Ananda Sangha – “fellowship of divine joy”—is a worldwide group of individuals who share the search for higher consciousness and the ideal of service to others by following the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. These teachings emphasize “Self-realisation” as direct inner experience of God. Non-sectarian, they are based on India’s timeless universal truths and offer practical solutions to the challenges of modern life.
Ananda was founded in the USA in 1968 to support people in search of spiritual growth. In countries on six continents, Ananda Sangha provides classes, events, satsangs, study materials, and other resources around the world, through a network of individual devotees, communities, teaching centres, and meditation groups.
The Ananda Joy Logo (seen above in the Ananda Sangha India web logo), 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 Sangha India
Every Indian is familiar with the basic truths of Paramhansa Yogananda’s teaching. Still, his message of Self-realisation and Kriya Yoga is a new expression of these truths. It is a spiritual revolution for India just as in the West.
“There are so many receptive souls in India”, Swami Kriyananda said, “that in time the work here will dwarf everything else Ananda is doing.”
With a small international group of Ananda devotees, he moved to India in 2003, his 78th year, that he might dedicate his remaining life to make his guru’s teachings better known in the land of his birth.
Soon after, Swami Kriyananda began a nightly TV show, A Way to Awakening (AASTHA), reaching millions in India as well as many nearby southeastern Asian countries and the USA. Ananda Sangha Publications was set up to print and distribute many of Yogananda’s and Kriyananda’s writings and musical recordings.
Swami Kriyananda’s 1st publication in India was a correspondence course, Success and Happiness Through Yoga Principles, on applying dharmic principles to India’s rising economic opportunities. It is now also available for group study and corporate seminars, and in both print and audio format. In turn came several more books, including what is often considered his crowning achievement, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita.
Having long encouraged Ananda communities to develop economic means of support in areas compatible with spiritual focus, Kriyananda inspired several such enterprises in India. The first was a boutique, Kalyana Kalpataru—The Wishing Tree—in Gurgaon’s Metropolitan Mall, carrying spiritual books, music, gifts, and yoga and meditation aids.
Other Ananda entrepreneurial activities in India have followed:
Yogananda’s Spirit-in-Nature Essences, a line of 20 flower essences promoting well-being and health.
Ananda Solar Technologies, developing low-cost energy alternatives.
The main work of Ananda Sangha India, however, is the same as in other countries: presenting the teachings of Self-realisation through classes and satsangs. These are held weekly at our meditation centres throughout India. Advanced students in all localities can prepare for Kriya Yoga and receive it locally or at the closest centre.
Ananda Sangha India’s Future Vision
In addition to founding world brotherhood cooperative communities in India, Swami Kriyananda was determined to build a universal temple of Self-Realisation dedicated to Paramhansa Yogananda. He also envisioned opening schools and a university-level institute specializing in training teachers in the Education for Life methods so well proven in Ananda’s “Living Wisdom” schools in the USA; a hospice for the elderly; and an orphanage for the young. Monasteries for men and for women are being established.
Ananda Sangha India, with the blessings of Swamiji, invite all who are inspired by these goals and ideals to join in any aspect of this divine service to Yogananda.
We invite you to become one of the founding members of Ananda Sangha India. Ananda Sanghis dedicate their lives to living the ideals expressed in this brochure. Read the online brochure, and if you feel inspired, become a member.
“A Life Dream Fulfilled?” by Swami Kriyananda
“[In the early 1960’s], Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, then Prime Minister of India, gave his personal blessing on a project I had presented to him. It was to develop a piece of land in the green belt area near Birla Mandir. That he gave this venture his blessing was nothing short of a miracle. Many hundreds of others had tried to get land there, and all of them had been refused….”
Ananda Sangha Centres and Groups in India
Please visit us at Ananda whereever you may be in India.
Ananda fulfills the dream of Paramhansa Yogananda: to establish “world brotherhood colonies”. These are communities where people can practice “plain living and high thinking”, based on the spiritual principles that Yogananda taught. Learn more about Yogananda’s dream, and Ananda’s fulfillment of that dream.