Suggestions for Newcomers

“Americans love to experiment, so why not experiment on yourselves:on your attitudes toward life, on your thoughts and behavior?

Find out what life is, and how human life might be improved.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda

How to Meditate classes are a great way to begin. Meditation brings clarity and peace of mind, and a deep sense of connectedness with the world around us and with ourselves. Western medicine also recommends meditation for its many health benefits, from relief of insomnia and pain, to lower blood pressure.

Friday Night Meditation/Kirtan is a joyful evening of chanting with short periods of meditation. Chanting is a sacred practice to open the heart and lift us into higher states of awareness. The chants are simple to sing and powerfully transforming. Kirtan is at the main Temple in Rancho Cordova. Friday night meditations and kirtans are free.

Sunday Morning Worship offers relevant and satisfying answers to questions that many people have been asking for a lifetime, shared with humor and personal experience. Service begins with chanting, music, prayer, meditation, and a talk. The Bible and the Bhagavad Gita are the guiding scriptures. Sunday service begins at 10 am.

Saturday Morning Classes are offered on a wide variety of topics and are usually three hours starting at 10 am. We offer many classes in a 2 or 4 week series, so Saturdays are an excellent way to explore a topic in a single session.

Remarkable books

Autobiography of a Yogi, First Edition 
by Paramhansa Yogananda

This book appears regularly on lists of the most influential spiritual books of the last 100 years. Yogananda’s extraordinary stories of saints and miracles are startling testimony to humanity’s capacity for direct, personal communion with God. Written in 1946, it has been translated into 19 languages and is used in colleges as a textbook in Yoga and Indian philosophy. Purchase

The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda by Swami Kriyananda

A companion to Yogananda’s Autobiography, The Path is the captivating story of a young American man’s longing for truth, his many adventures along the way, and a remarkable meeting with Paramhansa Yogananda, when he became a disciple at the age of 21. With hundreds of stories about Yogananda not found anywhere else, this book is a remarkable guide to walking the spiritual path. 

More books by Swami Kriyananda

How to Meditate by John Jyotish Novak

Complete with photos and illustrations, this book is the classic, step-by-step guide to the art and science of meditation. Meditation can bring increased vitality, clarity of mind, and ultimately, inner communion with God. You’ll learn ancient techniques for relaxing body and mind; how to develop devotion and intuition, and the fundamentals of Yoga philosophy.

Swami Kriyananda as We Have Known Him by Asha Praver

Asha has been a student and friend of Swami Kriyananda since their first meeting in 1969. From the beginning, she has taken copious notes of her own experiences and conversations with him, and the experiences of many others. A gifted storyteller, she draws universal life lessons from these personal reminiscences—200 remarkable stories of love, extraordinary compassion, and of miracles. 

On-line inspiration
You may wish to bookmark these pages, and return often to see new inspirational video and audio talks. The internet is a great gift to spiritual seekers in every corner of the world, who may not have the support of other like-minded souls nearby.

Talks by Swami Kriyananda:  India America

Talks by Ananda Ministers and teachers