March 16, 2020

Dear Friends, Members and Students,
 
For the health and safety of all, the Ananda Blue Lotus Temple will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16 until such time as restrictions on assembly and social distancing are lifted. Our website (AnandaWA.org) will direct you to online options and activities such as Sunday Service, yoga classes, meditations and many other activities.  
 
We want to assure you that Ananda staff and volunteers are busy shifting our services to online formats. It is a slow process as we are all working from home and only taking turns to be onsite. It is taking time to experiment with different ways of using the internet for video sharing. As we develop live and pre-recorded online offerings you can go to this page to get an overview of what we offer. It is changing each week!
 
In this interesting and challenging time, your continued financial support of Ananda Sangha is greatly appreciated.
 

Sunday Service:

We continue to live stream our Sunday Services but have changed the start time to 9.30 a.m. and have made some changes to Service format. The Festival of Light ceremony is not conducted live each week at this time but we have a link to it from a prior occasion. Here’s the link to the Sunday Service live stream page and pre-recorded Festival of Light.

Some Thoughts to Consider:

Life’s challenges, though unsought, are also opportunities to go within in prayer and meditation and spiritual study. It is also a time to reach out to others by phone or social media. Those who are healthy and at low risk might consider helping those whom they know are at high risk by running errands for them, bringing them food, and otherwise reaching out to them socially.
 
Is there a silver lining in these clouds? Yes, of course. Millions of people are staying at home, avoiding crowds (restaurants, shopping, sports, etc.), engaging in acts of conscious health and diet, spending more time with loved ones, and feeling more compassionate, kind, and tolerant. Some will take the opportunity to meditate or learn to meditate; to pray for others; and, to think more deeply about what is true and meaningful. We are even seeing less traffic on the roads. As Paramhansa Yogananda would say, “There are no obstacles; only opportunities.” 
 
While human nature doesn’t change drastically, it is easy to imagine that some of these positive changes in attitude and behavior will outlast the pandemic itself. 
 
Here’s an affirmation on “Security” (from the book, “Affirmations for Self-Healing,” by Swami Kriyananda):
 
“I live in the fortress of God’s inner presence. Nothing and no one can break through these walls and harm me.”

Joy and blessings to you,
 
Nayaswamis Hriman and Padma, and your many friends at Ananda!