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    Why Celebrate Christmas?

    Written by Paramhansa Yogananda in December 1934 (then Swami Yogananda). For twenty centuries the birth of Christ has been celebrated differently by the different Christian sects. Many have counted the coming of Christmas as a time for exchanging nicely caparisoned, costly gifts. Many children look upon Christmas as the time for Santa Claus to give them new toys. They […]

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    Karma Yoga – Our Life

    Q: Swamiji, what is your opinion about the importance of work: the humble jobs verses the more glamorous jobs; how do we feel the same inspiration no matter what we’re doing? A: If we are on the spiritual path, I’m not talking about worldly work, (which of course, you have to just let people have […]

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    From Nirmala & Dharmadas at the  Kriya Retreat in Ananda Europa – Assissi, 2017

    Dear Friend, Here are a couple of photos, and a transcript of one of the satsangs, to share some of the inspiration we have felt during this Kriya Retreat in Assisi.  We hope you can stay after Sunday service on September 17th, when we hope to show some short videos from Ananda Europa, Ananda India, […]

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    International Kriya Conference – Assissi, 2017

    Dear Friend, We wish we could convey in words the experience of being here in Anand Europa with Kriya Yogis from all over the world. It is truly a little bit of heaven. The vibration is high and beautiful, building on the flow of energy from Spiritual Renewal Week at Ananda Village a couple of […]

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    Divine Inspiration

    Dear Great Souls, It was a joy to be part of the Spiritual Renewal Week at Ananda Village last week, and in the spirit of renewed inspiration, I thought I would share a few things. I know for myself, I always struggle with returning home after being in the blissful environment up in the community […]

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    Letter from Russia, 2017

    Yogananda Devotees in Ekaterinburg, Russia Dear friend, We traveled to Russia with Dharmadas’ father, Sam, and sister, Beth, to explore a village on the Volga river where Sam’s parents lived before they immigrated to the United States in 1912. We flew into Moscow, and from there flew to Saratov. In one day, we found an […]

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    Midwest Retreat with Dharmadas and Nirmala

    Dear friend, For quite a few years now, we have led a yearly retreat in the Midwest for the devotees there, and this past weekend was a deep blessing.  New meditators, Kriyabans, SRF students, and long-time Ananda devotees from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Kentucky came together at a Catholic facility called Mount Saint Francis […]

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    Third Letter from Russia – Moskow, June 12th, 2016

    Dear Friend, We are now almost finished with our scheduled programs in Russia. We have one more day of the weekend retreat, with seven new disciples taking discipleship at the ceremony tomorrow. It is such a joy to see these souls blossom through the understanding of Master’s teachings. This weekend has been a blend of […]

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    Second Letter from Russia – Moskow, June 9th 2016

    Dear Friend, We are in the middle of a Kriyaban Retreat at “Mila Gioia.” This is Mila Ostrova’s country house, or “dacha,” outside of Moscow. Since many in the group here have visited Ananda Assisi, “Mila Gioia” is a word play on the Italian “Villa Gioia,” or “house of joy.” And, it has certainly been […]

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    First Letter from Russia – Ekaterinburg, June 4th 2016

    Dear Friend, After 26 hours of traveling we came at last to Ekaterinburg at about 7am, slept for a few hours, and had our first program that evening. It is truly lovely here. As we drove from the airport to the retreat center where we are staying, morning mist was rising from the ground all around […]

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    A Fourth Letter from India

    Wednesday morning, February 17th, Dharmadas and I flew to Pune to give a satsang at the beautiful new center in Pune city run by Bramachari Aditya. We spent two nights there, while the others in the family flew back to Delhi to prepare for a day trip to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra on Thursday. They loved this adventure!

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    A Third Letter from India

    Our visit to Puri was very moving for all of us. Here is a photo of Mrs. Mahapatra, who runs this home for widows, abused women and their children, which we visited last Monday evening, and that I wrote about in the previous letter.

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    A Second Letter from India

    We just got some photos from Daya of our visit to the Delhi ashram on Friday. You can see where we had lunch out in the garden with the beautiful murtis in the background.

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    A Letter from India

    We’ve been away now for one week, and it’s been action-packed. We landed in Chicago to pick up Dharmadas’ father and two sisters, and we watched the Superbowl with them and the rest of the family.

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    On Our Way Back From Russia

    Dear ones, We are now beginning the long journey back to Sacramento. We’ll be back late Wednesday, and we’ll see you all on Sunday, if not before. Here’s a photo of some of our last group energizing by the Volga river, just a 2-minute walk from Mila’s dacha. (Since many Russians visit Ananda Assisi, her […]

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    The Indiana Retreat

    Dear Ones, We are in the Chicago airport waiting for our flight to Newark, New Jersey. With a short layover we fly to Vienna, and then directly on to Moscow. Over the past few days we hosted a retreat in Indiana, very near the border of Kentucky, near Louisville. Spring in this part of the […]

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    A Heart-Felt Tribute to Swamiji from D. R. Kaarthikeyan

    During Swami Kriyananda’s last years, one of his dearest friendships was with an Indian man by the name of D.R.Kaarthikeyan, a well-known figure world-wide. Mr. Kaarthikeyan was a former director of India’s CBI (equivalent to our FBI), and was also famous for his successful investigation of the Rajiv-Ghandi assassination case in India. At the present time, he is […]

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    A Beautiful Connection with the Ghosh Family

    During the past month of May, two of the Ananda communities in California were blessed with a very special visit: Master’s grandnephew, Somnath Ghosh, and his wife, Sarita, came to us from their home in India. Their primary purpose was to be a part of all the auspicious ceremonies that took place at the Village, […]

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    Relaxing the Restless Mind

    Our modern lives are fraught with danger: traffic jams, long lines, tedious forms to fill out, exams, deadlines, family crises, work problems…

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    10 Practices to Make You a Better Healer

    Daily Meditation – One cannot heal with God’s Divine Energy without feeling God Contact.

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    Update from Russia – June 12

    Dear ones, We just finished our Kriya retreat after lunch today, and start a Discipleship retreat this afternoon. Here’s another sadhana photo for you from here in Mila’s country house/dacha. Lots of love to you all! We’ll be back with you on Wednesday. Aum, Nirmala and Dharmadas

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    Update from Russia – June 11

    Dear ones, We are in the midst of a Kriya retreat now in Mila’s country house/dacha outside of Moscow on the Volga River. It’s beautiful here, cool, green, and quiet. Dharmadas got up at 4:30am to make a fire in the fireplace, so the house would be warm at 6am for yoga ~ and to […]

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    Update from Russia – June 8

    Dear Ones, We are back on the plane now, flying to Moscow after a wonderful time in Ekaterinburg (Katerin = Catherine, so it’s the city of Catherine the Great.) We were 40 – 50 people for the weekend. Saturday was filled with sadhanas, great meals with lots of “kartoshkas” (potatoes), classes about Kriya, and a Kriya initiation […]

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    Update from Russia – June 5

    We flew from Moscow to Ekaterinburg yesterday, Thursday, June 4, a two hour flight. We were picked up by the center leader here, and then we drove for about an hour to a lovely retreat center in the woods. Today we launched into the first retreat. There are people here from all over, even as […]

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