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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!
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
What makes Ananda's experts....experts?
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.
Dear Ananda Friends, I would like to understand the significance of Ananda's symbol that we see in the top of the page.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
Are the political views at Ananda very diverse? What is the general economic preference: communism, free-market capitalism, socialism, anarchism?
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.
I have been suffering spiritual loneliness for a long time. I have read many books on yoga, philosophy, psychology, but have not found a "home" yet. I have tried yoga postures in classes but they have not helped. Kriya yoga and Yoganada's teachings have provided a source of hope for me and I have started to do some simple meditation techniques I learned from this website. Is it possible to find a spiritual home at Ananda Village while also finding employment in the village to support myself?
Your question was forwarded to me, as Director of Member Services.
It's true, when we begin to realize that the world promises everything, but delivers nothing that is lasting, we long to find what will bring us this lasting bliss that our soul remembers and seeks to be reunited with.
Why do you followers of yogananda and other eastern traditions pretend to not realize what a fight you have on your hands? I am talking about trying to blend christianity and eastern beliefs. You seem to want to quietly slip these things together and hope no one will notice. My question is why do you think you aren't going to be called out on that by more fudamentalists and theologians?
Why is it you think we aren't going to be "called out?" Our teachings are hardly a secret. We aren't interested in fighting. Our guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, called his work in the United States the Second Coming of Christ. I, too, have wondered why he wasn't "crucified." In fact, however, he DID encounter scorn, derision, prejudice, and opposition. He just also happened to be a very magnetic and charismatic speaker and teacher and individual with a message that resonates with those who know intuitively that beneath the surface of theological and other differences must surely lie the One Truth and One God!