Anandagiri Sangha Participation Guide
Our goal as a spiritual family is to support the individual aspirations of every member in the best possible way.
Freedom of choice is highly valued at Anandagiri. Participants choose how and when they will participate. Members are personally responsible, in attunement to God and Gurus, for their own spiritual growth. The Sangha (fellowship - spiritual family) is designed to help us reach our spiritual potential, but it is ultimately up to each of us as to how much is accomplished.
The amount of time and energy that you give to cultivating your spiritual life and the blending of ways that you participate will be unique to your own nature and circumstance. Each person’s journey along the path and level of participation is determined by their own choices.
6 Key Ways to Participate
There are six key ways to participate in the Sangha: Sadhana, Satsang, Study, Support, Singing, and Seva. Although we look at these areas individually, realize and practice consciously their interconnection within yourself. Each area helps the development of the other areas. Like most things in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.
The daily participation in sadhana (spiritual practices) is essential if we want to move forward in the spiritual life. Learn and practice the four main techniques of the path of Self-Realization: Energization Exercises, Hong-Sau technique of concentration, Aum Technique of Meditation and Kriya Yoga.
Daily meditation on your own should be complimented with group meditation as often as possible. The group energy is extremely beneficial, and in fact for most people, essential.
Practice consciously keeping silence whenever possible.
Practice the Presence of God during the day. Use Japa (silent repetition of God’s name or a mantra) and/or mentally repeating a chant, as a way to stay inwardly connected. Also include chanting, affirmations and prayer.
Spend time in seclusion. An hour, a day, a week or even longer, spent focusing deeply on God is very beneficial. During your seclusion keep silence, read only uplifting books, eat little, and meditate as much as possible. As Yoganandaji said, “Seclusion is the price of greatness.”
Satsang means fellowship with truth. The truth of consciously experiencing God's Presence in our lives. Attend activities with other Anandagiri members as often as possible. Consciously be aware of your inner connection to the worldwide group energy of souls that are dedicated to the Masters of Self-Realization. God can use us as instruments to bring light and joy into the world; identify your individual efforts with that larger flow of energy.
Participate at the local center as much as possible.
Consider joining the Anandagiri Community
Attend at least one retreat per year.
Once you have the Kriya Yoga technique attend an initiation ceremony at least once a year.
Listen to recordings and videos of Yogananda and Kriyananda as often as possible.
Consider coming on a group pilgrimage to the sites in America and India associated with the life of Paramhansa Yogananda.
Reading the writings of Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda is an essential component to understanding the path of Self-Realization. Many hours of audio and video programs by Swami Kriyananda are also an incredible resource for your spiritual education and inspiration. The books by Swami Vijay are also a great resource for the practical application of these teachings.
Attend ongoing classes in Raja Yoga, Discipleship and Monastic training.
Often people think that once they have read a book or taken a class they have completed their understanding of the subject. Years of experience has shown us that we can reach deeper and deeper perceptions about the spiritual life if we continue to open our minds humbly to greater insight.
Focus on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda deeply for an extended period of time rather than mixing and matching the teachings of different paths. Remember that inner transformation is vibrational, not just intellectual. Concentration on our own path is not a rejection of others, but a way to optimize our spiritual efforts.
The Anandagiri Sangha is a spiritual family that you can rely on. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your highest spiritual potential in any way that we can. Please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to us and let us know what is going on in your life: We want to know!
The Sangha teachers are available for spiritual mentoring in person, by telephone, or via email. You can arrange to meet with one by contacting the Sangha office.
Anandagiri Sangha Prayer Circle. If you or a friend/family member is in need of prayers you can request healing prayers in person by phone, mail or email.
Singing spiritual music and sharing it with others is a fun and uplifting way to participate in the spiritual life. The music written by Swami Kriyananda is an important part of the Anandagiri Sangha way of life. Kriyananda once said, “If you want to know me, listen to my music.”
Singing in the choir and/or listening to Kriyananda’s music is a very powerful way to attune yourself to the vibrational essence that is at the core of our way of life.
Experiment by listening only to Swamiji’s music for a period of time and see what effect it has on your consciousness.
If you play an instrument, learn to play some of Yogananda's and Kriyananda’s songs and then share them with others.
Consider how you can use your own personal interests and talents in order to help others in the Sangha. Start by finding an area of need and apply your creative energies to serving that need. As time goes by God will guide you and present opportunities to you. As you serve feel God’s energy and creativity flowing through you.
Join the healing prayer circle. You can contact the healing prayer coordinator to receive names. Then you pray daily for the list of names that you are given.
Practice offering invisible acts of kindness. Serve others daily as a channel for divine energy without drawing attention to yourself.
Consider tithing a percentage of your monthly income to the Sangha.
Offer financial support toward special projects or the Sangha in general. Do this creatively as spirit move you. The Anandagiri Sangha is a non-profit religious organization and your donations are tax deductable.
Donate your time and energy. Serve with us side by side and you will find your life transformed.
Tell a friend. As you go through each day, look for opportunities to share with others the blessings that you have received.
Ask others in the Sangha how you can help and then act on their suggestions.
Share your suggestions as to how we can improve our outreach and service. Focus on solutions rather than problems.
Check the Sangha website for the current areas of activity and growth. See if you feel drawn to helping one or more of those areas to manifest.
The Anandagiri Sangha Way of Life
The Anandagiri Path of Self-Realization represents a lifelong commitment to living in attunement on ever deeper levels with God and Gurus. Along the way there are various training programs and milestones that give each member an opportunity to reach new spiritual heights. It should be understood that the goal of this process is not for greater position in the hierarchy of the Sangha, but to experience and express the humility, joy and servicefulness which are natural expressions of the Anandagiri way of life.
As your interaction with the Sangha progresses you will find the inner core of your being filled with a joy, light and love that no other approach to life can offer. We look forward to sharing and serving with you.