How to CrowdFund for the Temple of Light

Question: What is crowdfunding? Answer: Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet. Question: Is there such a thing as too many people “crowdfunding” at once? Answer: No! Every friend who is raising money towards the Temple of Light is raising energy … Read More

Inspirations of Light, The Project

Temples for Truth

Temples are an outward manifestation of inner communion with the Divine. With their sordid history of coming at great expense and sacrifice, it is no wonder that most of the world’s great spiritual leaders teach us to create a “temple of silence” within, rather than outside ourselves. And yet, temples are more than just buildings, especially when they are filled … Read More

Construction, News, The Project

The Story Begins

“What is Ananda’s biggest priority project in the coming years?” I asked in my first planning meeting with Ananda’s Spiritual Directors, Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, whom I joyfully serve in my role as fundraiser for Ananda. “The Temple of Light at Ananda Village,” came the resounding answer from across the table. “It’s long overdue.” This was 2015 and I was new … Read More

Crowdfunding, Past Events

Guided Affirmation for the Temple of Light

[Insert Video] Paramhansa Yogananda taught that affirmations are a way to draw the Divine powerfully into our lives. To support the Temple of Light at Ananda Village, you can add your daily affirmations to hundreds who will do the same. Instructions for affirmations: At the close of your daily meditation practice, focus your energy at the point between the eyebrows. … Read More

Inspirations of Light, News, The Project

Fifty Years in the Making

Through the decades since Ananda’s founding, the vision for a temple as the heart of Ananda Village and the worldwide movement has always been there. Dusting off the original site plan for the Expanding Light Retreat, submitted to Nevada County officials by Jaya Helin and Hunter Black back in 1989, one can see the outline for a temple at nearly the … Read More

Crowdfunding, Inspirations of Light, News

Bread for the Community, Light for the World

There are ten monks currently living at Ananda Village, and within our monastery, our temple is its heart and soul. We draw our daily sustenance by meditating together there every morning. As it unites our spirits, so too do we seek to unite our growing magnetism with the divine ray that permeates all of Ananda. Our temple had its humble … Read More


Site Blessing for the Temple of Light at Ananda Village

Last August, during Spiritual Renewal Week, our worldwide Ananda family gathered, drawing on the Masters of Kriya Yoga to bless the sacred site of the Temple of Light. The blessed occasion, led by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, Spiritual Directors of Ananda’s worldwide work, was marked by an offering of sacred water, an arati of light and a joyful shower of … Read More

Inspirations of Light, News

Ananda Village Satsang with Jyotish and Devi

On July 13, 2016, in advance of the worldwide blessing for the Temple of Light, Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi met with residents of Ananda Village to share with the community the plans for the temple to come. This was the first all-community meeting about the Temple of Light since the passing of our founder, Swami Kriyananda. The full audio of … Read More