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"The two things that I've seen that help people the most are meditation, and associating with people who are also trying to express their higher qualities. In yoga, we call keeping company with spiritual seekers "satsang," a Sanskrit word that means 'fellowship with truth'."
Jyotish (John) Novak has studied, practiced and taught meditation for over 30 years. He came onto the spiritual path when he met Swami Kriyananda in 1966. Jyotish was a founding member of Ananda Village in Nevada City, California in 1968. Ananda Village is dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service and community throughout the world.
For its first ten years Jyotish served as General Manager of Ananda Village. He and his wife Devi started the first city ashram for Ananda in San Francisco in 1979. In 1984 Jyotish expanded Ananda's outreach and helped start the work in Europe. Jyotish currently serves as the Spiritual Director of Ananda worldwide
Today, over 800 people reside in six Ananda communities throughout the world. (Seattle, Palo Alto, Portland, Sacramento and Assisi, Italy). The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe, Croatia, and Russia. Both the Nevada City and Assisi communities have world-renowned guest retreat facilities where thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life.
He is the author of the best-selling book How to Meditate, 30 Day Essentials for Career, and 30 Day Essentials for Marriage. He also is the creator of Meditation Therapy TM and has three videos: Meditation Therapy for Stress & Change, Meditation Therapy for Relationships, and Meditation Therapy for Health & Healing. Jyotish, who holds a BA in psychology, has taught and lectured throughout the world.