Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sangha
Greetings from Los Angeles, Part 4
September 27, 2010
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi are accompanying Swami Kriyananda in Los Angeles, where he and the Ananda team launch the new expansion of our work.
Everything here in Los Angeles continues to move forward in exciting ways for Swamiji and Ananda. (By the way, quite by chance, we discovered that the origin of “La-la land” was LA. That speaks for itself.)
We’re experiencing a steady stream of people coming to see Swamiji — some old friends, and some new ones to help him in our work here. Last week, Anand (Anil’s son) stopped by for a visit. (See photo.) [Editor's note: Anil is a long-time friend — many Ananda devotees on pilgrimage have stayed at his guest house in Rishikesh, north of Delhi.] He’s staying in Los Angeles temporarily, but his main focus now is building a yoga retreat on some property north of Rishikesh.
A few days later Swamiji had a lovely visit with a distant relative of Master’s, Sujon Datta, whose father’s grandmother was Master’s sister, Roma. (See photo.) Sujon is a radiant soul and a healer, and he did some very beneficial healing work for Swamiji.
We’ve also had interviews with three different publicists that Sean picked for us to choose one from. Our choice was a lovely woman, Jackie Lapin, who has herself written books on raising consciousness, and who should do a very effective job of representing Swamiji.
Finally, Swamiji had a great meeting with the production team for the film about Master’s life, The Wayshower. (See photo.) We’ll share some exciting news from them very soon.
On Sunday, September 19, Swamiji had his first satsang at the Regency Showcase Theater. Although we had no idea how many people would come for a Sunday morning satsang (11:00 am – 12:30 pm), we were pleasantly surprised when 225 attended. We hope to keep increasing the numbers until we can fill the 800 seats.
At the satsang, our Ananda LA choir sang beautifully, and Swamiji gave a wonderful talk and answered questions from the audience. (A video of the satsang has already been up on Ananda.org, and many of you wrote us that you watched it live.)
Last week there were a few glitches with very poor lighting and a high, difficult to access stage, but the Ananda LA team has been ironing out the wrinkles all week. We’ve purchased a small, lower, portable stage and better lighting, so this week’s satsang went beautifully.
Amidst all this, Swamiji has finished a screenplay based on his children’s book, The Time Tunnel.
Finally, Jyotish and I started our first six-week Raja Yoga course this week in Torrance, and had a great turnout of 35 students. (See photo.) Paul Fetler, an Ananda LA yoga teacher, led the students in the hatha yoga from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, followed by our class on yoga philosophy from 7:30 – 9:00 pm.
Turiya and Ashleigh Moore (see photo) have done a wonderful job of building the Torrance center for about nine years. Now they’re moving up to the Village for a period of time, and will be missed here.
On Monday, we need to return to Ananda Village for a week to take care of some things, so we’ll write again after we return to Los Angeles, or, as Master called it, “the Benares of America.”
With love and joy in God,
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi