Stories of Devotees

My Early Days
in a Spiritual Community…

Life in a Spiritual Community – Nayawami Shivani Narrates My first childhood ambition was to become a rabbi. Actually it was the scriptures that attracted me, and the sound of the sacred language. At the age of six I began to study Hebrew and very soon knew all the prayers by heart. But I was never called to recite in … Read More

A Touch of Light, How to be Happy, Right Attitudes, Stories of Devotees

What Goes, What Stays

Celebrations, Christmas, Stories of Devotees


For the community Christmas Eve party, Swamiji suggested we serve alcohol-free eggnog. I was in charge of the Retreat kitchen, but I didn’t know how to make eggnog, so he sent me a recipe (known as ”Swamiji’s recipe,” though he always said he got it from the bulletin board at a supermarket!). Before I came to Ananda, I was a … Read More

Celebrations, Right Attitudes, Stories of Devotees

Giving Thanks