Yogananda’s Vision for World Brotherhood Colonies:
My spoken words are registered in the ether… and they shall move the West…
Thousands of youths must go North, South, East and West to cover the earth with little colonies, demonstrating that simplicity of living and high thinking lead to the greatest happiness!
—Paramhansa Yogananda, Beverly Hills, July 1949
Yogananda taught that environment is stronger than will power. A person may have the best intention of living a spiritual life, but lacking the support of others, and living in a world focused on materialism, it is all too easy to be diverted, by other desires, from the desire to know God!
Yogananda’s solution was for people of like mind and ideals to join together to form “world brotherhood colonies,” intentional spiritual communities based, in his words, on “simple living and high thinking.” In these colonies, truth seekers from all walks of life (singles and families) could live, work and seek God together, creating a harmonious, uplifting environment that encourages the development of spiritual qualities, and the awareness, as he stated, “of the true kinship of all men as sons and daughters of the same, one God.”
Living in Spiritual Community
Ananda Sacramento is a place where people know their neighbors, children play safely, and all residents live and serve together in order to enhance their spiritual evolution and incorporate the teachings of yoga into their daily lives. We offer private apartments and the chance for people to share in voluntary group activities. If they desire, residents can enjoy meals together in the community kitchen known as the Master’s Kitchen. The community temple and meditation garden provide quiet places for people to meditate together. Other shared facilities include beautifully landscaped grounds and a swimming pool.
Ananda Sacramento is the oldest Ananda Community outside of Ananda Village in Nevada City, California. The Sacramento Ananda community is one of six such communities worldwide. In addition to Ananda Village we have communities in Palo Alto, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Assisi, Italy.
The Ananda communities’ movement is more than 35 years old and has developed with the sensitive guidance of its founder Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda for over 50 years. Residents make their living by working in a variety of jobs. Some work at the Ananda’s Center and some work in the Community. The majority continue to follow their chosen careers outside the Ananda organization.The community is located at Ananda Lane, off Coloma Road, near Chase Drive.