The Future of Ananda
June 6, 2013

Dear Friends, As we all make the transition in our lives with Swami Kriyananda’s passing, it’s time of both grieving and of joy. It’s also a time to look to the future and continue to expand the great work of Ananda he began. Because of Swamiji’s wise and far-seeing leadership, the future of Ananda is…

Tulips and Transformations
May 16, 2012

Dear Friends, We’ve had a cool rainy spring, perfect weather for tulips. This year more than 4,000 visitors came to “Springtime at Ananda,” to see the gardens at Crystal Hermitage and the 9,000 tulips. Many have commented that these gardens are among the most beautiful in the world, not only because of the amazing flowers…

Some Great Purpose
March 1, 2012

A friend of ours recently showed us a wonderful quote that we wanted to share with you: When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties, and…

News from India
January 25, 2012

Dear Friends, We send our love to all of you, and now after nine days in India, we finally have a moment to write you some news about our travels here. This trip has had many blessings and some unexpected adventures along the way. We flew out of Sacramento on January 6 traveling to Portland,…

The Real Gifts of Christmas
December 22, 2011

Dear Friends, We send our heartfelt wishes that your Christmas season be filled with peace and joy. May you feel you are like the three wise men bearing gifts of divine love with each gift you give. Yogananda tells us that the three wise men who traveled from the East to visit the baby Jesus…

101 Ways We Serve
October 28, 2011

Dear Friends, We hope that you are well and enjoying the beautiful season of autumn wherever you are. Last week we gave a satsang at Ananda Village about the spiritual practice of seeing everything we do as service. The community members here said they enjoyed and benefited from it, so we’d like to share our…

Ananda Laurelwood — Where Every Day is Labor Day!
September 26, 2011

This slogan was printed on the t-shirts we received at the Ananda Laurelwood Dedication on Labor Day weekend. It captures the spirit of the dynamic group of people spanning three generations who are building Ananda’s newest community near Portland, Oregon. On the back of the t-shirt the letters “J-O-Y” were formed by listing the many…

Opening Doors
August 11, 2011

“When God closes one door, He opens another, but it’s hell in the hallway.” A friend of ours recently shared this amusing saying with us, and it’s something we’ve probably all experienced. The most challenging periods in life are the times of transition before the next door opens.

Right now it seems we’re in a giant “hallway” — a period of global upheaval with an uncertain future economically, politically, environmentally, and even morally. People are desperately seeking a new portal to open onto a brighter future. And open it must: we just need to know where to look.

Magnetism and Community
May 5, 2011

Dear Friends, Hello from Ananda Village, where 9,000 brilliantly colored tulips at the Crystal Hermitage gardens are dancing against a backdrop of mists playing on distant hillsides. The Village is increasingly becoming like the radiant astral world, not only because of its loveliness on the physical plane but, more importantly, because of the beauty of…

"Crowds of Souls" - Building Ananda LA
March 2, 2011

Dear Friend, This will be the last letter that we write you from Los Angeles for a while, since Swami Kriyananda, his staff, as well as Jyotish and I will be heading back to Ananda Village on March 11. We’ve been here now since August 23 – nearly six and a half months – and…

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sangha