Nayaswami Devi first met Swami Kriyananda, Ananda’s founder, in 1969 and dedicated her life to the spiritual path. In 1984 she and her husband Jyotish began serving together as Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sangha Worldwide. Since Kriyanandaji’s passing in 2013, Jyotish and Devi have carried on the great work that Yogananda commissioned him to do.

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The Four Ashrams, or Stages, of Life

Dear Chip, As you may remember from “Autobiography of a Yogi,” Master talks about the 4 ashrams or stages of life: the young student, the householder with family responsibilities, the mature person whose responsibilities are lessening and who begins to ... Read More

Love God First

Dear Thomas, Jesus’ words: “Thou shalt love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself” have such profundity and beauty. To answer your questions: What order should we approach these two practices? ... Read More

Where to Direct Our Love

We can’t love anything – yourself, God, or others – in the abstract. We need to start from our own heart and feel a flow of energy (which is God’s love for all) flowing through us. In Swami Kriyananda’s book, ... Read More

Finding God’s Joy Anywhere

Dear Friend, One of my favorite quotes from Yoganandaji is: “Life is a battle for joy every step of the way. Let me win that battle on the very spot on which I now stand.” What we do in life ... Read More

Finding God in the Workplace

Dear Cyril, I’m sure that everyone faces the challenges in life that you describe in one way or another – how to keep our minds focused and uplifted in midst of demanding activities. First, as you mention, a deep, daily ... Read More

Who Am I?

Dear Rachel, The Bhagavad Gita gives a poetic and inspiring description of the nature of the individual. This great Scripture tells us that we are the immortal soul that can never be destroyed. We are sparks of the infinite consciousness ... Read More

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

Dear Friend, The conclusion that you have drawn from your dream that no one can love you the way God does is absolutely true. There is a beautiful statement by a great Christian mystic, St. Augustine, “Lord, Thou hast made ... Read More

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