Coronavirus statement from Ananda College New Horizons Gap Year Program

Dear friends;

We offer our prayers and deepest sympathy to those whose lives and loved ones have been affected by the recent coronavirus pandemic threatening our planet.  During this time, Ananda College’s New Horizon Gap Year operations have been halted so that the virus may be eradicated and hopefully life will return to normal once more.  However, given the predictions of the great yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda, we may be facing some challenges ahead. Our planet has been ravaged by greed, environmental pollution, and disharmony.  When this coronavirus is over, it will be a whole new world.

Humans will need to learn to live more in harmony with nature and the environment.  This virus is created by the greed and wrong actions of humankind against our mother earth.  Though many of us have watched as our fellow humans destroyed oceans and forests, polluted our air and sunk satellites deep into our fragile ether, it’s now time for all of us to work together for a healthier future.  From a spiritual standpoint there is much we can do as individuals to help. We can meditate, and through our inner peace, send love, forgiveness and peace out into the world. We can learn new positive habits like those offered by the New Horizons Gap Year Program.  And through our own positive thoughts, we can begin to slowly turn the tide. Towards that end, we offer a simple affirmation/prayer that each one of us can do several times a day, either after meditation, or after you awake and before you retire each evening. It is an affirmation created by Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. Repeat this affirmation several times a day for 30 days, and if you’d like, continue it.  Speak this with intention and let your heart and thoughts uplift yourself and others.

Repeat 10 times out loud:

“Lord fill this world with peace and harmony, peace and harmony.”

Repeat 3 times out loud, after reciting the affirmation above:

“Lord, fill me with peace and harmony, peace and harmony.”


With all our love,

Nayaswami Nischala and Nayaswami Nakula

For the Ananda College New Horizons Gap Year