April 2012 Newsletter

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This month I am most moved to share these comments from Yogananda:

“Above all, remember that the right method of meditation is the only way to all-round freedom and success. It would be a tiresome long hike by foot from New York to Los Angeles and would take months to accomplish, but by fast airplane it would take only a few hours. Aren't you tired of prayer-hiking to God through the unexplored, tortuous, theological jungle? Why not take the airplane of high meditation and follow the shortest Yoga path to God?

“Many people pray ineffectively all their lives with chicken dinners, auto rides, movies or money-making schemes in the background of their minds, and consequently they do not reach God. They say: ‘Oh, well, I try to enter the silence but as soon as I sit for ten minutes to concentrate all my thoughts seem to crowd in and keep my attention from marching Godward.’

“This is due to the same above-mentioned reason why some people do all things imperfectly because of carelessness, inertia, and lack of sustained purpose. Get a good teacher (a Guru), decide on the best and quickest method of meditation as taught by the great saints and master-minds of India, and then meditate deeper and deeper every day, praying to God with a burning heart:‘Reveal Thyself!,’ Continue to do this day after day, month after month, and year after year in good faith and you will find that you have at last realized God Consciousness.”

Paramhansa Yogananda

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Springtime at Ananda

Tulips at Crystal Hermitage Gardens

April 7 - 8 + April 14 - 15,

Enjoy expansive views from our magnificent terraced gardens high above the North Fork of the Yuba. Experience deep peace and joy in our chapel. Enjoy many places for quiet reflection. 9,000 tulips planted with love!

Spiritual Awareness Through Art and Writing
- for Women

5 day course

April 15 - 20


Tune into your unique self-expression. Discover new ways to express and develop creativity. Expand your mind, release your heart, and let flow the untapped potential that's longing to emerge. Open the door to deeper fulfillment and knowing your soul direction in life. You'll love it!

 Paramhansa Yogananda

Inspiration from Yogananda

“An even-minded individual is like a mirror of discretion reflecting the true nature of seemingly favorable and unfavorable events. He thus holds himself in readiness to act wisely and properly without being misled by emotional disturbances.”

From: Inner Culture Magazine, 1938

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Swami Kriyananda's Birthday Weekend

May 17 - 20, 2012

Swami Kriyananda

Swamiji plans to be in Ananda Village to join us for his birthday weekend celebration. Come join old friends and new. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Inspiration from Swami Kriyananda

 The Essence of Self-Realization

“Human vision beholds individuality and separation everywhere. Divine vision beholds the oneness of cosmic vibration, of which all things, no matter how diverse, are manifestations. Cosmic Sound - the “Word” of God - and Cosmic Light: These are eternal. The world, as revealed to us by our senses, is illusory.”

From: Rays of the One Light

How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality

May 20 - 25, 2012

Find increased wellness and joy in your life!

Radiant Health Triangle

This program is extraordinary. We highly recommend it.

Practical Ayurveda for Self-Healing
4 day weekend

Apr 25 - 29,


For anyone interesting in staying healthy! Direct, practical, and applicable in your life!

Understanding your Ayurvedic constitution and how to work with it can help you feel your best on every level. You can have stronger, more consistent energy and health.. more calmness and mental clarity.. and greater well-being.

The Expanding Light Presents

The Yuga Cycle of the Ages & Our Awakening Consciousness

In partnership with Ananda College

A 3-Day Conference: May 25-27, 2012 - Memorial Day Weekend

A list of great speakers include:

Claude Swanson

Dr. Claude Swanson has pursued investigations into both applied physics and “unconventional physics.&rdquo His principal interest has been unified field theory, the so-called “Theory of Everything.”

Robert Schock

Robert Schoch, has written many books and appeared extensively for his pioneering research to recast the date of the Great Sphinx of Egypt, as well as for his work on ancient cultures and monuments around the world.

Red Ice interview with Robert Schoch, first hour available to non subscribers http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/2012/03/RIR-120325.php

Robert Schoch interview on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCD159Js7TU Please forward to the 55 minute mark for Robert to start talking.

Walter Cruttenden

Walter Cruttenden has appeared several times on The History Channel, PBS and many news programs, and has been a repeat guest on syndicated radio shows, especially such as Coast to Coast AM.

David Steinmetz

David Steinmetz is the co-author of The Yugas. David is currently teaching Astronomy at the Ananda College of Living Wisdom. He has been writing and lecturing on the topic of the yugas for more than a decade.

And many others..

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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      

May 25 – 28,
The Yugas Conference 2012

Teacher Training  

Jul 6 – 15, 2012
Meditation Teacher

Jul 15 – Aug 12, 2012
Ananda Yoga® Teacher


Apr  20 –  22,
Jun  15 –  17,
Learn How to Meditate

May  9 –  13,
Kriya Yoga Preparation

May  11 –  13,
Kriya Yoga Initiation

Spiritual Growth    

Apr 8 – 13
May 4 – 6
First-Timers’ Week / Weekend

Apr 13 – 15
A Celebration of Women's Spirituality: A Women's Retreat
-at Gaia House

Apr 15 – 20
Spiritual Awareness Through
Art and Writing : For Women

Apr 24 – 26, 2012
How to Be Happy All the Time
- 2 day midweek

Apr 27 – 29, 2012
Developing Intuition Retreat

May 4 – 6, 2012
Second-Timers' Weekend

May 10 – 13, 2012
Guided Silent Retreat
-at Gaia House

May 11 – 13, 2012
Women's Creativity Retreat


May 11 – 13, 2012
Personalized Therapeutic Yoga

May 15 – 17, 2012
Learn Ananda Yoga Retreat

Holistic Health      

Apr 13 – 15
An 11th Step Retreat

Apr 25 – 29
Practical Ayurveda for Self-Healing

May 8 – 10
midweek program
Take Care of Yourself


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

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

     See calendar for
      complete listings.

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Butternut Squash with Dill Recipe

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