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

A Place Called Ananda, Ananda Writers Group, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

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, The Deeper Teachings, 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

Ananda Writers Group, Meditation

21 Reasons to Meditate

Meditation is like a precious diamond. It shines with countless facets and benefits for body, mind, and soul. Here are 21 facets and reasons to meditate. If you are feeling ambitious, why not consider focusing on one each day over the next few weeks as a sparkling motivation to develop or deepen your practice. 1. HERE AND NOW Happiness can … Read More

Ananda Writers Group, Coping with Loss, Yoga Philosophy

The Stunning Mystery: What Happens After Death?

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]eath is one of life’s most profound mysteries. It is often surrounded by intense fear, a sense of irreparable loss, and heartbreaking grief. We are confronted with the dark abyss of the unknown when we are unexpectedly confronted by death. In that moment of grief and loss, we may wonder, “What happens now? What happens after death and what has … Read More