Annual Appeal: How Your Donations Are Used
Ananda receives daily requests for healing prayers. These are answered by our Healing Prayer Council of about a thousand members worldwide.
Our ministers also travel to conduct seminars on the healing techniques taught by Paramhansa Yogananda.
To help people near and far, we have created several guided healing videos:
- Healing Prayer Technique
- Are the Struggles of Life Getting to You?
- Material Success Affirmation by Paramhansa Yogananda
510,750 people from 222 countries and territories visited Ananda.org in 2013. They came looking for inspiration, instruction, spiritual support, and fellowship.
In 2013, Ananda.org had 1,585,772 page views and Ananda’s videos on YouTube were viewed 276,989 times. Hundreds of questions were asked and answered, and a new series of meditation videos were created. Many new features were added to help people find inspiration in their daily lives.
Everything on Ananda.org is free of charge.
Thus, the message of the Kriya Masters is spreading “like wildfire,” in Yogananda’s words, to bring hope to receptive hearts everywhere.
In 2014 we plan to continue expanding and improving our meditation section, and reaching out in ever-new and more expansive ways.
Ananda Kriya Yoga Sangha prepares devotees for initiation into Kriya Yoga, offers ongoing support after the initiation, and promotes the benefits of regular Kriya Yoga practice.In 2013 our ministers conducted Kriya Initiations throughout the world, including Mexico, Ananda Village, the East and West Coasts of U.S., Ohio, and Texas.
The peace of your soul awaits you at the center of your own being. It is through meditation that you discover, and live in, this peace.
We continue to publish online Daily Meditator Newsletter. Reaching over 5,000 subscribers, it makes Paramhansa Yogananda’s teachings available for both experienced and new meditators.
Ananda Meditation Groups
Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization in each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of spiritual magnetism.
Ananda has more than a 120 meditation groups in 28 countries.
Members of the meditation groups receive ongoing support and guidance through correspondence, counseling, and visits by Ananda ministers.
Courses, Community, Live Broadcasts
The broad scope of Yogananda’s teachings represents a special Ray of divine grace. His is no merely intellectual teaching: it has a transforming spiritual power.
We now offer over 22 courses in meditation, yoga, and spirituality to nearly 10,000 students all over the world. Along with the online courses, we also offer regular webinars with Ananda Teachers and Ministers on a variety of subjects – from the Chakras, Music, Yugas, Vedic Astrology, to a How to Live and Deepen Your Spiritual Life Series with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi and Nayaswami Asha, and much more.
Online with Ananda is also host to the Ananda Virtual Community, making it easy for truthseekers everywhere to experience spiritual community and satsang. Virtual Community members have free access to all our live webinars, and participate in book study groups, forums, and guided meditations and healing prayers several times a week.
We are continually working to improve our technology, making online learning easier and more accessible. Your donations help us to reach our goals in this!
Crystal Clarity is the publishing arm of Ananda Sangha Worldwide. It offers over 150 books, audio, and music titles based on the
teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda, and Ananda ministers. Many of these are available online, including the best-selling Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda.
In 2013 your donations paid for publication of the following books:
- Demystifying Patanjali, The Yoga Sutras, the Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda, presented by Swami Kriyananda
- The Time Tunnel, by Swami Kriyananda
- A Pilgrimage to Guadalupe, The Final Journey of the Soul by Swami Kriyananda
- Loved Protected, Life Divine by Swami Kriyananda
- AUM, The Melody of Love, by Joseph Bharat Cornel
- The Light of the Christ Within by Rev. John Laurence, direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda
- Your Sun Sign as a Spiritual Guide, by Swami Kriyananda, new edition
- Loved and Protected, Stories of Miracles and Answered Prayers by Asha Praver
- Spiritual Yoga, by Gyandev McCord
- The Ananda Yoga series DVD, volume 1, 4 classes with Gyandev McCord
- Divine Will Healing, revised by Mary Kretzmann
- The Ananda Chant book, revised
In addition, your donations helped to reprint these titles in the past year: Autobiography of a Yogi, The Yugas, Karma and Reincarnation, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Rays of the One Light, as well as various music and meditation CDs and DVDs.
An average of 60 students per month register for online meditation lessons. Each of them receives personal support through correspondence and phone calls from our Español department.
Every year we perform Kriya initiations in Spain and every two years in Latinoamerica.
The translation department is always busy making our teachings and books available to the Spanish-speaking readers.
In summer 2009 Clarity Magazine became an online only publication with its own website, and archived articles dating back to 2000. Since then our visitors have increased steadily.
Clarity is becoming an important means of attracting new viewers to our Ananda websites. Search engine referrals now account for over 23% of Clarity’s readership.
Environment is stronger than will power
Radio Ananda helps one to create an uplifting environment wherever they might be, by broadcasting free Ananda inspiration 24/7, 365!
Because man himself is an expression of the Creative Word, sound has the most potent and immediate effect on him, offering a way to remembrance of his divine origin. In India, music as well as painting and the drama is considered a divine art.
—Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
Music and the arts have always been an essential part of Ananda’s ministry and way of life.
Ananda musicians perform at every Sunday Service, as well as most special events. The Sunday Service music is now broadcast online along with the sermon, helping to convey the spiritual atmosphere of the Service to thousands of listeners in our worldwide audience.
The Ananda Meditation Retreat is the original site of the Ananda Worldwide Brotherhood Community. This exceptionally beautiful and spiritually charged environment has been a spiritual haven for more than 40 years for individuals and groups who have come to retreat, seclude, or participate in special programs.
In order to keep the Retreat, maintain and upgrade its facilities and gardens, we urgently need your support. We would very much like to continue to attract and serve spiritual seekers from all paths and religions. Your generous contributions will allow us to carry on with our work and honor the legacy of Swami Kriyananda and the Ananda Community.
The Expanding Light, Ananda’s Spiritual Retreat for Meditation, Yoga, and Health, hosts hundreds of guests from around the world every year. People’s lives are changed through the opportunity to experience the healing vibrations of Ananda and the techniques for soul freedom as given by Paramhansa Yogananda.
Donations support our ability to provide scholarships and our outreach to bring more guests to the Retreat.
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Spiritual Benefits of Giving Video with Swami Kriyananda, 2 minutes:
“In his letters to Rajarshi Janakananda, Yogananda's foremost disciple and self-made millionaire, he said, ‘By giving to this work, you have spiritually flourished, where others have failed’.”
A New Dispensation by Swami Kriyananda
“Paramhansa Yogananda often said of his work, ‘This is a special dispensation’.”
“At 3:00 am I am so grateful to have the teachings I believe are Truth at my finger tips! I have received the “immediate help” I asked for (through Mary’s healing prayers) and learned how to continue that healing for myself. Thank you Ananda!”
“My boyfriend made a donation saying he wached so many of Swami Kriyananda’s videos online he might as well pay for it. I was amazed it did not occur to me to do the same… “Swami Kriyananda stirred my soul. He really is the beacon that lights my path. Thank you for everything you have done… Thank you for smiling to the camera every time simply saying ‘Love God, trust in Him.’”
“I am really enjoying my Kriya practice. “The sense of joy and peace I feel as I meditate is spilling over into all my daily activities. “I know that I am changing. This new and uplifted consciousness has colored my perceptions. “I am seeing everyone and everything on the outside as beautiful as the God within me.”
“This newsletter came at the perfect time for me today. I am not accustomed to meditation yet, and very easily distracted, but now I am going back to it with renewed hope.”
“It was so wonderful having you visit our meditation group. Thank you for all the energy you brought to everyone. I'm sure it will have lasting effects.”
—S.W., Canada, addressed to Nayaswami Pranaba
“I want to let you know that I love the opportunity of being able to listen to all the amazing talks and meditations that are on offer through the Virtual Community. It is a true life-line enabling all of us to tap in to and feel part of a bigger picture even though we may be physically separated by great distances. A big thank you to you and all those who work with you to make it all possible.”
“It is wonderful to have such a wealth of archival material online. Clarity Magazine is an extraordinary resource for people who are inspired by Yogananda and his teachings.”
“I am very grateful for Radio Ananda. “It is a place I turn to, always knowing I will find soothing and uplifting sounds and messages. “So much in the world today is distressing. Radio Ananda is a wonderful “de-stressing” antidote. Blessings to you.”
“Thank you for broadcasting the choir performances during Sunday Service. “Ananda's music is simply the most beautiful music you can hear today.”