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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!
Edward Leighton Wilson
Dear brother or sister. My name is Leighton Wilson. I have a question regarding loyalty. My Guru is Amma. I feel very drawn to "stand up, and be counted" by taking the vows of a monk. I am very drawn to the "new monastic order" that Swami Kriyananda has helped bring about. I will not be disloyal to my Guru. Would becoming a Nayaswami be "mixing teachings"? Or, would it be disloyal? Thank you for your time and care. Love.
Dear Edward, in the inspiration that Nayaswami Kriyananda shared in the creation of the Nayaswami Order he specifically invites those who already ARE swamis to join the Nayaswami Order. He also states that he can imagine nayaswamis who are not on the same path. What he asks of such persons is that they recognize Paramhansa Yogananda as their adi-guru, or as he puts it:
I am looking for a spiritual community to live in, and Ananda is at the top of my list of prospective communities. Are all residents at Ananda Village in Nevada City brahmacharis or sannyasis? i.e., have they taken vows of celibacy? Is this a requirement to live there, or do couples live there as well, cohabiting and raising children together? The issue of brahmacharya keeps arising for me, over and over again. Thank you. Namaste _/_
The primary focus for residents at Ananda Village is that they are disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda and our line of gurus, and that they have taken (or are moving toward) initiation into Kriya Yoga. Ananda Village is the beginning, in a sense, of the fulfillment of Yogananda's vision of World Brotherhood Colonies.
are there pets at ananda village? i ask because master had a pet deer at his ranchi school and i have always found my kitty to be a great meditation companion. i would like to come and live at ananda; would i have to leave my kitty behind?
Yes, there are pets at Ananda Village. A number of Village residents have cats just as you do.
We do however have a restriction against dogs. This is not because we don't appreciate them, but rather because of the effect dogs have in our environment, especially in regards to the wildlife, such as the deer.
Dear sir, Can we have Ananda in Atlanta city? There is no Ananda in the South. I meet people in here whose eyes tell that they want spirituality in there life. I can assure you many souls here wait for the arrival of Ananda in Atlanta.
Ananda is always happy to support devotees in forming meditation groups wherever there is a need. But it isn't that Ananda as an organization determines where we have such groups; rather it comes from the natural development among sincere devotees such as you coming together with other like-minded souls and growing in magnetism.
I am in Auckland (NZ) basically from India. I am in search of Ananda devotees here so that I can discuss my spiritual path with others and share the books too. At times I feel real lonely here. It seems as if the materialistic things are diverting me from my actual path. Please help me in finding spiritual satsang here. Regards Richa
Thank you for your inquiry. We get inquiries from all parts of the world asking about if there is an Ananda group in their area. At this time we have over one hundred Ananda groups worldwide. We do have a group in New Zealand. You can contact them via email.