In a corner of my heart I have a mystic throne. The candles of my joys are dimly lighted in the hope of Thy coming. I will broadcast my soul-call into the ether and Thou wilt respond through the receiver of my silence.

—Paramhansa Yogananda, 1942

God manifests in 8 ways, according to the ancient teachings of India:

  • Peace
  • Calmness
  • Love
  • Joy
  • Light
  • Sound
  • Wisdom
  • Power

We can experience each of these qualities within ourselves—each helps us feel our very real connection with God. Some people will find themselves more naturally attuned to one aspect or another, or perhaps to a blend of aspects.

During this retreat, you will use guided experiences, including visualizations, gongs, and guided nature exercises, to touch a deep place within ourselves where we can know the reality of these qualities within ourselves.

In addition, you'll learn a highly effective technique of meditation which Paramhansa Yogananda called "one of India's greatest gifts to the world."

This will be a deeply inspiring and recharging weekend, one that can transform your relationship with God and with yourself in positive and important ways.

Try this affirmation

I hold my thoughts up to the calmness within; in calmness I receive inspiration from my higher Self.

 



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Sahaja Sims

Sahaja Sims

Ananda Minister and Counselor, Hatha Yoga Teacher
What is a nayaswami?

Sahaja is a minister and yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga postures and meditation since 1975. Loving the sense of calm the practices brought her, in 1991 she joined Ananda's community in Palo Alto and began practicing with greater depth and regularity.

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Wisdom of Yogananda Series: How to Know God starts the afternoon of the first date listed. It’s ideal to arrive before 4 pm, if you are able to. That way, you can join in the afternoon session of yoga and meditation, which begins at 4:45 pm. Dinner is at 6:30. The first real gathering of your group is at 7:30 pm. If you need to arrive here after 5 pm, that’s fine, but it helps us if you let us know at 800-346-5350. We can also put aside a dinner for you if you need to arrive after 7 pm. The program ends with lunch on the last date. Please see our Daily Schedule.

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