Dedicated to the Memory of Nayaswami Kriyananda

May 19, 1926 – April 21, 2013

Precious last email from Swamiji
April 23, 2013

This email from Swamiji, received the night before his passing, was written to a professional young woman in India seeking guidance about joining Ananda, and how she should best serve. He gave her some general advice, such as seeking guidance from the people in charge, either in Ananda India or at Ananda Village, depending on where she wanted to move, and leaving that choice for her to make.

Then she said, “Swamiji wrote a very special paragraph which I feel every devotee so inclined MUST read, and I would love to share it with them, as I feel it is so universal, and such a powerful message.”

Nayaswami Kriyananda

Nayaswami Kriyananda

Please don’t worry about having a well-defined “job description” up front. Life at Ananda isn’t a matter of the job one has, but of living for God. Offer all your talents, your training, and your love to the Guru. Serve selflessly wherever and however you are asked. Practice japa and God remembrance. The details of “where” and “what” will work out for the best when you’ve put first things first.

In Master’s love,

May these prayers from Whispers from Eternity, by Paramhansa Yogananda, bless and uplift you now, and during any times of personal loss. (Available at ):

Demand for the Opening of the Spiritual Eye, the Eastern Star of Wisdom

Bless me, Father, that I may behold the Eastern star of wisdom. May it gleam before my human eyes, alike in daylight and in gloom. My eyes were long blinded by the tinsel-glitter of material things. Always seeing such things outwardly, I saw not the Spirit within their bosom. I looked at the mustard-seed of matter but spied not the oil of Spirit hidden within it. The third eye of my wisdom is now being opened. Keep it, Thou, always open. Let that single eye of realization lead me to behold, through all the veils of matter, the infinite presence of Christ, everywhere. Bless me, that the sacred, wise thoughts in me, following this star of knowledge, meet the Christ in everything.


Keep My Spiritual Eye Open Forever

O Spiritual Eye, once opened, always remain open before me, that I may avoid the pitfalls in the path of life and take the highway which leads to Thy palace of peace. Show me the solution of all my problems.

Love to you all,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

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  1. Thank you Mary for the letter and thank you again and again for all you do. You help so many and also all of us
    Gurubys. You keep on blessings all of us. I know your loss of your dear husband is very painful, we just do not know what God has in store for us but just keep on doing what is asked of us. I know Swami will be blessings us in the Astral world but he will be missed.
    Many blessings, Yvonne

  2. Blesses Divine Mary,

    I’m deeply touched, moved and infinitely inspired by your strength, courage, love and profound faith in God. Thank you for who you are that others around you and throughout the world have the privilege and honor to witness your selflessness. Thank you for knowing and being a child of God.
    May god continue to bless you and guide you in all his ways. How are you doing? Do you need anything? How may I serve you? May your heart be healed through thy healing light.
    In peace,
    Linda Clinton

  3. Thank you so much for providing the answers to my prayers – God bless you and Master’s work, in abundance!

    In Master’s love, Dipti

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