ANANDA SEVA

uplifting human welfare through education, collective action, and spiritual community

UPCOMING EVENTS

Spring 2022 Retreat

  2022 Spring Retreat: Awaken to the Creative Flow May 28-30Join us for an inspiring retreat that focuses on igniting our creative connection to ourselves and our world. Program Offerings: Creating Deeper Connections...

Upcoming Live Courses

Transformation Education offers educational programs for personal, community and planetary development. Our courses are for people of all ages who are inspired to become effective facilitators of change in their personal...

On-Demand Courses

Transformation Education offers educational programs for personal, community and planetary development. Our courses are for people of all ages who are inspired to become effective facilitators of change in their personal...

Heartspace Meditation

Join Chris Simmonds every week for a 40 minute class of mindfulness, gentle movement, and guided meditation to discover your unbounded self. Calm your mind, become centered and move into a space of compassion for yourself...

Transformation Training

August 06th-14th, 2021 | At the Dharmalaya Center, Eugene, Oregon Transform yourself. Transform society. Transform yourself. Transform society. August 06-14th, 2021 At the Dharmalaya Center, Eugene, OregonA training for...

Meditation Teacher Training

Meditation Teacher Training What are Meditation Teachers?   Meditation teachers are spiritual teachers and guides. They are grounded in spiritual and social philosophy as given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti so that they...

Twice Daily Spiritual Practice

  Join us for twice daily for invigorating yogic dance (kaoshikii), devotional songs (kiirtan) and silent meditation. Stay on after the morning meditation for “daily check-in” for a chance to give and receive support...

Sadhana Shivir

Join us for a monthly extended meditation program designed for those who want to take their meditation to a deeper level. This program is open to everyone. The program includes a repeated pattern of 15 minutes of yogic...

East Coast Dharmachakra

Join our friends in Washington, DC on the first Sunday of each month for a group meditation. This event is free and open to everyone. The program includes singing uplifting devotional songs, yogic dance (kaoshikii),...

Weekly Dharmachakra

 Join us for our weekly group Sunday morning meditation. This event is free and open to everyone. The program includes singing uplifting devotional songs, yogic dance (kaoshikii), chanting, meditation, a discourse, and...

OUR MISSION

Ananda Seva works in the spirit of neohumanism to disseminate, promote, and implement the ideals and philoso­phy that can bring the upliftment of human beings, the betterment of society, and the welfare of all living beings.

The main sources of inspiration for Ananda Seva’s works are the teachings of P.R. Sarkar and his perennial ideal of dharma. Dharma is the deep nature of human beings to awaken their spiritual awareness of their higher self through service, wisdom, and devotion to cosmic consciousness. P.R. Sarkar is a contemporary renaissance teacher who gave visionary ideas and practical approaches to quicken the liberation of human beings and the welfare of society.

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Overcoming Spiritual Blocks

What I’d like to talk about this morning is how to break through things that hold us back.  A number of us have difficulty breaking through things that hold us back.  It’s different for each of us; for each of us have an amalgam of issues and experiences from our past that either create obstacles internally, or cause us to either over-respond or shy away from obstacles that...

On Supra Aesthetic Science

Before the pandemic so disrupted routines in our lives, many in this community used to go twice a year to the Oregon Coast for a sort of spiritual vacation.  And on one of those occasions, I took the opportunity to drive up a little north of Yachats, which is the nearest town to which we stay, on sort of a pilgrimage, perhaps I would call it.  I went to a place called Camp...

Shaoca and Aparigraha

    Lately, I’ve been exploring the yamas and niyamas, the ethical guidelines laid out in the firsttwo limbs of Patanjali's eightfold path of yoga. I chose to focus on one yama and one niyama that seem so intertwined, they couldn’t be separated one from the other. I have beenworking on shaoca (cleanliness/purity, niyama) for a couple weeks, the impetus being...

The Benefits of a Quiet Mind

It has been about two to three months shy of 50 years since I read the book Autobiography of a Yogi, leaving a lot of time to forget. Among the few things that I remember, there is one incident that was recounted in the book involving a situation with Yogananda’s guru Sri Yukteswar that stuck with me. Early in his life as a swami, he was coming back from taking his morning...

Hare the Thief

A little earlier, the question came up as to the meaning of the word “Hare.” And I think the answer left a couple people a little puzzled, [the answer] was not fully complete. [Many] of you know of the Law of Karma.   Just to review, when a human being [completes] an action [where] their ego identifies that they are the do-er of that action, there is then a reaction that...

The Individual and the Collective

  Forty years ago in 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected to be the president of the United States. This marked a sort-of consolidation of power by neoconservative forces in America, which is something that, more-or-less, remains with the country since. On his inauguration day, there was a coalition of forces in Eugene that held an event called “The People’s Inauguration.”...

The Path of Happiness

Around the year 1991, I was in Russia, where there was an upsurge of energy and interest in spirituality, which had long been suppressed. But the Russian soul, as many have observed, has a strong streak of mysticism to it. At any rate, I was talking with several young men about spiritual life, and they expressed the viewpoint that “all religions are the same” or “all...

LESSON FROM THE MAHABHARATA

I suspect that many of you have been tuned in enough to the political dynamics of our country to have concern. As spiritual people, I think we are called upon to have a little perspective on the world’s situation that can be helpful in collectively creating a pathway forward. I want to share some personal thoughts that may lead to discussion this morning.   A little bit of...

Creating a Positive Psychic Force

Perhaps you have had the experience that, if you go to the Oregon coast, you feel a strong presence of life energy there. The environment is fresh with prana. And if you were to go to places in central Oregon, you would not have that [same] feeling. The ground is kind of flat, rocky, sandy, a few sage brushes here and there, the occasional rattlesnake. There just isn’t the...

Glimpse the Unitary Consciousness

Good morning, everyone. Yesterday, there was a program that we have had going at Ananda Seva for some time, but it took a fresh approach. The topic was neohumanism, and neohumanism in everyday life. At the end of the program, a community member asked a very provocative question: how do you talk about neohumanism with someone who has not had a deep experience of the unitary...

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