“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
Note: no kirtan on 12/1, 1/5, or 3/16
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.


Shivaratri Kirtan
Saturday, February 24, 7-9 pm
Yogananda didn’t come to bring Hinduism to America. But we can’t resist celebrating some of India’s beloved holidays. Tonight’s kirtan is in honor of Lord Shiva, symbolic of the destructive force in creation, sometimes feared, but also needed to clear away the old and make room for new beginnings. Shivaratri is the night when Shiva is said to have performed the dance of primordial creation, preservation, and destruction. It is also the day Shiva was married to the goddess Parvati. This “Great Night of Shiva,” marks the convergence of Shiva and Shakti, the divine feminine energy.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Vernal (Spring) Equinox Kirtan
Sunday, March 18, 7 pm, free
The vernal equinox symbolizes fresh energy and enthusiasm, as the sunlight slowly overtakes the darkness of nighttime, and the natural world springs forth in renewed life. Sri Yukteswar recommended chanting at these auspicious times of the year.
Guided by Biraj and a team of chanters
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

 

CONCERTS & SPECIAL MUSIC EVENTS

 

sai caroling hat

Christmas Caroling Party
Sunday, December 10, 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.
Ananda Community, Chela Bhavan, 240 Monroe Drive, Mountain View • Directions

 

singing

Sacred Music with Ananda Choir
Annual Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 3, 12:15 pm, free
(for those attending the concert, lunch provided at 11:30 am)

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.’ Enjoy connecting with others at Ananda during lunch, which follows right after our regular Sunday Service.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Annunciation

Christmas Eve Meditation & Service
Sunday, 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
Monday, 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

 

Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 25, Worship Service, 10 am
Purification and Meditation Ceremony, 9–9:45 am

Commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entry into the city of Jerusalem—the beginning also of his final days on earth. Music and readings help draw us into his spirit of courage and transcendence.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Direction

 

Easter Season Concert
An Easter Oratorio Celebrating the Life and Teachings of Jesus
Sunday, March 25, 12:15 pm, free (but donations gratefully accepted)
A lunch will be provided at 11:30 am for those attending
Hear the story of Jesus in music, from his remarkable birth to his joy-filled resurrection. Christ Lives: An Oratorio is performed by a full choir, soloists, and instrumentalists. The music has a lyric quality that reflects the grace and refinement of classical music, unusual in modern compositions. The words are deeply stirring. Swami Kriyananda has written some 400 musical works, but for many, the Oratorio is his masterpiece. It’s a transformative experience, not only for audiences, but also for the musicians. This music is winner of three music prizes in Europe, and has been sung for the Pope in Rome.
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Good Friday
Friday, March 30, free
Meditation, 5-7 pm
Service, 7:30 pm

We reflect on the courage of Christ’s surrender to God’s will—the ultimate sacrifice. And we ask ourselves how we may open ourselves to that most profound of spiritual acts: openness to God’s will for us. Asha leads this inward evening of storytelling and music, evoking the mystery and power of Christ’s last days on earth.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Direction

 

Touch me not

Easter Saturday
Retreat and All-Sing of Swami Kriyananda’s Oratorio: Christ Lives!

Saturday, March 31, 10 am–2 pm, free
Come join in singing the story of Jesus, from His birth to His resurrection. Absolutely no previous musical experience or training required. In a quiet retreat atmosphere, we’ll sing the Oratorio, “Christ Lives” and reflect on the meaning of Christ’s life. Asha introduces each section of the music, relating the events of Jesus’ life, their context, meaning and present-day relevance. The retreat is half music and half storytelling, with brief interludes of meditation. Ananda singers help lead the music and everyone joins in; words and music are provided. This is our favorite “performance,” since we are singing only for ourselves and for God. Many people say this retreat is one of the most inspiring events of their year.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Directions

 

Easter Sunday
Sunday Service, April 1, 10 am
Purification and Meditation Ceremony, 9–9:45 am
One of the spiritual highlights of the year—join in a music-filled, joyful celebration of Christ’s triumph over all earthly limitations and awaken within yourself the all-conquering power of Spirit.
Guided by Asha
Ananda Temple, 2171 El Camino, Palo Alto • Direction

 

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.