Mainstays of the Spiritual Path
- Ananda Temple 2171 El Camino Real Palo Alto, CA United States (map)
Wednesdays, July 10-31, 7:30 pm, $60
The spiritual path is rooted in fundamental practices that peel back the layers of ego attachment and self-identification. Explore the ways in which the foundational principles of attunement, devotion, discipleship, and seva can bring you closer to the Divine.
Instructors: Shanti Rubenstone, Nayaswami Bhajana, Nayaswamis Biraj & Lahari, Navashen Jones
Bhajana teaches part of each year at Ananda Assisi’s retreat center, serving guests from throughout Europe. She is fluent in English, Italian, and her native German. She is a long-time Ananda Yoga teacher, and has many years of experience sharing Yogananda’s teachings on Raja Yoga and healing.
Biraj’s warmth and joy are contagious. He has been practicing and teaching meditation since 1987, including at Ananda's Expanding Light retreat, on the east coast, and in India. He was a founding member of Ananda India, and also helped begin Ananda Valley Farm. His passions are singing, selfless service, and connecting meaningfully with others.
Lahari is insightful, wise, and present. She has served in many of Ananda's colonies since 1986, including Ananda Village, Sacramento, Rhode Island, and India. She and her husband, Biraj, helped to found the new Ananda community near Pune, India, and more recently, the new Ananda Valley Farm in Half Moon Bay. Lahari is a pastoral counselor and teaches many programs at Ananda.
Navashen helps others fulfill their highest potential through the Ananda teachings in a fun, positive atmosphere. Before Ananda, he was involved in operations services for baseball teams, and as Director of Operations at Facebook’s corporate fitness center. Navashen teaches meditation, and also has a gift for working with young children through nature awareness activities and guided play. He serves in many ways with kindness, a ready smile, and a deep wellspring of inner calmness.
Loving, enthusiastic, energy personified — Shanti is an Ananda minister and life-long devotee, and a Stanford trained physician. Her talks are rich with stories from her life as a physician and her many years on the path. She supports staff and volunteers, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of Ananda Palo Alto. With her warmth and wisdom, she is a much-loved counselor and teacher. Shanti’s talks online.