Ananda Writers Group, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Questions

Finding Our Spiritual Path

For many years, I considered spiritual seeking to be my principal avocation. I love ideas and spiritual practice so I tried many things but my mind, eyes, and heart have been opened through studying the works of Paramhansa Yogananda, Father Thomas Keating, and others. What I found through my many explorations and experiences was the idea that all paths seem … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Spiritual Growth

Bliss: The Supercure for Addictions

Addiction is often thought of as a disease — a disease that “someone else” has… In essence, the ego is an addict! The ego is the soul identified with the body. All addictions are attachments to things we think will provide happiness and fulfillment for us. An addiction is a compulsion, not a choice. The real toxicity of an addiction … Read More

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Master Works in Mysterious, Miraculous Ways 

Paramhansa Yogananda was a monk, yogi, and guru who introduced the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga to the West through his U.S. organization known in the East as the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India. Yogananda’s global mission was to spread the teachings and practices of Self-realization to uplift humanity. Yogananda is often referred to as “Master” and he traveled … Read More

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How the West Was (Spiritually) Won by Paramhansa Yogananda

Coming to America America 1920— The Roaring ’20s. The Jazz Age. A time of expansion, rapid social change, new technology, and numerous areas of growth. Words such as yoga, meditation, pranayama, gurus, or kundalini were virtually unknown.  Think for a moment about the music of the ’20s, flapper culture and fashion, American women gaining the right to vote, the end … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Daily Life

How to Use Your Smartphone for Spiritual Growth

We’ve gotten over the excitement of technology — now it’s time to grow beyond the rejection of it and use it to help us spiritually.

Ananda Writers Group, Spiritual Growth, Spiritualizing Relationships

How to Find a Spiritual Relationship and Partner

Ah, love! Is there any other topic that inspires songs, poems, books and other creative works more than love? Such a “rabbit hole” of a topic, just like in Alice in Wonderland, especially when involving spirituality. When one asks the question, “What is God?” the answer can rightly be given as, “God is LOVE.” It’s said also that God is … Read More

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How Relationships Help Us to Grow – Even the Hard Ones

Some might say relationships are a distraction on the path to God. There was a time when I thought this was true. Ram Gopal, the sleepless saint from Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi had a strong impact on my earlier opinions about this with his personal story: For twenty years I occupied a secret grotto, meditating eighteen hours a … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Spiritual Growth

This Is Your Brain on Meditation

The devotee’s undesirable habit-mechanisms in the brain are often cauterized (in the presence of a saint); the groove of his worldly tendencies beneficially disturbed. -Autobiography of a Yogi The Positive Influence of Meditation on the Brain Regular meditation improves our lives. This phenomenon is gratefully experienced by countless people around the globe. But Why? One asks. What is going on? One … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Meditation, Spiritual Growth

What Really Happens When You Meditate?

All over the world in ever-increasing numbers, people find their way to the practice of meditation.  They discover how amazingly it increases the quality of their lives. In this article, we will explore what really happens when we meditate, how meditation may impact our lives, and how we can potentially maximize our efforts. Scientific research The effects of meditation have … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Yoga Philosophy

Is Jesus Christ a Guru?

Jesus Christ is one of the gurus on the Ananda path of Self-Realization. Paramhansa Yogananda stated that in the divine plan, Jesus Christ was responsible for the evolution of the West, and Babaji, for that of the East. It was intended that the West specialize in developing objectivity through logic and reason and that the East specializes in inner, intuitive … Read More