The Need for Spiritual Communities and How to Start Them

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2016-09-07
  • Publisher: Crystal Clarity Pubs

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"Many hands make a miracle;
People climbing together.
Life on earth is so wonderful
When people laugh and dance
And struggle as friends,
Then all their dreams achieve their ends."
--from "Many Hands Make a Miracle" by Swami Kriyananda

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.

Author Biography

Swami Kriyananda is a direct disciple of ParamhansaYogananda, trained by the great Indian master to spread the life-transformingteachings of Kriya Yoga around the globe. He is widely considered one of theworld's foremost experts on meditation, yoga, and spiritual practice, havingauthored over 140 books on these subjects.
Kriyananda is the founder of Ananda Sangha, a worldwideorganization committed to the dissemination of Yogananda's teachings. In 1968he founded Ananda World Brotherhood Village, the first spiritual cooperativecommunity based on Yogananda's vision of “world brotherhood colonies.” TodayAnanda includes nine spiritual communities in the U.S., Europe, and India, andover 100 meditation groups worldwide.

Table of Contents



Part I: Intentional Communities: Howto Start Them, and Why

1. The Time Is Now
2. Self-Realization vs. theMegalopolis
3. Intentional Communities and theQuest for Opportunity
4. Intentional Communities, Past andPresent
5. How to Begin
6. Communal Economics
7. Communalism vs. Privacy
8. Education
9. Government
10. Rules
11. What Is Ananda?
Epilogue(to Part I)

Part II: The Story of Ananda

1. The Early Years
2. Land Ho!
3. My First Non-Home
4. Ananda Meditation Retreat
5. The Purchase of Ananda Farm
6. Communal Beginnings
7. Financial Problems
8. Lessons Learned
9. “Here and Now”
Second Afterword

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