Weekly Online Programs
Monday Noontime Meditation with Krishna Devi
Every Monday, 12:00-12:20 PM (Eastern Time)
A twenty-minute guided meditation, mainly using the methods taught by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati.
Streamed via Ananda Ashram Live on Facebook
Krishna Devi is a Kirtan musician and Bhakti Yogini. She was initiated into the spiritual practice of Sanskrit chanting and meditation by her Guru Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, who taught the Sanskrit language as the “science of vibration” and as meditation. Presently she is leading weekly meditations at Ananda Ashram. She is also a published author of the book Kirtan Angels and has recorded and produced several albums.
Self Inquiry: The Source of Peace and Happiness with Yehnemsah
Every Thursday and Sunday, 4:00 -5:00 PM (Eastern Time) | By Open Donation to Ananda Ashram
Are you aware? We’ll explore together how overlooking the obvious leads to suffering. These sessions offer a guided meditation and sharing of insights relevant to our current experience as awareness.
Yehnemsah Oneha has felt a subtle presence throughout her life, which led her to search for what this presence is and to experience “That” as our true nature in a totally intimate and yet totally impersonal way. During a period of deep introspection, while living in nature, she came to a Satsang gathering of Robert Adams, a devotee of Ramana Maharshi, the Sage of Arunachala. When she saw a photo of Ramana Maharshi, not even knowing who he was, there was a timeless moment of recognition that “this is my own self”.... This moment has never left and continues to express itself in this recognition of our timeless nature, which is inherent peace and happiness.
Glimpsing into Gita through Gyaneshwar's Gaze with Naren Budhakar
Every Thursday, 8:00-8:45 PM (Eastern Time) | By Open Donation to Ananda Ashram
Naren chants the original Sanskrit Bhagavad Gita verses, followed by verses from Gyaneshwari in medieval Marathi language, and English commentary.
Saint Gyaneshwar was born in the 13th century in India and was initiated into the Nath-Vaishnava lineage. His most celebrated work, the poetic song-sermon Gyaneshwari, is a treatise on the Bhagavad Gita and is full of philosophical insights. The composing of the text in the vernacular enabled common folk to recite this profound wisdom of the highest non-dualistic philosophy, a miracle that can be witnessed even today. At the tender age of 21, Gyaneshwar transcended his body by entering into a deep meditative state.
Naren Budhakar was born in India into a family rooted in Sanskrit and Indian classical music. He has performed with the finest musicians of India and of other music genres, including with Bobby McFerrin and Alicia Keys. He is co-director of the East-West School of Music at Ananda Ashram. Before taking up music full time, Naren trained in biological sciences and worked as a researcher. In his talks, he illuminates traditional Eastern philosophy by juxtaposing it with scientific pragmatism, provoking thoughtful reflection.
Ramana Maharshi: Who Am I? with Bandhu Shri
Saturdays at 8:00 AM (Eastern Time)
Open to all
Presenting the basic facts about this rare Sage's life, Sri Ramana Maharshi, we will learn how some of the most sought after texts of Advaita Vedanta, Who Am I? and Upadesha Sāram came about.
Bandhu Shri was born to a father who was a staunch devotee of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi and grew up with his teachings as part of his life. He has had several powerful experiences and dreams with Bhagavan, starting in his childhood in India. Bandhu practices understanding and absorbing the central teachings of Sri Ramana, which can lead one to realize the true nature of the individual self. He has been associated as a devotee with Ramana Maharshi's Ashram in India from the early 1970s, and with the New York Ashram since 1984.
Kundalini Breathing Exercises with Tara Federman
Streamed via Ananda Ashram Live on Facebook
Tara teaches a set of simple and powerful breathing exercises, first taught by Guruji Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati in 1971, which provide a bridge to one’s meditation practice. They are especially important at this time of crisis and social isolation, to help us transcend fears and anxieties and move in the direction of union with Supreme Consciousness.
The session will include a short reading and a guided meditation by Guruji.
Tara Devi (Tara Federman) received training in meditation, natural healing, Sanskrit and Yoga-Vedanta philosophy from Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati from 1971 on. Professionally she is an educator of children with special needs. For many years, Tara has been a senior staff teacher at Ananda Ashram offering a weekly evening program with emphasis on meditation and breathing exercises, as well as a weekly Beginners’ Sanskrit class.