A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Meditation, Spiritual Community

Kriya Yoga and Discipleship

One of the most fantastic and beautiful stories in Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi tells of Lahiri Mahasaya‘s initiation into Kriya Yoga by his Guru, Mahavatar Babaji. To this day, the Kriya ceremony at Ananda is performed just the way Yogananda did it, and is patterned after the way  Lahiri Mahasaya received, and gave, initiation into Kriya. In The … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Health and Healing, Meditation, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

A Wonderful Week at Ananda

Wow. What a week! Spiritual Renewal Week 2008 was probably the biggest event we have ever had. We had hundreds of guests at the village and The Expanding Light and we must have had hundreds of people helping put on the events. It was quite amazing how everything came together, it is true: Many Hands Make a Miracle. I don’t … Read More

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Energizing Calcutta!

Monks in Calcutta

Calcutta was Paramhansa Yogananda’s boyhood home. Surprisingly, however, Ananda had only moderate success there. This April, our four monks decided to change that.

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Meditation, Spiritual Growth, Yoga

Kriya Yoga as an Investment

Audience at 2008 International Kriya Yoga Retreat in India Ananda recently held its second International Kriya Yoga Retreat in Gurgaon, India. You can watch and listen to all the talks here. I would like to expand on something I mentioned in one of my classes there. There is a great deal of talk in modern times about investing wisely for … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Meditation, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

Religion in the New Age: Introduction

In these pages I aim to show how a spiritual mission, regardless of its name and tenets, can be made to relate to the whole world. Paramhansa Yogananda prophesied that some day the purpose of all religions would be accepted as being one and the same: Self-realization. Included in that understanding would be a sense of the non-sectarian fellowship of … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Meditation, Spiritual Growth

Sweet Seclusion

Paramhansa Yogananda says in an article written in 1923: The week should be allotted to work, amusement, and spiritual culture — five days for money-making, one day for rest and amusement, and one day for introspection and inner realization. There probably isn’t too much question about working: most of us don’t have much choice about it. Rest and amusement are often too … Read More

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Benefits of Kriya Yoga

One of the great joys of my work with Kriya Yogis is the frequent emails I receive from them, describing the positive effects of Kriya practice. These testimonials come from long-time Kriyabans, and from people who have been practicing Kriya less than a year.

Many times the practice of Kriya brings what I call ‘unintended consequences’ — all of them positive! A recent email from a new Kriyaban described how they had stopped eating meat, were eating half as much as they used to (good in their case, apparently!) – all of this even though they weren’t trying to make these particular changes in their life.

A Place Called Ananda, Meditation, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Growth

Yes Moms, Meditation is Service!

I’m a mom, an oldest daughter, a nurse, a teacher, a karma yogi, – any way you look at it, I have “the heart of a servant”, as one friend described me. I am happiest when serving others, I always have been. An attitude of service is helpful when I am in a new situation or I have to speak … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Meditation, Spiritual Community

Peace Day 2007

September 21, 2001 was a day unanimously adopted by the UN as an international day of peace. Ananda Village joined in spirit with people the world over by dedicating our prayers and positive affirmation toward world peace. We supported Peace Day by filling our day with prayer, meditation, focused healing energy and joyful chanting. The day began with Lisa Powers … Read More

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“Pranayam Be Thy Religion!”

I have a favorite chant that was frequently sung by Sri Yukteswar, Paramhansa Yogananda’s guru. It’s titled Desire, My Great Enemy:

Desire, my great enemy,
With his soldiers surrounded me,
Is giving me lots of trouble, oh my Lord,
Is giving me lots of trouble, oh my Lord.

That enemy, I will deceive,
Remaining in the Castle of Peace,
Night and Day […]