Monks KirtanThe Ananda Monastic Order is the monks and nuns of Ananda Sangha, who have renounced worldly life and dedicated their lives wholly to seeking and serving God. They live the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda as a means of fulfilling the final goal of all souls: divine freedom or moksha.

Without marriage and family duties, Ananda monastics can be more fully dedicated to a life of meditation and sadhana, or daily spiritual practice. As part of their sadhana, they actively serve in helping to spread the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, through Ananda Sangha, founded by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Ananda Sangha was founded in 1968. The Ananda Monastic Order was created in 1971.

Monk (Brahmachari Jemal) MeditatingParamhansa Yogananda taught a more inner and positive form of renunciation than is taught traditionally. True freedom comes from ego-transcendence, gained by giving everything as an offering to God—as compared to a more traditional following of an outward list of rules prescribing the many things one should and shouldn’t do.

The vows of Ananda monastics are three in number: simplicity, brahmacharya (control of the senses), and cooperative obedience.


Monks after a brief meditation at the monastery site

Ananda India Monastery moved from Khandala to Chandigarh in October 2020. We took this next step from the inspiration received by Nayaswami Devarshi and Brahmachari Jemal. The plan is to build a monastery here on the principles and vision of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda.

With Divine Mother’s blessings and generous support from Gurubhais, we have purchased the land for building the Guru Kripa Forest Hermitage monastery. The land size as of now is 4.5 acres. It is in the hills outside of Panchkula, Haryana.

View from right in front of the Guru Kripa Forest Hermitage monastery

Trees and vines are starting to be planted around the perimeter. We are trying to build the monastery in the way that Swami Kriyananda wrote and spoke about for many years. He wanted a very specific kind of Hermitage monastery, with monks serving together, meditating together every day, and having meals in silence, among other practices. The monk’s online seva will continue. This will not be a retreat for guests or visitors. In fact, there are no buildings yet. As we start developing it, we’ll share updates.

Thank you for keeping us in your prayers. Aum Guru!

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