“Because man himself is an expression of the Creative Word,
sound has the most potent and immediate effect on him,
offering a way to remembrance of his divine origin.”
—Paramhansa Yogananda

 

Rose-Vinny-Sai chanting

Kirtan: An Evening
of Devotional Chanting

1st & 3rd Fridays, Ananda Temple
7:30 pm, free

donations gratefully accepted

no kirtan 9/21 or 10/5
8/17, 7 pm Ananda Community outdoors
Join us for an evening of sacred chanting. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English, as well as some Indian chants, accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome.

 

 

harmoniumHarmonium 101-B
Wednesdays, September 5-26, 7:30 pm, $45 (no class 9/12)

Do you know the basics of playing the harmonium but want to learn more? This class will build on your beginner skills, expand your repertoire of chants, and explore different ways to play the harmonium. Join us in taking advantage of this opportunity to improve your harmonium skills and experience the joy of chanting more deeply.
Instructor: Saranya La Cosse
Ananda Teaching Center (the orange building behind Temple), 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

concert

A Fall Afternoon Concert of Vocal Solos
from the Music of Swami Kriyananda

Saturday, September 15, 3 pm, free
Love songs, Rumanian memories, humorous songs, ballads, songs from Shakespeare plays, playful songs, songs celebrating St. Francis...there are so many beautiful vocal solos composed by Swami that we rarely hear. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of rarely heard solos and audience favorites. Swami’s music came to him in an inspirational flow. He often wept when he heard it, feeling that inspiration anew. Experience the joy and beauty of this music in a relaxed, informal afternoon concert.
Soloists: Saiganesh, Navashen, Karen, Rose, and more
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Fall Equinox Kirtan
Saturday, September 22, 7:30 pm (optional: community dinner 6:15 pm)
free (donations gratefully accepted)
Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Dr, Mountain View

The fall Equinox is considered a spiritually auspicious time. Join us in an evening of sacred chanting to attune to the changing of seasons. Chanting has the power to transform and uplift the soul, and to open the heart. Most chants are simple to learn, so you’ll be able to join in easily your first time. Words are provided. We’ll sing many beautiful chants in English as well as some Indian chants accompanied by harmonium and guitar. All are welcome. Park in any uncovered spot in the apartment complex or on Monroe Drive.
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

Sunday Services

10 am
The music at Ananda is an expression of the joy of the spiritual life. Every service includes chanting and sing-alongs (words are provided so you can easily join in). You'll also hear beautiful music composed by Swami Kriyananda, performed during service by choir, small groups of singers, or instrumentalists. More about Sundays

 

 

“I find so much joy in this music. My awareness is always uplifted by hearing these beautiful sounds and poignant words. I often begin by singing, only to find myself naturally going into a deep meditative state, something that does not come easily to me otherwise. The music takes me there so naturally, so easily—I never want to come back from this ecstatic place inside.”
— Sheri G., Teacher

 

 

“There is something that touches the heart deeply with this music. It is simple, lyric, poetic—yet powerful beyond words to express. Even after singing it for many years, the meaning reveals itself gradually, like scripture.”
—K.G., Corporate Trainer

 

How to find us

Directions

Map of Ananda grounds, so you can easily find your way around once you arrive.

Most of our music events are free of charge, or on a donation basis. And most take place in our large Temple (come in the main doors facing El Camino). Occasionally there is a workshop or special class offered which you can register for online; you'll see the word "Register" near the title.

Even if you registered ahead of time, please stop by the Teaching Center to sign in, so we can greet you and direct you to the right classroom. The Teaching Center is located just behind the large temple on El Camino. Enter the courtyard from College, and the building will be on your right. If it's your first time, you may appreciate having the Ananda grounds map handy.