What is Spiritual Guidance?
Spiritual guidance is the opportunity to communicate privately with a priest of the Temple. You may ask any question about spiritual matters, or seek spiritual care. All of our Swamis are graduates of the seminary program and have been trained in pastoral guidance. You could also use this time to ask any questions about the Temple or the practices of Kriya Yoga.
Who may seek Spiritual Guidance?
All are welcome. Those of any faith or practice, from within our community or elsewhere. This service is free for all those who may need.
“Your Earth Life is your Spiritual Life.”
What type of questions can I ask?
Ask us questions about the teachings of Goswami Kriyananda, Kriya Yoga, or Temple classes and services offered. We will also do our best to answer personal questions that you may have based on our understanding of the ancient concepts of Kriya Yoga.
Please allow up to 48 hours for us to respond.
We offer encouraging thoughts, ideas, and suggestions based on the spiritual concepts of our yogic training. We are not professional counselors or medical professionals.
Swami J. Pranananda, Mahaswami
MEDITATION AND SEMINARY PROGRAM LEADER
Swami Pranananda, Mahaswami, began her yogic studies and practice in the late 1970’s. A disciple of Goswami Kriyananda’s, an ordained swami and lineage holder in Goswami’s Kriya Yoga lineage she is committed to sustaining and sharing the living teachings of the Kriya Yoga tradition. Pranananda is responsible for leading the Temple Meditation Teacher Training and Seminary programs and is one of the swamis offering Temple noon meditations and spiritual guidance. In addition to teaching through the Temple, she also leads a group of dedicated students and disciples in the study and practice of Kriya Yoga.
Swami Rakshananda is a disciple of and an ordained Swami in Goswami Kriyananda's Yoga lineage for nearly 3 decades as well as a graduate of both the Meditation and Hatha teacher programs. He also is on the Board of the Temple of Kriya Yoga and also Friends of Astrology. Swami Rakshananda currently teaches Meditation at the Temple and has been teaching hatha yoga, meditation and astrology privately and in various yoga centers in the Chicagoland area as well as other mystical traditions for over 40 years. He enjoys the challenge of integrating the teachings into all areas of life. Swami Rakshananda also conducts services including funerals, weddings and baptisms and other spiritual services.
Swami Vimanananda (Debby Sher) has been working with astrology, dreams, meditation, astral projection, and other esoteric Yogic sciences for over 30 years. Her main interest is in Kriya Siva Yoga, the Yoga of the Dream State. She was ordained by her spiritual preceptor, Goswami Kriyananda, at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, where she has served as a teacher, seminary advisor, and spiritual guidance counselor. She received Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification at Yogi Hari’s ashram.
She graduated from the Temple's 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2012. During this time she discovered the Kriya seminary program and felt compelled to enter. Ordained as Swami Tarkananda in 2015. She currently teaches Hatha Yoga and host guided monthly meditation from her home. Fondly known as faerymama in the "Burning Man" community, she is a spiritual guide, teacher and pillar to those who seek her help.
After attending Ball State University for neuropsychology and Coastal Carolina University pursuing both business and the arts she experienced a paradigm shift and entered the Kriya Yoga Seminary her senior year and went on to be ordained as Swami Ambikanada.
Swami K. Adinadananda
Marcia is a disciple of Goswami Kriyananda and graduated from the Kriya Yoga Seminary 1978. She is a professional astrologer and a graduate of the Temple's Professional Astrology Course, currently serving as leader for that program. She has given classes on meditation, metaphysics and astrology throughout the Chicago area. Whether teaching or being a wife, mother and grandmother, Marcia has always been guided by Goswami Kriyananda's message that the everyday life and the spiritual life are one and the same.
Swami Ishtananda began practicing yoga at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in 1989 which led to his entering the seminary and earning ordination in 1996. He is a graduate and former instructor of the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program and taught yoga classes at the Temple for several years. A disciple of Goswami Kripananda, he shares the Kriya Dharma as a path which integrates the earth life with profound inner awareness and spiritual growth. Kriya Yoga is the foundation by which he has practiced and built a successful career as an architect and teacher. He currently resides in Sarasota, Florida.