The Memorial Garden at Ananda Village has now become a reality. The first stage of this special area is now in place with an artfully poured and stamped concrete pad as its base and beautifully crafted steel beams and cupola forming the open air temple on top of it. The morning it was erected, July 31, 2018, felt blessed with a group of 20 or more people joining in to help put it up.
Videos of the cement pour and pergola installation:
The Vision & Some History about the Memorial site
The Ananda Memorial Garden is meant to be a reflection of our spiritual path of Self-realization and of the understanding that Paramhansa Yogananda has given us about the transition from life with a physical body to life without one. This transition is part of "the soul's long journey through time and space."
As a reflection of this understanding, the Garden is meant to be a place of spiritual upliftment, of reflection and remembrance, and of meditation and prayer. It is a place to reflect on and remember the truth of our own deepest reality: That we are souls that are part of the all-pervading, ever-existing Divine consciousness. As we remember this deeper reality, we gain what Jesus said: "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
The Memorial Garden is a “forest garden” at this time, located in a beautiful area of oak trees and with a view of Lotus Lake. The open air temple will include benches and an altar, and eventually an adjoining area for the names of those who have passed. The Garden will be a place for Memorial services, as well as a place for meditation, prayer, and remembrance.
We hope you will enjoy it when you visit Ananda Village.
History about the Memorial Site
The Memorial Garden site was blessed in 1993 by Swami Kriyananda during a large event at Ananda Village called the Pilgrimage to Joy. At that time this site was designated for a Chapel of Divine Inspiration which wasn’t able to be built then. Now, 25 years later, we are able to enjoy the wonderful blessings of this site by building the Memorial Garden there.
Who is it for?
The Memorial garden is for Ananda Village residents and Sevaka Order members, and for those who are part of our Ananda spiritual family and have had a meaningful connection with Ananda and this path.
The funds to build the Memorial Garden are provided by the Ananda Janaka Foundation and include several larger Memorial donations we have received over the years. Further development of this special area will happen as we receive additional donations.
Donations may also be made by check made to Ananda Janaka Foundation, and mailed to:
14618 Tyler Foote Rd. #242
Nevada City, CA 95959
All donations are gratefully welcomed.
Or contact Parvati Hansen at the Ananda Janaka Foundation office – 530-478-7695.