Swami Kriyananda Discipleship Anniversary

Discipleship to His Guru

Swami Kriyananda met his guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, when he was 22 years old. He spent the rest of his life serving his guru and founded Ananda, a movement that has touched millions around the world.

His unfaltering discipleship and divine friendship has helped to uplift the consciousness of the planet.

Tonight we come together in gratitude for the life and example of Swami Kriyananda and the inspiration he gave to all. The program will include some of Swamiji’s music, readings, meditation, sharing, and a flower offering.

Deepening Your Connection with Christ-Consciousness

A Special Easter Retreat for You

Our mini Easter retreat will be a time of exploration and relaxation. We will explore some amazing things that Yogananda said about resurrection and look at why Easter is a holy time. We will relax our bodies and minds with gentle Ananda Yoga and guided meditation. Come join us for three hours and share in the spirit and truth of Easter with great souls who love God.

What you will do in this Retreat

  • Gentle Ananda Yoga with guided meditation.
  • Look at the Easter story through the teachings of Yogananda.
  • Share with peers your thoughts and experiences of this special time.
  • Feel the spirit of Easter deepening within.

Important Tips & Information

  • This retreat is led by Lorna Knox and Laurie Chadwick.
  • Starts promptly at 10am.
  • Wear comfortable clothes for yoga postures.
  • Bring a bagged lunch and water in a closed water bottle.
  • Bring your journal and pen.

Purification & Fire Ceremony

Fire Ceremony

Fire has historically symbolized purification and transformation. All ceremonies are as meaningful and powerful as our faith and sincerity when we participate in them. In this ancient and revered vedic ceremony we light the fire and chant two sacred mantras together, each one repeated seven times.  more information

Purification

In this ceremony we offer ourselves to God and ask for help and guidance in areas of challenge.  Ask God to help change those traits and behaviors that are obstacles to spiritual growth. Deep, simple and heart opening, the Purification Ceremony can bring profound peace and lasting change to our troubled hearts and lives. A brief period of meditation follows. more information

All are welcome to attend.
Newcomers are encouraged to come and experience the opportunity for personal self offering and the support of others in the process. We are happy to answer any questions. 

*Child care: Sunday School for children 4–11 begins at 10am, during the Festival of Light service.

Annual All-Day Christmas Meditation

An Annual Tradition Started by Paramhansa Yogananda

Every Christmas season, Ananda centers around the globe hold an all-day meditation on or near the 23rd of December (on Dec. 23 this year), just as Yogananda did years ago. Keeping the tradition alive with devotees around the world, we have an 8-hour meditation to inspire a deep sense of Christ-Consciousness, to hold the light, and to open our hearts to the beauty and joy of this season.

Meditation Details

Times for the All-Day Meditation: 8am–4pm
Location: Ananda Temple Sanctuary

General Schedule of the Day

7:30–8am        Energization Excercises (on your own) & settling in
8-9am              Opening Prayer, Reading, Chant, Meditation
9–11am            Chants & Reading, Meditation
11am–12pm     Chants & Reading, Meditation
12–1pm            Chants & Reading, Meditation
1–1:30pm         Brief Break
1:30–2:45pm   Chants & Reading, Meditation
2:45–3:50pm  Chants, Reading, Music, Silence, Meditation
3:50–4pm       Healing Prayers and Closing

Things to Be Mindful of:
  • During Chanting people can come and go from the Sanctuary.
  • The Sanctuary Doors will be closed at meditation times.
  • If you need to leave the sanctuary at anytime, that’s fine, but you’ll need to wait until next break to re-enter.
  • If you come late, you can meditate in Clarity room until next break, then you can enter the Sanctuary.
  • Please don’t wear any clothing that makes noise.
  • Please feel free to use your own meditation gear. If you borrow from the Yoga/Clarity Room, please return it as you found it.
  • Please bring water in water bottles.

Alternate All-Day Christmas Meditation

Keeping the tradition alive with Devotees around the world, we have an 8-hour meditation to inspire a deep sense of Christ-Consciousness to hold the light and open our hearts to the beauty and joy of this season.

For those unable to be with us for the traditional All-Day Christmas Meditation (on Dec. 23 this year), you are invited to join us on this alternate date.

Meditation Details

Times for the All-Day Meditation: 8am–4pm
Location: Ananda Temple Sanctuary

General Schedule of the Day

7:30–8am        Energization Excercises (on your own) & settling in
8-9am              Opening Prayer, Reading, Chant, Meditation
9–11am            Chants & Reading, Meditation
11am–12pm     Chants & Reading, Meditation
12–1pm            Chants & Reading, Meditation
1–1:30pm         Brief Break
1:30–2:45pm   Chants & Reading, Meditation
2:45–3:50pm  Chants, Reading, Music, Silence, Meditation
3:50–4pm       Healing Prayers and Closing

Things to Be Mindful of:
  • During Chanting people can come and go from the Sanctuary.
  • The Sanctuary Doors will be closed at meditation times.
  • If you need to leave the sanctuary at anytime, that’s fine, but you’ll need to wait until next break to re-enter.
  • If you come late, you can meditate in Clarity room until next break, then you can enter the Sanctuary.
  • Please don’t wear any clothing that makes noise.
  • Please feel free to use your own meditation gear. If you borrow from the Yoga/Clarity Room, please return it as you found it.
  • Please bring water in water bottles.

Christmas Concert at the Portland Grotto

The Ananda Joy Choir will perform a Christmas concert during the Festival of Lights at the Grotto in NE Portland. The Festival is a highlight of the holy season of Christmas for many in Portland and throughout the Northwest. Admission to the festival includes all the performances during your visit. We encourage you to come early and enjoy the sights and offerings of the Grotto and end your evening with the Ananda Choir.  Our performance will be at 7:30 pm.   More information about the Grotto and the Festival of Lights

From the Grotto’s website: Presenting the sights, sounds and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme “Angels on High” reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.

Five indoor concerts are scheduled each evening in The Grotto’s 600-seat chapel, known for its cathedral quality acoustics. Continuous family entertainment in The Grotto’s plaza area includes outdoor caroling, puppet shows and a live animal petting zoo.

Holiday foods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto’s Christian Gift and Book Store. A magnificent display of nativity sets from around the world is on display for viewing and individual sets are available for purchase in the Grotto’s Visitor Complex.

Stepping Into the Presence of Christ

The Oratorio Brings Great Blessings

When you bring together 40 singing meditators to perform Christ Lives: an Oratorio, magic is sure to happen.

Perhaps it’s because these extraordinary singers have not only spent months fine tuning their voices and the notes, they have also dedicated decades to attuning their souls to the living presence of Christ within through daily meditation.

We have honed the external musical experience of melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, and blend. When you hear all of these working in perfect synchrony, it becomes a magical experience in itself.

But what sets our Ananda choir apart is our focus on the internal musical experience. We consciously invite the living presence of Christ into our hearts and souls through every song we sing.

Most importantly, we use the silence after each piece to dive deeply into any genuine presence awakening and responding within us, like the resonating strings of a piano. We focus on receptivity and absorption, and then infuse our own genuine response into our voices. Consciousness is conveyed through sound–make no doubt about it.

The Oratorio Is Not Only for Yogis

This internal musical experience is not something only yogis tune into. In fact, we all do!

How often do you hear:

“That really moved me”
“I was deeply touched”
“That really resonates with me”
“I’m in tune with that”
“That struck a deep chord in me”

We are talking about an inner experience that we don’t know how to quantify, but we know it when it comes.

As we were rehearsing the other week, a gentleman new to Ananda came and observed. He was deeply impressed by what he experienced. “You turned a practice into a prayer.”

So when you come to hear us on Saturday, April 1 (no foolin!), you won’t be just hearing well-tuned notes. You will experience a living prayer and a living meditation. Join us as we call to the presence of Christ, and as we feel for His response in the silence.

Performing is the Northwest Ananda Choir, made up of our Ananda Portland Choir joined by a dozen singers from our Ananda Seattle choir, who have also felt this presence of Christ awaken in them through this masterpiece.

Come. Open your hearts. Receive, absorb, and transform your consciousness through the magic of this music, the magic of this choir.

Details

This masterwork by Swami Kriyananda features selections for choir, solo voices, keyboard, flute, strings, and small ensemble. Run time approx. 90 minutes. Ananda Portland Temple, Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7pm.