Which way should Yogananda’s standing statue face? East to the rising sun? North over the Laurelwood valley? West to the glorious sunsets. South to the fields of wheat and developing Ananda community? How about all of the above? Imagine the statue, arms upraised in blessing and very very slowly rotating as to include the entire … More A rotating Yogananda statue?
Here is the unfinished maquette by Gary Roller imagined full size standing on a mound of flowers in the upper area of Yogananda Gardens with the giant maple tree in the background. Visualizations like this will help us make the final choice of the scale of the statue when it comes time to start to … More What would an 8-ft Yogananda statue look like?
When the Yogananda Shrine was built (See earlier blog), there was no path leading to it and the earth facing the shrine was simply cut out in an arc to form a place to sit directly on the ground. Now a good gravel path leads up to the shrine gracefully leading the visitor above and … More Finishing the Yogananda shrine
What a wonderful way to float through a rather rainy Spring into a more pleasant Summer Season at the Gardens! Yogananda Gardens has had distinguished visitors from three continents this spring. We were so delighted to welcome: first of all, in April, Surendra and Tushti, the directors of the Pune Ananda Center in India. They … More Yogananda Gardens hosts spring visitors
Sculptor Gary Roller made an eagerly awaited visit to Yogananda Gardens the weekend of Feb 28-March 2015 On Saturday he got a tour of Ananda Center at Laurelwood and walked the land to tune in to where and how his larger-than-life statue of Yogananda will be placed. Gary seemed very pleased with the general area … More Gary Roller visits Yogananda Gardens and unveils his new statue.
In this age of Dwapara great things are manifested primarily by clear focused energy. It is that energy that draws the needed resources and reveals the details in its unimpeded flow. One day it was Janakidevi’s inspiration that we should direct some of that flow toward a small shrine that would be within our means … More Building the first shrine at Yogananda Gardens NW
Yogananda Gardens was officially dedicated on February 15 in a very sweet blessing including a fire ceremony and groundbreaking beginning about 12:30 in the afternoon and ending about 1:00 . At just 12:20, the time Drupada recommended astrologically a cloud shape that suggested a heart appeared in the sky on this Valentine’s day Sunday. Some … More Yogananda Gardens dedication and groundbreaking
These passages came to me a few days ago and I felt I was supposed to share them with others. I am a raging furnace of energy trying to manifest in the world today. I am Dwapara energy. I can be used to create a peaceful, calm world of beauty and harmony, but everyone has to … More Dwapara Energy Builds a Garden
Since Yogananda Gardens is located in the lovely Laurelwood valley west of Portland Oregon, it seemed appropriate to incorporate a Laurelwood leaf in our logo. After some sorry attempts to draw such a leaf I simply went out doors and plucked a fresh leaf from our nearby Laurelwood tree, photographed it and processed the image … More Our new logo
Google Earth’s historical imagery shows how the garden area has changed over time. The surprising thing is that the entire area was cleared of blackberries and Scotch broom only four and a half years ago. It is amazing how fast these plants return. Some of the broom towers over our heads already. We have only … More Yogananda Gardens history seen in Google Earth