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Tom
Lithuania

Question

(sorry for terrible english, first, hope you understand something) Im 18 years old from small european country, and my only desire is to seek God, i see absolutely no point in other things. it simply doesnt give me any joy. I really agree with Yogananda that environment is more stronger than will power. there is no any spiritual environment where i live. can someone give me advise where should i go to find what im searching? without proper english and almost no money.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Tom,

I also pray that you find others of like mind and I direct your attention to Ananda’s Community and retreat center near Assisi, Italy. There are also meditation groups throughout Europe and Russia, also. I direct you then to Mayadevi Lauer in Italy. You can go to www.Ananda.it and send a message that way. They have special low-cost programs for younger seekers that can help make a visit more affordable.

June 12
2014

Ashur Shimon
Australia

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I am a homosexual who is living in the deep waters between two communities. My Ethnic/Christian community reject gay people and the gay community I just can not connect with. What I do have is the love of Jesus Christ in my heart. I don’t go to church as often as I like too due to the fact they judge gay people. I have never been intimate with anyone and so it’s been hard for me to connect with the gay community as it’s very toxic and sexual. What is Ananda’s views on homosexuality.

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Ashur,

I want to start by saying that I cannot speak for everyone at Ananda. I can only offer you my perspective gained during nearly forty years as a resident of various Ananda communities.

I have seen many gays and lesbians come to live at various Ananda communities and then later leave. I have also seen many gays and lesbians find a home in one or another of the Ananda communities. But I can say the same thing about everyone who has come to see if Ananda was home: For some it works, for some it doesn’t — regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or any of the usual self-identifications people have of themselves.

Don
USA

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Do either Kriyananda or Yogananda, in writing, or speaking, about small spiritually centered communities, address whether large cities and other social and political structures are a necessary infrastructure for the small villiages to survive. Is there an expectation that a few of these can serve as "antibodies" toward the eventual more peaceful world, or will all need to be in villages? It seems that the belief in eventual, universal salvation is a necessary condition for "Ananda's" to work .

Nayaswami Shivani

Answer

Dear Don,

Yogananda spoke often, and forcefully, of future global events. A realized Master is able to see past, present and future more clearly than we are able to perceive current events.

He saw great upheavals, natural cataclysms, global economic depressions — the result of which would be hundreds of years of peace on earth. A necessary purification and pruning process that will help humanity on this planet to enter a higher age with an expanded consciousness.

Kaaminii
US

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I have recently moved to Colorado and there is no Ananda community here at all. How can I stay connected with my community and keep strong in my practices. If enviornment is stronger than will any suggestions about keeping the "enviornment" strong?!?!?Thanks.

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Kaaminii,

Ananda does have a Meditation Group in the Denver area if that is anywhere near to you. You can contact us for details.

If however you are located far from Denver then there are a number of ways to keep connected and strong in your spiritual practices. One way is to start up a new meditation group in your area. We have a whole support system to help such groups get started and to continue. Please email us.

September 9
2009

tony Wagner
United States

Question

Is there a process to apply to live in Ananda Village ?

Answer

Dear Tony,

Thank you for your question. All residents of Ananda Village follow the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Before deciding to move here, you would want to know in your heart that this is your spiritual path, and that Yogananda is your guru (spiritual teacher).