June 2010 Newsletter

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Dear Friend,

A man prayed every morning to God. Every morning he made the same plea: “Please God, let me win a million dollars in the lottery.” For many, many years this man prayed this every day. The years went by. The man married, had children and raised his family. His wife died. As he aged further, his children died and he buried them – and he grew bitter. But still, every morning he raised his hands in prayer and again asked to win the lottery.

By his 97th birthday, the man had made this plea twenty-seven thousand seven hundred and forty one times. God appeared to the old man. “John, please,” the Creator of heaven and earth said, “help me out. Buy a ticket.”


Are you doing your part?

Joy to you.


How to Have Courage, Calmness and Confidence

Inspiration from Yogananda

The sincere seeker, in contrast to the armchair "seeker" who wastes his life spinning intellectual theories, takes heart at the thought of the hard work before him. A true warrior, though afraid, plunges courageously into battle when the strength of his arm is needed. A true alpinist, though apprehensive of the sheer cliff he faces, sets out resolutely to conquer it. And the sincere truth seeker tells himself, "I know what an arduous task it must be to achieve perfection, but I will give it all I have. With God’s help, success, surely, must be mine!" By deep, daily efforts in meditation he conquers flesh-consciousness at last, and regains his long lost awareness of the divine bliss within.

O devotee, take heart! No matter how dry, clay-hard, and cracked the soil of your heart has become during famine years of sense indulgence, of failure and disappointment, it can be watered and softened again by peace-showers of inner communion. Your spiritual enthusiasm, long wilted, can be revived. Only drink once more the ancient wine of God communion. In the field of fervent spiritual endeavor, as, daily, you work the softened soil of renewed soul perceptions, sow once again the seeds of spiritual success, and watch them grow into a new crop of divine joy.

From a new book from Crystal Clarity:
How to Have Courage, Calmness and Confidence
The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda, Volume 5


Re-Designed Program
Ayurvedic Healing and Yoga Retreat
In Kerala, India

Now both 7 day and 12 day options
Several accommodation options

Very affordable!
Significant savings for early signup
Book Early!

February 10—22, 2011

The Kerela experience is once-in-a-lifetime.

Doing it with Gyandev & Diksha as your personal guides
- who also teach and lead you in
meditation, yoga, and Ayurvedic cooking -
makes it a once-in-several-lifetimes experience!

“The Kerala experience is just the right amount of
rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, and fun.”

— Suzanne, Nevada City, CA    

See many pages of information and photos of Kerela.

consciously breathing

Radiant Health Tip
for June

The secret of radiant health is to

Be a Cause, Not an Effect

Look at these programs all starting up in


A Deeper Practice of Yoga
June 17 – 20

Lift Your Consciousness!

This program is led by Gyandev, the Director of Ananda Yoga. Despite his youthful appearance, Gyandev have served at The Expanding Light Retreat for 23 years! We may be a bit biased – but in our view there is no better yoga teacher on the planet. Gyandev will be assisted by other Retreat staff too, so you’ll also benefit from their experience.

Peter & Marga Goering  

Living in Simplicity
June 18 – 20

Peter & Marga Goering

Create a clear and concise plan for creating more simplicity and calmness in your own life. Peter and Marga live what they teach – and know how to share it in a way that you can absorb and make real in your life. Nobody does it better than Ananda Village!

Diksha McCord & Savitri Simpson  

Meditation Teacher Training
June 18 – 27

Diksha McCord & Savitri Simpson

Learn to deepen your own meditation practice – and how to effectively teach meditation to others. Join the uncounted others who have gone deep with these amazing teachers over the past many years. You will be astonished at how much you personally gain and leave with full confidence to teach others.

The New Path; My Life With Paramhansa Yogananda

Inspiration from Kriyananda

“….. then began the most thrilling literary adventure of my life.

“Autobiography of a Yogi is the story of a young Bengali Indian's intense search for God. It describes a number of living saints he met on his journey, especially his own great guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar. It also describes, more clearly than any other mystical work I have ever read since, the author's experiences with God, including the highest one possible, samadhi: mystical union. In chapter after chapter I found moving testimony to God's living reality, not only in infinity, but in the hearts and lives of living human beings. I read of how Yogananda's prayers, even for little things, had been answered, and of how, by placing himself unreservedly in God's hands, his unanticipated needs had been met unfailingly. I read of intense love for God such as I myself yearned to possess; of a relationship with Him more intimate, more dear than I had dared to imagine possible.

“Until now, I had supposed that a life of meditation might give me, at best, a little peace of mind. But here I discovered, all at once, that the fruit of the spiritual life is a love and bliss "beyond imagination of expectancy"!

“Until recently I had doubted the value of prayer, except perhaps as a means of uplifting oneself. But now I learned, and could not for a moment doubt, that God relates individually, lovingly, to each and every seeker.”

From The New Path; My Life With Paramhansa Yogananda, by Swami Kriyananda

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Upcoming Programs

See Calendar for complete program listing


Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat
June 6 – 11

Sierra Cycling
June 10 – 13

Suzanne getting Massage Take Care of Yourself
June 11 – 13

First Timer First-Timers’ Week
June 13 – 18

Gyandev The Deeper Practice of Yoga
June 17 – 20

Gyandev Living in Simplicity
June 18 – 20

Ridge Meditator Meditation Teacher Training
ceu credits
June 18 – 27

Therapeutic Yoga Yoga Therapy Teacher Training
Musculoskeletal Yoga Therapy

June 20 – 26

Therapeutic Yoga Yoga Therapy
Musculoskeletal Yoga Therapy

June 24 – 26

Animal Lover A Unique Weekend for Animal-Lovers
Spiritual Shepherd Training
June 25 – 27

Kriya Rose Kriya Yoga Initiation Weekend
June 25 – 27


41st Anniversary Weekend
July 1 – 4

Advanced Pranayama
July 4 – 11

Flexibility Past 50 Flexibility Past 50
July 9 – 11

First Timer First-Timers’ Weekend
July 9 – 11

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras
July 11 – 17

Yoga Teacher Training Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training
ceu credits July 11 – Aug 8


Recipes for June

And the winner this month? You won't believe it!

The often maligned (and yet cherished by many) Garbonzo Bean...We made Garbonzo Veggie Curry yesterday to amazing reviews by our lunch guests. Lewis demanded an apple chutney and with that in tow, was VERY satisfied.

All this to say (as our beloved Guru often advised) don't become a phsychological antique! Try new things - yes even with an old legume standby. You will be delighted! Finished with some verdant chopped parsley and served over rice this is a crowd pleaser. I even had requests for leftovers!

Blessed cooking and joyful food,

Master's Kitchen
The Expanding Light

Garbanzo Vegetable Curry Recipe
A hearty and satisfying curry.

Apple Chutney Recipe
A nice relish served as an accent to Kitchari or Indian food in general.


Ananda is a worldwide movement to help you realize the joy of your own higher Self. It is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and was founded by his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda in 1968.
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