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Ananda Remembers is a place to remember individuals who have been part of the Ananda spiritual family. These include people who have lived in the Ananda communities, have been connected to one of our Centers or meditation groups, or have joined us as a member of the online Ananda virtual community.

The Ananda spiritual family also includes those whose connection with Ananda may have been more limited in nature, but who nonetheless had a deeply meaningful connection with Ananda during their lifetime.

Each of these loved ones has helped in his or her own way in the building of Ananda, and our mission of serving people through the blessings and inspiration of Paramhansa Yogananda, and the guidance of Swami Kriyananda.

We invite you to look through the Tributes posted below to learn more about these souls.

To find someone in particular, you can use the Search box.

Ananda Remembers is a free offering of the Ananda Janaka Foundation, a non-profit, religious foundation that supports Ananda Worldwide through estate gifts and donations. Please Contact Us for more information about estate planning that benefits Ananda.

Nayaswami Anandi (Anandi Cornell)

A founding member of Ananda, Nayaswami Anandi was one of the primary ministers who greeted and interacted with newcomers during their first visits. Anandi’s life was the epitome of a life dedicated to the search for God: cheerful, serviceful, energetic and willing.
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Nayaswami Seva (Sonia Wiberg)

Nayaswami Seva left her body Sunday, November 14, 2021 at the age of 86. Swami Kriyananda always had a special place in his heart for Nayaswami Seva because she was instrumental in helping him get Ananda started. She met him in San Francisco in 1967 when he was teaching yoga and meditation in the Bay Area. She had reached a point in her life where she saw no meaning in the material world. When she met Swamiji, she found the reason for her incarnation.
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Ruth Ormondroyd

Ruth Ormondroyd lived in the Ananda world for over 24 years serving at Ananda Portland, Ananda Village and the Meditation Retreat. She was a deep devotee and a hard worker; had seemingly endless energy which she displayed in the gardens she transformed, in being a support person in the community Sangha offices and in her participation in programs that brought her closer to her guru. She brought beauty into this world through her gardening, office and maintenance skills and in her sweet interactions with everyone she met.
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Rob Froelick

Rob Froelick lived at Ananda Village from the late 1970's on and was involved in many activities during his lifetime with Ananda.
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Kristy Norfleet-Andrews

Kristy's recent incarnation was noteworthy for her inspired musical and dramatic creativity. And in the broadest strokes, it was noteworthy for the intensity of her love for, and dedication to, God and Gurus. Her final moments of passing were filled with Beauty and Grace.
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Andy Lyon

Andy came to Ananda through the Living with Spirit program in the summer of 2011.
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Satya Cox

Satya served as Retreat Master at the Meditation Retreat from the earliest years, and continued to be active there until his passing in 2012.. Our most "senior member", he was a great friend and counselor.
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Brian Raymond White

Brian was a long-time disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda who came to Master and Ananda when he was in his twenties and was a member of the Sonoma County meditation group which formed in 1986.
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Judith Hollywood

Judith Hollywood was a long time member of Ananda Sangha, joining Ananda after hearing Swami Kriyananda lecture in San Francisco. She first lived at the Palo Alto community and moved to Ananda Village in the early 80s.
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William Rowley

Dr William Rowley, MD, joined the Ananda Sangha in 1984 through the Sacramento Colony, remaining an invaluable and active member until his passing in 2013.
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