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Be a Warrior for the Light


Now is the time to bring light and positive energy into the world — it’s needed today more than ever.

Watch this video from Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, along with Dr. Peter van Houten, to learn what we can do on all levels — spiritually and physically — to be safe and help the world.

You can also read this letter to all of Ananda. And for more medical information, see this informative video on COVID-19.

 

Join a Worldwide Campaign for Global Healing

Every Thursday at 8:00 am PDT / 5:00 pm CEST / 7:30 pm IST, Ananda centers in the U.S., India, and Italy will host a gathering to meditate, and affirm and visualize light in the world.

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Online Events

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Tools to Stand Unshaken Amidst Life’s Challenges

with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
May 22nd and 29th, 2020

Session 2
May 29 6:00 pm PDT
May 30 01:00 GMT
May 30 06:30 IST

How to Live in Challenging Times

108 videos, articles, and other resources for meeting present realities with an uplifted consciousness.

What Is
Ananda?

Ananda is dedicated to the belief, born of experience, that you can live in joy. We teach effective techniques for expanding your sense of self, such as meditation, Kriya Yoga, spiritual Hatha Yoga, and divine friendship.
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Our Inspiration

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
Paramhansa Yogananda (1893 – 1952), best known as the author of Autobiography of a Yogi, was the first guru from India to make his home permanently in the United States.Paramhansa Yogananda showed how everyone, by means of meditation, can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality. He taught an ancient meditation technique known as Kriya Yoga, by which one can quickly attain Self-realization. More
Swami Kriyananda (1926 – 2013), is a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and the founder of Ananda’s worldwide movement.

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

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.
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Community

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

Connect Online

Ananda is very active online: Live events, satsangs, group guided meditations, and personal support through email and chat. Learn More

Visit in Person

Ananda has over 150 centers and meditation groups in over 45 countries which offer group meditations and classes. Learn More

Experience Community

Ananda has developed eight communities in the US, Europe, and India. Many offer internships where you can stay and experience community firsthand. Learn More

What’s New


Recent Posts and Videos

Can I Prepare for Kriya Yoga and Practice Techniques from Other Sources?

Dear Friend, The now-classic text, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, was written so as to prepare a student for the subtler technique of kriya yoga. Yet the text does not have all of the preparatory techniques that Paramhansa ... Read More

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Taking Charge of Your life

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Taking Charge of Your Life

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Kirtan and Stories with Nayaswamis Nirmala and Dharmadas

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Discipleship: The Path to Self-Transcendence

What Did Jesus Mean in Saying, “I Have Not Come to Bring Peace, but a Sword”?

Dear Jo, Good question! Jesus often spoke metaphorically but used down-to-earth terms that suggest a literal interpretation. The verses that you quoted are a prime example. I’ll paraphrase how Paramhansa Yogananda interpreted those verses: The mission of every master is ... Read More

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Paramhansa Yogananda’s Chant “They Have Heard Thy Name”

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Philosophy in Song with Kirtani — “Channels”

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The Path is a Balance Between Meditation and Service

I Saw a Circle of Daggers in Meditation. What Does That Mean?

Dear Ato, Meditation, as Yogananda teaches it, is a process of becoming silent. In that state we become able, gradually, to perceive the presence of God, and our soul, which is a spark of God. In that process images can ... Read More

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Storytelling and Song: Stories, Tales, Fables, and Scripture

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The Meaning of Resurrection

How Can I Invoke Sri Yukteswar to Bless My Life?

Dear Rubin, This is wonderful that you feel that inner connection. You can use the japa “Om Guru,” repeating it mentally while thinking of Sri Yukteswar. Or just using the name of a Master works wonderfully. In that case your ... Read More

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Make God Your Own Highest Reality

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Your Beliefs Are Secondary; Its Your Experience That Counts

Visual Images During Meditation: Good and Bad

Dear Pradnya, Visual images sometimes come in meditation. If we are deep in meditative stillness and bliss, we may see images connected with the spiritual eye or with saints. These come because we have entered into higher consciousness, which is ... Read More

Where Did Jesus Go When He Was Dead for Three Days?

Dear Oakes, According to Yogananda these three days are highly meaningful: “The resurrection of Jesus in three days has special significance. He was advanced enough to reincarnate his soul from the physical to the astral, and from there to the ... Read More

Meditation and Mental Imbalances

Dear Raja, I am very sorry to hear of your illness, and that you had to cease your meditation practices. I believe your question is whether you can practice Kriya Yoga? First let me say that there is a period ... Read More

Strange Experience During Root Chakra Meditation

Dear Vanessa, In our tradition here at Ananda, which is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, the focus of our meditation practice is the spiritual eye — the point between the eyebrows — the positive pole of the 6th ... Read More

A Light in Dark Times

Why Did My Husband Die Suddenly?

Dear Vijayalashmi, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is difficult to understand what appears to be a senseless loss of a loved one. Losing a husband in this surprising manner is particularly difficult. The “why” behind ... Read More

Are There Self-Realized Masters Living in India?

Dear one, Yes, certainly. Yogananda writes in his Autobiography of a Yogi: “India has proved herself not witless against the thousand cunnings of time. Self-realized masters in every century have hallowed her soil.” In this new century too, they are ... Read More

Similarities Between Attaining Self-Realization and the End of COVID Lockdown

Swami Kriyananda tribute with Nayaswami Jyotish his spiritual successor

Tribute to Kriyananda

Bliss: The Supercure for Addictions

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Three Mirrors

Controlling the Uncontrollable

All The World Is My Friend

From Lockdown to Lift-Off

7 Practices to Strengthen Yourself in Challenging Times

Master Works in Mysterious, Miraculous Ways 

How to Build Faith During Uncertain Times

Opportunity in Adversity

The transformational power of the teachings of Christ and Yogananda.

A Season of Change

How to Meditate According to Paramhansa Yogananda

Good Advice

“Many Hands Make a Miracle”

How the West Was (Spiritually) Won by Paramhansa Yogananda

Kanchenjunga mountains of India

Seeing Kanchenjunga

I Live Without Fear


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Upcoming Events

Private Meditation Coaching Online

With Teaching Faculty of the Ananda School of Yoga & Meditation
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Our trained and experienced coaches look forward to working with people who have already received a meditation technique and want to deepen their practice.

Our main focus at Ananda is on meditation as a tool for spiritual growth; we often also address other aims for the practice, such as stress management, emotional balance, and health issues.

Welcoming graduates of the Ananda Lessons in Meditation and people of many paths.

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Yogananda 100

A Century of Spiritual Awakening

Celebrating 100 Years of Yogananda’s world mission uniting East and West. Learn more.

Next Major Event

May 19: Yogananda 100 Celebration — 3:00 –7:00 pm

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Thank you for being a part of this community of souls who support each other on our path to God.

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