February 2012 Newsletter

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I was in my 20s, sitting in the sun in Boston Common, when a Hari Krishna fellow explained to me that God had hidden Himself in little bits in all of us - and that our task was to find our way back to wholeness in Him. I thought, “That’s it, isn’t it! There it is. That’s the truth.” I haven’t changed my view on that since.

It is a foundational thought that leads to many others. One is: That means that God is in everyone. Part of my finding my way back home will be through recognizing God in everyone else. Ananda folk often say, “God is the doer.” That means God is the doer through others - not just through me!

If I recognize that everyone is at his or her core an expression of God - how can I be anything but loving and compassionate? Look for God in their eyes, as Yogananda has taught us.

We all have noticed that once we understand someone's story - we understand why he or she acts as they act. Knowing the stories always seems to make it easier to be understanding. If we could expand this to recognize that everyone does have a story that explains why they behave the way they do - could we just move straight to compassion for all? When it's hard to do this, we can practice by imagining what that person's story might be. You may actually be able to intuit it. Even if you don't get it exactly, you will have reached a point where you can feel compassion.

We are all children of God, living out our karma. Let's love one another as all the great ones have taught - so that we can sooner reunite as One.


Blessings on your path,

The Expanding Light Presents

A Conference on

The Yuga Cycle of the Ages and
Our Awakening Consciousness

In partnership with Ananda College
Higher education for higher consciousness

May 25 - 27, 2012 - Memeorial Day Weekend

With an astonishing lineup! Speakers include:

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda, disciple of Yogananda, who is a
disciple of Sri Yukteswar, internationally recognized
author and teacher, founder of Ananda Worldwide.

Joan Borysenko

Joan Borysenko, famous lecturer and author on the
intersection of mind/body science, positive
psychology, and spiritual exploration.

Amit Goswami

Dr. Amit Goswami, famous theoretical quantum
physicist and noted writer and speaker on Quantum
Physics. Award winning film “The Quantum Activist”

Christopher Dunn

Christopher Dunn, master craftsman, engineer and
author of the best selling book on the pyramids,
The Giza Power Plant.

Robert Schoch

Robert Schoch, anthropologist, geophysicist
and geologist well known for recasting understanding of theGreat Sphinx and the Pyramids.

 Claude Swanson

Claude Swanson renowned MIT & Princeton physicist
who presents on unified field theory, exploring
the universe into the mysteries of consciousness.

Walter Cruttendon

Walter Cruttendon, Director of the Binary Research
Institute, author of Lost Star of Myth & Time, writer/
producer of PBS documentary, The Great Year.

Uma Krishnamurthy

Uma Krishnamurthy MD an internationally noted
presenter over the last 10 years on the topic of Yoga
Psychology and Classical Indian Dance.

Joseph Selbie

Joseph Selbie, co-author of The Yugas: Keys to
Understanding Our Hidden Past. Teacher/lecturer
on Eastern philosophy for 30 years.

 David Steimmetz

David Steimmetz, co-author of The Yugas.
Teaches at the Ananda College in the yugas,
ancient world cultures, astronomy, and physics.

Discounted attendance fee for early registrants! Learn More. Learn more:

Inspiration from Yogananda

 The Essence of Self-Realization

“A good rule to follow in life is to be other-minded. Here is what I mean: No matter what you behold, try to be conscious of that other, greater reality behind what you are beholding. “No matter with whom you are speaking, imagine that other One, communicating with you through that person’s words and gestures. Whatever work you are doing, feel that other Presence nearby, watching you, guiding you, giving you strength. When looking into peoples eyes, see God there, touching you through their consciousness. With every event in your life, watch it as it unfolds. Ask yourself, What is God trying to teach me through this experience?”

From: From The Essence of Self-Realization

Restorative Yoga for Women

Mar 2 - 4, 2012

lisa adjusting restorative yoga pose

You'll feel deep-seated tensions melt away during two long, guided sessions of Restorative Yoga on Saturday. The weekend is primarily experiential, designed to include a Saturday afternoon free for a long walk and/or a massage at Center for Radiant Health.

Inspiration from Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda

Consideration for Others

“.. by unkindness we can never please God, who is all Kindness itself. Sensitivity to others is a way of self-expansion. One truly achieves freedom in himself when he can respect their realities, because he is wholly at peace with his own.”

Divine Mother, I worship Thee in all Thy forms, both ignorant and wise. Finding Thee within, may I behold Thee enshined in omnipresence.

From: Affirmations for Self-Healing

How to Be Happy All the Time

Feb 29 - Mar 4, 2012 - A 4-day weekend

With Nayaswamis Anandi & Devi

Nayaswamis Anandi and Devi

A How to Be Happy testimonial:
"I have joy in my heart that I had forgotten could exist. I have a new appreciation for my life. I have changed forever and while I am grateful, I wish I had done this long before now. Nothing will ever be the same. Thank you!" - Nancy, Wa.

Meditation Therapy for Health and Well-being

Jyotish Novak

2-day weekend
March 9 - 11, 2012

Don't miss this chance to be with and learn from Ananda Worldwide's Spiritual Director! Feel a sense of inner self-mastery and deep well-being.

Mandala Magic

Creating mandalas

2-day weekend
March 9 - 11, 2012

Mandalas help us shift our awareness, connect the internal with the external, and take us to a deeper place within. They are used for healing illness, clearing spiritual blocks, and focusing our devotional practices.

Upcoming Pilgrimages

Paramhansa Yogananda

Walking with William the Conquerer
- Experience Yogananda's Past Life in France

June 17 - 24, 2012

In the Footsteps of the Masters
- A Pilgrimage to India

October 5 - 24, 2012


This is a SAMPLING of upcoming programs.

See Calendar
for complete program listings for the year.

Personal Retreat
- almost any time, for as long as you wish

Special Events      

Apr 5 – 8,
The Spirit and Healing Power of
Jesus - An Easter Retreat

May 25 – 28,
The Yugas Conference 2012

Teacher Training  

Mar 14 – 20, 2012
Principles of Yoga Therapy

Mar 11 – 14, 2012
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

Mar 23 – Apr 1, 2012
Meditation Teacher

Apr 1 – 29, 2012
Ananda Yoga® Teacher


Feb  17 –  19,
Mar  23 –  25,
Apr  20 –  22, 2012
Learn How to Meditate

Mar  9 –  11, 2012
Meditation Therapy for Health
and Well-being

Spiritual Growth    

Feb 19 – 24

Feb 24 – 26, 2012
You Can Change Your Brain

Feb 24 – 26, 2012
The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization

Feb 29 – Mar 4, 2012
How to Be Happy all the time

Mar 15 – 18, 2012
How to Have Courage, Calmness, and Confidence

Mar 16 – 18, 2012
Treasures Along the Path

Mar 23 – 25, 2012
Enlightened Aging


Feb 26 – 28, 2012
Personalized Therapeutic Yoga

Mar 2 – 4, 2012
Restorative Yoga for Women

Mar 6 – 8, 2012
Ananda Chair Yoga

Mar 8 – 11, 2012
The Deeper Practice of Yoga

Holistic Health      

Apr 13 – 15
An 11th Step Retreat


Mar 11 – 18, 2012
Ananda Vacation in Hawaii
1 slot open!

Jun 17 – 24, 2012
Walking with William
the Conqueror
in France

Oct 5 – 24, 2012
In the footsteps
of Yoganada:
Pilgrimage to India

     See calendar for
      complete listings.

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