Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

Joy, Good Humor, and Kriya Yoga

Swami Kriyananda often said that each technique on the path of Kriya Yoga helps us to commune with an aspect of the Divine. The Energization Exercises help us attune to the Power aspect of God. Hong-Sau brings an experience of God as Peace. The Aum technique introduces us to God as Cosmic Vibration and Kriya Yoga helps us commune with … Read More

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The True Meaning of Discipleship

The Law of Love Paramhansa Yogananda said that the purpose of life is to find God. We may similarly say that the purpose of life is to: Find your true Self End the long exile of the soul Find the way back home Return to the heavenly joy once known but lost All of these aspirations involve a special law … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

The Tree of Life

Paramhansa Yogananda referred to his teachings as trees of Self-realization. When they are watered with daily meditation, they grow strong and sturdy. Through this daily practice they can withstand the challenges of this world and yield fruits of wisdom and divine realization. To grow the tree of life and Self-realization, one needs to meditate daily and live a moral and … Read More

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Guru Purnima Message (with Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi)

Guru Purnima is a day to celebrate the ‘gurus’ or teachers who guide us through our lives towards the path of enlightenment. This day especially honors the masters’ presence in a disciple’s life. Recorded for Ananda Delhi’s online Guru Purnima Retreat, July 24th, 2021. Nayaswami Jyotish and Nayaswami Devi travel throughout the United States, India, and Europe speaking on spiritualizing … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

…But Why Do I Need a Guru?

I am a sincere person who wants to mature, learn, and evolve. Why should I need a guru for that? I have my own legs to walk with, my own head to think with, my own heart to guide me, my own will to get me to my goals in life. Why should I let someone else decide for me? … Read More


How Does One Come to the Guru?

Nayaswami Mukti

Question from SS: Does a Guru have to accept a disciple? In one of Swami Kriyananda’s books, it says if the Guru chooses to accept the disciple? Also, does a Guru know a disciple’s thoughts or only those that are attuned to him? If they are disciples for many lifetimes, do they know all their thoughts?

A Place Called Ananda, Ananda Writers Group, Guru-Disciple Relationship, Spiritual Growth

Swamiji Guides My Relationships

Before I moved to Ananda, I worked for a fledgling sports magazine, Runner’s World, with its offices in Mountain View on the San Francisco Peninsula. I discovered Ananda and Swamiji in 1974 through his book Cooperative Communities – How to Start Them and Why, found while browsing in a bookstore in nearby Palo Alto. Ananda seemed the answer to a … Read More

Guru-Disciple Relationship

The Imitation of Yogananda

When I first began to study Swami Kriyananda’s lectures and writings, I was struck by his supreme emphasis on a disciple’s attunement to the guru if the disciple is to attain the state of Self-realization. In his wonderful book Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography, (around which this article revolves), Swamiji writes about the importance of attunement as follows: One difference I … Read More