Worship at Ananda
Sunday worship service, 10-11:30 am
Fire ceremony and meditation, 9-9:45 am
Sunday school for children (ages 6-12)
& child care (ages 3-5)
2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA
Sunday mornings at Ananda are joyful, music-filled, and relevant. If you have been uninspired by most church services, you may find these refreshingly intelligent and heart-warming. Newcomers are welcome. Drop in any time, or watch online.
Sunday mornings: What to Expect
Our service draws inspiration from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. Service includes music, group chanting and meditation, an inspirational talk drawn from the writings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and a unique blessing ceremony called the Festival of Light.
Yogananda encourages spiritual seekers to test the ideas he shares in the laboratory of their own lives. His God is “nearer than the near; dearer than the dear” — knowable as the closest friend. Through meditation and uplifted consciousness in daily life (awareness, kindness, openness), we become more aware of ourselves as spiritual beings; less bound by our individual drives and ego tendencies.
People of any faith are welcome, and may find the services are a place where they can take their own faith and understanding deeper.
Before service begins at 10 am, you are welcome to a period of meditation from 9 to 9:45 am. Those who wish can also participate in a ceremony of individual prayer for freedom or clarity about a personal challenge. You may offer that prayer at the altar and receive a blessing from one of the ministers. Or you can continue to meditate on your own through this ceremony.
Our hearts and our sanctuary are open to people of all faiths, races, orientations, truth-seekers, people exploring meditation for the first time, and anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the meaning and purpose of life.
After Service, you are invited to meet the ministers and congregation over bagels and refreshments.
For Families & Children
1st Saturdays, 10-11 am
Children, like all of us, are hungry for meaning and understanding. Parents and extended family are invited to this joyful child-oriented celebration of Spirit. Watch a recent Family Service, which includes storytelling, singing, a fire ceremony, and meditation.
Every Sunday, 10-11 am, ages 6-12
Offered Sept 1-June 15; Childcare is year-round
Children join together in worship and joy with an experienced facilitator from 10-11 am. This can include chanting, yoga postures, meditation, stories of inspiration, devotion, art, and song. At 11, all children have a period of supervised play. And at 11:30 am, all children come into the Temple for the closing Service blessing.
Every Sunday, 10-11:30 am, ages 3-5
Young children engage in supervised play, art, or reading. At 11:30 am, all children come into the Temple for the closing Service blessing.