December 2015 Newsletter

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As we close out this year and begin anew, the staff at The Expanding Light sends you our best wishes and blessings. May the season and your life will be filled with joy. Paramhansa Yogananda and his teachings bridged the wisdom of ancient India and the deep truths of Christianity to illustrate that truth is one and eternal. The same truths underlie all the great religions.

There is only one God.
God is the creator of all.
Our purpose is to find our way home – to be fully with the Creator.
We need to learn to love one another.
We need to love God.

We all know these things. Ananda and The Expanding Light are dedicated to helping people remember – and to sharing the tools that we have been given to help all who are interested – regardless of their religion or path.

It would be our greatest joy if we were able to support you on your path. Perhaps one of our holiday programs would be right for you. Perhaps January‘s Hindu Way of Awakening program. We encourage you to remember and work on life‘s real goals – in whatever way supports you.

Blessings to you all.
Special Holiday Programs

A Christmas of Inner Awakening
Divine Stillness, Joy, and Spiritual Community
December 22 - 26 20% off

Christmas has always been a particularly wonderful time to be here. This year we have an even richer program for you. Your visit will include joining many from the community for meditation, a spiritual pageant and Christmas dinner - and a visit to Nityananda & Lalaan's home for cocoa.
You will be uplifted and restored, not just while you're here, but for weeks to come. Please join us. Learn More
Happiness Getaway
December 27 - 29 20% off

"Happiness is my greatest Divine birthright -the buried treasure of my soul. I have found that at last I shall secretly be rich beyond the dream of kings."
Paramhansa Yogananda

You want to be with your family at Christmas, and still come to Ananda during this holy season? Here is your chance! Learn More

Christmas at The Expanding Light is a magical time.
New Year Renewal: Relax, Recharge, Refocus
December 29 - January 2

This perennial favorite is the perfect way to take stock of the past year and prepare inwardly to achieve your goals in the coming year - all in a relaxed, supportive environment with other spiritual seekers. Led by Nayaswamis Diksha and Gyandev.
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Virtual Community

Can't join us for Christmas this year? Join the Virtual Community at Online with Ananda to see Jyotish & Devi's live broadcast and lots more.
Inspiration from
Paramhansa Yogananda

"All my thoughts are decorating the Christmas tree of meditation with the rare gifts of devotion, sealed with golden heart prayers that Christ may come and receive my humble gifts.

"I will mentally join in the worship in all mosques, churches, and temples, and perceive the birth of the universal Christ Consciousness as peace on the altar of all devotional hearts.

"O Christ, may the birth of Thy love be felt in all hearts this Christmas, and every day."

From Christmas Meditation by Paramhansa Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda with Instrument - Expanding Light Retreat- California
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Some Upcoming Programs

Learn to Meditate to Awaken Intuition
Restorative Yoga to Relax and Rejuvenate
The Secret Teachings of Jesus

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training CEU
Take Your Meditation to the Next Level
First-Timers Weekend
Yoga Therapy Training: Principles CEU
How to Meditate for Concentration and Clarity

Our 2016 online Calendar is filled with new and treasured programs...
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The Arts & Culture of Assisi Program Tour
A participatory artistic adventure
September 25 - October 4, 2016
10 days/9 nights with one optional but recommended additional night in Rome at both start, and/or end of trip.

Move between visiting the great spiritual and artistic centers in and near Assisi - and joining Dana in the Studio of the Awakening Arts Academy to express your own creative energy!

Based at Ananda Assisi, participate in yoga and meditation as you wish, and enjoy wonderful vegetarian meals with some at local selected restaurants.

Join a concert at Ananda Assisi, visit the Portziuncola, Santa Chiara, Minerva Temple & Museum, the Basilica of St. Francis, L'Ermo (doing a pastel drawing while you are there), San Damiano and the Frassasi Caves! One overnight in Siena, where you will participate in a Stained Glass Workshop and visit the Duomo and other scenic Siena sites. Learn More

Sacred Sights on Spanish Pilgrimage with Ananda Travels
Pilgrimage to Spain & Italy
Sacred Sites in Southern Europe

May 21 - June 4, 2016 - Spain
June 4 - June 11, 2016 - Italy

Mantradevi " Krishna Das have now followed the path of this pilgrimage, and fine-tuned it to make it even better! They were delighted with their just-ended Spanish travels, and look forward to guiding you on yours.

Southern Europe, steeped in history and culture, has given birth to countless great saints. In diverse ways they lived and shared their inspirational and exalted lives with mankind. On this extraordinary trip you will experience the deep vibrations of early monasteries, ancient convents, museums, opulent palaces and antique castles; places of spiritual, historical and artful inspiration. Walk the streets of centuries-old cities where saints lived and were in community. Visit the unique places Mantradevi and Krishna Das have found and want to share with you! Learn More
Our 2016 online Calendar is filled with new and treasured programs... click here

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