Facing World Challenges as Warriors of Light

Watch this inspiring message by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, the spiritual directors of Ananda, and Dr. Peter Van Houten, MD, the medical director of Sierra Medical Family Clinic near Nevada City since 40 years, as they share the best practical and spiritual practices during the corona virus pandemic. Practice this powerful affirmation by Yogananda with Nayaswami Devi (from his book … Read More

Ananda Portland and COVID-19

Dear friends, In Autobiography of a Yogi it is said, “God is simple, everything else is complex.” The complexities of these times are certainly challenging! The reality of  COVID-19 is affecting every part of our lives and we must deal with it while also clinging to the deeper reality of God’s eternal presence. It is our hope that we can slow the progress … Read More

Read All About It

By now it’s likely that you have heard or read at least something about the new virus, COVID 19, making its way around the world. There is certainly plenty of talk out there. And, if you’re like most of us, you realize it’s very important to have trustworthy sources to guide your decision-making in matters of, well, everything! Particularly in … Read More

Home Improvement

Laugh if you must: my spiritual “aha” this week came from an online house-for-sale posting in my neighborhood. No, I’m not in the real estate market; the post caught my eye because something about the house looked vaguely familiar. Then, as I read the address, it hit me: I used to live there. But oh, what a few changes can … Read More

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Come to Me!

“Master, come to me…” Recently, these words from a song I first heard 30 years ago were running through my mind as I began to prepare for my morning meditation. As with many of us, it is always comforting to imagine myself in the presence of my Guru. I have a favorite image of Yogananda on my altar that I … Read More

Ananda Portland Update

Dear Friends… It’s time for another update. And a thank you. Most of you have been tithing a portion of your income to Ananda Portland for a number of years, and we are deeply grateful for your support. As you know, it is your donations that enable us to exist. Officially, we are a 501(c)3 religious nonprofit. Thus, whatever income … Read More

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A Glimpse of India

During my recent visit to California, a delightful opportunity presented itself—a family “field trip” to see a Hindu temple located just half an hour from home. Did I want to go see it? Of course! Not having been to India (thus far), or to any Hindu venues, I was more than curious. What little I know of Indian culture and … Read More

The Authority Issue

“Question Authority.” When I first saw that statement on a car’s bumper sticker back in the early 1970’s, I didn’t understand its context—but I liked it. I was young, chafing under my mother’s strict rules for behavior. The idea of being able to challenge her authority (even if it was just in my own mind) was quite appealing. No one … Read More

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It’s True!

“Joy is within you.” When I first saw this statement at Ananda, I so very much wanted to believe it. I had heard it was so, and certainly there were times throughout my life that I had experienced deep inner joy. But to really know this truth, repeated over the ages by avatars and saints everywhere, as a constant reality: … Read More

…And Around We Go Again

“Fast away the old year passes / Hail the new year, lads and lasses!” Welcome to the last few days of the decade! We hope that your Christmas holiday was a blessed one. What did you do to replenish your inner Light and nourish your soul? I love hearing about the different ways my gurubhais spent this time re-connecting with the … Read More