Prayers with Children

Sometimes children are more receptive to prayer and other spiritual things as the holidays approach. This post has 2 elements on on how to pray with children.  You can easily forward this email on to any families who may appreciate the inspiration.

 1) A friend wrote this to me after reading my article, Healing Prayers with Children:

Dear Mary,

This is the first time I’ve read this page. My husband has passed and I don’t have any children. However, reading this about how you and Tim involved your children in prayer is very inspiring. There are many children in my extended and spiritual families…and this post is an eye opener as to ways that we may pray with and for each other. Thank you, beloved sister gurubai. Jai Guru!

In Master’s JOY. Love & blessings, J…

To read more click here: Healing Prayers with Children

2) Below is an excerpt from the back of this online booklet, Life’s Little Secrets, by Swami Kriyananda: (used with permission)
 Note from Mary Kretzmann to Parents on using Life’s Little Secrets
These instructive seed thoughts will be helpful to your children in many ways. My husband and I raised our three children here at Ananda Village, founded by Swami Kriyananda.  We used little daily routines to keep the children mindful of God, and higher truths.  A little thing, done consistently, is powerful, and lets your children know you value these higher principles in life.
My neighbor’s grown daughter and two children moved back home after her marriage dissolved. Creating a solid sense of home for her grandchildren during this challenging time was a high priority. They kept meaningful routines, such as regular meal times, bedtime stories and prayers, etc.
The grandmother  also read one of these Little Secrets at dinnertime, right after blessing the food. Such a simple thing, but the kids came to expect it, and if she ever forgot, the kids would say, “Grandma, aren’t you going to read from the little book?”
There are four Little Secrets books here: a thought a day for four months! Print them out to use at bedtime or mealtime.
Mary Kretzmann
Scroll down and use the “download” button if you want to print this out.

“Time and Space Do Not Exist”

Grief and loss bring one to new ways of looking at life. This video, below, by Swamiji was comforting to me in just the right way… Having your beloved on an entirely new plane of existence makes everything look different to those left behind. It’s all up for redefinition.  Of course, I’ve head these thoughts before, but they penetrate my mind in a much deeper way now.

Mary Kretzmann


“Time and Space Do Not Exist”

The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita with Swami Kriyananda


Story from the life of Paramhansa Yogananda:

“A disciple asked, “How can intuition be developed?”

Yogananda: “The best way is, every time you meditate, to sit calmly for a long time after doing the techniques. It is during this period that you will be able to deepen your awareness of God’s presence within you. Go ever deeper in your enjoyment of that presence.

“The longer and more deeply you enjoy the peace within, the more quickly will your intuition develop.”

–from “The Essence of Self-Realization“, by Swami Kriyananda

“The calmer you grow, the more you will see the reflection of the universe within you.” ~~ Paramhansa Yogananda ~~

Jewel in the Lotus

A friend just reminded me that this play was recorded, and I just found it on youtube…It’s another priceless treasure for our grandson, little Bodhi Timothy, to be able to see his grandfather someday… (Tim is the tall man who plays the merchant.) I share it here for those of you who have never had the chance to see this sweet play.

This play by Swami Kriyananda was performed in Gurgaon, India at the 2007 Celebration of Yogananda’s Mahasamadhi. The cast includes Tim Kretzmann, Durga Smallen, Narayan Romano, Ramu and Hridaya Atwell and more…

Swami Kriyananda is a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and is an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he has taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world

How to pray?

What is the best way to pray? Paramhansa Yogananda said the following:

        “When you pray to God, pray from your heart. Say what you really feel, not what you think He wants you to say or feel. Be completely sincere with Him. He knows anyway what you are thinking! But heartfelt prayer lends power to your thoughts. It focuses them, and centers them in Him. Without sincerity, that focus will be lacking.

         “If you feel no devotion, then pray to Him, ‘Lord, help me to love You.’

         “If your heart is restless with desires, pray to Him, ‘Lord, I have these desires, but I want You more than anything else. Help me to dissolve every limitation in Your great ocean of peace.’

         “It is all right to pray to God for things. It is better still, however, to ask that His will be done in your life. He knows what you need, and will do much more for you than the best that you can imagine for yourself.

         “Above all, seek Him for Himself, for His love. Pray to Him, ‘Father, reveal Thyself!’ If you call to Him in that way, sincerely, He will be with you always.”

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Tulips at Crystal Hermitage Gardens, Ananda Village

Newsletter: October 312 Dwapara

October 312 Dwapara


Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry Newsletter


Grandson: Bodhi Timothy Lewis

Blessings in the midst of sorrow…

Happy News: This summer, while you were praying for Tim, many of you were also praying for our daughter, Krishnabai, who was pregnant  with our first grandchild.

Krishnabi and Cullen Lewis are very happy to announce the birth of  their beautiful son:

Bodhi Timothy Lewis

10 pounds 10 oz!

Thank you for all your prayers.

Bodhi Timothy Lewis – born September 22, 2012

Photo: Having a laugh with Nanna.

Above: Me with Bodhi, 2 and a half weeks old

3 days old

May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of you who choose to claim it.

St. Therese of Lisieux