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One of the Ananda teachers just sent me an article about the physiological link between the breath and a brain chemical, noradrenaline. Here’s a quote from the article: The research shows for the first time that breathing — a key element of meditation and mindfulness practices — directly affects the levels of a natural chemical messenger in the brain…

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“Nothing in the world is so strong as a kind heart, and somehow this kind little heart, though it was only the heart of a child, seemed to clear all the atmosphere of the big gloomy room and make it brighter.” Walking alone into the presence of his grandfather, the formidable Earl of Dorincourt, Cecil…

Live Broadcast: Tribute to Swami Kriyananda

May 19, 7:30 – 9pm PDT

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide, share on the life of Swami Kriyananda and how his discipleship to the great master, Paramhansa Yogananda, has inspired countless devotees to live a life dedicated to God and Guru.

Swami Kriyananda (James Donald Walters) was born on May 19, 1926 in Teleajen, Romania, to American parents. In 1948, Kriyananda came across the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda in a bookstore, and hopped on a train to meet him and become his disciple.

After Yogananda’s passing in 1952, Kriyananda gradually moved into a role of greater public service. In 1960 he was appointed First Vice-President of Self-Realization Fellowship, his guru’s organization.

More than any other disciple, Swami Kriyananda tried to fulfill his guru’s vision of spiritual communities. In 1968 he founded the first community, called Ananda Village. He later founded several more communities, and also wrote many books and pieces of music.

Swami Kriyananda passed away on April 21, 2013, surrounded by his spiritual family. His body was laid to rest at the Moksha Mandir at Ananda Village.

In his will, he named Nayaswami Jyotish as his spiritual successor. Nayaswami Jyotish and his wife Nayaswami Devi currently serve as Ananda’s spiritual directors and have carried on Swami Kriyananda’s work of traveling, lecturing, and helping to guide Ananda’s communities worldwide

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Recently a fellow-disciple asked me, “What should we do when we feel restless, spiritually ‘dry,’ out of tune, or when we feel strongly drawn back into worldly desires?’ I will discuss in this blog what I did when these kinds of feelings first “ambushed” me, and also, what others have done when finding themselves in…

When Paramhansa Yogananda came to America in 1920, he spent fifteen years working extremely hard to get his mission started, while facing many difficult tests along the way. When he felt that it was on a firm foundation, he returned to India to see his guru, Sri Yukteswar, and his many Indian friends, disciples, and […]

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Memory is that faculty of the conscious mind which, through the help of the subconscious mind, can recall any past conscious experience. Always awake, the subconscious mind is buried beneath the conscious mind, working during sleep, and constantly memorizing experiences during the state of wakefulness. In order to perform important duties, recall valuable experiences for…

Daily Inspiration
May 21, 2018

Pay more attention to the words of children. They often express the simple clarity of wisdom.

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We are part of a great tide of loving, joyful energy that wants to give and give as long as people are happy to receive it.

—Swami Kriyananda

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