June 2016 Newsletter

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Dear friend,

It is interesting to consider how we must do our own work on the spiritual path, but not be attached to the results. The idea of not being attached to results can be a difficult one to assimilate - perhaps especially for Americans. This story from The Essence of Self-Realization nicely illustrates how we can think about it.

"A disciple was digging a cesspool at the Master's desert retreat. He kept on digging all day long, without stopping to see how far he had come. That evening, to his amazement, he found that he had dug a deep hole."

"When Paramhansa Yogananda saw what he had accomplished, he said approvingly, "That is how the devotee must seek God - continually digging, digging, without looking to see how far he has come. Then one day, suddenly, he will find himself there!"

We come to discover that we are not actually in charge. I like being responsible. I like to work and serve. I have no problem doing my part. But the joy and freedom of knowing that I am not in charge means that I can do my part, and let God do His. I will do my part as well as I am able, with the right intentions. I do not have to worry about the results of my actions. That is not my part, it is His.


Joy to you,
Nityananda
Kriyabans meditating on the ridge at The Moksha Mandir, Ananda Village, Northern California
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May 19 -22, 2016

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"Do not expect a spiritual blossom every day in the garden of your life. Have faith that the Lord, if you surrender yourself to Him completely, will bring you divine fulfillment in His time, which is the right time.

"Having sown the seed of God-aspiration, water it daily with prayer and right action. Remove from your mind the weeds of lethargy, doubt, and indecision. When the sprouts of divine perception appear, tend them with devotional care.

"One morning you will behold, fully grown, the fairest flower of Self-realization."

From The Essence of Self-Realization
Swami Kriyananda with Jyotish at Spiritual Renenwal Week
Ananda Yoga Teacher Training
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"The Divine Mother is so beautiful! But remember, in Her higher manifestation even that beauty is formless. She is in everything. Her divine, compassionate love is expressed in the raindrops. Her beauty is reflected in the colors of the rainbow. She offers fresh hope to mankind with the rose-tinted clouds at dawn"

From The Essence of Self-Realization
Beth Cohen completed Ananda MTT in October 2002.
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Wisdom of Yogananda Series: How to Know God with Sahaja Sims
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Strenghten Your Kriya Yoga Practice Retreat
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The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita
Learn to Meditate: Techniques for Peace of Mind and Balanced Living
First-Timers Weekend
How to Know and Trust Your Inner Guidance with David Gamow
How to Acheive Happiness Retreat

Bridge to Ananda Yoga
How to Love and Be Loved
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Moksha Mandir at Ananda Village
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Sacred Places of Ananda
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