Swami Kriyananda giving a satsang in Gurgaon, India
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A Sense of Timing

“This is where you’ll be staying here in the Pune.” With these words, our dear friends, Narayani and Shurjo, showed us into Swami Kriyananda’s lovely home in Ananda’s newest retreat center – outside of Pune, India. We were touched to be staying here, where we’d often visited Swamiji and enjoyed the blessing of his presence. Ever since he left his … Read More

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi Italy Pilgrimage
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The Secret Is Never to Compare

Devi and I are currently traveling to Ananda centers and communities around the world. Last month we were in Italy helping lead a pilgrimage and now we are residing for a while in India. There are many interesting aspects to travel and, especially, to living in a foreign country. Among other things, your comfort zone gets poked, prodded, and bent … Read More

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Tourist or Pilgrim?

Recently we were part of a pilgrimage with fifty other devotees who traveled to Italy to enjoy her history, art, and, especially, her inspiration. Everywhere we went there were also thousands of tourists enjoying the cultural richness. But as I observed the other groups, I became aware that somehow we were different from them. The others moved hurriedly through the … Read More

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Three Good Things

We recently showed the movie Finding Happiness to a group of about 150 students of the Sadhana Centre for Management and Leadership Development in Pune, India. These idealistic youths loved the movie, clapping spontaneously several times during the showing. Afterward they kept us for nearly two hours, chatting and asking questions. They are planning to make a field trip to … Read More

Lest Ye See Signs and Wonders
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Signs and Wonders

Recently I had a powerful experience of how God gives us “signs” to guide our lives.

How to Self Rate Your Spiritual Life, How Am I Doing Spiritually
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Self-Rating Your Spiritual Life

A while back I saw a self-rating system for artists. It asked painters to rate themselves on a scale from 1-5 for things such as composition, use of color, drawing, and two or three other areas important to a successful painting.

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Whose Friend Are You, Anyway?

Picking up hitchhikers is always risky business. One day when Swami Kriyananda was driving, he spotted a hitchhiker who looked harmless enough and was apparently down on his luck.

Paramhansa Yogananda, guru of Swami Kriyananda. Yogananda is author of "Autobiography of a Yogi"
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Our Spiritual DNA

Many people are interested in their ancestry and the qualities they have inherited. There is a popular movement to have one’s DNA analyzed, in order to see what diseases and other traits run in one’s family.

Crystal Hermitage at Ananda Village
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The Lesson of the Missing Crystal

Twenty years ago Swami Kriyananda was given a brilliant, clear quartz crystal. Scintillating with light, the crystal had rainbow prisms that sparkled from its depths.

Relaxation and Concentration tips for meditation by Nayaswami Jyotish
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Relaxation and Concentration

An Italian friend told us a joke about two Carabinieri (a sort of Italian national police force who take the brunt of a lot of “dumb” jokes.) They got the “not too bright” reputation because, when Mussolini created this group, he was afraid they might rebel so he drew them from areas with various dialects.

What Does God Look Like
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What Does God Look Like?

There is a story of second-grade teacher who asked her students one day to make a drawing of whatever they would like. As she walked through the aisles of desks handing out crayons and paper, the teacher was soon pleased to see that each child eagerly began working on his or her picture.

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A dear friend of ours, Maria, passed away from cancer 2 years ago. As her husband was taking her to the hospital, in the last stages of her life, she gave him this amazing advice, “Detach yourself. Control the reactive process. Live the teachings.”

The Passing of Lorne Dekun by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
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A Letter to Lorne

Recently a dear friend of ours, Lorne Dekun, passed away. Born in Michigan, Lorne came under the spiritual training of Yogacharya Oliver Black, one of Master’s most advanced disciples, who had a center there.

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Make God More Real in Your Life: Five Key Practices

We are never separate from the Guru, just as we are never separate from God, but we must realize the Guru’s inner presence by opening our hearts to him and asking for his blessings.

Yogananda Poem When I Am Only a Dream
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Hopeless Beyond Compare

Isn’t it interesting how misperceptions can turn truth on its head?

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Baked Potato or Toast

In the early years of Ananda, especially during the cold winters, an essential item for survival was a good down sleeping bag. This was because very few of our dwellings had adequate heating.

Yogananda inspiration on how to live and bring spirituality into daily life.
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3 Ways to Feel God’s Presence

Seekers are often advised to practice the presence of God but only rarely given specific advice on how to do so. When concepts are too vague it is hard to put them into practice.

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Beyond Drudgery

I was reading an article by Paramhansa Yogananda when I came upon a passage that stopped me in my tracks: “I remember the day when for the first time, unlooked-for, from behind the clouds of the drudgery of routine meditating habits, the aurora of bliss suddenly burst upon my consciousness. It surpassed all my expectations. Joy indescribable!” To think that … Read More

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Lights! Camera! Right Action!

Last weekend we had a remarkable event — Finding Happiness, the movie about Ananda communities, had its debut theater showing. Lines literally stretched around the block as nearly 700 people streamed into the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley, California. Several people have written about the showing and about the weekend’s events using phrases such as: “beyond wonderful” and “the most beautiful event of my life.”

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The Power of God’s Grace

Swami Kriyananda’s guidance to others forms the bedrock of the spiritual life of countless souls throughout the world. One pivotal piece of advice he gave me in the early days of Ananda changed my understanding of how to approach the spiritual path. I had been a disciple for a few years and had been hit by a karmic test that … Read More