Led by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
Inner Renewal Week
Going Deeper into God
Give your spiritual life a real boost
Take your meditation practice to a new level
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During this special week, Ananda community members focus on recharging their spiritual focus, with each individual working to deepen his meditation and inner life. This powerful time of renewal can be a turning point in your life. Join a community of dedicated spiritual seekers and long-time meditators in a guided week of spiritual renewal. We welcome people of all spiritual paths to join us.
Disciples and Kriyabans can receive a 25% discount for the week . Call 1.800.346.5350 to make your reservation.
Inner Renewal Week 2013
"How to Know God through the Scriptures":
- The Bhagavad Gita: "Driving Your Chariot to Freedom"
- The Rubaiyat: "Piercing the Veil of Maya"
- The Bible: "Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God"
- Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: "Meditation and Yoga"
The first three days of classes are given by the Spiritual Directors of Ananda, Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi. The fourth day is taught by a panel of Ananda ministers.
Friday will be a day of silence and seclusion. We’ll begin with a 3-hour morning meditation, followed by a talk on the power and joy of renunciation in the new age, and an initiation into the Nayaswami Order.
You’ll also have focused time to work on your spiritual life:
- Daily morning meditations with Ananda community meditators
- Devotional chanting
- Afternoons on Kriya, discipleship, and time for walking, introspection, journal writing, massage
- Kriya Yoga initiations for those who are eligible. (Email email@example.com if you’d like to take Kriya initiation.)
- Evenings also include a Kirtan, Question/Answer with Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, and a musical evening led by David Eby, “Unlocking God's Presence in Your Voice”
- Late afternoon guided practice of Yogananda’s Energization Exercises, yoga postures, and meditation
During Inner Renewal Week, we’ll be offering vows into the new Renunciate Order, started by Swami Kriyananda in 2009, for those who would like to make a deeper spiritual commitment in your personal relationship with God, whatever your path. All levels of vows - nayaswami, tyagi, brahmachari, and pilgrim - will be offered. The pilgrim vow is given below. If you are interested in any of the other vows, please let us know when you phone for a reservation.
The Pilgrim’s Vow of Intention
I understand, and intend from now on to live by my understanding, that life is a pilgrimage, of which the final goal is to find and merge back into God.
I will endeavor resolutely, therefore, to direct all my thoughts and actions toward that end.
I will offer up all material desires for purification in the fire of divine bliss.
I will offer up all attachments for purification in that cosmic fire.
I will search my heart daily for any lingering desires and attachments, and will offer them to Thee, my Cosmic Beloved.
I will strive to be an example to others of a pure, discriminating, and noble life.
I will offer the fruit of all my actions and labors to Thee alone.
Bless me, and direct my footsteps ever to the summit of Thy holy mountain.
During the week, classes will bring deeper understanding of this vow and the power of taking such a vow.
View the 2012 Inner Renewal Week Schedule to get a feeling for how the week is organized.
Throughout Inner Renewal Week, you will enjoy the warm, relaxed atmosphere for which The Expanding Light is noted: striving to meet the individual needs of each guest, honoring each person’s spiritual journey, and sharing together the joy of the spiritual journey. You will also enjoy delicious healthful and satisfying vegetarian fare.
Please join us!
I have visited the Expanding Light many times during the past 20 years. I always love it, but Inner Renewal Week might be the very best week I've ever spent there. As Jyotish said in one of his talks, when you're speaking to a group who already have established spiritual practices, you start at a deeper level. That was exactly true for me. We started deep and went deeper and deeper. I came away not only energized and recharged, but focused and centered in my spiritual life.
— A guest from Sacramento
It's such a blessing to be able to see the talks from Inner Renewal Week on Ananda.org, as I am unable to travel there because of my paralysis (I'm in a wheelchair). I would love so much to be able to go there and meet all of you, and to meet Swamiji some day. I have fallen in love with everyone from watching the talks, and feel like you're all my brothers and sisters in light.
Inner Renewal Week starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.
Daily rate for attending part of the week.
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