to expand?

In Master's blessings,

Peter

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Peter,

Ananda exists wherever there are a sufficient number of devotees who want to join together for spiritual company (satsang).

But it isn't that Ananda as an organization determines where we have such groups; rather, it comes from a natural development among sincere devotees (such as you!) coming together with other like-minded souls and growing in magnetism.

September 5
2011

James
usa

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Are the political views at Ananda very diverse? What is the general economic preference: communism, free-market capitalism, socialism, anarchism?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Friend,

Ananda members have a wide range of political views. The practice of meditation and the teachings of Self-realization are not inherently one view or another, politically speaking.

The paths to truth are many, though truth be One.

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