Definition - What does Ananda mean?

Ananda is a Sanskrit word meaning "bliss" and the name of one of Buddha's disciples who is said to have had the best memory for remembering his teachings. It may also be paired with other words or names, such as the famous Parahamansa Yogananda. In fact, Ananda is also the name of the global organization that was set up in the 1960s to pass on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Yogapedia explains Ananda

Buddha's disciple, Ananda, was highly regarded for his conduct and his service to others, in addition to his excellent memory. He could be called upon to deliver some of the teachings in place of Buddha from time to time, as he had memorized many of Buddha’s lessons.

The current day Ananda organization has a number of centers and retreats throughout the world, where yoga practitioners can meditate and listen to spiritual teachings. They also offer other techniques all aimed at helping to achieve spiritual growth.

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