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Paramhansa Yogananda has been called the father of yoga and meditation in the West. His Autobiography helped spark and inspire a spiritual revolution across the world. Among the over three-hundred (influential spiritual voices) I interviewed about their key spiritual influences, a high percentage named a book, and by far the book most often mentioned was Yogananda’s unique memoir.Phil Goldberg, American Veda
At the request of Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda dedicated his life to lecturing and writing, and has also produced hundreds of pieces of music, to help others to find joy within. More
With the passing of Swami Kriyananda in 2013, Nayaswami Jyotish was named by Kriyananda as his spiritual successor. Jyotishji met Swami Kriyananda in 1966, working closely with him and his wife, Devi (who came to Ananda in 1969), to build Ananda’s work around the world. Both Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi were named kriyacharyas by Swami Kriyananda, and disseminate the liberating and ancient Kriya Yoga technique of Paramhansa Yogananda’s lineage. More
Meditation & Kriya Yoga
Learn to Meditate
Meditation is a technique for personal growth that has been practiced for thousands of years around the world with repeatable results. There is no aspect of your life that cannot be improved by meditation, whether it be in business, relationships, or health. The highest purpose of meditation, however, is to discover your Highest Self.
We offer a free, five day email series for a basic overview of how to meditate, which includes posture, where and when to meditate, and a simple effective technique. It also includes a subscription to our monthly Daily Meditator newsletter and monthly Inner Light newsletter.
Kriya Yoga is an ancient meditation technique of energy and breath control, or pranayama. It is also a comprehensive spiritual path, which includes additional meditation practices and guidance for living.
The Kriya technique is given through personal initiation by one of our Kriya Yoga teachers. Initiation requires preparation which includes the practice of other meditation techniques and study of Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings.
Let us join together in this wave of social transformation, and through our practice of meditation create a spirit of global unity that can lead to lasting peace.Nayaswami Devi
Ananda is very active online: Live events, satsangs, group guided meditations, and personal support through email and chat. Learn More
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Ananda has over 150 centers and meditation groups in over 45 countries which offer group meditations and classes. Learn More
Ananda has developed eight communities in the US, Europe, and India. Many offer internships where you can stay and experience community firsthand. Learn More
The Yoga Teachings of Jesus
Discover the deep yogic truths hidden in the teachings of Jesus
This online, interactive course is designed to give you an inspiring and in-depth understanding of Paramhansa Yogananda’s stirring interpretation of Jesus’s teachings, through nine structured lessons — each addressing a particular facet of Jesus’ yogic teachings through written materials, audio and video recordings, and live video broadcasts.
Excerpt from the course:
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.’—Proverbs 8:34
Paramhansa Yogananda’s commentary:
Posts of my doors: the spiritual centers of the spine (chakras) through which the energy must be directed upward for enlightenment.
Heareth me: signifies listening to Aum, and also to the sounds that emanate from each of the chakras.
A humming, beelike, droning sound emanates, when stimulated, from the lowest (muladhara) chakra.
A flute sound emanates when the second (swadhisthan) chakra is stimulated.
The sound of plucked harp strings indicates that the third (manipur) chakra has been stimulated.
A deep gong bell sound is a sign that the inner heart (anahat) chakra has been stimulated.
A rushing sound, like the wind through tall pine trees, indicates that the energy is centered in the bishuddha chakra, opposite the throat.
And a symphony of all the sounds (the mighty Aum) comes when the energy is deeply centered in the agya chakra, at the medulla oblongata, or at the positive pole of that chakra in the spiritual eye.
Watching daily at my gates: signifies meditating on the chakras. In meditation, try chanting Aum mentally at each chakra (three times each is a good number), and endeavor to see the light emanating from each of them. Chanting Aum at the chakras stimulates the upward flow of energy – through them, toward the brain.
Special course-launch discount until Wednesday, January 29, 2020!
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- 3-Hour Meditation with Sanjan January 26, 6:30 am PST
- Ananda Village Sunday Service January 26, 11:00 am PST
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