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Ananda is a worldwide group of individuals who share the search for higher consciousness and the ideal of service to others. We express this service by offering uplifting values and techniques for achieving peace of mind and inner happiness

Ananda, which means "joy" in Sanskrit, was founded in 1968 by J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda) to support others in their quest for spiritual growth.

Ananda's logo is called the "Ananda Joy" logo (seen below, and at the upper left of all Ananda web pages), represents the soul's aspiration upward toward God, and outward to embrace all beings in its quest for enlightenment. The downward curve shows the corresponding descent of divine grace.

Ananda is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda was the first great Indian master of yoga to live in the West. His teachings emphasize direct inner experience of God, which he called 'Self-realization.' Yogananda's teachings are nonsectarian, and offer practical solutions to the challenges of modern life. Yogananda taught that what the world needs is a blend of the best qualities of the East and West: The spiritual insight of the East and the practical efficiency of the West. One without the other leads to a society barren of human fulfillment.

Ananda's world mission is to establish this social pattern for future generations. Ananda East is becoming what Yogananda called a world brotherhood colony: A place where people gather to share a life based on plain living and high thinking.
World Brotherhood Colonies

Nutresin In the spirit of full disclosure,
we would like you to know...

Ananda is a haven of peace, but even here, there is controversy. Not within Ananda, fortunately, but imposed upon us from outside. It is a long story, all too common in the history of religion. Another organization, also followers of Paramhansa Yogananda, initiated a major lawsuit against Ananda 11 years ago in a so-far-unsuccessful effort to establish a religious monopoly. Members of this other organization have also made personal, sweeping allegations against Swami Kriyananda and Ananda, falsely charging sexual misconduct and abuse of power. The battleground has been the courtroom and the internet, with a little of the media thrown in, as well. explains the theological dispute. explains and refutes the allegations of misconduct.

If you'd like to know more, or talk about these issues, please call. Ananda thrives on open communication; your questions, even on what may seem to be sensitive issues, will be well-received and fully answered.

World Brotherhood Colonies
"This day marks the birth of a new era. My spoken words are registered in the ether, in the Spirit of God, and they shall move the West.... Self-Realization has come to unite all religions.... We must go on - - not only those who are here, but thousands of youths must go North, South, East and West to cover the earth with little colonies, demonstrating that simplicity of living plus high thinking lead to the greatest happiness!" -Paramhansa Yogananda, from The Path.

The establishment of World Brotherhood Colonies was a long time dream of Yogananda. He spoke enthusiastically up until the very end of his life about this dream. In his Autobiography of a Yogi he exclaimed, "An urgent need on this war-torn earth is the founding, on a spiritual basis, of numerous world-brotherhood colonies." (Note: these words were edited out in the late 1950's.)

One of the Aims and Ideals of his organization, while he was alive, was "To spread a spirit of world brotherhood among all peoples and to aid in the establishment, in many countries, of self-sustaining world-brotherhood colonies for plain living and high thinking." He spoke of this dream just a few months before his passing to a disciple, Kamala Silva (see link to the passage from Kamala's book below).

startdetox5600.comAnanda is the fulfillment of Yogananda's dream of establishing World Brotherhood Colonies, where spiritual seekers could gather together and practice 'plain living and high thinking'. These colonies were envisioned by Yogananda many years before the community movement began in America. During his lifetime, Yogananda tried to fulfill his dream, but the world at that time wasn't ready for such an unusual approach to life.

Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda, was inspired by Yogananda's ideal, and began the first Colony outside Nevada City, California in 1968. He named it Ananda, which is the sanskrit word for Divine Joy.

Since then, Ananda has grown into a worldwide network of spiritual communities that includes thriving World Brotherhood Colonies.
Links to other Ananda Sites:

Ananda Ashram, New Delhi, India
Ananda India

Ananda Central Ministry near Nevada City, California:

Ananda Worldwide | Expanding Light | Ananda Meditation Groups | Crystal Clarity Publishers | Healing Prayer Ministry | Meditation (Seclusion) Retreat | Crystal Hermitage | Ananda Yoga en Español

Ananda Colonies:

AnandaVillage | Ananda Sacramento | Ananda Seattle | Ananda Portland | Ananda Assisi, Italy | Ananda East Coast | Ananda Palo Alto

Ananda Teaching Centers:
The above Colonies plus:

Berkeley, California
Boulder Creek, California
Santa Rosa, California
Dallas, Texas
York, Maine
Ashland, Oregon
Hopkinton, Rhode Island you are here

Ananda Meditation Groups:

Lansing, Michigan
Torrance, California
Calcutta, India
New Delhi, India
Bangkok, Thailand

For a list of all groups (not all have web sites)

Ananda East West book stores:

Mountain View, California
Sacramento, California
Seattle, Washington


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