Ananda Sangha in Delhi NCR aspires to share the teachings and practices, the Spirit and vibrations of our guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, and to provide a spiritually supportive environment where devotees can experience inner peace and harmony, divine friendship and community, and learn to lead a spiritually balanced life.
Ananda Sangha is part of a global movement of disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda, called Ananda Sangha Worldwide. Ananda Sangha was founded by our teacher and divine friend, Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple, of Paramhansa yogananda in America in 1968.
Ananda Centres offers:
- Meditation classes
- Healing Prayers groups
- Morning and evening yoga classes
- Progressive series of Meditation Classes on the path to Kriya Yoga Initiation
- Sunday morning satsangs
- Regular classes on various spiritual topics
- Spiritual book and music store
Those who join us on this path of Self-realization are not connected to some printing press, but to a line of God-realized masters.
God Himself, through them, overshadows this work. All who follow it sincerely, with devotion, will be brought to Him.Paramhansa Yogananda
Ananda was founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda members adhere to the spiritual path of Kriya Yoga as taught by Yogananda, who they regard as their Guru, or savior.
As a direct disciple of Yogananda and a founder of Ananda, Swami Kriyananda serves as a teacher, spiritual guide, and divine friend to Ananda members worldwide.
1893 – 1952
Yogananda was the first great master of yoga to make his home in the West, coming to the U.S. from India in 1920 and living here until his passing.
1926 – 2013
Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) is the founder of Ananda. He is one of the foremost proponents of yogic teachings in the world today. In 1948, at the age of 22, he became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda. He is one of a few remaining direct disciples of Yogananda active today.
Swami Sri Yukteswar
1855 – 1936
Paramhansa Yogananda was trained for his mission in the West by his Guru Swami Sri Yukteswar of Serampore, India.
1828 – 1895
Shyama Charan Lahiri was the birth name of the great yoga master. His disciples lovingly added “Mahasaya,” which means “great-minded one.” Born in Bengal, India, to a pious brahmin family, Lahiri Mahasaya was the one who made the ancient science of Kriya Yoga available not just to those who had renounced the world, but to all sincere souls.
Babaji simply means “revered father.” Though the great master’s birth name and date are unknown, his subtle spiritual influence is felt throughout the world. It was he who re-introduced the ancient science of Kriya Yoga, which had been lost through the dark ages due to “priestly secrecy and man’s indifference,” as Yogananda put it.
In Autobiography of a Yogi, Yoganandaji writes about Jesus appearing to Mahavatar Babaji, with the thought of sending someone (Yoganandaji) to show the teachings of Sanatan Dharma to the West. Yoganandaji said Jesus was a great yogi and a true Master with the same message that he wished to give to his disciples.