Sunday Mornings at Ananda

Sunday services are open to in-person attendance. Masks are required indoors at all times. We encourage physical distancing and we hope you would not attend if there was any concern about possible symptoms of Covid. We also encourage after service conversations to be outside when possible.

Services are always live-streamed to YouTube Ananda Portland.  

The videos of past Sunday services are on our YouTube channel and on this page of our website. 

Services include a Vedic fire ceremony, chanting, meditation, music, readings from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita, affirmation, the Festival of Light, and an inspirational talk from a minister.

There is no Sunday School for children at this time.

Ananda is non-denominational, non-sectarian, and open to all. We share the universal truths of inner communion and ancient yogic philosophy brought to the west by Paramhansa Yogananda.

FAQ:  Why do the ministers where different colors? Do the colors mean something?

ANSWER: When performing ceremonies and conducting Sunday Services, Ananda ministers wear robes that indicate the role they have taken on and the vows they have committed to.

Ministers serve Ananda in a variety of ways, sometimes teaching and being in visible leadership positions, sometimes “behind the scenes.”

Light bearers are ministers who conduct ceremonies and services in addition to serving in other capacities. They usually wear white robes with a draped shawl during services.  Light bearers who have taken a Nayaswami vow of renunciation wear blue as an affirmation of their committment to embrace the spiritual life. Their ministerial robes are also blue. (Learn more about the Nayaswami order.)