Thank You, God

Grateful for everything

Gratitude I give thanks to the giver behind each gift, and to the one Giver behind all that I receive. My gratitude rises with devotion’s incense to the throne of Omnipresence. Dear Friend, In the immortal words of Charlie Brown, “What if today we were just grateful for everything?” What a happy life that would entail. Imagine a day where … Read More


Sharing Spiritual Insights

Nayaswami Maria

Question from APS: Hi Ananda Family, My Question: How should we react and act when we start to get the glimpses of spiritual gifts like knowing someone’s thoughts/mind, getting to know at exact moment about distant events. Should we share with others? Even out of excitement? Also how to start working on them so that it can be of service to others and … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Become a Singing Spiritual Superhero

You have a self-realization superpower. The world is in dire need of spiritual superheroes, and Ananda Music is a key to unlocking your hidden abilities. Paramhansa Yogananda writes in Cosmic Chants that: Sound, or vibration, is the most powerful force in the universe, and music is a divine art, to be used not for pleasure but as a path to God-realization. Vibrations resulting from … Read More


Being the “Silent Observer”

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from Carina: I find it quite helpful at times to be the observer of my mind, thoughts and feelings, watching them pass like a movie and not giving them any attention (just as we learn in meditation). This helps us to not get attached and to control our reactive process. And even though Swamiji mentioned the term “silent observer” in his book … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Also Starring God (as Himself)

Last weekend marked the culmination of an extraordinary year as over 700 people filled the Del Oro Theater in Grass Valley, California to watch the debut screening of the film Finding Happiness. I had the great honor to be part of the cast and also produce the soundtrack for this exquisite film by director Ted Nicolaou which was based on … Read More


Swami Kriyananda and Nirbikalpa Samadhi

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Roberto: Hello Ananda friends, I’ve one question about Kriyananda, I am intrested if Kriyananda himself reached nirbikalpa samadhi already? Love Thank you, Roberto

A Place Called Ananda, Health and Healing, Spiritual Community

The Moments that Changed Everything

“Honey…David…wake up! Swami passed – he died tonight!” The words melded themselves into my dreaming consciousness, challenging my sleeping brain to accept the shocking news. Rising quickly out of bed, I honestly couldn’t tell if I was still in a dream or in some kind of altered reality. The clock read 12-midnight, and I closed my eyes and felt the … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Community, Spiritual Growth

Sharing the Inner Presence of Ananda

Many of you may know that we are in the midst of creating the Cities of Light film here at Ananda, and of the honor I’ve had of being a part of the whole process. What you may not know is how transformational it has been for me, personally. You can read about my first 5 days in my blogs … Read More