Is Ananda Village Heaven on Earth?


Question from Tanu: I imagine Ananda Village as the perfect land where people wake up doing mediation & yoga and perform their daily duties and roles, perhaps something more that makes it beautiful. I once attended an Ananda Programme when Swami Kriyananda was there and one of the person there referred Ananda Village as heaven and perfect land. Can we come to stay…

Why doesn’t Ananda have Krishna on the altar?


Question from Lynn Lloyd: My small town has an Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) meditation group that I meditate with periodically. I have noticed that their invocation of the lineage includes both “Mahavatar Krishna” and Babaji separately. Their photos on the altar always include Krishna. I noticed this also in the Yogananda movie. Why does Ananda combine Babaji and Krishna? If this change was made by…

How to Learn More About Ananda


Question from Candie: I am interested in learning more about this faith. I used to have some links to free lessons, I have gained the link to the books, however I thought there used to be daily assignments to help you work toward initiation. Bless you for your time, and information. Candie

How to Watch Ananda Videos on Your TV


Question from doreen: Has Ananda explored the possibility of creating a Roku Channel? Thank you all for your amazing service!

Can I Join Ananda and Remain Catholic?


Question from Ivan: I am Catholic, and I am very active in my parish church. I really like teachings of Yogananda. So, my question is: Can one remain active Catholic when one enters in Ananda Sangha? Does it change or limit his relation with the church? Thank you!

The Meaning of Ananda’s Joy Symbol


Question from Sai: Dear Ananda Friends, I would like to understand the significance of Ananda’s symbol that we see in the top of the page.

Japa and Chanting at Ananda


Question from Anthony: Hello, Is japa or chanting out loud the different names for God like Aum as a practice accepted in Ananda? I find it helps me to have better meditations when I do, along with affirmations and prayers. Thanks for your help Anthony

Ananda in the Midwest, USA


Question from Peter: I follow this site and the colony sites very closely and love the support and resources available. I am curious — why does Ananda primarily exist on the West Coast? I am in the Midwest and there are many followers of Yogananda here that could benefit from the teachings in person. Are there any plans to expand? In Master’s blessings,…

Ananda and Political Views


Question from James: Are the political views at Ananda very diverse? What is the general economic preference: communism, free-market capitalism, socialism, anarchism?

Can I move to Ananda Village?


Question from George: I have been suffering spiritual loneliness for a long time. I have read many books on yoga, philosophy, psychology, but have not found a “home” yet. I have tried yoga postures in classes but they have not helped. Kriya yoga and Yoganada’s teachings have provided a source of hope for me and I have started to do some simple meditation…

Blending of Christianity and Yoga


Question from Brock: Why do you followers of yogananda and other eastern traditions pretend to not realize what a fight you have on your hands? I am talking about trying to blend christianity and eastern beliefs. You seem to want to quietly slip these things together and hope no one will notice. My question is why do you think you aren’t going to…

Joining the nayaswami order if you have another guru


Question from Edward Leighton Wilson: Dear brother or sister. My name is Leighton Wilson. I have a question regarding loyalty. My Guru is Amma. I feel very drawn to “stand up, and be counted” by taking the vows of a monk. I am very drawn to the “new monastic order” that Swami Kriyananda has helped bring about. I will not be disloyal to my Guru.…

Living at Ananda Village


Question from Geoff: Namaste, I am looking for a spiritual community to live in, and Ananda is at the top of my list of prospective communities. Are all residents at Ananda Village in Nevada City brahmacharis or sannyasis? i.e., have they taken vows of celibacy? Is this a requirement to live there, or do couples live there as well, cohabiting and raising children…

Are There Pets at Ananda Village?


Question from tyler: are there pets at ananda village? i ask because master had a pet deer at his ranchi school and i have always found my kitty to be a great meditation companion. i would like to come and live at ananda; would i have to leave my kitty behind?

Ananda in Atlanta, Georgia


Question from Aditya: Dear sir, Can we have Ananda in Atlanta city? There is no Ananda in the South. I meet people in here whose eyes tell that they want spirituality in there life. I can assure you many souls here wait for the arrival of Ananda in Atlanta.

Finding Ananda in New Zealand


Question from Richa: I am in Auckland (NZ) basically from India. I am in search of Ananda devotees here so that I can discuss my spiritual path with others and share the books too. At times I feel real lonely here. It seems as if the materialistic things are diverting me from my actual path. Please help me in finding spiritual satsang here.…