Membership at Ananda
Ananda Sangha (“Sangha” means “Fellowship”) in Bothell serves the greater Seattle metropolitan area and outlying areas of western Washington. Our legal name and structure is Ananda Church of Self-Realization of Seattle. We are part of a network of independent but affiliated Ananda centers, retreats and intentional communities throughout the world.
Ananda has no formal membership except by individual participation. All are welcome to classes, group meditations and a wide range of social and spiritual events throughout the year. You may consider yourself a member if you feel in tune with the description of Ananda’s precepts and purpose written by Swami Kriyananda in the “Way of the Sanghis.”
Notwithstanding a certain informality which reflects our community and family spirit, Ananda could not exist were it not for the lifelong and full-time commitment of individuals who serve and support this work. Their dedication can be reflected in various outward forms.
Some of these forms include becoming disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda and the lineage of the Self-realization path; or, living in an Ananda Community; or, entering the worldwide religious order of service dedicated to Ananda (the “Sevaka Order”); or, participating in the locally organized “lay order” known as the “Sadhaka Order.” (The worldwide Nayaswami Order [www.nayaswami.org] has no outward affiliation with Ananda.) But no form is necessary to come and participate; learn; serve; share!
What characterizes Ananda’s work worldwide is that we represent and share the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda as expressed by Ananda’s founder, Swami Kriyananda. We have, over time and through experimentation and with the guidance of Swami Kriyananda, evolved different levels of service and commitment. In this way, the spirit and dedication exhibited by our Preceptor and founder can continue on through the dedicated lives of those who seek daily to live by ideals and guidance given to us.