In June 2018, the Monastery in India moved from Pune to Khandala (a hill station town between Pune & Mumbai). The decision to shift to Khandala was taken by my head monk Nayaswami Devarshi.

The Ananda Monks leading a kirtan in Ananda Village, 2019

He saw the need to have a much clearer focus and magnetism That wasn’t possible while serving the always compelling needs of an Ananda Sangha city center.

It was a big challenge for me to leave behind everything that was familiar in Pune.

When Devarshi ji announced this step, there were many emotions that welled up within me, like “What will we do for food? Who do we know there? Will we survive being by ourselves?” It was a fear of the unknown!

Looking back, all of us are grateful that we were guided by Devarshiji’s intuition. Our monks have been able to serve more & better since taking that step. We really have become a monastery, a very cohesive group of monks.

In August 2020, Devarshi ji and Brahmachari Jemal began talking about the need to start looking for the land to build a Monastery.  We’ve always stayed in rented flats and houses. Divine clues began leading us towards Chandigarh. By the end of October 2020, we were preparing to shift to Chandigarh, first to live in the city and then to find land nearby.

A fascinating thing happened this time. When the announcement was made about Chandigarh, my mind soldiers responded very differently! As soon as they heard the news, the thoughts were – “Wow, we are going closer to the Himalayas!” “We are going to have a spiritual adventure!”

This change in my attitude and perspective has helped me to soar upward and forward in life. I have been able to serve better and depend more on God’s joy.

Paramhansa Yogananda ji said in the ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ about his Guru that “He had not found any insuperable obstacle to mergence of human with Divine. No such barrier exists, I came to understand, save in man’s spiritual unadventurousness . . .”

I wholeheartedly encourage this attitude of spiritual adventurousness.

Old photo of ananda monks and nuns with Swamiji (around 1970)

With that spirit you are much freer to make rapid forward progress on the spiritual path. The divine joy and strength you gain will enable you to help many people.

Please keep our monastery in your prayers as we continue to search for land for building Master’s and Swamiji’s Monastery. We are getting closer and closer to that goal. I’ll share more about that adventure when the time comes!

10 Comments

  1. Bless you in your Divine Search for permenant monastery location.
    Om,
    Ram

  2. How much land is needed?
    How many in population of Monastery?
    Any monk there understand construction and or engineering ?
    Any particular State required ?
    I am here in Delhi.
    Thnx

    1. Yes, we do have a highly trained engineer among the monks, who once led a construction project in India. He has expertise and experience in solar power too. We also have a long time gardener/farmer. And possibly a piece of land. Most importantly, God and Guru have been guiding us and opening doors. We hope to share more news soon. Prayers would be especially appreciated.
      Thanks, Devarshi.

  3. So glad to hear you are all doing well. What an amazing adventure!
    Blessings,
    Nayaswami Hanuman

  4. Thanks for sharing Premdas. FYI the photo of the monastics with Swamiji is from 1978 or 1979. As it happens, I am on the far right of the front row.

    Blessings from your brother in Dehradun.

    Om

  5. Namaste! How exciting! Thank you for sharing your inspirational story…You all are in my prayers here in the North! May You All Be Blessed With Living Kindness May You Be Well, May You Be Peaceful And At Ease, May You All Be Happy! And So It Is! Blessed Be!🌺

  6. Beautiful share Premdas! May Master find you a home base soon as you all follow his vision of living and growing your sadhana together

  7. May God and gurus keep you in their light .

    Aum Guru,

    Rachna

  8. Thanks for sharing Premdas, I was able to feel your spirit while reading this!! Joyy

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