Saturday, July 20, 6-10 pm, free
Takes place outdoors at the Ananda Community*
This is one of the most sacred events of our year. Guru is Sanskrit, meaning “to lead out of darkness.” India has had a long tradition of passing spiritual truths from teacher to student, from guru to disciple. In tonight’s retreat Asha guides us in an evening of inspiring stories and music celebrating the life and teachings of the gurus particular to Ananda. Learn about Paramhansa Yogananda, one of the best-known spiritual teachers of the past century, as well as his own lineage of teachers: Swami Yukteswar, Lahiri Mahasaya, Babaji, and Jesus Christ. If you have read Autobiography of a Yogi and thrilled to the stories of these saints’ lives, you will have the opportunity to feel their presence and spirit in this special evening of stories, chanting, and meditating outdoors in the community courtyard, visiting shrines dedicated to each of the gurus. It’s like being on a mini-pilgrimage without the long flight to India.
Guided by Asha Nayaswami
Chairs are provided, or you can bring your own meditation seating. Bring a blanket and dress in layers, in case the evening becomes cool.
*Park in any uncovered spot in the community or on Monroe Drive.