A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Music

Last week I had the pleasure of being commissioned to photograph the Music Ministry staff: David Eby, Jeanne Tschantz and Romesha and Bhagavati Nani. They are the core of a very large group of people who love to sing here at Ananda. I had the four them all to myself for over two hours as we took various photos that … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Community

An Evening with St. Francis

This past weekend we presented our second concert in our Ananda Concert Series, entitled An Evening with St. Francis, presenting the life of the great saint with narration and music written by Swami Kriyananda. The dome of the Crystal Hermitage was filled to capacity with close to 70 in the audience as we began our program. First, Bhagavati and Ramesha … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Parenting and Education, Spiritual Community

Sing With Your Children

Music touches people on a deeper level than words alone. The music composed by Swami Kriyananda is written to change consciousness; the experience of listening to, playing, or singing such music goes beyond the sensory experience, into the soul. Being part of the choir at the Ananda Center in Portland has become a vital part of my spiritual practice. I … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts, Spiritual Growth

The Man Behind the Camera

I first came to Ananda Village in the fall of 1979 for a vacation. I had been practicing hatha yoga for about 6 years, and I really wanted to learn how to meditate.

I had a great longing for “something more” in my life, and I knew I could find it within …

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

The Spirit within the Music

I have the deep blessing to work with the music at Ananda Village. Most of my work is presenting music written by Swami Kriyananda, which comprises over 400 vocal and instrumental pieces. This summer we’ve had many performances: one at Ananda village, another at the Seattle Temple Dedication, and still more at the Revelations of Christ book launch in Los … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

The Jewel in the Lotus

Hello from Southern California. This is the week for the launch of Swami Kriyananda’s book, Revelations of Christ. There were two special events on Wednesday and Thursday night. The Jewel in the Lotus was performed in Encinitas at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living and in Malibu at the Malibu High School. Both were great venues hosted by wonderful souls. … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Inspiration

Next week is a big one. Swami Kriyananda will be in Los Angeles to launch his new book, Revelations of Christ. Many people from Ananda Village and Ananda Colonies will also be there to join in and help with all the festivities. Along with the book launch, some of the events we are all looking forward to are the performances … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Paintings from the Joyful Arts Festival

A cosmic swirl of reds, yellows, and blues, radiating out from a small circle in the center Art is one way to help Divine truths become more dynamic to our minds.

You may have experienced this: you are reading a spiritual book, or talking with a person who has a lot of wisdom. You think, […]