About eight years ago at Ananda Village Swami Kriyananda dedicated a piece of land (called Sunset Ridge) for a temple site. I was part of the group. Right after Swamiji dug up a ceremonial piece of earth, we looked up to the sun and noticed something spectacular. I’d never seen it before (or since). It was a full circle rainbow around the circumference of the sun. I had forgotten this experience until Nayaswami Jyotish shared during Swami Kriyananda’s birthday celebration …
Having spent the last week at Ananda Village for the Kriyaban retreat, I got an infection! But it’s not the kind you think. It’s the infectious ease of joy. The divine friendships, beautiful environment, inspirational talks, uplifting music, and deep kriya meditations have transmitted a touch of joy upon my soul. I hope to transmit it to you too! Why did God create our world and the universe? It’s a question that has puzzled many for millenia. The traditional answer …
When Paramhansa Yogananda came to America in 1920, he spent fifteen years working extremely hard to get his mission started, while facing many difficult tests along the way. When he felt that it was on a firm foundation, he returned to India to see his guru, Sri Yukteswar, and his many Indian friends, disciples, and […]
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Shivaratri, 2018. The community gathered in Hansa Temple for a nightlong celebration in honor of Shiva, the supreme yogi. Chanting together, meditating, giving and receiving divine love and divine joy, we moved into a realm of Spirit, our own true home. The light of a candle was offered before the altar, offered to each of our Masters, then held up in offering before a devotee.
A couple of years ago a friend of mine, Saiganesh, came with some other devotees to visit Los Angeles for a weekend of programs with Nayaswami Asha. I did not have his cell phone number so we exchanged numbers so we could communicate about weekend details.
The photo shows Swami Vivekananda (third from right) in Calcutta with his brother disciples (from left) Trigunatitananda, Sadananda (sitting on floor), Shivananda, Turiyananda, and Brahmananda. A monthly letter from Ananda Palo Alto, in which we share stories of personal growth and material success through tithing, charity, service, and expansion of the heart. Do you have a story you’d like to … Read More
The following is a recent interview with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, published in The Speaking Tree, a section of the Times of India — India’s largest newspaper — devoted to articles on spirituality, wellness, and lifestyle. They discuss Ananda Sangha and, in particular, the Paramhansa Yogananda Public Charitable Trust in Brindaban.
One of the most inspiring characteristics of Swami Kriyananda was his ability to be perfectly holy and perfectly appropriate in every situation he found himself in — whether he was giving a lecture in front of two thousand people, or talking to the clerk of a randomly-picked street shop.