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

Christ Lives

Last night, July 18, a beautiful event took place in Palo Alto, California. As part of Ananda’s 40th Anniversary celebrations the Oratorio “Christ Lives” was performed. This was a special performance in that Swami Kriyananda sang many of his divinely inspired songs. The collection of songs depicts the mystic life and teachings of Christ. Swamiji introduced the Oratorio by saying … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Live from Ananda Village

First live broadcast today of Swami Kriyananda talk from our new amphitheater. Last night, crews were still laying cables to bring power, lighting, sound and AnandaBell DSL. That on top of a new shade tarp. Truly amazing feat considering this is all our own system. We set up and tested the connection on Thursday then again first thing Friday morninge … Read More

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

Lots of Fun Things

Hi Everyone, It has been a wonderful and awe-inspiring week. I live out here on the West Coast and woke up Saturday morning feeling like something good was happening. It was the morning that Swamiji gave his heart-opening and soul stirring talk in Rome. I think everyone here at Ananda Village felt a calm sense of rightness in the ether. … Read More

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

Living Wisdom School Christmas Concert

As I went back into the community center to pick up the last of my things after the concert, I could tangibly feel the beauty that the students created with their music. I stood for a moment in the now empty hall, and tried to imprint the feeling and vibration of this beautiful evening into my memory. Last Friday night, … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Music and the Arts

Inner Awakenings: a Concert

On Saturday, November 10th we had our third evening in the Ananda Concert Series, entitled Inner Awakenings. Held once again at the Crystal Hermitage Dome, we played and sang to a full house of long time devotees and newcomers alike, with music and interspersed guided meditations from Swami Kriyananda’s book, Awaken to Superconsciousness. Melody, it has been said, symbolizes the … Read More

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