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Inner Renewal Week
February 2010, Ananda Village

Photoblog of the week’s events

Music from the concert:


Nayaswami Jyotish

Embrace the Search for God
February 1, 2010

Class with Nayaswami Jyotish

From now on, I embrace as my only purpose in life the search for God.

I no longer exist as a separate entity, but offer my life unreservedly into Thy great Ocean of Awareness.

—Nayaswami vows, quoted by Jyotish

Nayaswami Devi

Spiritual Adventuresomeness
February 1, 2010

Class with Nayaswami Devi

The reason most people don’t advance spiritually is because they lack the sense of spiritual adventuresomeness.

—Paramhansa Yogananda, quoted by Devi


Nayaswami Devi

What Draws Us to God?
February 2, 2010

Class with Nayaswami Devi

I made some resolutions for this New Year, about things I had neglected, and about removing from this mansion of my life unneccesary luxuries that fill up precious gaps of time.

—Paramhansa Yogananda, quoted by Devi

Nayaswami Jyotish

What Holds Us Back
February 2, 2010

Class with Nayaswami Jyotish

If I sow an action, I shall reap a habit.

If I sow a habit, I shall reap a character.

If I sow a character, I shall reap a destiny.

—Paramhansa Yogananda, quoted by Jyotish


Nayaswami Jyotish

The Vows of the New Renunciate Order
February 3, 2010

Class with Nayaswami Jyotish

We should take these vows very seriously, and focus our lives around the steps that will take us to the fulfillment of the vows.

—Jyotish

Nayaswami Devi

Roadmap to Enlightenment
February 3, 2010

Class with Nayaswami Devi

We have to start wherever we are, spiritually. That’s how God can work with us.

—Devi

Questions and Answers
Informal satsang (spiritual fellowship) with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, February 3, 2010

  • Relationships: impersonal vs. personal
  • Overcoming moods
  • How to balance work with relaxation and inspiration
  • Swami Kriyananda’s and Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings: is there a difference?
  • The spiritual aspects of seva (service)
  • The significance of the New Renunciate Order in Ananda’s development

Nayaswami Anandi

Living with God, Part 1
February 4, 2010

Class with Nayaswami Anandi

Energization Excercises by Paramhansa Yogananda help us discover the connecting link between matter and spirit.

—Anandi

Nayaswami Ananta

Living with God, Part 2
February 4, 2010

Class with Nayaswami Ananta

Your divine essence is, always, Ever-New-Joy. If you are earning a living doing data entry, day in and day out, in the back office of some corporation, then THAT is where you will find God.

—Ananta

Nayaswami Maria

Living with God, Part 3
February 4, 2010

Class with Nayaswami Maria

I will feel that not only the fruit of my labor, but the labor itself, is only Thine.

Act through me always, Lord, to accomplish Thy design.

—The Nayaswami vow, quoted by Maria


Nayaswami Devarshi

The Path of Kriya Yoga, Part 1
February 6, 2010

Class with Nayaswami Devarshi

You know how the rich kids are given sports cars by their parents? Well, our parents, the line of Kriya Yoga Masters, gave us a jet airplane — the technique of Kriya Yoga — to bring us to God!

—Devarshi

Nayaswami Bharat

The Path of Kriya Yoga, Part 2
February 6, 2010

Class with Nayaswami Bharat

Like the mighty Mississippi, the river of energy generated by the practice of Kriya in our subtle spine, absorbes all the tributories of the senses.

—Bharat

Nayaswami Devi

The Path of Kriya Yoga, Part 3
February 6, 2010

Class with Nayaswami Devi

No matter how sincere we are in our devotion, we need the techniques that bring us in attunement with God’s grace.

—Devi


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