Co-Director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training ®, Director of Ananda Yoga®, Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher, E-RYT 500, Raja Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Travel Host, Writer and Lecturer, Ananda Minister.

Nayaswami Gyandev combines a fun-loving spirit, keen insight into the spiritual life, and genuine warmth, making the inner quest seem both natural and doable. Since 1983 he has taught Ananda Yoga to thousands of students and trained hundreds of teachers around the world, often forging deep and lasting bonds of friendship and inspiration.

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Spiritual Dimension of the Energization Exercises of Paramhansa Yogananda

Dear Jai Gupta, It’s great that you want to take the next step with the Energization Exercises of Paramhansa Yogananda. Certainly you should focus more and more on the energy flow to the body parts — rather than only on ... Read More

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

When Spiritual Teachers Disagree …

Dear Tom, Yes, it can be confusing when saintly people contradict one another. We need to keep in mind, however, that not all saintly people who make these statements have attained the highest level of wisdom. Until one has reached ... Read More

I Unintentionally Grimace When Looking in Other People’s Eyes

Dear Patrick, I sympathize with your situation; I understand how it would be extremely uncomfortable. It seems that a previously hidden subconscious tendency is coming to the fore. Interestingly, it seems not to be triggered by any specific individuals but ... Read More

Must Kundalini Rise in Order for Me to Grow Spiritually?

Dear Arundeep, Rising consciousness and rising Kundalini go hand in hand: The higher states of consciousness — above all, nirbikalpa samadhi, which is the highest state — cannot be attained unless the Kundalini energy rises. As Swami Kriyananda noted in The Art and Science ... Read More

Is It Bad to Doubt God?

Dear AO, Paramhansa Yogananda emphasized that only through your own direct experience can you know whether God exists. Reading, listening, and reasoning might convince you that God exists, but that is mere conviction, not knowledge. Until you experience God yourself, ... Read More

Can Karma Yoga Take Us to Samadhi?

Dear Ashutosh, Karma Yoga, when practiced in its fullness, is indeed a path to the ultimate states of consciousness. An excellent step toward that is as you put it, “sincere and pure work” and “carrying out oneself’s and others’ welfare.” ... Read More

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