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This powerful collection of spiritual writings will change your life by guiding you through inspiration and new perspectives for facing life’s challenges and living a life in joy. Drawing from the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi), Touch of Joy shares practical tools, instructive stories, and right attitudes to help you learn to tap the wellsprings of joy within you.

Joy is an aspect of God, and is at the heart of our own soul nature. It is not to be found in outer fulfillments or gratifications, but exists without any cause. Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda and spiritual teacher of the authors, once said, “Joy is the solution, not the reward.” To learn to live with joy under all circumstances, and not to wait only until conditions are to our liking, is the secret of a happy life.

Jyotish and Devi Novak are celebrated lecturers who have inspired many thousands around the world. They know from experience that these teachings can improve all aspects of life—health, business, success, creativity, marriage, family, education, and spiritual development. The authors, having studied for nearly fifty years with Swami Kriyananda, are Spiritual Directors of Ananda Worldwide and live in Nevada City, California.

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Jyotish Novak

Jyotish (John) Novak has studied, practiced and taught meditation around the world for over 40 years. He came onto the spiritual path when he met Swami Kriyananda in 1966. Jyotish was a founding member of Ananda Village in Nevada City, California in 1968.

For its first ten years Jyotish served as General Manager of Ananda Village. He and his wife Devi started the first city ashram for Ananda in San Francisco in 1979. In 1984 Jyotish expanded Ananda's outreach and helped start the work in Europe. Jyotish currently serves as the Spiritual Director of Ananda worldwide.

Jyotish, who holds a BA in psychology, is the author of the best-selling book How to Meditate, along with 30 Day Essentials for Career and 30 Day Essentials for Marriage He also is the creator of Meditation Therapy(TM) and has three videos: Meditation Therapy for Stress & Change, Meditation Therapy for Relationships, and Meditation Therapy for Health & Healing.

Devi Novak

Devi Novak is one of the founding members of Ananda having lived at Ananda Village and several of its branch communities since 1969. She has served in various functions of community life, including being a community correspondent and a teacher at Ananda's Expanding Light retreat.

She is married to Jyotish Novak and together they serve as Spiritual Directors for Ananda Sangha Worldwide, which includes directing the spiritual activities of Ananda Village and Ananda Communities throughout the world. She travels and lectures extensively throughout the world on the topics of yoga, meditation, family spirituality and living the spiritual life. She is on the board of directors of Education for Life Foundation, the Janaka Foundation, and The Ananda Institute of Alternative Living.

“I literally felt ‘touched with joy’ when I read this book by Jyotish and Devi Novak—a collection of the most amazing articles, which will bring immediate inspiration and satisfaction to any spiritual seeker. Examples are taken from all walks of life and all sorts of people, providing a deep authenticity. The language is simple, yet filled with deep insights that can be appreciated by anyone. I would recommend it to everyone interested in improving the quality of their lives.”
Vanamali Devi, author of The Song of God and The Play of Rama

Touch of Joy brings Yogananda’s remarkable legacy to everyday life. Jyotish and Devi Novak are excellent interpreters of Yogananda’s teachings, having lived and imparted them for decades. No matter how much of Yogananda you’ve read, you will find in these pages fresh stories, shiny pearls of wisdom, and practical applications for spiritual living in today’s world.
Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda and The Real Life of Yogananda

“A treasure trove of inspiration and guidance for every possible situation—an outstanding achievement!”
Naidhruva Rush, author of Change Your Magnetism, Change Your Life

“In Touch of Joy, Jyotish and Devi Novak beautifully express Yogananda’s teachings for bringing divine grace into our daily lives. Their deep humility and discipleship, profound wisdom, and universal love for all enable them to transmit the highest teachings of yoga.”
Joseph Bharat Cornell, author of Sharing Nature and Deep Nature Play

“Gem after gem after gem. Touch of Joy is full of day-to-day, practical spirituality, hard-won wisdom, loving compassion, gentle humor, and soaring joyous inspiration. Jyotish and Devi enliven my spiritual journey with grace and intelligence.”
Joseph Selbie, author of The Yugas and The Physics of God

“I so enjoy the pearls of wisdom from Devi and Jyotish. I find them to be very deep, yet useful and applicable to everyday life.”
Diksha McCord, author of Healing Kitchen and Vegetarian Cooking for Starters

“The ability to express deep truths simply and succinctly—and often with humor!—is a sure sign of wisdom. Jyotish and Devi Novak have been demonstrating this wisdom for years through their “Touch of Light” blog, and it is a delight to see their profound insights brought together in Touch of Joy. This is not a book to read through quickly and place on a shelf, but one to savor over weeks and months. Each chapter offers fresh ways and practical tips to keep one’s heart and mind elevated above the assaults of noise and negativity. Together then, each “touch” of joy can guide you to a life of joy!”
Kraig Brockschmidt, author of Solving Stress: The Power to Remain Cool and Calm Amidst Chaos

Touch of Joy is delightful! I recommend you keep it close to you at all times. A dip into any one of its short articles of spiritual encouragement is like walking into a refreshingly clear and cool river on a hot day. One of my favorites pieces is ‘How to Avoid Doing Your Duty,’ which explains how you can do what you need to in your life, while keeping it rewarding, inspiring, and fun.”
Savitri Simpson, teacher, and author of The Meaning of Dreaming, Chakras for Starters, and other spiritually uplifting books

“This book touches on compact gems of wisdom that are instructive, insightful, and entertaining. I often find they address issues I’m currently working to resolve, showing me their universal nature and helping me to live the spiritual path as a great adventure. I thank you with all my heart!”
Lila Devi, founder of Spirit-in-Nature Essences and author of From Bagels to Curry

“I am looking forward to reading again the many thoughtful and instructive stories from two spiritual leaders so intimately attuned to Paramhansa Yogananda and Yogananda’s classic Autobiography of a Yogi. This book is full of rare insights for everyone interested in yoga, meditation, and joy.”
Nischala Cryer, co-Founder of Ananda University, and author of The Four Stages of Yoga: How to Lead a Fulfilling Life

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