April 2011 Newsletter

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Dear Friend,

We have been taught the technique of offering everything back to God at the end of each day.  We bring attention to the spiritual eye at the forehead, energetically lift and give it all back.  This includes our successes and failures, attachments and desires.  It can help to visualize the fire of God’s consciousness burning it all up.  It is all God’s anyway, right?

This exercise leads one to consider what his or her desires actually are.  Some are easy to spot.  Maybe you really want that new flat screen monitor.  A bigger house, bigger salary, better roommate, prettier meditation shawl ……  Or – here it comes – you wish that someone (lots of others?) would act differently than they do.  After doing this exercise for a time, you can’t help but notice that the commonality is that in every case you wish something were different than it is. 

Yogananda said that suffering comes from wishing things were different than they are.  Desire means wishing that we had something different – or perhaps were something different.  So giving up attachment to desires is to give up wishing things were different.  And to no longer wish things were different is stop suffering.

This raises the subtle question of “But shouldn’t we be doing what we can to make things better?”  The inspiring model of Swami Kriyananda provides an answer.  What he does, he does for God and Guru - and the betterment of all.

To live for God is to live without suffering – and to live in Joy.  Find the Joy.



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Swami Kriyananda’s 85th Birthday Celebration

May 20 - 22

Plan now to join Swami Kriyananda and Ananda as we celebrate Swamiji’s birthday. Swamiji is now back in Ananda Village.

Change Your Habits:  Achieve Holistic Health in Body, Mind & Soul

We just can’t recommend this program strongly enough. All those who have participated have found it to be of enormous and lasting value.

How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality

May 8 - 14

Are you ready to make changes in your life?
Are you tired of being tired?
Do you want a more balanced life?
Do you want to be happier?
Do you want increased health in every way?

Then this is the course for you!

Take action. Take charge of your own life. Get deep, meaningful tools and guidance to live a more rewarding life.
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Inspiration from an 8-Year
Old Boy

8-year-old boy (known to Timothy’s sister) passed away on Valentines Day from cancer.  He had been unconscious for a few days.  He woke up and said:  "Tell all the people who have been praying for me that I send the prayers back. And tell them this is just a phase, we all go through phases." 
He died soon after.

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Springtime at Ananda!

There is a wonderful list of programs to choose from in April.  Select one, and while you are here, enjoy the beauty of the Crystal Hermitage Gardens while the tulips are in bloom.

MORE NEW PROGRAMS coming up at Gaia House

Gaia House - An exciting new group retreat experience

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Inspiration from Yogananda

“How easy it is for even one desire, once fulfilled, to lead to others! They come in an unending procession, and tempt man to seek his fulfillment outwardly through the senses. One may wander as long as he elects to do so. How many mistakes get committed on the way, all of which end in broken dreams! How long it takes for an individual to realize that what he was always seeking was his own Self: the God-self within!”

from Conversations with Yogananda, by Swami Kriyananda

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Help the Expanding Light grow - to better serve more souls !

It would be a great blessing to have your help at this time.
Thank you!


Sample Upcoming Programs

See Calendar
for complete program listing.

Special Events      

April 16/17 & 23/24
Tulip Open House
at Crystal Hermitage

April 21 – 24
The Spirit and Healing Power of Jesus

May 20 – 22
Swami Kriyananda’s Birthday Weekend

Holistic Health      

April 13 – 17
Practical Ayurveda for Self-Healing

April 19 – 21
An Ananda Sampler

April 29 – May 1
Relax, Align, Recharge!

Apr 29 – May 7
7-day Cleanse Retreat

May 8 – 14
How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality


April 29 – May 1
Learn How to Meditate

May 29 – June 3
Recharge Your Meditation Practice

On The Road  

Apr 30 – May 1
Relationships that Work
Franklin, TN


May 12 – 15
The Deeper Practice of Yoga

May 22 – 28
Experience the Higher Teachings of Yoga:
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

May 27 – 30
Yoga Getaway for Memorial Day

Spiritual Growth    

Apr 15 – 17
Developing Intuition Retreat

Apr 22 – 24
How to Be Happy All the Time

May 6 – 8
Mother and Daughter Weekend

May 13 – 15
First-Timers’ Week and Weekend

Teacher Training  

July 8 – 17
Meditation Teacher Training

July 17 – Aug 14
Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training

Please download the 2011 full calendar to see the great program options through December.

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Radiant Health Tip
for April

The secret of radiant health and well-being is non-attachment

Inner peace and contentment are not possible when we're attached to more...

Recipes for April

Colorful Baked Vegetables Recipe

An original and simple way to enjoy vegetables.

Rice Patties Recipe

A Guest favorite.
Enjoy with fresh spring greens for vitality and

Classic Tahini Sauce

Alive with Raw Foods
Enjoy an enlightening journey with our vibrant Chefs Tyler and Devadasi

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