Jyotish and Devi
Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi are spiritual directors of Ananda Sangha Worldwide.
Ananda, which means “divine joy” or “bliss”, is a spiritual organization dedicated to sharing the heart of Paramhansa Yogananda. Paramhansa Yogananda is author of one of the best-selling spiritual classics, “Autobiography of a Yogi.” Ananda was founded in 1968 by a direct disciple of Yoganandaji, Swami Kriyananda. Swami Kriyananda dedicated his life to sharing his Guru’s teachings and manifesting Yoganandaji’s vision of World Brotherhood Colonies, the spiritual communities of Ananda. Swami Kriyananda’s first community in Nevada City, called “Ananda Village”, is one of the most successful intentional communities in the world.

Inspired by his guru, Swami Kriyananda also founded the Nayaswami Order, or “new” swami order for this age, of which Jyotishji and Deviji took vows of  complete renunciation in 2009, to live life for God alone. This order includes married couples who practice celibacy. To remind them of their vow, Nayaswamis wear a particular shade of blue. This vow is only for people who have meditated and been actively on the spiritual path for many years.

With the passing of Swami Kriyananda in 2013, Nayaswami Jyotish was named by Kriyananda as his spiritual successor. Jyotishji met Swami Kriyananda in 1966, working closely with him and his wife, Devi (who came to Ananda in 1969), to build Ananda’s work around the world. Both Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi were named kriyacharyas by Swami Kriyananda, and can now disseminate the liberating and ancient Kriya Yoga technique of Paramhansa Yogananda’s lineage.

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi travel throughout the United States, India, and Europe speaking on spiritualizing daily life and the practice of Kriya Yoga meditation. Nayaswami Jyotish is the author of several books on meditation and related subjects, including How to Meditate and Lessons in Meditation, along withThirty Day Essentials for Career and Thirty Day Essentials for Marriage. He also is the creator of Meditation Therapy(TM). Nayaswami Devi is the author of Faith is My Armor: The Life of Swami Kriyananda and the editor of The Light of Superconsciousness and Intuition for Starters, both by Swami Kriyananda. They are co-authors to the book “A Touch of Light: Living the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda”, which is a compilation of their weekly blog.