June 2015 Newsletter

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We're taught that God has everything – except our love.  It is in our power to give our love to God.
Mother Theresa used Christ's words "I thirst" as a guiding motto.  Later in her life she explained to one of her followers that Christ had told her that what he was truly saying was that He thirsted for our love!
No one can give your love away but you.  Give it to God.  Perhaps it is easier for many to give it to God in the form of Divine Mother.  She is waiting for you to give her your love.
The more we fully love God, the more God will carry our burdens.
Some years ago, one of the readers of this eNotes – Kalpna, wrote the following to me. 
"It is futile to carry all the burdens on our shoulders when we have someone more able and willing to help us out.  It's like a passenger sitting on a train with his suitcase on his head!  The train (God) is carrying us – surely it can carry our luggage too."
I don't think it will work if we come with a 'let's make a deal' attitude, however.  Love is the gift we need to give.


Inspiration from
Paramhansa Yogananda &
Swami Kriyananda

Commenting on a disciple who was impatient with the 'payback' on his efforts, Yogananda said:
"He will never find God that way! He is like a merchant who says, "Lord, I have given you so many Kriyas; now You have to keep Your side of the bargain and give me so much realization.' God never responds to such mercenary devotion! He accepts nothing less from us than our unconditional love."

From Conversations with Yogananda by Swami Kriyananda
Crystal Clarity Publishers
Swami Kriyananda  -founder of Ananda Worldwide Brotherhood
Program Offerings in June

How to Be Happy All the Time
June 12 - 14, 2015
The Essence of the Yoga Sutras
June 14 - 20, 2015
The Dancer as a Channel
June 19 - 21, 2015
Relationships That Work
June 19 - 21, 2015
Living with Spirit
June 21 - July 5, 2015
Yoga, Meditation, Community and
Sustainable Agriculture

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Avital teaching dance at The Expanding Light Retreat
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Who did it?
by Satyana Willard

The Journey Home
by Diksha McCord

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Living Spiritual:  The Path of Karma Yoga
An inspiring video on community living

Advanced Pranayama  June 7 – 14
Restorative Yoga for Men & Women 
June 12 - 14
Yoga Therapy Training: Principles 
June 14 - 21  CEU
 Yoga Therapy Training at The Expanding light
Inspiration from
Paramhansa Yogananda &

Swami Kriyananda
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 determined no more to 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 Conversations with Yogananda by Swami Kriyananda Crystal Clarity Publishers
Paramhansa Yogananda
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Jun 25 - Jul 5, 2015

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Himalayan Adventure Pilgrimage
Sept 29 - Oct 15, 2015


   Spiritual teachers and ashrams in Rishikesh; walking and meditating along the banks of the Ganges
   The extraordinary sights and vibrations of the high Himalayas, and beautiful, ancient cultures 
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   The spiritual power emanating from age-old sacred temples and holy sites
   The spiritual power generated by our own group, through conscious practices, meditation, chanting, spiritual fellowship, and giving back to places of pilgrimage
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Sea of Galilee meditation during The Holy Land Pilgrimage with Ananda Travels
Yogic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
October 6 - 19, 2015 

  Enter the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus
  Float peacefully on a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee during an early morning meditation
 Visit dramatic Qumran, and the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Old Gate of Jerusalem City during the Holy Land Pilgrimage with Ananda Travels
  Enjoy the serenity of the Mount of Beatitudes
•  Meditate at the traditional site of the crucifixion.
  Experience a Sabbath dinner in a Jewish family home. Learn more

Led by Gyandev & Diksha McCord, a native of Israel.
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