“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   no kirtan 12/7

donations gratefully accepted


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.

 

singing

Sacred Music with Ananda Choir
Annual Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 2, 12:15 pm, free
Let the joyous sounds of the holiday warm your spirit, bring a smile to your heart, and prepare us for the sacred season of Christ’s birth. Choir, small groups and soloists will perform a beautiful selection of Christmas favorites, including traditional carols, classical gems, and music by Swami Kriyananda. Celebrate Christmas in song and in spirit, as we ‘make a joyful noise unto the Lord.’
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Living Wisdom School Holiday Concert (K-8)
Friday, December 7, 7 pm, free
Children share the spirit of Christmas with parents and friends. Enjoy lovely singing by each grade, solos, and instrumental music guided by long-time professional performers and instructors at the school. A lively, smile-inducing evening, and a celebration of the close of the fall term.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Christmas Caroling Party
Sunday, December 9, 6 pm, free
Bring a sweet or savory for a potluck afterwards

Stroll the streets near the Ananda Community in Mountain view, singing to the neighbors who delight in this old-fashioned holiday tradition—a magical evening. Afterwards, we’ll gather back at Chela Bhavan for refreshments and potluck sweets/savories. Children are welcome. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Words to the carols are provided.
Meet at Chela Bhavan, the large home at the end of the courtyard, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View Directions

Annunciation

Christmas Eve Meditation & Service
Monday, December 24
Meditation 5-7 pm
shepherdWorship Service 7:30 pm

Join us for one of the most beautiful and devotional evenings of the year. The coming of the baby Jesus is thrilling in itself, but also a profound symbol of the awakening Christ Consciousness within each of us. This magical evening includes sacred music, a talk by Asha guiding us deep into the spirit of Christ, and a beautiful live creation of Jesus’ birth with costumes kings and shepherds (creche). Everyone participates at the close in a beautiful devotional candlelight ceremony at the feet of the baby Jesus.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Christmas angels

Christmas Day Family Worship Service & Banquet
Tuesday, December 25, noon-1 pm, free
Banquet at 1:30 pm, $15 at the door, $5 children (under 6 free)

Children, like all of us, are hungry for a deeper level of meaning. The Christmas story is a perfect way to reach them. Even the subtle inner meanings of the coming of Jesus can be understood by children if they are presented, as we do at this service, with clarity, imagination, beauty, and joy. A cast of children and adults illustrates the story as Asha narrates, bringing Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem magically to life. Many adults say this is one of their favorite events of the year. Each child should bring a small gift for the Christ child.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • 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.