A Place Called Ananda, Spiritual Community, Travel and Pilgrimage

Launch of Original Autobiography of a Yogi in Italian

Note from the editor: May 22 marked the launch of a newly published original edition of the Autobiography of a Yogi in Italian. The event took place in Milan. Swami Kriyananda addressed a full room of 500 avid listeners, after having given a number of magazine and television interviews the previous days, and a private donors’ dinner at the hotel. … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Meditation, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth, Travel and Pilgrimage

Ananda Kriya Retreat in Massachusetts

The city of Frederick reclines in the rolling hills of central Maryland as it has since before the days of the Civil War. It is from this charming, quiet city that I began my adventure to the woods of northern Massachusetts for my first Kriya initiation.This journey starts, as many Ananda journeys have started, with a reading of Autobiography of … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Spiritual Community, Travel and Pilgrimage

Retreat with Swami Kriyananda at Ananda India, Pune

Dearest friends, Many of the Ananda India staff and devotees from Gurgaon – Delhi – Noida (also known as India National Capitol Region – NCR) went to Pune the weekend of March 27 – 29 for a retreat on our new community land. It was hard to believe just how much things have progressed in just one year! The last time most … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Spiritual Growth, Travel and Pilgrimage

With My Husband’s Blessing

How many of you out there have experienced or are experiencing difficulty in expressing your spirituality through the unwitting oppression of a loved one? It is not unusual for what may seem the strongest of relationships to break down when only one of the party discovers the real mission in life: To seek ones own divinity. I’m sure my experience … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Travel and Pilgrimage

The Land Where Saints Still Tread

Have you heard the saying “Man plans and God laughs”? I want to tell you of my recent experience in India, not because I wish to talk about myself, but because I want to demonstrate how God’s plans will always over-ride our own for the higher good. I returned only last week from a most inspiring trip to India with … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth, Travel and Pilgrimage

“A Tiny Bubble of Laughter…”

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to travel to Mexico and Venezuela to lead Kriya Yoga initiations. Even though it’s a struggle to communicate due to my lack of Spanish (fortunately, I had a very good translator!), there is a lingua franca (common language) shared by sincere Kriya Yogis — the language of divine joy. When we live for … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Travel and Pilgrimage

My Visit to Medjugorie

Dear Ones: The statue of Madonna at Medjugorie As many of you know, I went to Medjugorie recently. This little village is in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is where the Madonna appeared to six children in 1981, and has been appearing to most of them ever since. I have always wanted to go to places where the Divine Mother aspect of God … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Divine Love, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth, Travel and Pilgrimage

Discovered Treasure

My concept of Ananda, before I had visited, was a place of inspiration, support, and Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings. My initiation into Kriya Yoga earlier this year proved to be the most moving and sacred experience of my life.  Ananda holds a treasure, just waiting to be discovered…. and if I can find it, then so can you! I am a … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth, Travel and Pilgrimage

16 Yogis in an Elevator

What is the sound of 16 yogis stuck in an elevator? (still listening?) (hear anything?) Last month I had the great joy of being in Los Angeles for the launch of Swami Kriyananda’s new book, The New Path, which Barbara has portrayed so beautifully in words and photos in her posts. On Sunday, after we loaded all the books and … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Spiritual Growth, Travel and Pilgrimage

Vacationing with Spirit

While we live at Ananda Village, when we vacation (as opposed to seclusion), we like to travel and see other parts of the country and world. Currently we are traveling in the Southwest U.S. backroads, towing a travel trailer with our pickup which gives us a little sanctuary with our vibration. I have never visited much of this area before … Read More