“Good company is essential on the spiritual path. Whether your energy will move inward toward God, or outward toward the world, is determined, to a large extent, by the company you keep.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda


An invitation to become a supporting member

Has your heart has been touched by your experience of Ananda? Do you feel a connection with the people you have met? Perhaps you would like to make a deeper commitment to your spiritual life. If so, you are invited to become a supporting member of Ananda.



What it means to be a member of Ananda What supporting membership means

Supporting membership in Ananda is an expression of our support for this spiritual work — a desire to give back for all that we have received.


“What is Ananda’s mission?” asked a visitor to Ananda. “To have fun,” replied Swami Kriyananda. Once people stopped laughing at this unexpected answer, he added, “What I mean by having fun is this: experiencing God within, enjoying His presence in one another, and sharing the Divine with all.”


Who may become a supporting member?

All are welcome; Ananda has supporting members of many faiths. You will find that most members are also disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda and practice the meditation technique of Kriya Yoga, but this is not a requirement for membership. Some supporting members are disciples on other spiritual paths; some live halfway around the world and love what they receive from us online. What they have in common is this: their spiritual lives are nourished by their connection with Ananda.



Monthly giving

Supporting members make a regular donation, usually monthly. The amount you give is up to you. Many tithe 10%, some tithe a smaller percent, and others donate a fixed amount as they wish. The decision of what to give is personal and confidential.


What is tithing and why is it considered a spiritual practice?



Our gift to you

In appreciation for your financial support, and in return for your generosity, we offer you an invitation to attend many of our classes for free. We offer a huge number of classes (as you well know, if you are thinking about supporting membership).


There are a few classes and events that we are not able to offer for free, and those include:

If you have any questions about what you may attend at no cost, please just contact us or chat with a staffer when you are here.


How to become a supporting member

Call to arrange a time to talk with Shanti Rubenstone, minister, at (650) 323-3363, x204, or send an email. You may download an application here before meeting with us.