“Music is so much more than entertainment. It doesn’t merely reflect a state of consciousness: It also generates it.”Swami Kriyananda
Ananda Music began in 1964 when Donald Walters (also known as Swami Kriyananda) was inspired to introduce a new kind of music to the world: music that expresses spiritual aspiration and a desire for a more meaningful way of life. This music is, as its purpose suggests, quite simple, yet beautiful.
Ananda Music has been performed in many countries, and has inspired many thousands of people with a new and more uplifted view of life itself. In some ways, it transcends even the best classical music of our culture, for it offers transcendent meaning, instead of only describing a graceful way of life.
At first, Walters wrote only songs with lyrics. Then he realized that words are not needed to express deep meaning. Thus, he has written instrumental works also: a piano sonata; a string quartet; and other, similar works.
It’s generally understood that music can have a powerful effect on mood and energy. It’s less well known that positive and uplifting music can affect consciousness itself in positive and uplifting ways. Ananda Music singers and musicians are dedicated to raising awareness – not only of the general need for positive and uplifting music in our troubled world – but of a specific body of music that was composed for the exact purpose of raising energy, uplifting consciousness, and helping people. That music is Ananda Music.
“I’ve been listening to your music for the last week. It has made such a difference in my life. Thank you for sharing your amazing gifts with the world.”LM, LOS ANGELES
The Sacred Art of Singing
What is it that truly happens when we sing? Are we merely creating waves of sound, or is there a deeper, metaphysical aspect that we can explore? For myself, I’m beginning to realize that every time my bow touches the cello, or a note comes out of my throat, I have the opportunity to witness the birth of an energetic field alive in every phrase, flowing outward to be shared with others.
Can Music Help You Make Wise Decisions?
I think we’ve all experienced the truth that when we’re emotionally upset, overwhelmed, or stressed, that is NOT a good time to make a decision.
Special Music Moments
“Ramesha, is there anyway you can sing Emerald Isle?”
A simple sweet request from Nayaswami Devi during the May 19, 2019 Ananda Sunday Service.
It is easy to imagine Swami Kriyananda being on our minds this special day, his birthday day being just a few weeks before Ananda Village opens the doors of the new Temple of Light for our first Sunday Service there.
A Concert of Music by Swami Kriyananda
Spiritual Renewal Week is an annual event held in August at Ananda Village where devotees from all over the world gather together for a week of inspiration and spiritual friendship. Each year we host a celebration of music. composed by Swami Kriyananda.
The Importance of Music
A talk about the importance of music in reference to how it effects our consciousness and energy.
The secret of meditation is…
…singing to God, out loud or silently, to awaken devotion in the heart.Swami Kriyananda