Ananda is a global movement of more than 140,000 people dedicated to Self-realization. Based on the mission and teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda to unite the spiritual wisdom of the east with the material efficiency of the west, Ananda is pioneering models for living an integrated spiritual life that inspires millions today.
“The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.”
While the focus of Ananda is supporting the spiritual path of the individual, the positive impact of this work can be seen in many ways. Ananda is a beacon of blessings for all the world.
Here are a few examples of Ananda’s service in action:
Intentional Spiritual Communities
One essential part of Ananda’s mission is to fulfill Paramhansa Yogananda’s vision for “Worldbrotherhood Colonies”, intentional spiritual communities that integrate work, family, and spiritual life to create an environment that supports Self-realization. Ananda’s eight existing communities are models for living a sustainable lifestyle that is founded on high spiritual ideals and simple living.
The Paramhansa Yogananda Charitable Trust
Ananda brings “dignity and divinity” to more than 4,000 widows abandoned in the holy city of Vrindavan, India, giving them safe housing, food, clothing, medical care, and personal care for each woman.
“It’s not enough to just provide basic needs,” said Nayaswami Jyotish, “People need someone who cares for them, and loves them. Our service to the widows restores their dignity and divinity.”
Ananda’s service to Vrindavan widows operates through the Paramhansa Yogananda Public Charitable Trust. Several NGOs are now seeking to replicate Ananda’s model.
Education for Life
Ananda has founded five schools (nonsectarian, pre-K through high school), based on a holistic, consciousness-centered model for education founded by Paramhansa Yogananda and reintroduced in today’s society by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.
In 1917 Yogananda founded the model for future Education for Life schools in Ranchi, India. He described some of his ideas in two documents, the Psychological Chart and the The Balanced Life, along with chapter 27 of his autobiography.
With the founding of the first Ananda Community in 1969, Swami Kriyananda revived Yogananda’s model for educating the whole child through his book Education for Life and the Ananda schools that followed.
Sharing Nature Worldwide
Sharing Nature is a worldwide movement dedicated to helping children and adults deepen their relationship with nature. Founded by lifelong disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and senior minister at Ananda, Joseph (Bharat) Cornell, Sharing Nature uses creative, life-changing nature activities and Flow Learning™, a revolutionary teaching system that fosters empathy and makes ecological principles come alive.
By giving people an experience of the spirit in nature, they not only become inspired conservationists, but they also learn the tools needed for inner peace and transformation.
Sierra Family Health Center
Founded by Ananda members, the Sierra Family Medical Clinic provides primary medical care for over 5,000 residents of this low-income rural community.
Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Northern California, adjacent to Ananda’s first intentional community, the Sierra Family Health Center is a rural health center that has pioneered an integrated health services model for medical, dental, and behavioral care.