The Need For Spiritual Communities and How to Start Them

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In this book Swami Kriyananda, called "the Father of the Communities Movement," shares the wisdom gained through many decades of study and practice of the principles that make modern communities thrive. Inspired by his guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, and his ideal of "world brotherhood colonies," Kriyananda brought these principles to fruition through persistent effort and inspired leadership.

"Make your ideals practical," Yogananda advised, and Kriyananda took those words to heart. During his lifetime, Kriyananda (1926-2013) founded nine spiritual communities in the United States, Europe, and India. His network of Ananda communities has been hailed as the most successful in the world.

The Ananda communities were formed on two basic principles--"people are more important than things" and "where there is right action, there is victory." Adherence to these principles is one of the secrets to Ananda's success.

Whether you are interested in communities from a philosophical perspective or from a practical one--and wish to form your own or join with others in doing so--this book will bring you hundreds of helpful insights into the process--how to start a community, how to make it prosper even in difficult times, and how to see it continue into a bright future.

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Swami Kriyananda

In 1948 at the age of twenty-two, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda. At Yogananda’s request, Swami Kriyananda devoted his life to lecturing and writing, helping others to experience the living presence of God within. He taught on four continents in seven languages over the course of 65 years.

His talks, his music, and his many books have touched the lives of millions. His books and teachings on spiritualizing nearly every field of human endeavor include business life, leadership, education, the arts, community, and science.

Inspired by Yogananda’s dream of establishing spiritual communities, in 1969 he founded the first of what are now 9 Ananda communities worldwide. They provide a supportive environment of “simple living and high thinking” where over 1,000 full-time residents live, work, and worship together.

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Mert Molina
The Need for Spiritual Communities and How to Start Them

I actually purchased the two books for persuade my sister and close friends that camping over at Expanding Light Retreat Center on a long term basis is a good idea. I purchased this book for myself a few years ago and it confirmed that intentional communities are doable.

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