Since 2004 through his public lectures, meditation classes, and personal counsel, Brahmachari Jemal has taught over a thousand people how to meditate in the NCR region, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Pune. He has helped start meditation groups in several Indian cities. He also travels on a regular basis to assist people in their spiritual quest.
Jemal met Swami Kriyananda (Ananda’s leader and founder) in 2003. He lived with Swami Kriyananda until his passing in 2013.
A long-time Ananda minister and Kriyacharya (authorized Kriya Yoga teacher), Devarshi is the director of Ananda’s Kriya Yoga Sangha. Devarshi’s duties include preparing devotees to receive Kriya Yoga, conducting Kriya Initiations at Ananda Village and other parts of U.S., India and South America. An important part of his ministry is to provide ongoing guidance and support for Kriyabans (kriya yogis) all over the world.
Jaya Helin and his wife Sadhana Devi, are founding members of Ananda.
For many years Jaya served as the general manager of Ananda Village, overseeing the development of housing and business clusters, roads, water and phone systems, and other infrastructure that supports the Village residents and guests.
Later, he and Sadhana Devi helped start an Ananda Center on the East Coast of the U.S., and from there, it was only a short “jump” to Ananda India!
Jaya is an Ananda Lightbearer and Kriyacharya (authorized to initiate devotees into Kriya Yoga). For the past several years he and his wife have been helping to pioneer Ananda India in Delhi, and now in Pune.
Ashis Chakravarty, born and brought up in the picturesque “Scotland of the East” town of Shillong and with a Master’s degree in Applied Geophysics from IIT Roorkee, spent about 10 years over various seas around the world with Schlumberger (Geco-Prakla & WesternGeco) looking for oil & gas. For two and a half years following that he worked with Fugro-Geoteam AS sourcing work for similar world-class seismic survey vessels being based on land (at last!) in Mumbai.
For the last 6 years, he has been conducting Yoga, meditation & stress management classes in the Delhi/NCR, Pune, Mumbai and Kolkata among other places in India. He currently lives in Gurgaon with his parents, wife and a charming 13-year-old daughter!