Nayaswami Nityananda

Nayaswami Nityananda

Former Director of The Expanding Light Retreat

Nityananda was the director of The Expanding Light Retreat from early in 2009 until May 2021.  He loved hearing from people who had read his letters and had comments to share. Nityananda lovingly supported the extensive staff of great souls serving at The Expanding Light.  He brought a ministerial attitude to his service to all.

Nityananda began meditating in 1975.  The path of Kriya Yoga originally inspired Nityananda through Swami Kriyananda's book Hindu Way of Awakening.  He became a Kriyaban and moved to Ananda Village with his wife Lalaan in 2007.  He became an Ananda Minister in 2015.

Nityananda said:

"It is such a joy to see our guests during their stays here.  The faces of so many lighten up appreciably - even over a weekend.  It still amazes me how quickly it happens."


One of the quotes from Hindu Way of Awakening Nityananda enjoys is this:  "We attract to ourselves whatever aspect of the Divine we worship. The choice is forever ours. If we enter the clear river flowing majestically to the sea of cosmic consciousness, we find ourselves carried along with increasing ease. At no point do we need to do all the work of swimming ourselves. Ultimately, the current carries us to oneness with Infinite Bliss."

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