September 16, 7 – 9 PM
Live Kirtan, Music, Documentary, Speakers
Since 1946, Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi has sold well over ten million copies worldwide and been translated into 34 languages. Probably the most shared book in the world, passed with love and enthusiasm from friend to friend, the number of readers could be more than thirty million.
The Autobiography has influenced people from all walks of life, from the ultra-famous – Steve Jobs, George Harrison, Elvis Presley – to hundreds of cultural creatives who shape our society – Joseph Campbell (The Power of Myth), Andrew Weil (Eating Well for Optimum Health), Joan Borysenko (Minding the Body – Mending the Mind), Joseph Cornell (Sharing Nature with Children) to name but a few.
Paramhansa Yogananda was the first yoga master of India who lived and taught in the West. Yogananda took the U.S. by storm. In the 1920s, enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls in America to hear him speak. His initial impact was truly impressive. But his lasting influence is greater still. He was a spiritual revolutionary – a messenger of Joy. The Autobiography helped launch, and continues to inspire, a far reaching spiritual revolution in the West. Yogananda and the Autobiography introduced to the West, for the first time, many spiritually revolutionary practices and ideas:
September 17, 1:30 – 4:30 PM
The central message of Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi is that Joy is our essence – and that everyone can live in that Joy. You can be happy all the time. You can feel Joy permeating your heart and mind – and you hold the key.
Experience your full, high-energy potential. You can overcome any obstacle when you learn to tap into your own dynamic energy. Part attitude, part skill, part technique, you can be joyfully calm and stress-free while living a vibrantly successful life.
September 17, 7 – 9 PM
Starring Elisabeth Rohm (Joy, Law and Order, Heroes, American Hustle), this movie follows an investigative reporter sent, not too willingly, to report on a spiritual community in California. With a fair portion of skepticism and a dash of curiosity, she embarks on a professional and personal journey that will open her eyes and change her life. The reporter is fiction, the place is fact.
Filmed on location at the Ananda communities in California, Italy, and India, Finding Happiness follows Juliet as she talks with the real residents of Ananda, who answer her questions and welcome her to a reality she had never imagined possible.
As Juliet researches Ananda, an inspiring self-portrait of the community emerges. We meet a group of people who have made the personal journey from idealism to inner transformation, and who have developed practical solutions for a sustainable, harmonious, inwardly fulfilling way of life.
“Finding Happiness is a treasure — a beautiful film about how one man helped create heaven on earth. Very inspiring and so relevant.” – Christiane Northrup, M.D.
“This is a film capable of touching the audience’s heart and leaving in it a lasting impression of a new vision of the world.” – A.
“Marvellous. I fell in love with it.” – S.
“This docufilm moved me. What a beautiful source of inspiration. A solid alternative to the degradation of the modern world. I perceived so much peace, and so much energy full of love. Perhaps not everyone has the possibility of living in a similar community or may not be ready for it, but the attitudes and joy emanating from these people can surely inspire anyone to live with more awareness.” – C.
September 16th — 17th
First Spiritual Science Church of Denver 3375 S. Dahlia Denver, CO 80222
FREE | Preregistration Strongly Suggested Due to Limited Space |
Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, PhD will lead the Experience Yogananda Weekend. Gyandev is a fun-loving spirit with genuine warmth and a keen insight into the spiritual life. He is a co-founder of Yoga Alliance and a member of their Board of Directors. A resident of Ananda Village for more than 32 years, Gyandev has been Director of Ananda Yoga at The Expanding Light spiritual retreat center for the past 18 years.
Author of three books—Spiritual Yoga, Yoga Therapy for Headache Relief, and Yoga Therapy for Overcoming Insomnia—plus online newspapers and forums, videos and new courses, Gyandev’s devotion to sharing wisdom shows through the many resources he develops to help students deepen their experience of yoga, and give teachers more tools and insights for their own classes. He recently led a week retreat at OMEGA Institute, “The Heart of Yogananda’s Teachings.”