A Place Called Ananda: The Trial by Fire That Forged One of the Most Successful Cooperative Communities in the World Today

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Crystal Clarity Publishers, May 28, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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"J. Donald Walters wanted to serve the organization. He believed in it deeply. However, he wouldnot endlessly compromise his beliefs. This book tells the age-old story of institutional demandsversus individual conscience. The story is told with courage and with charityfrom his trainingspent under the great spiritual master, Paramhansa Yogananda, to years in India, to SanFrancisco during the sixties and his own encounters with some of the leading figures of theday, to the community he gradually evolved."
 

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Contents

Main Persons in This Story
11
Introduction
13
Part
19
Yoganandas Mission to the West
21
Masters Commission to Me
35
Organizing the Work
47
The Third Presidency
60
Polarization
84
Afterthoughts
203
Part
204
Getting My Sea Legs
209
Your Work Is Writing and Lecturing
221
Seclusion vs Outward Activity
225
A Choice Is Thrust upon Me
236
Take Up Writing Music
247
Dive into the Water
258

Six Blind Boys and an Elephant
97
Rights and Wrongs
105
Go to India
110
My First Year in India
116
My First Lecture Tour
137
Fresh Water for Dirty Drains
147
Return to America
153
The Delhi Project
164
The Reaction
180
Retrospect
192
New Age Movements
268
Crystal Clarity
283
Land Ahoy
297
Domes and SelfExpansion
310
Ananda Retreat
330
Hidden Influences
343
Community Beginnings
365
Karmic Patterns
395
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J. Donald Walters is an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on meditation, yoga, and spiritual practice, he has taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world. By drawing upon intuitive guidance and spiritual practice, Walters has written more than 80 books on a variety of topics including leadership, education, creativity, and moral values and composed over 300 pieces of music. These books and music have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into 24 languages. As a composer, Walters is best known for the top-selling albums Mystic Harp and Mystic Harp 2, featuring the legendary harpist Derek Bell, of the 5-time Grammy Award-winning group The Chieftains. Walters is perhaps best known as the founder and spiritual director of the Ananda, a worldwide network of intentional communities. In existence since 1968, Ananda is generally recognized as one of the most successful intentional communities in the world with branches in California, Oregon, Washington, Rhode Island, and Italy.

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