February 2013 Newsletter

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As a boy I had a little turtle named Ambi, which was short for Ambitious. There was a castle in his tank. It was pretty, with holes of various sizes so fish and turtles could move through it. There were times when Ambi would line up at a hole that was smaller than his shell and try to swim through. He didn't seem to understand that just because his head would fit through didn't mean that the rest of him would. He would keep that up for hours!

Ambi's will power and dedication were admirable. He did seem slow to realize what wasn't working however. How different are we? Do we also keep doing those same things that don't lead to happiness? Or perhaps we continually try minor variations of what doesn't work?.

Keep trying! But maybe pay a little more attention to what really works. What works? Service to others and putting your life in God's hands both do.

Please look at the exceptional line-up of opportunities to energize your spiritual life that are coming up from The Expanding Light. Pick what most attracts you.



Pilgrimage to Italy
Mystical Inspiration And Beauty

October 7 - 21, 2013  

 Pieta Statue

Join Jyotish & Devi and Daiva & Gangamata for a spiritual and cultural pilgrimage Italian style.

Visit holy sites blessed by its great saints, and enjoy some of the greatest art and architecture ever created. The pilgrimage will visit Rome, Florence, and Assisi - renowned as the birthplace of St. Francis.

Enjoy guided tours of the great art and architecture in Rome and Florence. In Assisi, pilgrims will be hosted by the Ananda Assisi community.

Deluxe House in Hawaii

Ananda Vacation in Hawaii

March 10 - 17, 2013  

There is room for a couple more people. That could be you!!
Book Now!

Inner Renewal Week
Jyotish and Devi Novak Going Deeper in God

March 3 - 10, 2013  

This is the week when the residents of Ananda Village go on retreat. If you are ready to really dive deep, come join us. The schedule is particularly fascinating this year.
Give your spirit a major boost!


How to Be Happy All the Time
The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda, Volume 1

How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality - book cover

To seek happiness outside ourselves is like trying to lasso a cloud. Happiness is not a thing: It is a state of mind. It must be lived. Neither worldly power nor moneymaking schemes can ever capture happiness. Mental restlessness results from an outward focus of awareness. Restlessness itself guarantees that happiness will remain elusive. Temporal power and money are not states of mind. Once obtained, they only dilute a person's happiness. Certainly they cannot enhance it.

Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life:
Self-Transformation through Superconsciousness

February 15 -17, 2013

Dr. Peter Van Houton, teacher at The Expanding Light Retreat

Peter Van Houten, M.D., leads this fascinating, encouraging, and deeply beneficial weekend, sharing exciting new information on the brain that helps us make use of our brain's nearly infinite capacity for change and adaptation.

More Inspiration..

Conversations with Yogananda - book cover

To the Master, everything, including every spiritual precept, is relative, in the sense of directional. Nothing except God is absolute. Like Saint Paul, he would have liked to see all live a life of dedication to God alone, but he was realistic, and worked with the world as it is, and with people as they are. He had not been sent to serve a society of monks or hermits. The world he served included people at every stage of life. His mission was, in fact, to uplift society as a whole, and not only a handful of disciples. He was supportive toward all who sought God.

From Conversations with Yogananda

Relationship Solutions Through Meditation

February 26 - 28, 2013

Dave Bingham at The Expanding Light Retreat

When we can attune to our Higher Self, we discover joy, upliftment, love, and hope. We discover doorways of opportunity for change and growth within ourselves. Almost miraculously, our outer life begins to change in amazing ways.

During this weekend, you will learn how to use meditation and other spiritual techniques to help you approach relationships superconsciously. You will have keys to transforming difficult relationships and even to improving good ones.

A sample testimonial:
The deep fear (a family issue) that had invaded my heart for two months was lifted in just a few days. This newly found inner peace makes me feel victorious.”   - S.


Personal Retreat
20% off all month

The Karma Yoga Program provides a unique opportunity to live in a spiritual environment and ashram setting.
and for a limited number of people:
Karma Yoga in the kitchen

See Calendar for
complete listings.

Special Events      

jyotish and Devi

Inner Renewal

Mar 3–10, 2013

Holistic Health      

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life
February 15 – 17, 2013  

How to Be Happy All the Time
March 12 – 14, 2013

Certification Trainings  

Meditation Teacher Training
March 29 – April 7, 2013

Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training
April 7 – May 5, 2013


Learn How to Meditate
February 22– 24

Relationship Solutions Through Meditation
February 26– 28

Kriya Yoga Preparation
March 3 – 10

Kriya Yoga Initiation
March 7 – 9

Spiritual Growth    

First-Timers' Week
February 10 – 15

An Ananda Sampler
February 19 – 21  

Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility
February 22 – 24  

First-Timers' Weekend
March 1 – 3


Couples' Yoga Retreat
February 15 – 17

Yoga for Computer Users
March 1 – 3,

Peace for Warriors
March 15 – 17, 2103


Ananda Vacation in Hawaii
Mar 10 – 17, 2013

Pilgrimage to Italy
October 6 – 21, 2013

See Calendar for
complete listings.

Recipe for February

From Vegetarian Cooking
for Health and Vitality

Vegetable Curry
For the love of Spices!

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