Last weekend we went to Los Angeles to spend time with my friends and family and to see Swami Kriyananda. We had a great time! There is an amazing group of people doing a great work there.
Swami Kriyananda gave a powerful and compassionate talk to the packed house.
Swamiji, since he moved to LA, has been giving talks in a large theater. This weekend was the first talk given in the Ananda Ashram House.
The day started with chanting, meditation and friendly greetings.
Swamiji was warmly greeted by over 120 people, and he expressed his pleasure in speaking in this bright and spacious home.
The talk began with beautiful music by Bhagavati and Mukti. Swamiji and those in attendance were very appreciative.
The ashram features a wide livingroom and dining room which accommodated the guests. The bar behind Swamiji was converted to a large altar. The topic of his talk was “The goal of life is bliss.” It will eventually be up on
After the talk, there were snacks, time for visiting and Swamiji gave blessings to those who came up to meet him. He shared his joy with everyone.
This week a was very eventful in LA. A set of 6 billboards were unveiled and corresponded perfectly with the unveiling of the new Ananda LA website, which is gorgeous.
The billboards are placed on busy streets and should be seen by thousands of people each day. They are very fun to see and really stand out against the sky!
There was an article in the Los Angeles Business Journal that was about an advertising company. It included a photo of the billboard.
Jyotish and Devi are more that half way through a 6-week course on the Bhagavad Gita. The class is held in the Heaven on Earth yoga studio that serves as a meet up spot for West Hollywood Meditation Meet-ups. The Bhagavad Gita class begins with a yoga class and then chairs are placed in a circle.
Jyotish and Devi share amazing amounts of spiritual knowledge from their many years on the path with a very sincere group of people from Los Angeles.
Saturday at the ashram was a workday, and after the joyful service of many, the ashram sparkled and was ready to host everyone who came for Swamiji’s talk.
Swami’s talks will continue through November. One of the next big events will be the performance of the Oratorio on December 4th. Maybe I will see you there! Bless you all. Love,


  1. Barbara, such wonderful photos! Thanks for bringing so much light & love from L.A. to us all.

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    Swamiji et al, this is so great. So much more light than in the theatre, and all of this light you are bringing into LA. I can feel the joy shining right through in all of the pictures. Bless you and all in LA who will find true Love and Joy through this work.

  3. Thank you for sharing your excellent photos Barabara. Makes me want to be there! I am, in spirit. Aum. KP

  4. Thank you so much, Barbara, for sharing your experience with us. It is so wonderful to see Swamiji and so many other souls receiving the blessings from Yoganandaji’s work. For me, the sharing you all post to us enables us to feel the vibration of expansion and joy from afar.

  5. Barbara, thank you deeply for sharing this Ananda LA energy with all of us. Your photos are lovely and help us to feel part of all the joy and light that is being experienced there.

  6. Barbara thank you for the pictures and news from L.A. this friday i go by bus to seattel and take my raja initiation and remunicate vow of a Brahmacharya. I live abut 3 hours from the temple in seattle.

    any who read this keep me in your kind thoughts for this new wonderful journey.

    warm wishes from warren lee wagner yakima washington

  7. Dear Barbara,
    Thank you so much for posting these photos that continue to benefit people now three years later. I recently listened to a talk by Swamiji on you tube Called the Eternal Now that Swamiji gave (dated 6/17/2012).
    Are your photos from the same event.
    Swamiji’s speech was very moving and so inspiring how he speaks such truth in a way that is easily understood.
    Thanks for these photos. Blessings

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