March 2014 Newsletter

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Lately it feels like I've had plenty of reminders of challenges remaining on my path. As I work to move forward I'm guided by words from The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita. These include: “Since the ego is a delusion, anything that tempts it to affirm its own separate reality is a delusion also. And so too, indeed, is any distress one may feel with oneself for having succumbed to delusion.” It's a good thing we have the great ones to guide us.

Rather than saying, “I've failed,” I affirm that “I have not yet succeeded.” I give my errors to God, as we have been taught. And try to not identify myself with my shortcomings.

I am also forever grateful for the good souls with whom I interact daily. Without them, there would be even more examples of my “not yet succeeding!” Put yourself in good company.

Timothy Hickey

Blessings on your path,


Groundbreaking for Swami Kriyananda's Moksha Mandir with Jyotish and Devi

May 16 – 18

The weekend will include a sacred ceremony at the site, with the colony leaders–from India (Dhyana and Jaya), from Italy (Kirtani and Anand), from Seattle (Hriman and Padma), from Portland (Daiva and Gangamata), from Sacramento (Dharmadas and Nirmala), from Palo Alto (David and Asha), from Los Angeles (Narayan and Dharmadevi)– each offering some part of the ceremony.

Practical Ayurveda for Self-Healing

April 23 – 27  CEU

Understand your Ayurvedic constitution and how to work with it to help feel your best. Have stronger, more consistent energy and health... more calmness and mental clarity... more happiness and well-being.

Led by Nayaswami Mangala

Inspiration from The Bhagavad Gita
Explained by Paramhansa Yogananda As Remembered by Swami Kriyananda

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Mistakes on the path are always possible. The devotee should acknowledge them sincerely and openly (at least to himself), and then simply forsake them. He should avoid the further mistake of becoming upset with himself.

From The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita,
Crystal Clarity Publishers.

Achieving Inner Peace and Tranquility, Part 2

April 25 – 27

Learn how to permanently change stuck habits, over-reactions, and negative responses—continuing on to the goal of inner peace and lasting happiness.

Led by Nayaswami Mantradevi

More inspiration from The Bhagavad Gita

Only when we have banished from our consciousness the delusions that keep us bound to this phenomenal world can we know ourselves truly equal, in God, to the very angels.

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” People rarely see that the greatness of God's ways, as expressed through the lives of His awakened sons, lies in a transcendent view of mundane realities, and not in a rigid denial of these realities. From the thought, “Nothing is divine,” man must grow to the realization “Everything is divine.”

From The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita,
Crystal Clarity Publishers.

How to Rise Above Your Karma: Use your life experiences to empower yourself

April 29 – May 1

When you understand karma and can see your karmic patterns and lessons, you become more at ease with yourself and with your own journey. You are more able to calmly navigate the roads that lie ahead, and to find peace with your past.

Led by Nayaswami Anandi

Lessons in Cooperative Community
Foundations of Community

April 9 – 13 & May 22 – 25

Badri Matlock

Apply the lessons of cooperative community in your life. Learn from members of Ananda Village, an intentional community with nearly 50 years of experience. Learn how to succeed, create community and be happy in all you do.
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Led by Badri Matlock and Ananda Villagers

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Learn How to Meditate
April 18 – 20
March 14 – 16

Kriya Yoga Preparation
May 29 – June 1

Kriya Yoga Initiation
May 30 – June 1

Deepen Your Meditation: Learn to Meditate Level 2
May 9 – 11


Achieving Inner Peace & Tranquility, Part 2
April 25 – 27

How to Attract Your Ideal Life Partner
May 2 – 4

Secrets of Happiness: Tools for Transformation
May 20 – 22

Ananda School of    
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Bridge to Ananda Yoga
April 13 – 21 & July 13 – 21

Ananda Yoga® Teacher Training
April 13 – May 11 &
July 13 – August 10

Meditation Teacher Training
June 26 – July 6 &
Oct 16 – 26


Practical Ayurveda for Self-Healing
April 23 – 27

Ananda Achieving Inner Peace and Tranquility, Part 2
April 25 – 27

An 11th Step Retreat
May 2 – 4

Spiritual Growth    

Spiritualize Your Daily Life
April 11 – 13

First-Timers' Week- priced low!
April 13 – 18

Learn How to Meditate
April 18 – 20

Developing Deeper Love for God
April 18 – 20

How to Rise Above Your Karma
April 29 – May 1

The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self-Realization
May 23 – 25


When the Going Gets Tough: Yoga for Difficult Times
Guest Teacher,
Swami Ramananda
April 4 – 6

Spiritual Travel

A Pilgrimage to India
September 28 – October 16 or 19

Spain & Portugal Sacred Sites
Fall 2015

Israel: The Holy Land
Fall 2015 - Details now available

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