July 2011 Newsletter

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I have noticed that when one really does accept something for what it is, even if it seems very unpleasant, it frequently stops.  You can’t ‘game’ this.  If you have not truly accepted whatever it is, it will continue.  But when you really do rise above a challenge, sometimes you won’t really need to face it any more.

When I started working at one place, early on I had 3 separate people unleash tremendous anger on me.  In one situation the person misunderstood something that had happened.  In the other two their anger really didn’t have anything to do with me.  I admit I was not without ripples – but while I didn’t understand it, I also didn’t absorb it.  Their anger was theirs.  I chose not to adopt it.  It never happened again in that place with those people or anyone else!

A reader of this monthly eNotes Newsletter sent me a very similar story a couple of weeks ago.  The union leaders in his business in India had chased out 17 production engineers in 10 years by abusive behavior.  This gentleman declined to play the game.  Before long, the workers started treating him courteously.  When he asked them why, they told him that what they had been doing ‘had no effect on him.’ 

To consider this from an energetic point of view:  Whatever someone throws at you is ‘just’ energy.  If you tighten up, what happens is that energy bounces back at them – and can gain power as it caroms - back, forth and around.  If you stay calm, take the energy in, and raise it, the ‘sender’ can’t continue to build on it.  And you further develop your own energetic flow.

Work on acceptance. It may be that will lead to some challenge stopping. Whatever life throws at you - the best response is acceptance.

And if it continues? Then you will have accepted it and it will no long bother you! Now that's a win-win.


Blessings and joy.

Come join us for Spiritual Renewal Week.
Our biggest week of the year:

Jyotish and Devi Novak

Join Ananda Village and residents of other Ananda Colonies, and members and friends from near and far. Dedicate a week to going deeper. It will serve you always.

  • Music: Choir songs every day, kirtan, concert
  • Spiritual Talks: from Nayaswamis Jyotish & Devi Novak and others of Ananda Worldwide's top speakers and teachers
  • Spiritual Companionship: spend a week with others dedicated to spiritual growth
  • Meditations: daily led programs and lots of time to go deep
  • Q&A: with Jyotish & Devi, Ananda's Spiritual Directors
  • Performance: The Peace Treaty by Swami Kriyananda
  • Classes: some afternoon classes on special topics of interest
  • Dining: Great vegetarian meals every day - and a fabulous Indian Banquet Saturday night.

Inspiration from Yogananda

Yogananda in orange robes

It is important to realize that in yoga practice, as in any sincere search for God (the one Self, beyond all duality), there is no wasted effort, and no karmic rebound. There is, in other words, no “catch” to seeking God. With any other effort, no matter how glorious the consequences, it is always legitimate to ask, “What's wrong with it?” Only with the divine search is the answer a resounding, “Nothing's wrong!” Even to fail in this quest brings only good karma.

From The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita,
Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda, As Remembered by His Disciple, Swami Kriyananda

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

July 13 - Aug 6

Essence of the Bhagavad Ghita book cover

Take your spiritual life into an entirely new dimension as you unlock the secrets of this powerful scripture. Swami Kriyananda has called the Gita “the world’s greatest scripture” -- not that its teachings are better than other scriptures, but that they are so direct, accessible, and doable. This full-immersion program will take you deeply into those teachings so you will understand them not only intellectually, but intuitively and practically.

Inspirational Wisdom

Life is so generous a giver. But we, judging its gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love by wisdom, with power. - Giovanni Giocondo

Raising Calm and Compassionate Children

Usha Dermond

Aug 5 - 8
with optional add-on day Aug 8

Bring your family for a weekend of fun in the Sierra Foothills at Ananda Village, an intentional community with its own school system.

Enjoy a family vacation and learn valuable parenting skills from extraordinary educator Susan Usha Dermond - teacher, school principal, and author of Calm and Compassionate Children: A Handbook. Learn more …

A Special Gardening Karma Yoga Opportunity

Limited availability between now and August 11th.  Come for at least 5 days, stay in a tent, have meals here, join karma yoga meetings, and garden at least half of each day. Small contribution asked. If you are interested, email info@expandinglight.org with Garden Karma Yoga in the subject line. Write a bit about your gardening experience and interests. You will hear back from Lalaan

The 4th Stage of Life: A Spiritual Opportunity

janakidevi and byasa with big smiles

Aug 12 - 14

We will have ‘the time of our lives’ together, celebrating how far God has brought us at this point and looking at the opportunities ahead.
We will focus mostly on the ‘retirement years’, with their many interesting possibilities for living happier and more fulfilled lives.



Sample Upcoming Programs

See Calendar
for complete program listing.

Special Events      

July 28 – 31
Wanderlust Festival
Lake Tahoe, CA

August 14 –21
Spiritual Renewal Week

Teacher Training  

July 8 – 17
Meditation Teacher Training

July 17 – Aug 14
Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training


July 29 – 31
Learn How to Meditate

Aug 5 – 7
Communing with AUM

Spiritual Growth    

July 15 – 17
How to Be Happy All the Time

July 17- 22

Creativity With Your Chakras

July 29- 31

The Art of Superconscious Living

July 31- Aug 6

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

Aug 7 - Aug 10

Divorce : Springboard for a
Fresh Start

A Class for Women


July 22 – 24
Learn Ananda YogaŽ Retreat

Holistic Health      

July 10 – 15
Aug 12 – 14
Take Care of Yourself

July 22 – 24
An Ananda Sampler

July 25 – 27
Oct 7 – 9
How to Live with More Energy!

On The Road      

Oct 1 –2
Gyandev & Diksha
Sioux Falls, SD

Oct 7 –8
Gyandev & Diksha
Madison, WI


Feb 9 – 16, 2012
Kerala, India
with Gyandev & Diksha

     See calendar for
      complete listings.

Guest in the gardens

Radiant Health Tip
for July

The secret of radiant health and well-being is
Accepting What Comes.

One of the most difficult lessons in life is to learn to accept things as they are. How much energy we waste in trying to more...

Recipes for July

Cilantro Beets

Really brings out the natural flavor of beets.

Magic Vegetable Topping

Great over Plain Rice, mashed potatoes, and pasta.


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