May 2016 Newsletter

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Dear friend,

"He started it!" We hear this most often from children. But how often do we think it, or something similar, when what we really want is to push responsibility for own behavior off on someone else? In every case, the real question is how am I handling myself. Yes, people really do sometimes treat us badly. What matters however, is how we ourselves behave. Recognizing God in others can make it easier.

Swami Kriyananda said to "... learn to be a channel for that divine consciousness. Don't keep things for yourself, but give support to others. Realize, in the last analysis, that you and others are the same being temporarily defined as separate - the ocean temporarily defined as the separate little waves. The veriest stranger is a part of you. But behind all those waves is the consciousness of God ever waiting for us to merge back into Him.

Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda made it clear that we grow spiritually not by having our karma come to us - that's going to happen - but by accepting and rising above it. If we have accepted a Guru and are trying to grow, everything comes to us for a reason. Yup, everything! Even that person snarling at you for no good reason.

See beyond the negativity and remember that God is helping us. Love and accept. Often the tensions will quickly fade. But whether it does or not -this is your chance to grow.

Go with God,
Kriyabans meditating on the ridge at The Moksha Mandir, Ananda Village, Northern California
Kriyaban Retreat with Jyotish and Devi
May 19 -22, 2016

Join together with other Kriya initiates, both new and longtime Kriyabans, as well as Kriyacharyas (Kriya ministers) to explore the depth and practice of the technique, how to deepen your life as a Kriya Yogi and to make your practice more effective. A special time for us to be together with Jyotish and Devi!
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Inspiration from Swami Sri Yukteswar

"God is harmony. The devotee who attunes himself will never perform any action amiss...After deep prayer and meditation he is in touch with his divine consciousness. There is no greater power than that inward protection."
Swami Kriyananda with Jyotish at Spiritual Renenwal Week
Inspiration from Swami Kriyananda

"Although karma (action; cause and effect) plays its role, Master said not to dwell on our unfavorable karma, the result of past mistakes, but to set our sights high. Right action now will create good karma. In fact, Master said, "When you realize yourself as a child of God, what karma have you? God has no karma. And you have none, when you know you are His child." He often said to me, "Remember that nothing is too lofty in God."

"Ask yourself, "What would Yogananda or other great saints do in this situation?" This question will help you continuously be inspired to see God as the doer. For as you melt into the ocean of awareness of God's presence, you will feel Him as the doer behind your every thought."

From a blog post "God is the Doer" by Uddhava.

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Upcoming Sample Programs, including several for advanced study:

Learn How to Meditate for Opening the Heart
Restorative Yoga to Relax and Rejuvenate
Kriya Yoga Pilgrimage: Attuning to Joy
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Ananda Holistic Health Retreat
Yoga Getaway for Memorial Day
The Chakras: Inner Guide to Self Realization
Advanced Pranayama

The Essence of the Yoga Sutras
Discover Your Own Happiness Retreat

See the full calendar here
Upcoming Retreats with Ananda Travels
Yogananda Pilgrimage to Southern California with The Expanding Light Retreat
Saturday September 24 - Thursday September 29
Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Paramhansa Yogananda
in Southern California
Join us on this amazing spiritual adventure- visiting sacred places in Encinitas and Los Angeles blessed by Yogananda.
Mantradevi LoCicero
Sunday September 25 - Tuesday Oct 4
The Arts & Culture of Assisi Tour & Program
A participatory artistic adventure
Share your time between visiting great expressions of art in Assisi, Siena and more - and time in the studio, working hands-on to connect with your own creative energy and manifest your own artistic expressions.
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