January 2014 Newsletter

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By definition, creation is limitation. God becomes the universe by introducing limitations to His vast Self. Otherwise, we would remember easily who we really are. Overcome limitations by connecting more deeply with Consciousness — which is unlimited.

In the delusion of maya, we do not recall our own completeness, but we do miss it. This is the source of our desires.

Like the cave-dwellers who never go out, and believe their own shadows on the back of the cave is life, we cannot know reality while immersed in our limited state. We cannot know Universal Consciousness in maya.

The cave-dwellers need to go outside to see the rest of their world. We however, need to go inside to pierce the veils of maya to experience greater reality for ourselves.

Timothy Hickey

May you pierce many veils this year!


Now Available

Swami Gyandev's beautiful new
Spiritual Yoga Double DVD Set
with 4 complete classes

3 hours and 20 minutes of instruction!

We're very excited that this long-awaited 2 DVDs set is in! Gyandev leads carefully-chosen yoga models through the classes.
The four classes in this set are:

Connect with Your Center
Free Your Breathe
Breathe into Stillness
Stay Calm during Activity
And 2 warm-up routines plus practice guidelines.

Inspiration from Yogananda

Karma and Reincarnation

The Bhagavad Gita describes reincarnation as a wheel, constantly turning. To get off the wheel, you have to desire freedom very intensely. Then only will God release you. Your longing has to be fervent. If it is, and if you are determinded you no more want to play, the Lord has to release you. He tries to keep you here with tests, but in His higher aspect, as the Cosmic Lover, He hates this show, and wants you out of it. Why shouldn't He release you, once He sees that you really want Him alone, and not His show: that you want only freedom in Him?

From Karma and Reincarnation, The Wisdom of Yogananda, Volume 2, Crystal Clarity Publishing.

Developing Intuition:
How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance

January 17 - 19, 2014  15% off

  • Attitudes needed to develop intuition;
  • How to listen to, and trust, your intuition;
  • Easy-to-use practices for intuitive guidance.

Inspiration from Kriyananda

The New Path

Nothing in this vibratory universe is wholly static. The sincere aspirant must try always to keep his consciousness flowing toward greater awareness in God. Because the ego is the main cause of man's limitations and delusions, he should unceasingly offer it up onto the altar of Infinity. God's is, fortunately, the stronger magnetism; it is well always to remember that. There is no cause for fear. The mere willingness to enter the divine stream is often all one needs. The Bhagavad Gita puts it beautifully: “If you can do no more, then offer Me your failure.” The mere desire to return to God invites the divine compassion. Every soul, eventually, will be drawn back to its eternal source in God.

From The Hindu Way of Awakening Crystal Clarity Publishing.

Recreate Yourself

January 24 - 26, 2014  15% off


Discover Solutions to Blocks in Your Life

This is a weekend to explore possibilities. The goal is to become more in tune with your inner self-expression, to learn new ideas, and to get in touch with your creative spirit.

Energization Excercises App.

Free Energization App!

Energization Exercises App for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches. Developed by Yogananda to teach us how to gain control over subtle energy (prana). Includes images and brief or detailed descriptions.
The usual cost is $1.99. But it's free from January 9 to January 15.

Download this New Year gift here.

Secrets of Happiness: Tools for Transformation

February 4 - 6, 2014

meditator at Lotus Lake
  • How to meditate (or meditate better)
  • Yoga postures for higher awareness
  • Breathing exercises to increase energy
  • Effective healing prayers
  • Changing the brain for greater happiness
  • Holistic health principles for your life.

The "happiness retreat" pic of the month

Diksha on zipline during the Costa Rica Retreat

Diksha on zipline during the recent Costa Rica Retreat

Be An Angel!

Be An Angel!

See website calendar
for full listing.


Learn How to Meditate
January 24 – 26
February 21 – 23


Secrets of Happiness: Tools for Transformation
February 4 – 6 - Midweek

Magnetism: The Power to Attract What You Need
February 14 – 16

Spiritualize Your Marriage
February 14 – 16

Creativity & Growth

Recreate Yourself
January 24 – 26  15% off

Creativity and Opening Your Chakras
January 30 – February 2

You Can Change Your Brain and Transform Your Life
February 21 – 23

Ananda School of    
Yoga and Meditation

Bridge to Ananda Yoga
January 12 – 20

Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training
January 24 – 26


How to Live with More Energy!
February 7 – 9

Spiritual Growth    

First-Timers' Weekend
January 10 – 12

Developing Intuition: How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance
January 17 – 19  15% off

How to Access Your Superconscious Mind
January 31 – February 2

First-Timers' Week
February 9 – 14 - priced low!

Experiments in Self-Realization
February 16 – 21


Therapeutic Yoga Retreat
February 28 – March 2

Spiritual Travel

Ayurvedic Healing Retreat In Kerala, India
February 7 – 14 or 19, 2014

Walking with William the Conqueror, France and UK
June 22 – 29, or July 3, 2014

A Pilgrimage to India
September 28 – October 16 or 19

Spain & Portugal Sacred Sites
Fall 2015

The Holy Land
Fall 2015

There's more!
See Calendar for
complete listings.

Personal Retreat
with guided activities or not,
available almost all the time.

The Karma Yoga Program
a unique opportunity to live in a spiritual environment and ashram setting.

Gifts from Pilgrimage
A blog by Lalaan Hickey

Recipe for January

From Vegetarian Cooking
for Health and Vitality

Coconut Rice with Sesame!

Healthy Cooking Tip

Positive Energy
The quality of the energy that you put into your cooking will be reflected in the food itself and in how you – and others – feel after eating it. While cooking, repeat mentally a positive affirmation such as: ‘I am positive, energetic, enthusiastic’, or ‘I am calm and joyful’ might help you. Repeat it with energy and sincerity, and feel the positive vibrations flowing into the food.

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