31 reviews for Ananda Virtual Community

  1. 5 out of 5

    The soul language of the Virtual (Spiritual) Community is loving, kind and supportive; it is a counter weight to the loud, secular, self-absorbed voices I hear elsewhere. And although, my time constraints limit my involvement in the activities of the Virtual Community, it is nonetheless, a cherished and priceless gift. It is my true “environment”.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ananda’s Course in Meditation changed my life.
    HOW you might ask?
    From the very beginning meditation gifted me with PEACE. But I had no idea that the peace one felt in meditation could spill out into my everyday experiences. I was astonished how my reaction to what people said, or did, changed. My ‘reactions’ were far less emotional and often no reaction at all.

    But the course offered so much more!

    I have always felt my spirituality. This was never a question for me. Indeed when questioned as to WHY I started this course I answered to know myself and God more. And at this point, this ‘quest’ has not changed. The Course in Meditation has however revealed to me a much deeper understanding of myself and of God than I could ever imagine. A much deeper truth is being revealed through meditation. And only as a result of meditation have I also noticed this change spill out in my understanding of myself and others and indeed all of God’s creation.
    My prayer is that God continue to reveal Himself in me and to me, in the years to come. For now I “see through a glass, darkly; …now I know in part” But I have the faith that one day, sooner… or later, it does not matter, that I will see “face to face,….. and know even as also I am known.” (1Corithians 13:12)
    This journey; we are all on; is exciting. And it has been Ananda’s Course through, Paramhansa Yogananda, that has set my feet on this path of experiencing God’s love and a life more fully. It has changed my life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    I am profoundly thankful for all that Ananda has brought into my life over many years, but especially in the last two years since I joined the Virtual Community.
    I feel Swami Kriyananda as a guiding star in my life, always inspiring me onwards and upwards. The accessibility of pure Divine teachings online and through zoom classes is such an immense Blessing in my personal life and growth, and inspires me in all the Spiritual work I am involved in and responsible for in other directions.
    The purity, selflessness, understanding, lack of dogma and openness to universal Spiritual Truths, competence, caring and devotion are of such a high quality as I have rarely encountered in my very long life’s experience of Spiritual seeking and work, and provide me with a high level of support and inspiration such as I have rarely before come across and deeply treasure.
    Thank you to you all for your selfless and Joy-filled devotion to the evolution of humanity!

  4. 5 out of 5

    I’ve been part of the Ananda Virtual Community for almost 4 years and I highly recommend it. All the instructors are professional and friendly, and the quality of the courses, satsangs and retreats is very high. The Ananda Virtual Community is an ideal place to find support and inspiration for your spiritual life. Although I live far away from an Ananda center, I can daily participate in either live or recorded activities on the Virtual Community website. I am learning a lot from the forums and I am always impressed by the love and friendship shared by the Ananda Virtual Community members. I am very happy to have found this vibrant and joyful community!

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Ananda Virtual Community has been a great blessing in my life. Although I could be sharing more on the forums, I have found great information there. During some recent personal upheavels, it has been an important source of inspiration and comfort. I have met some great souls and deepened other friendships there. The satsangs and mediation offerings have sometimes been deeper and more powerful than those taken live and in person. The Great Ones are clearly members of the virtual community as well. I really appreciate this supportive network of our spiritual family. What an absolute lifeline it has been for me during these last two years. I give the Virtual Community my strongest reccomendation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ananda online has reconnected me with Yogananda’s teachings. I live in an area where there isn’t a a center close by me. My spiritual life has been enriched by taking courses, Sunday service, Satsangs, healing prayers, Conscious Recovery group, inspirational books and music, and being connected with other Gurubai’s from all over the world. The ministers and teachers are amazing! The last couple years have been challenging with Covid but being connected to Ananda online has been a saving Grace sent from our line of Guru’s to all truth seekers. Aum.

  7. 5 out of 5

    When I feel lost or in need of a “refocus,” I only have to go to the Ananda website and listen to a recording. It’s like a magic trick that never fails. Of course, I can repeat the praises of all the other comments as well, and still – there is more. More music, more love, more grace, just from listening to someone from Ananda speak. Thank you!

  8. 5 out of 5

    I have taken online classes through Ananda for the past year and a half and each and every one has surpassed my expectations. The quality of care and skill that goes into the design and structure of each class provide a rich and comprehensive immersion of oneself with the the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Teachers evoke a feeling of invitation, kindness, humor and tolerance towards every individual who is part of the classes. Their depth of knowledge and understanding is shared with generosity of spirit. The resulting community support has been amazing and truly a source of centering calm, and inspiration during these turbulent times. I never thought an online community and learning experience could be so spiritually touching and intimate. It is no exaggeration when I say that the offerings and connection Ananda provides have become the bed rock of my life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ananda virtual community has helped me to grow spiritually through attuning with other spiritual seekers. I’ve come to realise that other like minded souls are essential for our growth both through helping us and allowing us to help them. I don’t live near other Ananda members so having an online community is essential to me and many others. The members are selfless, helpful and supportive and those that run it are tireless in giving their time and energy to the members.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ananda virtual community is a God send. I actually live in the Ananda Portland Community, but because of the pandemic much of our normal ways of inspiration are not available. Everything is zoom these days! So it is a great blessing to read all the wonderful conversations going on around the world. It is great being able to tap into all the presentations from the Village and the Colonies. I think it is fair to say, I am more connected with Ananda World Wide than I was pre-pandemic. It has ushered in a new way to stay in touch with so many.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Ananda Virtual Community has lifted me up to a place of spiritual growth that I never thought possible. Every day there is a loving and interesting and positive and sincere comment or announcement from a student or teacher that makes the family a real one – everyone is encouraged to participate at whatever level they feel comfortable. The offerings are many – group meditation, forums, special classes, sharing of events in daily life. The Light of the wonderful people who are following these teachings shines on everyone. There is a true atmosphere of brotherhood/sisterhood – we are all in this together and everyone’s experience matters. Without this community I would feel isolated in my search; with this community, I have the warmth of a family that cares about what I care about and is there to assist anyone on their journey. This is a vital part of my life, and I am so grateful to Ananda for providing it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    The virtual community (VC) has been my rock. I do not live in close proximity to other members so I check in multiple times per day, often just leaving the screen open during my work day. There are so many offerings that I still have not fully explored in the community. The live and recorded satsangs are invaluable. There is a true sense of community and belonging here. The classes I have taken are excellent. There has to be so much effort that goes into them because everything, from audio/visual to the instructors seemingly complete preparedness is noticed. When I ask questions (and I ask a LOT of questions), someone gets back to me within a day with a thoughtful, detailed response. It really makes me feel like I matter to them. In private discussions with instructors, I feel friendships growing (and I used to be quite cynical of “online friendships”).
    Every class is packed with information. There are always supplemental readings and recordings. In the Yoga Sutras class we were even given recipes!
    The recorded asana classes are excellent. Karen was a wonderful teacher.
    The longer meditations are also nice; it feels like we are all in the same room together.
    The forums are a nice way to keep in touch and get to know each other.
    I guess I could go on and on, but you really have to experience the VC to appreciate it’s richness and value.
    (uh oh I may be ATTACHED to it!)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ananda’s Virtual Community is a blessing. It’s a way to join with like-minded souls to explore and enhance spiritual growth. I learn a great deal in the programs and conversations with everyone. In these times, the Virtual Community is a safe haven, a joy and a spiritual family.

  14. 5 out of 5

    We live in challenging times and the Ananda Community has been a bulwark of support and inspiration through a difficult year. I encountered the the community online while seeking a guidance in how to meditate. The course in meditation far exceeded my expectations and opened many doors and has brought increasing measures of peace, calmness, and unexpected bonuses of well being, increased fitness, and harmony in my life. For those who seek it, warm guidance is provided on a path for further spiritual growth.

    The rich Ananda course offerings are on a professional level that some graduate schools would envy. Highly organized and well-structured audio, visual, and free written material accompany each lesson; Most exceptional are the instructors who promptly and personally guide students over any rough spots. I have had more than one experience of asking a simple question after class and getting a full page of detailed personal guidance and offers to further clarify any points that are not clear. The combination of the instructors command of the material and total dedication to serving the student, not to mention being entertaining and funny, is unique in my experience.

    Of course this is only one small aspect of the Ananda Community. The reach of the Ananda Community is worldwide; we (my wife and I) are in contact with a local group that meets weekly in Maryland and we hope to visit the community in Italy when conditions permit. Ananda supports regular services and community meditation, prayer support, extensive yoga/meditation training at every level from beginner to teacher, as well as spiritual trips to diverse locations around the world. The beating heart of the community is the commitment to the spiritual growth of the seeker at every level. I can’t imagine a better ‘path’ for anyone looking to shine some spiritual light on their life….

  15. 5 out of 5

    I joined Ananda’s Virtual Community at the start of the pandemic in 2020. My husband had just died & I did not live near others on the path of Self-Realization. I can say without hesitation that the Virtual Community has been my rock, an almost daily support system that helped me keep my consciousness raised in the midst of some very difficult times. Our guides in the VC are all accomplished speakers, teachers, and most importantly, disciples, who patiently share the teachings, their own experiences & great stories to guide us higher into the light. I enjoy attending several programs each week, including the longer meditations, Say Yes! To Life, special live events of all types, and satsang with fellow devotees from all over the world. What a blessing to be able to participate!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ananda Virtual Community is a City of Light online with the same refined vibration and sweetness as I remember the community in the Sierra Foothills. Walking in the world I can have the vibration of a “bulldozer touched by Kali” – but I am working the election polls now and in difficult situations I find being in this community helps me channel that refined and sweet vibration to the situation. I so needed this daily Touch of Light. Jai Guru! Shanti Swamiji!

  17. 5 out of 5

    The beautiful journey I have been looking for has started here @ onlinewithananda.org. Starting with the basics and moving ahead I have great joy in knowing there are opportunities to grow right where I am at. Oh how I look forward to all future endeavors that are based in Yoganandas teachings within the Ananda communities all over the world and here online. Thank you for making the path accessible to those who wish to join the physical community but have yet to finish up current karmic ties and make proper preparations so that all is set perfectly for that part of the journey.
    Thank you for your service and your wonderfully well put together website!

  18. 5 out of 5

    The beautiful journey I have been looking for has started here @ ananda.org. Starting with the basics and moving ahead I have great joy in knowing there are opportunities to grow right where I am at. Oh how I look forward to all future endeavors that are based in Yoganandas teachings within the Ananda communities all over the world and here online. Thank you for making the path accessible to those who wish to join the physical community but have yet to finish up current karmic ties and make proper preparations so that all is set perfectly for that part of the journey.
    Thank you for your service and your wonderfully well put together website!

  19. 5 out of 5

    The virtual community has been like a lifeline for me. I do not live close to a center and I travel a lot during the year. The virtual community has been a support group that is always there no matter where I am. The consistency keeps me focused . Life without virtual community, I would find myself forgetting my spiritual desire and caught up in the busyness of being in different places. Virtual community is my grounding rod.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ananda Virtual community is a treasure trove of hope and inspiration that I turn to again and again. It’s a life resource I’ll never outgrow. Many thanks for the hours of commitment it takes to put together such a comprehensive resource!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ananda Virtual Community has been a blessing in my life since I live in an area where there is no presence of Ananda spiritual groups. Every day I receive inspiration and encouragement to keep growing in my spiritual journey. There are always so many resources for everyone to benefit like the guided meditations, guided visualizations, classes, satsangs, prayers, etc.
    The Virtual Community is my life saver, my spiritual family. I am so thankful to be part of it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Being on the Virtual Community provides me with everything I need on the Spiritual Path. So many times we can feel alone on this path, but here you are never alone, you just need to reach out to the spiritual family for advice and spiritual friendship. The community also has a wealth of content to provide direction, inspiration and harmony to your journey back to God. Not a day goes by that I am not logged into the site. I feel so blessed to have found this Community and I love my Spiritual Family. It is a blessing to be able to connect to all of them.

  23. 5 out of 5

    I’ve been a member of the Ananda Virtual Community for five years now and it has been essential in not only establishing my footing on the spiritual path, but the teachers and community members are loving guides and coaches as I navigate the ups, downs, and in-betweens of spiritual life. I can’t imagine my life without it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Since we joined Ananda Virtual Community, our lives have radically changed. Our daily life is blessed by many miracles and we feel that our spiritual life is on a highway. We feel that all people in the Community are sincere and dedicated.
    Wonderful people make a wonderful Community!

  25. 5 out of 5

    I enrolled in the Ananda Virtual community just a couple of months ago but it has already brought so much peace and joy into my life! I do not live near an Ananda center and therefore, being a part of the Virtual community gives me the opportunity to get spiritual guidance at my own place. The teachers are very helpful and by meditating with them I feel that I am expanding a little bit more every day. I feel very blessed to have discovered this virtual community!

  26. 5 out of 5

    The Virtual Community has changed my life. Living in South Africa, I cannot attend any services, satsangs and classes in person. With this community I can.

  27. 5 out of 5

    I feel so fortunate and so blessed to have found this online community that I just can’t express my gratitude enough. The teachers at Ananda work so hard to bring these transformative teachings to the homes of people all over the world. They say that satsang is the most important aspect of the spiritual path besides the Guru, and not only has Ananda brought satsang into my home on a daily basis, but it is also the channel through which my Guru has come into my life. It is a truly special gift.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ananda Virtual Community has been such a sweet blessing. I heard about Ananda Village but it is in California and difficult to get to for so many souls. This is our doorway to almost being there!

    This website has given me comfort, inspiration, and fellowship with other devotees of Yogananda and the joy of interacting with other souls who have found the joy of Ananda and who have been drawn to Paramhansa Yogananda’s writings. Ananda was founded by a great soul named Swami Kriyananda who was a direct disciple of Yogananda’s. This outreach connects fellow truth seekers and devotees of Yogananda no matter where we live in this world. There are so many wonderful talk by longtime members. Their insights are life changing. The opportunities to learn more about yoga and share with other dear souls yearning for understanding is amazing. We are inspired and encouraged to become all the best that God has dreamed for us to be.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Virtual Community has helped cultivate my inward relationships with God and the Masters not to mention Saints and Sages of all religions. Doing Satsangs with my spiritual family gives me strength and courage to battle the mundane things of life. There is so much support with VC, by phone, email or Skype. My spirit is renewed daily living these teachings and I would be lost without them.

    Much thanks,
    Maria

  30. 5 out of 5

    The Ananda Virtual Community is a lifesaver for me. It’s like I’ve come home at last. It’s a bright beacon of spiritual light and joy that reaches to you wherever you are in the world. I’m amazed at the community’s offerings and the beautiful people in it that keep on giving and giving with such great energy and in the spirit of joy and love!

  31. 5 out of 5

    Aanada Virtual Communit is a family-without-walls that supports and uplift all! I feel very blessed and grateful to be part of this community!

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