November 2010 Newsletter

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Dear Friend, 

Truthseekers, almost by definition, work to improve ourselves.  We try to break bad habits and improve good behavior. We know we need to do this to keep growing, and it is good.  But at some point, as we continue our sincere efforts to find our way back home, we really have to – and we will - start to rise above the challenges, surroundings, and habits of this life. 

Wrestling with our bad habits is like trying to pin down 10 fleas with 10 fingers.  It might be better just to go somewhere else!  Be careful where you apply your attention and energy.  We are taught to raise our energy through spiritual practices including energization exercises, chanting, meditation, prayer, and conscious attention to God.  Raising the energy inside yourself will permit the exponential jumps in consciousness that will leave flea-like problems behind.


Joy to you,


Joy is God

My favorite CD is Joy is God.  I’ve listened to it many times every week for 3 years now.  It is endlessly comforting and uplifting.  I recommend it without reservation.  Get yourself a copy by emailing Ramesha at  The cost is $17 including shipping.

Gaia House dining table

Winter Solstice Retreat
at Gaia House   Dec 17 - 19

Timothy and Lalaan will host you for this weekend at our exciting new retreat - Gaia House. Join us for a calmly active and actively calm weekend of reflection, interaction, good food, fire ceremonies. We'll have a class on the cycles of time by Byasa, a Beauty Walk led by Sundara, and some gentle hatha and guided meditation with Maria Antonia.

On Saturday night we’ll have our special Solstice Dinner – a wholesome shared meal around the table in the photo.  After dinner we’ll retire to the beautiful and comfortable Living Room where everyone present will do a reading that they find inspirational – from any source that you prefer.

Please call Guest Services at 1-800-346-5350 to reserve.  More information

Wondering about the weather?  The average high for December 18th is 55 degrees with a historical range of 42 to 73.

Womens Creativity Retreat
at Gaia House   Dec 3 - 5

The focus of this retreat is to help you open up to your own creative power and joy through playful exercises with painting, collage, writing, and movement.

Gaia House - An exciting new group retreat experience

Gaia House

Gaia is now available for you to bring your group for your own program – or to one of ours. Beautiful big home sleeps up to 12.

20% off on house rentals through June 2011!

Call Pranavati to explore the possibilities: 800-346-5350

Clarity Magazine article

Inspirational Article
from Clarity Online Magazine &
Swami Kriyananda

The Unfolding of Human Potential

“A very different kind of world and universe will open up as we advance into this age. By the end of Dwapara Yuga in 4100 A.D., mankind will conquer the delusion of space and people will be able to go, not only to other planets, but to distant galaxies.

By the end of Treta Yuga, most people will understand that time, like space, is a delusion, and that the most ancient civilizations exist, not in the distant past, but right now, in the eternal present.  more..

Thanksgiving Retreat

Come join us for a
Joyful & Uplifting Thanksgiving

Nov 24 - 28, 2010

Living with a Grateful Heart

Cultivate the spirit of gratitude that is the key to spiritual life.

Conversations with Yogananda

Inspiration from Yogananda

“The simple thought that you are not free,” the Master said one day, reiterating a thought he’d expressed earlier, keeps you from being free. If you could only break that simple thought, you would go into samadhi.

“Samadhi is not something one needs to acquire. You have it already. Just think: Eternally you have been with God. For a few incarnations you live in delusion but then again you are free in Him for eternity! Live always in that thought”.

From Conversations with Yogananda
by Swami Kriyananda
published by Crystal Clarity


Upcoming Programs

See Calendar for complete program listing

Special Events      

Nov 24 – 28  
Living with a Grateful Heart:
A Thanksgiving Retreat

Dec 17 – 19  
Winter Solstice Retreat
at Gaia House


Nov 26 – 28  
Learn Ananda Yoga® Retreat


Dec 3 – 5
Kriya Yoga Initiation Weekend


Feb 10 – 22
Ayurvedic Retreat in Kerela, India

Holistic Health      

Nov 12 – 14
Food for Health and Vitality

Nov 14 – 19
Heal Yourself–Feel Great!

Dec 2 – 5
Healing with Divine Energy

Dec 10 – 12
Take Care of Yourself

Dec 10 – 12
An 11th Step Retreat

Spiritual Growth      

Nov 19 – 21
First-Timers’ Weekend

Dec 3 – 5
Womens Creativity Retreat
at Gaia House

Teacher Training    

Jan 9 – Feb 6, 2011
Reduced Cost
Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training

Radiant Health Tip
for November

The secret of radiant health and well-being is

I behold the world with eyes of calmness and of faith. For I know that, as I view others, so will I myself become. more...

With late fall harvests and cool autumn weather, a delightful warm meal follows. Make extra of these. All freeze well and you will have food for unexpected company at the drop of a hat!

From Master's "Global Kitchen" to yours!

Walnut Balls Recipe
A delicious substitute for meat balls.

Squash-Stuffed Potatoes
A refreshing variation on stuffed potatoes.

Lemon Tomato Sauce
Tangy tomato sauce. Great with Stuffed Cabbage.

Food for Health and Vitality
Nov 12 – 14  

Joy Symbol

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.
Learn More...

Joy is within you


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