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Nayaswami Parvati is one of the founding members of Ananda and is also one of Ananda’s most widely traveled and experienced ministers. She moved to Ananda in 1972, and was made a minister by Swami Kriyananda in 1981.  Together with her husband, Nayaswami  Pranaba, she has been involved in the creation and direction of Ananda centers and communities in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy. Parvati is the Executive Director of the Ananda Janaka Foundation. She also provided the vision for the creation of the Pavilion of Gratitude, a place for gratitude and remembrance located at Ananda Village.

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Overcoming Troubles Meditating

Dear friend, It sometimes seems that as soon as we get serious about our meditation practice (as you have done in continuing your practice since 2010), that is when the world, our karma, and maya conspire to create obstacles to ... Read More

Discovering Inner Guidance

Dear Nirja, All the questions you’ve asked refer back to the topic of inner guidance. When we finally come to the point where we are seeking a deeper understanding of how to live our lives in a better way, we ... Read More

Mind and the States of Our Consciousness

Dear Archit, I will give you the description of mind and the other parts of our consciousness as Paramhansa Yogananda described them. They are the progressive stages of involvement  with maya that are traced through the functions of human consciousness. ... Read More

Deliver Us from Delusion Chant

Dear Karen, Think ye in thy heart, lotus feet of thy Guru If you want to cross the ocean of delusion Shaming the white lotus in purity Beyond all duality Guru image of Brahma Deliver us from delusion The above ... Read More

The Role of Karma and Energy and Success

Dear friend, I’m not sure what death experience you are referring to in regard to Ramana Maharshi, but whatever happened to you it sounds as though it produced a good influence that changed your life. Your present question is interesting ... Read More

Meditation, Awareness, and Intuitive Perception

Dear Archit, Yes, meditation can indeed increase your awareness and intuitive perception. This is because you are calming your mind in meditation and going to the center of your being. The perceptions that are gained in meditation come to us ... Read More

Being Hurt by Those You Serve

Dear SS, There is so much in this world that seems so unfair and that we don’t understand. I remember Swami Kriyananda quoting Yogananda who said about a certain person and situation, “If you could see the karma!” Everything that ... Read More

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