Special Events & Holidays
Celebrate the sacred at Ananda. Spiritual holidays and special events have a unique power to help lift our spirits, and bring us into communion with our true Self. Feel the presence of saints and the Divine in these charged, spiritual events. Everyone is welcome.
Saturday with Narayan & Dharmadevi
In this immersive workshop, learn to use Yogananda’s sacred chants for healing on all levels of body, mind, and soul. Yogananda played each of his chants until he felt a response from the Divine, at which time he felt them to be truly spiritualized. He encouraged others to chant these chants for healing of all dis-eases and to awaken the heart’s natural love.
Sunday, November 17, 11:30 am (after Sunday service)
Beautiful handcrafted jewelry, clothing, woodwork, and homemade foods for the holidays will be on display and on sale in the Yoga Center (right next to the Temple).
Meditation and service 10 - 11:30 am, free
Thanksgiving Banquet, 12 noon, $15, children $5, under age 6 free
after Sunday Service, lunch provided
Choir, small groups and soloists will perform a beautiful selection of Christmas favorites, including traditional carols, classical gems, and music by Swami Kriyananda.
This tradition was begun by Yogananda and has become the heart of Ananda’s Christmas season. It’s a profound opportunity for an inner experience of the Divine. Though it may seem intimidating, you may be surprised at how easily the soul welcomes long periods of deep quiet.
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.
With music, storytelling, kings, and shepherds, celebrate the coming of Christ consciousness in this holy time of year. Everyone participates at the close in a beautiful devotional candlelight ceremony at the feet of the baby.
Christmas Day, noon-1 pm - Banquet 1:30 pm
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.
What pattern do you want to set in the coming year? What are your hopes and aspirations? Join the strong, uplifting flow of energy created in this service. Includes a a fire ceremony to burn up and release the energy of the past, and give strength to your positive resolutions.