Paramhansa Yogananda, Yogananda 100

Neither East nor West

“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet…” Rudyard Kipling, “The Ballad of East and West This line, from the well-known poem by Rudyard Kipling, is often misquoted by those who maintain that there is an irreconcilable difference between the Eastern and Western cultures and that any reciprocal understanding is impossible. In fact, the … Read More

Spiritual Growth, Yoga Philosophy, Yogananda 100

Self-Realization, Knowing and Becoming
That I Am

“I AM THAT I AM” Exodus 3:14 According to Yogananda: “Self-Realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul, that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is … Read More

Spiritual Growth, Yogananda 100

Self-Realization, a Potential for
Modern Society

In their well documented and deeply insightful book on the yugas, Joseph Selbie and David Steinmetz list the following characteristics of the new energy age that we have been in now for 120 years or so: self-interest awakened intellect energy awareness How do these three features fit into the new religious expression that Yogananda has introduced to the world under … Read More

Community, Stories of Devotees, Yogananda 100

How Sabine Came to Ananda

To begin I would like to share a poem I wrote about how we cannot capture God in a concept: Not a tree and not a church even not the widespread earth can contain me as I am, omnipresent in all men, in their hearts and in their love, in their thoughts which rise above sorrow, fear and pain to … Read More

Community, Yogananda 100

Ananda Assisi Goes Green

Ananda’s mission always has been and always will be spiritual. Swami once said about communities, “I’m not interested in communities, except as a place where people can grow spiritually”. We certainly have never considered ourselves an ecovillage, which seemed to us to have a different focus: eco-sustainability. However, several years ago, when Kosha Joubert, executive director of the Global Ecovillage … Read More