How can we keep the awareness of God’s presence in our hearts, when our minds are racing with a billion thoughts, preferences, opinions, etc. This is our Divine Task. When we achieve it perfectly we are free. Until then God watches the heart, and sees the sincerity of our effort to live in the Divine […]
As this week’s reading says, “We know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man will visit us”. Let us, therefore, learn to keep the oil of our devotion burning always in the lamps of our sadhana (spiritual efforts) that we may be ready to receive Christ Consciousness when it arrives to […]
Yes, there is a law functioning in & through all lives however; karma is what you make it. Swami Kriyananda suggested to us the definition: karma is that which draws you closer to God or pulls you farther away. Our task is to accept it, and then choose that attitude which will raise our consciousness.So […]
Can you imagine a life where every desire is fulfilled ? Where every past mistake is put to rest? Where all things work out for the best? How wonderful it would be! Welcome to the reality of reincarnation – the souls long journey home. Find out more this Sunday. Matt Stickney
This week’s Sunday topic, The Promise of the Scriptures, refers to one of the most inspiring stories in the Bible, that of the prodigal son and his return to the house of his loving father. It is the story of us all as we make our way back to our one true Father, Who waits […]
</iframe> Paramhansa Yogananda once said, “the time for knowing God has come.” What does it mean to know something? What is the difference between belief and faith? This Sunday we will journey together on the path of Self realization to discover the magnetic ardor of our own hearts and how we can cultivate deeper faith in […]
Do we pray so that we can get God’s attention and make Him aware of our troubles? This is obviously unnecessary since, as Jesus says, Your Father knoweth what things you have need of, before ye ask Him. Rather, by praying we affirm our intention to be guided by divine will alone; and in doing […]
Yogananda tells us that prayer is talking with God, and Meditation is Listening for God’s response. This leaves us with infinite possibilities for the role of prayer in our lives, and the best ways to approach prayer. Join us this Sunday as we explore this essential topic! Blessings, Nayaswami Padma
Our topic today, First Things First, is practical advice for us all – to get done what needs to get done when it is right in front of us to do! But the topic is much deeper than that, and Jesus addresses it in his simple sentence, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and […]
Does a loved one oppose your spiritual interests and involvement? Both in general and particularly among Ananda members, the unorthodox nature of the path of yoga and meditation can incite resistance, doubts, and sarcasm from a spouse or another person close to you. Fact is, however, the world itself opposes the path of awakening […]
A case might be made for surrender as a path to victory in worldly conflicts – the way of passive resistance, for example, in preference to armed resistance. But our point here concerns a higher kind of surrender: the surrender of our deluded, egoic will to the wise and almighty will of God. Join Zach […]
We are all born here and we all die here. We all came from the same God and we will all go back to that same God. All paths lead us back to the creator – so why all the fuss? Join Matt as he shares on this subject Sunday morning.
The “knowing” that we all long for is the knowing from within.So often we approach life as if the only path was the path of reason and logic. But within each of us there resides a creative voice which can inform many of our most important decisions. Join Jamuna Snitkin this Sunday …….
Life is a series of many choices, from minute to minute, making small and large choices constantly. We all likely can agree that we make some very good decisions and also sometimes not so good ones. God has given us free will to do this, and He invites us to live in such a way […]
The Invisible Man! We are taught to overcome the ego: does that mean we should aspire to be a wishy-washy wimp? Hardly! Saints have power, courage, energy, creativity, and an indomitable will. And yes, also great wisdom and compassion. As our soul’s identity expands beyond the ego (and the body), our consciousness moves towards Infinity? […]
Discover the two secrets to becoming a saint. Together, let’s walk in the footsteps of the great masters of East and West. In Divine Friendship, Bhima Bhima Breckenridge will assist Nayaswamis Hriman and Padma McGilloway in presenting this Sunday’s Service. Bhima will speak on the subject of “Who Are the True Christians”. Please join us […]
Most gifts that we receive are wrapped, hiding what is inside. Once the covering is off we see what we have been given and thank who ever chose it for us. The same holds true for Gifts from the karmic mother. She knows what we need to become Her Shining Emissaries of Light. Lets talk […]
Does Satan exist ? He certainly does in cartoons and Gothic fiction! Come to service on Sunday and see how desire, thy great enemy, can wear the guise of the devil. There is, however, a way out! Find the way to safety this Sunday. Blessings, Matt
Does God hide the truth from us? As this week’s reading states: His beauty is revealed in the sunsets, His tender sympathy in the rain, and His power in the sunlight. Even His subtler, more esoteric truths are revealed to those who have eyes to see, and ears to hear. Join us this Sunday to […]
Several times in Conversations with Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda references Master saying. “God doesn’t want us to find out too soon”. What is going on here and why? Let’s explore this intriguing subject of ultimate truth telling. How might we prepare ourselves for knowing more and using it wisely? Join Jamuna this Sunday.
The topic this week is “Do You Need a Guru?” Yogananda said basically that no, you don’t but then again yes you do. How is that so? We know many Westerners scoff at the idea of a Guru! The good old American -” I can do it myself” virtue – is very strong for […]
Being open and receptive, as well as self-forgetfull spiritually is far from a gentle, passive experience. Great focused energy, self-discipline and self-effort is required! Please join us this Sunday as we explore the ways our efforts are needed to untie the karmic knots that bind us, and open the door to Divine Grace. Blessings, Padma
Please join us this Sunday when Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi Novak officiate the Sunday Service. These dear friends to all are the spiritual directors of Ananda Worldwide. Their wisdom and attunement is palpable. It’s a great blessing to host them at the Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell. We hope to see you all there! […]
The metaphor of the vine and the branches is perfect for the exuberant growth of summer plants, flowers, and trees! When the “sun is shining” it is easy to fill we are part of all life. And, that indeed, is the message of the ages from saints and sages. We know not from whence […]
With some people on some days, no matter what we do, things seem to go wrong. But have you also noticed that on some days, no matter how many mistakes we make–wobbling and shaking our very being–we end up standing upright again and keep moving forward with ease. That Light chases away the darkness, and […]
Whether your temperament is to be active, reflective, or aspirational, the deepest, indeed the only reality that exists is HERE and NOW. There is no other. To stand behind the present moment is to place your Self in the frontier between eternity and duality. The NOW is a great gift, which is why we call it the […]
A monk once asked Paramhansa Yogananda, “Will I ever leave the spiritual path?” Yogananda’s sympathetic response was, “How can you? We are all on the spiritual path!” Yet, there are obstacles, aren’t there! We have forever to find freedom and we can delay and procrastinate for countless lifetimes. Scary, eh? One of the greatest usurpers of […]
We are on a spiritual journey to restore awareness of the inner kingdom. As with every pilgrimage there are pathways to follow. Remembering to keep our energy flowing upward , that’s the key. Join Jamuna for this Sunday morning walk. Video will be posted shortly after service.
Every year at this time, our Sunday reading considers the same question: What is the best way to worship? Is there only one? Are we all supposed to conform to whatever it is? Each of us is seeking our soul’s freedom. What is the “best way” to reach that goal? This week, Surendra, our visiting […]
Come this Sunday to celebrate the life of Kriyananda..someone who truly found the balance between work and meditation…A perfect example for all of us! Matt Stickney Video will be posted shortly after service on Sunday.
What is the underlying secret of right action? Lets look at this idea from a deeper perspective than just “being good” in order to not being punished. There must be something here that is attractive to our basic desire to be happy. Jamuna will explore this question and see where it might lead. Join us […]
O truth seeker, be one, among all those thousands, who seeks the supreme goal! Out of thousands, one strives for spiritual attainment; and out of many blessed true seekers, who strive assiduously to reach Me, one, perhaps, perceives Me as I am.” See you on Sunday, Matt Stickney Video will be uploaded shortly after service […]
The readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita for Sunday refer to Jesus’s following statement to his disciples: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your father which is in heaven is perfect.” Most of us aspire to be good, to do our best, to be successful in what we undertake, etc., but being perfect is not what most […]
On Sunday, April 22 during the regular Sunday service at 10 am, Nayaswamis Hriman and Padma McGilloway will be celebrating the life of Swami Kriyananda, commemorating the 5th anniversary of his passing (April 21, 2013). As Ananda’s founder, we are infinitely grateful for his life of service and devotion. Through 65 years of discipleship to Paramhansa Yogananda, he […]
This week guest minister Nayaswami Puru Selbie will give the Sunday service talk. Puru, who lives at Ananda Village, has been an Ananda Light-bearer for many decades and is the author of the recently published book ‘The Physics of God’. He and his wife, Lakshmi, were once the spiritual directors of Ananda Seattle. Please join us in […]
The light of the Resurrected Christ has blessed each of us through the agency of the the lineage of gurus of which He is a part. Let’s continue the Easter message – part of the greatest story ever told. Join Jamuna this Sunday.
The centuries old tradition of attendance at Easter services is rooted in the deepest truth of our own nature: we are children of God, destined to be resurrected in His love, light, and eternal Bliss. It’s really THAT simple. No greater affirmation of hope and promise can there ever be than this. We invite, […]