Our progress here in the Pune community has been steady these past weeks. We hosted two retreats in October: one for future residents, and one to celebrate All Saints Day: “How to Become a Saint.”
All the members of Ananda Pune put out a lot of effort to make both retreats wonderful. The weekend for future residents was lots of fun: people were able to see the upcoming building site for their flats, and the view their particular apartment will have. We had a satsang under the mango trees; we will build around them, so that they aren’t disturbed.
The peace and quiet were tangible, and the blessing ceremony at the site was filled with Master’s presence. At last! A World Brotherhood Colony is manifesting in Ygananda’s beloved homeland…
Afterward we visited Bangalore for a weekend of programs with the devotees there. Aditya, Shurjo, Shrutika, and Katyayani taught many segments of the classes, and it was wonderful to see Indians sharing Master’s teachings so beautifully.
Our “How to Become a Saint” retreat featured classes with Nayaswami Jaya, Nirmala and Dharmadas, a kirtan with Ananda monks, delicious meals, service projects in the garden, and lots of time to enjoy nature.
In November we will celebrate the seventh anniversary of Ananda India. Amazing! By God’s grace Ananda India has been changing lives and spreading the blessing of Kriya Yoga for 7 years! JAI GURU!
We will soon open two stores! Our Indian devotees have formed a business cooperative, and rented two storefronts in Karoude, a small town about 3 km away.One store will be called “Fruits of Ananda,” and will offer coffee, ice cream, soft drinks, delicacies, and our Ananda books. It will eventually have products made by the community businesses (like mango chutney!), and will also be like a smaller version of our Wishing Tree store near Ananda Gurgaon center in the north of India.
The other storefront will be a medical clinic and chemist shop run by Dr. Aditya.
Rather than being out on the land, as we had originally thought, the clinic will now be in a more central location, and can serve more people. It will be very good for Ananda to have a presence “in town.”
The two storefronts are on the road to Lavasa, a new modern city coming up a half hour away from the community.
Daily improvements are being made in the existing cluster: landscaping, planting, repairing monsoon damage, cleaning, and gardening. Every day it gets better. Soon we will start sculpting out the small amphitheater and courtyard between the staff cabins and Swami Kriyananda’s house.
Come and see us!