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Ministerial services



If you are not able to attend a service at Ananda, or live far away, you can watch via live-stream. Many of our special events and satsangs are also live-streamed. And if you miss anything, just wait a few days, and you’ll find it on YouTube, (Asha’s channel or Ananda Palo Alto channel) or here on our website (video and audio links).



Challenges are inevitable in life. If you’d like to talk with someone about how to navigate a challenging situation, or need help making a difficult personal change, you may wish to seek the spiritual counsel of a minister. Call (650) 323-3363 or contact us:



Perhaps you or someone you know is facing an illness or a personal challenge—physical, mental, or spiritual. Please let us know, so we can pray on your behalf. Worldwide, Ananda has more than 600 volunteers around the world who pray for those in need. Our team in the Bay Area is over 50 people. Contact us with helpful details about the person in need, including the full name, location, and age. Share via this button, or leave a message at (650) 323-3363, x208.

More prayer opportunities:

  • Join a monthly healing prayer circle that meets in the Ananda Community Temple or in the main Temple on the last Sunday of the month. We meet the last Sunday of the month at 11:45 am or noon, 15 minutes after the end of worship service.

  • Pray for others from your home. There are now approximately 50 people that receive names of people from all over the world who have contacted us requesting prayers for themselves or others. You would receive 1-2 names every 4-6 weeks. We ask that you keep these souls in your private prayer practice for one month. Call or email to be part of this ministry.

“In May, I requested spiritual healing from your organization for my wife’s breast cancer. Her condition was serious so we were doing all that we could think of to do. Her condition has improved substantially. The improvement has been so much and so quick that the doctors are amazed. We believe this is in no small part due to your efforts. At this point we feel we have good reason to expect a full recovery. Thank you very much!” 


One of the most joyful duties of a minister is the opportunity for a baptism. These services are available to anyone, whether or not you are an active member of Ananda. Unique and beautiful ceremonies have been written by Swami Kriyananda, and express the deep spiritual meaning of these profound life events. 

“One secret of love is courtesy—which is by no means a mask, but a mark of thoughtfulness and sensitivity. Between two persons who love each other, courtesy, like a delicate waterfall, keeps the mountain pool of their love ever fresh.”
— Swami Kriyananda

Spiritual Mentoring

The spiritual path is a deeply rewarding journey, though not always an easy one. That’s where mentoring comes in. One of the advantages of community is to be able to learn from the experiences of others, rather than facing challenges alone. A spiritual friend and guide can be an enormous blessing on the path. 


Other ministerial support 

Hospital visits
House blessings
Phone and email support