Annual Appeal: How Your Donations Are Used

Healing Prayers

Devotees offering Healing Prayers

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:

ananda homepage

510,750 people from 222 countries and territories visited in 2013. They came looking for inspiration, instruction, spiritual support, and fellowship.

In 2013, 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 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.

Kriya Yoga Training and Support

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.

Meditation Training and Support

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.

—Swami Kriyananda

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

Ananda meditation group in Torrance, California

Meditating together increases the degree of Self-realization in each member of the group by the law of invisible vibratory exchange of spiritual magnetism.

—Paramhansa Yogananda

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.

Online with Ananda

Courses, Community, Live Broadcasts

Online Classes

Live webinar on healing prayers

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.

—Swami Kriyananda

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 Publishers

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.

Ananda Español

Ananda Ashram in Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico

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.

Clarity Magazine

Clarity Magazine website

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.

Online Radio Ananda

Environment is stronger than will power

—Paramhansa Yogananda

Radio Ananda helps one to create an uplifting environment wherever they might be, by broadcasting free Ananda inspiration 24/7, 365!

Music and the Arts

Ananda Choir

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.

Ananda Meditation Retreat

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

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.

Your donation is tax-deductible

Ananda Church of Self-Realization of Nevada County

(Ananda Sangha Worldwide)

A Non-Profit Tax Exempt Religious Corporation

14618 Tyler Foote Road

Nevada City, CA 95959