A Place Called Ananda, Meditation, Spiritual Community


Recently, Jyotish and Devi Novak, the Spiritual Directors for Ananda, were with Swami Kriyananda in India. They said in a recent gathering with many of us:

One morning, when we were with Swamiji in India, we asked him how we could grow towards God more quickly. He replied very simply, “The whole secret of spiritual progress […]

A Place Called Ananda, Meditation

The Power of Kriya Yoga

Recently I’ve been struck yet again by how effective Kriya Yoga is for causing deep changes in people’s lives and consciousness. Not long ago, I was checking someone’s Kriya practice. This person received Kriya about a year ago. At the time they received the initiation, I wasn’t quite sure that they were ready to practice the technique. They didn’t seem … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Meditation

Traveling Within in India: Our Pilgrimage to Rishikesh, Part 1

An excerpt:

“As the story goes, Swami Purushottamananda walled off the vast majority of the cave to stop people from disturbing the siddhas (realized or perfected souls) who were, and perhaps still are, sitting back there in their astral (energy-based) bodies, meditating.

“Is this true? I certainly can’t say for sure. However: this cave is the one place I would make sure to go if I ever returned to Rishikesh. It was intense.”

A Place Called Ananda, Meditation

How to Start Meditating Daily

In celebration of making a commitment to deepen my own meditations, I want to share something to help people get started with a solid daily sadhana (spiritual practice).

I started meditating daily nearly four years ago, and in that time I have grown more spiritually than I would have in forty years of not meditating. It’s that profound.

A Place Called Ananda, Meditation, Spiritual Community

Paramhansa Yogananda Mahasamadhi Retreat

This weekend is the annual Ananda retreat in honor of Paramhansa Yogananda’s Mahasamadhi, here in Gurgaon, India. It’s such a joy to practice meditation and Kriya Yoga with people from all over the world: India, America, South Africa, and nearly every European country. Seeing the harmony and love between the people here shows how easy it would be to achieve … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Meditation

Meditating in India

We arrived in Delhi four days ago after fourteen hours of flying and four hours of driving – Zack, one of the monks at Ananda India, picked us up. Once we were on our way to the Ananda center in Gurgaon, he said, “Well, I don’t know if you guys are up for it, seeing as how you just got in, but in five minutes we’re starting a six hour meditation…”

Clarity Magazine, Meditation

What Is Consciousness?

CONSCIOUSNESS is not the product of brain activity: It is the fundamental reality without which thinking as a conscious activity could never take place.


The Divine Power of God

Meditating on the divine aspect of God as power can be experienced while we are near the ocean. In the past ten years, whenever I’ve been near the ocean, I have made a conscious effort to meditate there and tune into the power aspect of God via the ocean. I have found it to be an extremely, well, powerful practice. … Read More


Meditation Instructions

Meditation is one of the most natural and profoundly rewarding of all human activities. It connects you with your own inner powers of vitality, clarity, and love. First Step: Relax One of the best ways to relax the body is to tense it first. Then, with relaxation, you will find tensions being released that you didn’t even know existed. Begin … Read More


Guidelines for Meditation

Many questions arise in the mind of anyone who wants to establish a daily practice of meditation. For example: How long should I meditate? The first guideline is, don’t be ruled by what others do. What works well for others may not work for you. Accept that in many ways you are unique. Here are a few more general guidelines: … Read More