Spiritual Growth

The Hound of Heaven

“He who created us yearns for our love… And we shall never be happy until we give it.” Paramhansa Yogananda In her book The Flawless Mirror, where she records her 27-year association with her guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, Kamala Silva writes: One Christmas, Master gave me a lovely printing of “The Hound of Heaven” by Francis Thompson. On long-past occasions I … Read More

Meditation, Spiritual Questions

Differences Between Kriya Malas and Others  

A mala is a string of beads that are used to focus the mind in japa meditation to count mantras, breaths, or prayers. For thousands of years, malas have been used to help spiritual aspirants with their religious and spiritual practices. Mala is a Sanskrit word that means garland. A full mala contains 108 beads and one guru or meru … Read More

News About Ananda, Yogananda 100

Live Events Celebrating 100 Years of Yogananda

Join us for live events with contributions from around the world, celebrating 100 years of Paramhansa Yogananda’s presence in the West on the anniversary of his arrival in Boston on September 19, 1920. See the list of events

Spiritual Growth

The Inner Hike

My daughter and I took a beautiful six-mile hike recently to Ramona Falls at the base of Mt. Hood. On the way, she asked, “Why do humans hike?” I said that we hike to satisfy our need as humans to explore, to move, and in some cases, to survive. Personally, I love the feeling of moving my body on a … Read More

Spiritual Community, Swami Kriyananda

Education for Life: A Process of Flowering Goodness

Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, shared universal scientific yogic principles through his book Education for Life. In this article I share my personal discovery of potential from applying Education for Life (EFL) concepts. A decade ago I became part of the Ananda community in Gurgaon and came upon a copy of Education for Life.  I was already … Read More

Spiritual Growth

Getting to Stillness

How does one get to the stillness at will? This question often teases us on our spiritual journey Sometimes you have a deep meditation experience and for a brief while, there is the experience of stillness and oblivion as to the passage of time. The moment you rise from the meditation seat, however, the world rushes in clamoring for attention … Read More

Music and the Arts

Music Makes Art?

I recently heard of an artist who experimented in a workshop by encouraging automatic responses to the music playing and found that: “Music that irritates the artist listener often has a detrimental impact on the painting results. Unpleasant music often produces dark, strong marks or, at its extreme, a blank stare at a blank canvas.” This month we offered a couple of … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, News About Ananda

The Pavilion of Gratitude at Ananda Village

The Vision The Ananda Pavilion of Gratitude is a place that reflects our spiritual path of Self-realization and the understanding that Paramhansa Yogananda has given us about the transition from life with a physical body to life without one. This transition is part of “the soul’s long journey through time and space.” As a reflection of this understanding, the Pavilion … Read More

Health and Healing, Spiritual Growth

Running in Tune with Truth

How can we exercise in a way that will put us in attunement with Truth, so that we will achieve physical health, fitness, and joy as efficiently as possible? For years, I had a spiritual dharma, a life’s duty, to discover how universal, nonsectarian spiritual principles could be applied to advantage in exercise and sports training. I had many theories about … Read More