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What will be the new normal? Job losses? Food shortages? What actually can we do to make a difference? Can yogis create our own Noble New “Normal?”
The Noble New
Sing songs that none have sung,
Think thoughts that ne’er in brain have rung,
Walk in paths that none have trod,
Weep tears as none have shed for God,
Give peace to all to whom none other gave,
Claim him your own who’s everywhere disclaimed.
Love all with love that none have felt, and brave
The battle of life with strength unchained.
Songs of the Soul (1983), Paramhansa Yogananda
Join us on Zoom for this on-going guest series that will focus on how our lives will change in 2020 and the years beyond.
Suggested Donation: $15 per class
Guest speakers will talk about what Swami Kriyananda learned from Paramhansa Yogananda about the road ahead. We will talk about the financial future for individuals and communities. We will talk about the astrology of our current situation. We will talk about how small communities can support us in hard times and address practical questions such as “Should we take disaster preparedness seriously and begin storing food and water?”
Our guest devotees have already given extensive thought to these diverse issues and will share their expertise with us in this ongoing series.
Paramhansa Yogananda said: “You don’t know what a terrible cataclysm is coming!”
Are we living in that time?
We are in the middle of challenging situation. It’s easy to get caught by fear, anger, restlessness, depression, and hopelessness. With solution consciousness, we can prepare ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually to help create a new reality and step into the next great adventure that Divine Mother has in store for us on The Road Ahead.
Let us create a Noble New future together. Join us on Zoom.
September 1, 2020
We Were Born for This Moment: How We Got Here, Where We’re Going, How to Get There
Devarshi will share his perspective on where we are now in our progress through the pandemic and the challenges we are facing. He will speak on how we got here, where we are going, and how to get there.
Changes bring challenges and challenges bring opportunities. What should we look for to take advantage of these opportunities?
He will also explore how the religion of the New Age, particularly the practice of Kriya yoga, can help us now.
Devarshi heads an experiment in plain living and high thinking in India located between Mumbai and Pune. There he and an international group of monks share a simple life that bridges the gap between living a more traditional rural life-style and working daily in a high-tech environment teaching, counseling and sharing with people all over the globe. In many ways they were already prepared for the pandemic by having chosen a simple lifestyle based on Paramhansa Yogananda’s dictum “Simplicity of living plus high thinking lead to the greatest happiness.”
He will use this experience as a launching pad to suggest directions we may want to explore in our own lives, whatever our immediate circumstances.
“I’ve always had a strong interest in deepening my own Kriya practice, and in helping others with their Kriya practice. Kriya is the most powerful and practical tool that exists for hastening our spiritual growth. I’ve seen this in my own life and in many, many others.”
Join us to hear what this deep Kriyaban has to share about the world we now face and the world yet to come.
June 9, 2020
Stand Unshaken Amidst the Crash of Financial Worlds
We are going through a time of enormous change. Much about what is happening has never happened before or happened so long ago it is scarcely relevant to today. But the underlying laws that govern business, the economy and finance themselves do not change.
How will these laws play out in the current uncertain circumstances both to individual and business finances and what are the implications for our spiritual community as we move into the future?
David Gamow has been a student of the economy and financial markets for almost 50 years. He has been a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda for nearly 40 years. He brings a rare combination of spiritual depth and financial understanding to this discussion of our financial future.
June 16, 2020
Dana Lynne Andersen
Creating a Noble New Tomorrow from the Cauldron of Chaos
Change is a constant. Anything can change at any minute. We have always known that is true. Now we, as the human community, have seen it happen. In a wink, our world as we knew it transformed. And so will it continue.
The year 2020 has brought a radical break from “normal” and given us an opportunity for self-inquiry and a reassessment of how we live. The enforced pause in our activities and recent global chaos can be seen as both a blessing and a curse. Could these chaotic times be an opportunity to release what is no longer serving us and allow higher possibilities?
As the past is fading, nascent worlds are quietly coming into being. With our old “normal” fracturing we have a rare opportunity to make meaningful changes that seemed impossible in past times of greater stability and resistance.
When everything is changing, creativity is more possible.
Periods of chaos and upheaval can be frightening, but also potentially liberating. In times of chaos there develops a singular and invaluable power. How we use this expanding momentum is up to us.
All around us a new reality is ripening. Letting go of what is in the past and embracing the future is a superconscious activity not limited to saints and masters. Any of us can tap into the realm of possibility and become a co-creator of our noble new tomorrow.
With her boundless energy and positivity, Dana Lynne Andersen explains how we can let go of the constantly calculating and limiting mind and allow ourselves to access the creative flow of limitless possibility that exists in everyone.
June 23, 2020
COVID, Karma & the Road Ahead: An Astrological Perspective
Jyotisha, often loosely translated in the West as Vedic Astrology, is the Path of Light. It is an ancient and effective tool that shines Light on human situations (individual as well as national). That Light gives insights and increases clarity as to the underlying karmic causes for any given situation. We will use the chart of the United States as well as current planetary transits to give perspective on the COVID crisis and what things look like going forward. Time permitting, we will fit this understanding into the larger perspective of the ascending age (Yuga) that we are in: Ascending Dwapara Yuga.
July 7, 2020
Eve of Destruction or Dawn of a New Age…or Both? Yogananda’s Predictions for the Road Ahead
None of us is immune to mass karma, and it is no accident that we are here on the planet at this special time. Should we be afraid for our lives and concentrate on only saving ourselves? Should we withdraw from the world or do we have a responsibility and mission to complete?
Over the span of 40 years, in classes and in conversations with Swami Kriyananda, Asha Nayaswami learned what Paramhansa Yogananda said about the coming of turbulent times and why such upheaval is necessary for both personal and planetary evolution.
With her grasp of the spiritual big picture and in her inimitable way she clarifies for us our purpose and our mission in participating in these challenging and interesting times.
July 14, 2020
Our Turbulent Times Through the Lens of the 24,000-Year Yuga Cycles
Is the past prologue? Can we learn from the past what might be in store for us today? According to the yuga cycle—India’s ancient 24,000-year cycle of human development—we are now in Dwapara Yuga, an age hallmarked by the knowledge of energy, both subtle and electromagnetic.
We can look to the past to see what events were taking place in the period of the last Dwapara Yuga that corresponds to our own. For the people living then it was the end of a descending Dwapara Yuga; for us it is the beginning of an ascending Dwapara Yuga. As the last Dwapara Yuga came to its end, it was a time marked by dramatic change, the disappearance of civilizations, the end of the age of magic, and the end of awareness of subtle energy. We are now ascending to greater and higher development; they were descending into greater decline. What are the revealing parallels to be explored? Join us and find out.
July 21, 2020
Nayaswami Anand, Ananda Assisi and Vandana Shiva, world-renowned environmentalist, author, and founder of Navdanya
The Cooperative Community’s Sustainable Solution
Intentional, cooperative, self-sustaining world brotherhood colonies are described by Paramhansa Yogananda as the solution to surviving and thriving in hard times. “Plain living and high thinking”, Master said, are more readily accomplished in a small community of like-minded people where they could cultivate real happiness and live a fulfilling life.
This evening we are privileged to talk with Nayaswami Anand of Ananda Assisi as he shares his assessment of the future of eco-communities in Europe and his vision for the Assisi community which is a part of Ananda Europa. Anand’s goal is to transform the current colony from an organization dependent on the infrastructure of the larger economy into a self-sustaining community that can better withstand the trends, upsets and upheavals of hard times to come.
Anand will share a short video introduction of the Ananda Assisi community, then will treat us with his conversation with Vandana Shiva, world-renowned environmentalist and eco-activist, regarding the small community solution. Shiva’s work is especially focused on the opportunities inherent in the current societal disruption, caused by the pandemic, to return to the land and to live in much more harmony with Divine Mother as She manifests in nature.
July 28, 2020
Self-Realization: The Religion of the Future
What is the future of religion? Is there a future for religion?
Almost one-third of Americans now say they are “spiritual, not religious.” Ironically, the religion of the future is not a religion! It is a new expression of an ancient truth: Self-realization.
Paramhansa Yogananda once said, “You are on the eve of a great spiritual awakening, a great change in the churches, where true souls will be drawn to seek the actual experience of God’s presence.”
We are now at that dynamic point of transformation. We are moving from the materialism of Kali Yuga to the energy flow of Dwapara Yuga, from the hierarchy and paternalism of past religious form to the equality and individuality of spiritual experience, from outward religious ritual to inner Self-realization.
Join us for an inspirational discussion on the future of religion: the essence of Self-realization.
- Churchianity versus Original Christianity
- Outward Ritual versus Original Yoga
- The Nature of Self-realization
- Techniques of God Communion (Kriya Yoga)
- Devotion and Love for God (the “art” of Self-realization)
August 4, 2020
Plan Ahead: What you Need for Coming Hard Times
Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda urged us to be ready to navigate challenging times. Master predicted a catastrophe, among other world-changing events. In addition to remaining calm and maintaining our daily spiritual practices, there are many practical things we can do to prepare ourselves in case of an unforeseen emergency.
Included in this introductory workshop:
- Preparing for changes and challenges
- Clean air, for the breath of life
- Clothing and Shelter, for core temperature control
- Finding, collecting and purifying water
- Fire and light
- Medical concerns and first aid
- Food and food preparation
- Tools and skills to have
- Preparedness: putting it all together
Learn how to plan ahead; how to gain the knowledge and skills needed to keep ourselves and our families healthy and safe through the most threatening of circumstances.
Kabir will give us an overview of the supplies and tools necessary for facing challenges in times of crisis. He will share how we can be resilient and prepared for survival. Participants will receive a free, complete, prioritized listing of items and skills to have ready, based on different emergency scenarios.
He will discuss the unique considerations for those living in a big city and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Kabir’s underlying compassion and quick wit promise to make this evening’s presentation instructive, inspiring and entertaining.
August 11, 2020
Shurjo and Narayani, Directors of Ananda Mumbai
How to Move Yourself and Your Community Forward in the Midst of Chaos & Fear
Shurjo and Narayani will be sharing how they view these unprecedented times and their ideas and perspectives on how we can adapt ourselves and our communities to the coming changes: The Noble New Normal.
From a much broader perspective: How did we get here? Why are we here now? Is this pandemic a gift from the Great Masters? From Babaji? If so to what purpose?
How does a community of devotees move forward from an in-person to online ministry, especially in one of the hottest spots for Coronavirus in the entire world? How can devotees support one another while isolated? What does one do to stay strong and brave in the face of such a serious outbreak?
What can community members look forward to as the direction for an urban community in a still dangerous post-pandemic future? Will the form and service of Ananda Mumbai be different in the future? Does this pandemic encourage the devotees in Mumbai to be more open to create a rural residential community? Or an urban residential community? Or is that even an option in India?
Self-realization. He was one of the first among the group of monks to support the work at the fledgling Ananda Community, Pune, in 2009.
August 18, 2020
Hriman Gilloway, Director of Ananda Seattle
The Road Ahead to No-Thing-Ness
Before we can look ahead, let’s take a moment to look back in time first. The 19th and 20th centuries were a march down the road of destruction of traditional values and an affirmation of endless conflict. Marx predicted conflict among social and economic classes; Darwin, survival of the fittest (dog eat dog); Freud, revealed our conflicted human minds; Nietzsche declared that God is dead and soon would be human values as well. Now science says matter doesn’t matter because the universe (big and small) is mostly empty of matter!
Is there a trend here? Indeed, there is, and it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see where it’s going. Or, does it? Does the road ahead lead to no-where? Or, can something come from no-thing? Nayaswami Hriman will share with us the secret behind what’s ahead. All will be revealed. But there’s a catch: “you have to be present to win.” Stay tuned!
August 25, 2020
Zach and Hailey Abbey, Ananda Farm Camano Island
Harmony & Cooperation with Mother Earth in the Challenging Years To Come
Zach and Hailey Abbey share their perspectives on these challenging times: how our attunement (or lack of attunement) to nature and to the land on which we live, will ultimately define our ability to survive hard times. They’ll share how that relationship informs so much of the rest of our lives and what we can do to bring ourselves more into alignment with the natural forces which our modern culture obscures to the point of hiding. They will talk about the process of becoming partners with nature, and how to follow Mother Nature’s lead in all aspects of our lives, not only in agriculture.
Please join us in learning what this dynamic and inspiring couple have manifested and their uplifting view of the future. Share in discovering more about their home sometimes referred to as the Yoga-Nature Homestead.
Ananda Farm Camano Island
We are a no-till natural farm, homestead, and Yoga Ashram on Camano Island in Washington State. It all began in December 2012. The 14-acre farm is a true community project, in the sense that it was financed by 25 individuals who pooled money to buy land in the country, and also as a branch of the Ananda Washington family tree. At Ananda Farm, we are committed to farming with Spirit. To us that means aspiring towards harmony and cooperation with life, in the growing awareness that all life is rooted in the same Eternal Source.
Currently there are 9 full time human residents, 7 alpacas, 5 goats, 2 dogs, 4 cats, many chickens, and an ever- expanding life-scape of trees, gardens, birds and bees. It’s healthy, happy, and a bit wild looking!
“Natural Farming” is a direction of agriculture which seeks to unite the world of food cultivation with the natural world, both of which we depend on and are a part of. We seek to provide both prana-filled food and basic needs for simple living, including our line of natural herbal products, and alpaca-fiber textiles. We participate in 3 farmers markets, provide a diverse array of herbal medicinals and body care products, and a line of textiles made from the fiber of our alpacas.
As a yoga ashram, we follow the teachings of the great Indian Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda, centered in the daily practice of meditation, and through the application of spiritual principles on the farm.
The Philosophical & Agricultural Inspiration of Ananda Farm Camano Island
Earth’s present condition of global trauma is not “natural,” but a result of humanity’s destructive actions.
And, according to Masanobu Fukuoka, the agricultural guiding light for Ananda Farm, it is reversible. We need to change not only our methods of earth stewardship, but also the very way we think about the relationship between human beings and nature.
Fukuoka developed what he called “natural farming,” involved working with, not in opposition to, nature. This no-till agricultural approach is a radical challenge to the global systems that supply the world’s food. Fukuoka’s inspiring and internationally best-selling book, The One-Straw Revolution, describes his philosophy of natural farming and why he came to farm the way he did. Only by greening the desert, he said, would the world ever achieve true food security.
The amazing thing about One Straw is that it is not a book about farming – it is Revelation, about Life itself, and our true purpose as people on this planet. Prior to returning to Nature themselves, and realizing this apparent revolution founded upon a single strand of straw, neither Zach nor Hailey had ever considered a path of agriculture, much less a ‘natural life.’ One Straw changed everything. It awakened seeds in them, long dormant, but now ready for germination.
The solutions to the world’s problems are never so complex as they are perceived. At its broadest, the Natural Farming philosophy can rehabilitate the deserts of the world, including practical solutions for feeding a growing human population, rehabilitating damaged landscapes, reversing the spread of desertification, and providing a deep understanding of the relationship between human beings and nature. This message comes right at the time when people around the world seem to have lost their frame of reference. Natural Farming offers us a way forward.
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