Ananda Writers Group, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Questions

Every Day: Spiritual Renewal for Teens

I think that spiritual renewal calls for us to develop depth and stillness within the inner self. I think that most of us have an ocean of eternal faith and wisdom within us. This ocean is deep, deep down inside of us, and is not present on the surface. I am currently reading a book called The Awakening.  It was … Read More

Daily Life, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Questions

A Life of Service

From a young age, I wanted to know the purpose of life. What was it all about? Why was I born? I know that many people today ask the same questions, often after seeking answers in all the wrong ways, just as I did. Long Dry Period Before I found the spiritual path, my life could be described as a … Read More

Health and Healing, Spiritual Questions

The Yoga of Food

What Should I Eat? Today we hear about so many different approaches to diet. How can we cut through the confusion and answer the simple question, What should I eat? For those seeking God, Paramhansa Yogananda offered this valuable guidance: Material foods impress the mind with certain good or bad qualities, and people’s thoughts, actions, and health generally are determined … Read More

Meditation, Spiritual Questions

Differences Between Kriya Malas and Others  

A mala is a string of beads that are used to focus the mind in japa meditation to count mantras, breaths, or prayers. For thousands of years, malas have been used to help spiritual aspirants with their religious and spiritual practices. Mala is a Sanskrit word that means garland. A full mala contains 108 beads and one guru or meru … Read More