Pray for Peace – on the eve of war


“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Jesus Christ

I have used this visualization privately, and in small groups and we have seen blessings come of it.  But it has to be kept up every day, and thus I realized I need to ask more people.  War appears imminent – but hopefully it can at least be mitigated… I’ve been wanting to write up the healing visualization for the Middle East all summer, and the recent escalation of events in Syria prompted me to act.

Frank Laubach, author of Letters of  Modern Mystic, retired in Washington, DC after serving long in the mission field. He was a Christian mystic who believed that practicing the presence of God would do more good for humanity than political and diplomatic schemes devoid of God.

“Prayer at its highest is a two-way conversation-and for me the most important part is listening to God’s replies.”
Frank C. Laubach

During his retirement, Laubach led a prayer group in DC to pray about national and international concerns. He said, “It is uncanny what can happen when you pray regarding world events, but  you have to keep it up every day.”

Years ago, when first reading that quote, I nodded my head in understanding, for I had also seen this “uncanny” response when praying about world events.  In that spirit, I ask you to join us in prayer for peace.

The USA is ready to strike Syria within days… warplanes and warships are now in place…  There is no easy solution to the troubles in the area, except Light, for even if we topple the unpopular Assad regime, it paves the way for Syrian rebels who have pledged loyalty to al-Qaeda.

Other nations strongly oppose our decision, and some feel it could even possibly lead to WWIII, something  that Paramhansa Yogananda  predicted. I’d hope to stave that off and see things as healed and mitigated as possible. At least some people will be blessed by our efforts, for no prayer is ever wasted.

If you haven’t kept up with all this – you can simply skim these recent headlines, below, and get the basic picture.

  • War on Syria Imminent, US Won’t Seek UN or NATO Vote

  • Syria crisis: Russia and China step up warning over strike

  • Syria strike due in days, West tells opposition – sources

  • Russian Deputy Premier Calls West ‘Monkey With Hand Grenade’

  • Does the ‘Red Line’ Apply to Syrian Rebels, Too?

  • Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda

  • Iranian Official: Israel to Be ‘First Victim’ of U.S. Attack on Syria

And so it goes….

For further inspiration, please read this:

“…The only solution for nations—I don’t say for individuals—is to use common sense. The best they can reasonably expect when meeting evil is to control it without adopting its attitudes of anger and hatred…” Swami Kriyananda

Please download and use the one-page visualization, below. And please share this email with others who might be inspired to pray.

God bless you all.

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry – Prayers for World Peace 

PS – Please also see: Frank Laubach’s Inner Journey –by Nakin Lenti

Plain text version:

Visualize the Meditating Christ, sitting in Light high above the lands of the Middle East.

As the Avatar born in that region, may His Infinite Light Bless All Souls NOW

May this Light bless and comfort the hearts of all those grieving over loss of loved ones.


See rays of this Light reaching down to guide and uplift those in leadership positions in the area. May their decisions be touched by Light, wisdom, compassion and right action.


See these rays also reach out to guide leaders in other nations (including the United States, Russia, China and nations of the European Union) in their policies and actions toward the Middle East. May their decisions be lifted above ego, and be guided by wisdom.


See this Light reaching down into the earth and cleansing the area of ages-old war-torn vibrations. May the Light of Peace shine. 


May this Light also shoot up into the heavens to strengthen the forces of Light blessing and guiding our planet NOW. May the forces of Light prevail NOW in any astral battles being fought regarding the Middle East.


May Thy Light of Peace shine in all hearts.

Newsletter January 312 D.

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Visualize the planet floating in space between your divinely charged hands…Invoke the blessings of Babaji and Christ to fill the planet with Healing Light…See Divine Mother blessing all in Her Love.

January 312 Dwapara

Dear Ones,


To start off the New Year, I am including Swami Kriyananda’s serious letter to us all. One need only glance at the headlines over the past year to realize his letter is very compassionate; it is not intended to frighten anyone, but rather to warn and protect. He mentions the need to buy land in the country and prepare in various ways.  He also says that Paramhansa Yogananda also warned about nuclear war; Swamiji says that, mercifully, whenever this happens, it is likely to be short.  


We must always, in good times or bad, spiritually be prepared to leave this plane whenever God calls us. Pray, love, meditate. And we must also be prepared, physically, mentally and spiritually, to live on in strength to help ourselves and others. So, below is a simple little shopping list to help you, and your family and neighbors, should there be any nuclear event. (And to protect you from the radiation that is still spewing from Fukushima, anyway.) If nothing else, read and laugh…But better yet – read, laugh and buy:

1)       20 Mule Team Borax

2)       Boron supplement, 3 mg

3)       Bentonite clay

4)       Kelp and other seaweeds


For details on why – please read and print out: Big Island Dairy Farmers fight radiation with Boron

By Britton & Shekinah; Milk and Honey Farm.  (  Other good resources are available, as well, but I was impressed with practicality of their message.


And visualize PEACE, anyway. It will come…eventually.

God bless you, now and always.

Joy to you,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

New Year’s Message By Swami Kriyananda, December 28, 2011

Dear Ones:

Here it is, 2012: the year people all over the world have been dreading, because the Mayan calendar ends on the last days of December in this year. Shall I add my two cents to the predictions? I have always felt it important, for the sake of those who look to me for guidance, and also as a close disciple of a great avatar, to keep abreast of important happenings in the world. One of the reasons I created Ananda was to offer people protection during hard times. And here the dreaded year is upon us!

Most of you know how urgently Yogananda stressed his prediction that the immediate future will be difficult. He said there will be a global depression — “much worse than that of the 1930s” — and that “the dollar will not be worth the paper it is printed on.” Obama’s urging Europe to go further into debt as a solution to its economic woes points directly to a policy of further inflation. The ensuing financial chaos will result in world wars. “Europe will be devastated,” Master said (though he didn’t say when); “Russia will be annihilated.” America will fare better than most, because it has basically good karma (and hasn’t had time to accumulate bad karma!). America and India would end up leading the world together toward a more dharmic (righteous) way of life. I was in the Hollywood Church one Sunday when Master, during his sermon, paused to shout, “You don’t know what a terrible cataclysm is coming!” I still remember his exact words.

He urged people to get out of the cities, to buy land, and to live in little communities in the country, growing their own food, and becoming self-dependent instead of depending on government to save them.

One evening, when he’d received one more absurdly constrictive ruling from city hall, he commented wryly (as people do), “There ought to be a revolution!” He paused then a moment, and commented more quietly, “There will be one.” That comment makes me think of the mass protests recently in Zuccotti Park and elsewhere. Those protests were peaceful, but it would not take much more outrage on people’s part to make them violent, and then organized. Again, good reason to get out of the cities.

And a final reason: He said atom bombs will fly. Where do you think it more likely for atom bombs to fall — on Mt. Shasta? or on Los Angeles?

He added, finally, that those who love God will be protected. I myself have been teaching now for over sixty years. And I have noted a definite increase in spirituality all over the world. Yes, materialism too has increased, but there are more people now who think seriously about life, and who want to live more for God. I don’t think I could have started Ananda back in the forties.

I think this year may see many problems at least beginning. I urge you to look for land out in the country near you. If you live in a city, try to gather those around you who share high ideals. The communities you start needn’t be Ananda communities, but I can attest to the difficulty, on a human plane, of getting people to work harmoniously together. It will be much easier to start a new community for which the pattern has been already established. You can then tell dissidents, “This is what we are, and how we do things. If you don’t like it, go elsewhere.” So even if people don’t want to establish Ananda communities, they can pattern what they do on what we’ve worked out painstakingly over many years. (The first Ananda community is now over forty years old.)

A final word: Don’t get involved in mass hysteria. It won’t give you clarity. Be somewhat apart from any mania that seizes mankind in the years to come. This may be a difficult year, especially financially. Store food in advance of any crisis. Have some gold or silver as protection against the time when your nation’s currency loses value. And above all, live more for God. He alone can be our bulwark against the hardest of times.

swami kriyananda

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“Casting Out Spirits” June 311 Newsletter

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June 311 Dwapara

Visualize the planet floating in space between your divinely charged hands…Invoke the blessings of Babaji and Christ to fill the planet with Healing Light…See Divine Mother blessing all in Her Love.

Dear Ones,

Please continue to send your prayerful blessings around the Earth. There is always a great need, and this is our way to contribute to the forces of Light. And the healing prayers for those sick in body, mind, and soul are, of course, a wonderful transmission of Light in this world.

This month I felt guided to tell you about an aspect of the healing prayer ministry that I have been very quiet for years about unless a person asked me about it directly, and that is the casting out of dark spirits. Yes, it is real; for an excellent in-depth discussion of that, please read, Revelations of Christ, Proclaimed by Paramhansa Yogananda, Presented by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

These prayers require a deep and powerful faith in God, Christ, Guru. I have seen lives profoundly changed when they are done correctly. I strongly advise against getting involved in such prayers unless you feel called into this service. It is serious business, but sometimes it must be done. I normally prefer to do these with a prayer partner, or by asking a few friends to pray for me before and after I do such prayers. This is a precaution because one never knows how strong or embedded the force will be, and if it will seek retribution. But if I surround myself strongly in the Light of God, Christ, Guru, I am protected. One time I forgot to do this deeply enough and I was awakened by the forces that had been cleared out of a person that day. I called out to Master and they dispersed. (They really can’t stand the Light.) Of course, now I am careful and ask for those extra prayers – just to be safe; I also surround myself in Light before and after the prayers, and before I sleep.

I have a wonderful e-mail team of about 12 people who support me in these prayers. We also have a healing prayer “core group” of about 20 people at Ananda Village who offer similar prayer support. Both groups help with “unusual” prayers that come in, including praying for souls of people who have recently committed suicide. (I don’t expect everyone to be comfortable with that, so I don’t put those prayers on the regular healing prayer list. I may mention the family on the regular list – but I won’t “assign” you the name of the suicide victim as the main focus of your prayers. That I leave for this special group, but I always caution them to feel free to decline if they are not feeling particularly robust that day.)

Revelations of Christ, Proclaimed by Paramhansa Yogananda

Presented by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda

Excerpt from Chapter Fourteen: Does Satan Exist?

“…Both angels and demons are realities. Good forces abound wherever uplifting influences and vibrations are set into motion: in churches and temples, for example, and in the vibrations felt in clean, pure, and uplifting environments. Evil forces gather where low vibrations are prevalent: in bars, nightclubs, and similar places where the prevailing consciousness is base.

I remember Yogananda once exclaiming during a Kriya Yoga initiation (in 1949): ‘Thousands of angels passed through the room today!’ By contrast, the evil forces that permeate low ‘dives’ (in itself, a suggestive word!) are actually demonic. Demons and devils are by no means the products of mere imagination. They are living, conscious entities that, having steeped themselves in evil, reflect in their consciousness, and even in their bodies, the evil thoughts and feelings that absorb them…

… Do not play with those dark forces! They are real. They exist. And they can determine whether you rise toward happiness or fall into wretched misery and despair. Man is little more than a pawn in the cosmic game. Wars are waged first in heaven, between forces demonic and divine. Mankind on earth is capable in that struggle of serving as an instrument for one side or the other…

…Above all, therefore, invite goodness into your consciousness. The battle will be half won, once you realize that you yourself are not the source of any virtue that you manifest, nor of any delusion, but that you can, if you choose, become an instrument in the world for divine love and bliss.

For those of you who feel called into prayerful service in this arena, I also highly recommend The Second Coming of Christ by Paramhansa Yogananda. (It is available on for a discounted price. The hardcover version contains wonderful artwork depicting the life of Christ, by Heinrich Hoffman, adding to the devotional nature of the book.)

I pray over this book before and/or after doing these “casting out” prayers, and feel very powerfully, lovingly, and precisely guided by Christ and Yogananda. I not only love this book; I need it. Two chapters are particularly helpful, “The Healing of the Sick” and “Casting Out Demons” –adding his divine wisdom to the collective knowledge on this topic.

I hope this letter has added to your understanding. If after praying about it you feel guided to help on this special prayer team, please do let me know. I am not expecting a flood of responses– so don’t feel bad if you get an inner “no” on this one. That’s perfectly alright. And please know the “regular” prayer list remains the core of this ministry. Thank you for all you do!

God bless you all.

Joy to you,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry

14618 Tyler Foote Road Nevada City, CA 95959

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May 311 Dwapara

Visualize the planet floating in space between your divinely charged hands. Invoke the Presence of Babaji and Christ; surround the planet in Love and Light. May Divine Mother bless all in Her love.

“May we be able to awaken Thy Love in all hearts…AUM, Peace, Amen.”

Mahavatar Babaji is in constant communion with Christ; together they send out vibrations of redemption, and have planned the spiritual technique of salvation for this age. The work of these two fully-illumined masters-one with the body, and one without it-is to inspire the nations to forsake suicidal wars, race hatreds, religious sectarianism, and the boomerang-evils of materialism… Paramhansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi,

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The Mississippi River floods north of New Madrid, MO

(The Big Picture: Look at all the muddy water replenishing the top soil, as nature intended.)

Dear Ones,

This past month there have been vast fires in Texas, huge tornadoes in the south, and flooding along the Mississippi River. Paramhansa Yogananda said there would come a time of severe challenges – financial and international – as well as natural disasters caused by built-up negative thoughts and vibrations of mankind. Instead of being overwhelmed by this news, how can we keep our inner peace during such times?

Pray and meditate. Serve others. Be an instrument of Light (physically, mentally and spiritually) in your own home, town or city, and your nation and planet. Invoke the blessings of Christ and Babaji over the whole planet, which in turn blesses you in the process. We do not know what the future holds, but such divine love is the antidote to the causative negative factors behind these difficulties.

Prepare in practical ways as well, according to your present cicumstances. Listen inwardly. May the grace of God, Christ, Guru bless you. And take heart in the words of the great Swami Shankaracharya: “No known comparison exists in the three worlds for a true guru.”

Joy to you,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry


Human life can be compared to a house fitted with three windows of the body, mind, and soul. Through these openings come pouring forth the three kinds of divergent perfect light of God, known as health Rays, faculty rays, and wisdom rays. These triad rays are responsible for the perfect health, mental equanimity, and enlightenment of the soul of man. That is why man is spoken of as being created in the image of God. But then arises the question: if man is made after God’s likeness, why does he suffer in so many ways? The answer is that man as a divine child shares the independence of the Divine Being. Man essentially was made as a God, and as such he has the privilege and free choice of the great God to eclipse that image with error, or to keep it unobscured and dazzling with rays of health, power, and peace.

Man has the peculiar independence and free power to live in the house of life with health, strength, and light-giving windows open or closed. Thus it is that when he closes the windows of life, the ultraviolet conscious cosmic rays are shut out and he lives in the darkness of physical disease, mental disquietude, or abysmal soul-ignorance. Most people have one or more of their windows of life shut and jammed for years. That is why they suffer from chronic maladies. Their rescue lies in the knowledge of the law by which they may open their windows themselves and bask once more in the all-healing conscious cosmic rays.

Man wants instantaneous healing by God’s power, but he fails to understand that the work of healing lies with him and that God never wanted him to be sick in the first place. God gave man the original privilege and free choice to receive rays or shut them out. God cannot change His law arbitrarily just by the bribery of special ceremonies or blind prayer, or partiality. He can be moved only by the law and love. Love is law. When man closes the health-power-and-light-giving windows of life and keeps them closed indefinitely, he must himself make the effort to open those windows again to let the freely-willing-to-help, knocking-to-enter, Light in.

All physical diseases, psychological inharmonies, and soul maladies born of ignorance come from man’s own fault of shutting out the rays of God. And the logical, lawful conclusion is whether knowingly or unknowingly, he shuts the health-giving windows of life, he must open them again by self-effort. Ignorance of law cannot be an excuse for escaping the effects of a law that is broken. There are many ways of opening the three jammed windows of life. Those ways can be generally named as “healing.” And healing in general can be classified as physical healing, psychological healing of worries, fears, nervousness, and so forth and spiritual healing of soul-ignorance.

Paramhansa Yogananda, in the book, Divine Will Healing {Praecepta Lessons, Volume 2, (1938).}

God bless you.

In Divine Joy,

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry