If you’re a devotee, your priority is finding God, not the work you’re doing. Losing the thought of putting God first, and thinking in terms of other priorities, can easily be the first step away from attunement and the spiritual path.

Embracing Change

Outward change has been a constant in my life since I was a child. My family moved seven times before I was ten years old, and four more times when I was in high school.

Paramhansa Yogananda told us more than once that in a former life he had been William the Conqueror.

For the current age, it’s communities like Ananda that are laying the groundwork for the future.

In this 40th anniversary commemorative issue, we review events and developments that have shaped Ananda’s 40 year history and look ahead to future directions.

Divine friendship is one of the most important things that Swami Kriyananda has expressed in his life, and also modeled for us spiritually. He relates mainly to the Divinity within us. That’s why it’s called “divine friendship.”

Paramhansa Yogananda’s mission was to change world consciousness.

In difficult times such as we’re living in today, God will give you very special blessings if you are willing to act as channels for His love.

Swami Kriyananda wants Ananda to be a movement that’s open to everyone.

When I was first here in India over forty years ago, I had an intense desire to make Yogananda and his mission known, because I saw that books about the great saints of modern India left him out entirely.

The highlight of my life was meeting and being with my Guru. It was like being in the presence of God.

On Friday, November 28, 2003, the new Ananda ashram was officially opened with a Vedic ceremony led by Swami Kriyananda.

“Education for Life” has given us radical answers to the problems in education today.

The deeper you meditate, the more you feel a kindness and sympathy for others. You become aware that this self, which is you, is everywhere.

In today’s world where people are adrift in a sea without direction or spiritual values, God wants to use Ananda to show others a positive way to guide their lives.

All human beings can develop nobility of nature but seldom, if ever, does it come easily. The example of others is usually needed to inspire such attitudes in oneself.

Start now building colonies and get away from the perpetual slavery of holding jobs to the last day of your life.

Change begins with the individual, not with grandiose theories that don’t take into account flesh and blood human beings.

One of the things that touched me so much was to see the real dynamic, joyous determination to build again.

The age of the child makes a big difference. Children from 6 to 12 are wide open and very vulnerable emotionally, so at our school we shield them as much as possible from the storms and extremes of life.