Music and the Arts

What Is Ananda Music?

What is Ananda music? Is it simply beautiful music written by Swami Kriyananda that is pleasant to listen to, or does it have underlying power that can change our consciousness? Upon first hearing, Ananda music seems slightly different from mainstream music. The melodies are gentle, yet deeply moving. The harmonies are richly satisfying, yet always uplifting. The rhythms are unagitated, … Read More

Music and the Arts

A Gift Given

On July 4th I led an all-star group of colleagues and former students in a concert celebrating Ananda’s 50th anniversary in California. As we played Life Is the Quest for Joy by Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda) in the newly dedicated Temple of Light, I felt a powerful, blissful, loving presence saturate me to my core. I was committed to staying … Read More

Spiritual Community

Ananda and the Living Wisdom School: A Choice for Children

I spent years wishing and hoping for a baby without success. I started to wonder if I would ever be a mother. So when, miracle of miracles, I finally became pregnant at age 40 and gave birth to first one son and then another a little less than two years later, I was overjoyed. I was so grateful and was … Read More

News About Ananda

Join Us for the Temple Dedication Ceremony, Live!

Join us for the dedication of the new Temple of Light, a beacon of blessings for all the world. Schedule (in Pacific Daylight Time) 10:00 am to 12:00 noon: Temple dedication ceremony with representatives from many religions 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm: Meet the Temple of Light builders and architects 7:45 pm to 9:00 pm: Procession to the Temple of … Read More

News About Ananda

Explore the Early Years of Ananda on a New Website

Learn what it was like to live in tipis and trailers, start a new center out of the “Garage of the Eternal Religion,” and find joy in simple living, high thinking, and service to God and guru. Visit the website

News About Ananda

Springtime at Ananda Tulip Season Almost Upon Us

What began 40 years ago as a small private garden is now frequently atop Gorgeous Gardens in the West.  Visiting the garden is an annual springtime tradition in the Sierra Foothills for over 12000 visitors from as far away as India.  Trip Advisor reviewers have made the Crystal Hermitage one of the top three spots to visit around Nevada City. … Read More

Spirituality and Science

The Fault Lies Not in Our Stars

If ignoramuses misread the heavens and see there a scrawl instead of a script, that is to be expected in this imperfect world. One should not dismiss the wisdom with the ‘wise.’ –Swami Sri Yukteswar Paramhansa Yogananda’s guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar, was an astrologer who was critical in his assessment of most astrologers.  In addition to the above quote he … Read More

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International Wave at Living Wisdom High School

The energy is building for the Living Wisdom High School at Ananda Village. A concerted effort was made in recent months to increase enrollment and expand outreach. The school will now have 4 new international students for the spring semester, three from India and one from Iran. Students who are able to attend the school from other countries will take the blessings of the community … Read More