Men now make up 23% of the 15 million yoga enthusiasts within the US. The SRF/Ananda controversy, please read and comment. Critics of Yogi Bhajan, founder of the group, say the authoritarian guru not only exerts dictatorial control over his followers, but also has a historical predilection for demanding sexual favors too. Join us in celebrating a century of spiritual awakening. Barnum once claimed that “people like to be humbugged.” And he was attributed incorrectly, as the originator of the old adage; “A sucker is born every minute.”. © Ananda Village 2017 ♦ 14618 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA 95959 ♦ (530) 478-7500 ♦ [email protected], 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of Paramhansa Yogananda's arrival in the West and the start of the spread of his teachings around the world. After Paramhansa Yogananda’s passing in 1952, and the passing in 1955 of Rajarshi Janakananda, Yogananda’s spiritual heir and second president of SRF, Swami Kriyananda increasingly found that his understanding of Paramhansa Yogananda’s mission differed significantly from that of Daya Mata, the third president of SRF, and Tara Mata, the second vice-president of SRF. Ananda is a global spiritual movement, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how everyone can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality. The web of corporate holdings he once controlled includes Akal Security, a company responsible for $1 billion dollars in US government contracts, according to a recent article run in the New York Times. Ironically, while Gurujot served time in a federal prison Akal Security began to turn a profit for Yogi Bhajan and his 3HO followers, largely through federal contracts. What could be more profitable than marketing a group’s beliefs and spiritual solutions, with the spin that they somehow have a profitable business application? Ananda Village is the beginning, in a sense, of the fulfillment of Yogananda’s vision of World Brotherhood Colonies. But others in their enthusiasm regarding this pop craze have been less prudent. In Chapter 22 of Lifton’s seminal work on the subject, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism (W.W.Norton,1961), he outlines the psychological techniques used to create a thought-reform system or environment and impose a state of ideological totalism on the subject. But not all groups called either "cults" or "cult-like" are harmful. It all started at Ananda Village where you can join us for an inspiring visit, retreat, for internships, family programs, or online. The star seems to be on an odd spiritual journey and two of the groups that she has wandered into, former galpal Madonna’s Kabbalah Centre and now 3HO have been called “cults.”. “The largest portion of our work is federal government facilities – courthouses, offices, military, NASA…we’ve added several hundred people to those contracts…especially…in Manhattan, a few blocks from the World Trade Center…150 court security officers [are] at that courthouse,” the newspaper was told. Moon founder of the Unification Church. You will also be signed up for our free weekly newsletter — and receive occasional news from Ananda. The twelve-year legal battle that ensued was a David vs. Goliath contest. Yogananda said the Kriya Yoga meditation technique is “the fastest route to Self-realization.”, 8 communities, 45 teaching centers, and 102 meditation groups, Join our global community from wherever you are. These include but are not limited to Ananda Church of God-Realization (a descriptive membership pamphlet); Rules of Conduct for Members (a training pamphlet for new members outlining certain daily rules to live by); Tithing (a pamphlet outlining certain expectations for financial contributions); “Vow of Discipleship” (a handout of the vow); Kriya Initiation to Ananda (a basic promotional pamphlet describing the organization and its practices, available in Ananda bookstores); “Ananda Membership” (a handout given to new arrivals at Ananda Village outlining certain expectations); The New Dispensation (a pamphlet authored specifically by Mr. J. Donald Waiters describing what he calls the “The Path,” that is, his basic philosophy and teachings); The Ananda Membership Process (a pamphlet dated April, 1991 describing how to become a member and levels of membership, including costs); “Purification Service” (a handout describing a ritual); The Artof Supportive Leadership (a 103 page book by Mr. J. Donald Waiters described as a practical handbook for people in positions responsibility, published by Ananda’s publishing house,Crystal Clarity, 1992 printing); and “About Prophecies and What We Need To Do” (a handout from an annual group meeting, dated April 10, 1994, that outlines Mr. J Donald Waiters’s predictions for the future of the world). American showman P.T. Over the years Bhajan put together a multi-million dollar financial empire, largely through the devotion, donations and hard work of his American followers. The Rational Choice Theory and My Friend Vito, Response to Benjamin Zeller’s article: The Cult of Trump? Ananda and Self-Realization Fellowship are two independent organizations, each dedicated to sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Bhajan and his associates have a history of scandals, ranging from financial fraud, to sex and illegal drug trafficking. That is the time we are going to face.”, He concluded, “So you have two choices: be a Sikh, or a sick.”, Hardly the thoughts of a benign spiritual leader and “friend.”. The company received a five-year, $88.2 million contract to provide federal court security services within the Fifth Judicial Circuit, which includes Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Many Westerners are enthralled with the practice and hope that yoga will help them to shed pounds and firm up. Authorities in Calcutta are warning residents to beware of the gurus and swamis who say they have “supernatural powers” and can effect mystical or magical cures. Mexican devotees wear the typically white dress of Bhajan’s followers and practice his peculiar form of “Kundalini Yoga” reported India Abroad of Toronto. Celebrating 100 years of spiritual awakening with the anniversary of Yogananda’s arrival in the West. We also had several phone sessions during that same time period. Presently, over 200 residents of all ages live on 700 acres of land in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. Did this “cult” of constituents benefit from its special relationship with the man who now hops by helicopter to keep his appointment as their “keynote speaker”? Celebrating 100 years of spiritual awakening with the anniversary of Yogananda’s arrival in the West. One thousand of the faithful converged on Santa Fe to pay their last respects to the dead leader Harbhajan Singh Puri, known to his followers as “Yogi Bhajan.”. Well, this isn’t exactly “business” training, but more like proselytizing and religious indoctrination accomplished through the facade of business training. Maybe the department of Homeland Security should check all this out? However, 3HO and its guru are more readily known for yoga, meditation and wearing white.