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Ananda is a global movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how everyone can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality. Ananda was founded in 1968 by Yogananda’s direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Swami Kriyananda’s spiritual successor is Nayawami Jyotish who, along with his wife Nayaswami Devi, serves as Ananda’s spiritual director. Yogananda’s non-sectarian teachings embrace the truths that underlie all the great religions. People from all faiths and backgrounds are welcomed at Ananda. Expand your sense of harmony, and gain an increased sense of God’s loving presence in your life through ancient and effective techniques including meditation, Kriya Yoga, spiritually oriented Hatha Yoga, community, and divine friendship. We invite you to join us at our temples, yoga retreats, meditation groups, and communities to experience the joy of your own being.

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Sunday Worship Service

Ananda Temple

All are welcome Each of us has a calm joyful center, deep within. It may get lost in the hectic pace of life today, but it is there, waiting patiently for us. Sunday worship at Ananda helps us get back in touch with that center once again—whether it be called the soul, the Self, or God. The Sunday worship service at Ananda is inspired by the meditation tradition of the East and the ancient teachings of mystical Christianity, with inspirational readings from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. Service includes music, group chanting and meditation, an inspirational talk drawn from the writings of Paramhansa Yogananda (http://www.anandapaloalto.org/joy/gurus.html#Yogananda), and a unique blessing ceremony called the Festival of Light. Before service begins at 10 am, you are welcome to a period of silent meditation from 9 to 9:45 am. Those who wish can also participate in a ceremony of individual prayer for freedom or clarity about a personal challenge, called the Purification Ceremony. You may offer that prayer at the altar and receive a blessing from one of the ministers. Nayaswami Asha (above) gives services most Sundays with her characteristic clarity, wisdom, and humor. Shanti Rubenstone, Helen Purcell, and other ministers also give services. (Watch previous services) (http://www.anandapaloalto.org/joy/SundayServiceAV.html) Our hearts and our sanctuary are open to people of all faiths, races, orientations, truth-seekers, people exploring meditation for the first time, and anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the meaning and purpose of life. After Service, you are invited to meet the ministers and congregation over bagels and drinks, usually outdoors in the Temple courtyard. “During the service, I experienced a wonderful peace and stillness, such as I have only read about, and until then, felt was only attainable by the great saints. It was a tangible experience of God’s presence in my life. You have taught me how to find God within, and have been truly divine friends along the way. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.” —J.N. Mountain View more details at: http://www.anandapaloalto.org/joy/services.html

Learn to Meditate

Ananda Temple

Learn to Meditate for inner peace, health, and as a profound spiritual practice. Required course text: How to Meditate (book), by Jyotish Novak, $14.95 You may buy at the class, or bring your own copy Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. While its highest and original purpose is to help us awaken our inner, spiritual nature, the benefits (http://www.anandapaloalto.org/joy/BenefitsOfMeditation.html) to body and mind are well established by medical research (http://www.anandapaloalto.org/joy/BenefitsOfMeditation.html). Meditation produces profound results on all levels of your being—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It connects you with your own inner powers of vitality, clarity, and love. Learn to relax your body, quiet your mind, awaken intuition and experience greater joy and creativity in daily life. This course includes in-class practice, tips on establishing your practice at home, online guided meditations, written instructions, unlimited (no-charge) re-take policy, and ongoing support in-person or online. In this class you will learn how to: Ananda’s How to Meditate class will help you: Reduce tension and stress at willFeel happier, more relaxed, and at peace with yourselfImprove your health, mental clarity, and vitalityDevelop a more intuitive, heart-centered way of lifeDiscover and explore your inner spiritual nature Whether you are interested in managing stress or in exploring the spiritual side of meditation, you will feel welcome. Small classes and experienced instructors provide a quality learning environment, with time for individual questions and in-depth exploration. Each class includes guided and silent practice time. Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all, and there are no prerequisites. Our instructors are dedicated, longtime meditators. These are multiple class series. Please see full schedules at: http://www.anandapaloalto.org/joy/meditation.html#Learntomeditate Attendees must come to first class to participate and pre-register at AnandaPaloAlto.org. There is a charge for these classes. Ananda is located in Palo Alto on the Peninsula, just a few blocks south of Stanford University. We are a convenient drive from anywhere in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and San Jose.

Sunday Worship Service

Ananda Temple

All are welcome Each of us has a calm joyful center, deep within. It may get lost in the hectic pace of life today, but it is there, waiting patiently for us. Sunday worship at Ananda helps us get back in touch with that center once again—whether it be called the soul, the Self, or God. The Sunday worship service at Ananda is inspired by the meditation tradition of the East and the ancient teachings of mystical Christianity, with inspirational readings from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. Service includes music, group chanting and meditation, an inspirational talk drawn from the writings of Paramhansa Yogananda (http://www.anandapaloalto.org/joy/gurus.html#Yogananda), and a unique blessing ceremony called the Festival of Light. Before service begins at 10 am, you are welcome to a period of silent meditation from 9 to 9:45 am. Those who wish can also participate in a ceremony of individual prayer for freedom or clarity about a personal challenge, called the Purification Ceremony. You may offer that prayer at the altar and receive a blessing from one of the ministers. Nayaswami Asha (above) gives services most Sundays with her characteristic clarity, wisdom, and humor. Shanti Rubenstone, Helen Purcell, and other ministers also give services. (Watch previous services) (http://www.anandapaloalto.org/joy/SundayServiceAV.html) Our hearts and our sanctuary are open to people of all faiths, races, orientations, truth-seekers, people exploring meditation for the first time, and anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the meaning and purpose of life. After Service, you are invited to meet the ministers and congregation over bagels and drinks, usually outdoors in the Temple courtyard. “During the service, I experienced a wonderful peace and stillness, such as I have only read about, and until then, felt was only attainable by the great saints. It was a tangible experience of God’s presence in my life. You have taught me how to find God within, and have been truly divine friends along the way. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.” —J.N. Mountain View more details at: http://www.anandapaloalto.org/joy/services.html

Learn to Meditate

Ananda Temple

Learn to Meditate for inner peace, health, and as a profound spiritual practice. Required course text: How to Meditate (book), by Jyotish Novak, $14.95 You may buy at the class, or bring your own copy Meditation is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher realities, and is the cornerstone of true spirituality. It also brings balance, rest, and a growing inner peace. While its highest and original purpose is to help us awaken our inner, spiritual nature, the benefits (http://www.anandapaloalto.org/joy/BenefitsOfMeditation.html) to body and mind are well established by medical research (http://www.anandapaloalto.org/joy/BenefitsOfMeditation.html). Meditation produces profound results on all levels of your being—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It connects you with your own inner powers of vitality, clarity, and love. Learn to relax your body, quiet your mind, awaken intuition and experience greater joy and creativity in daily life. This course includes in-class practice, tips on establishing your practice at home, online guided meditations, written instructions, unlimited (no-charge) re-take policy, and ongoing support in-person or online. In this class you will learn how to: Ananda’s How to Meditate class will help you: Reduce tension and stress at willFeel happier, more relaxed, and at peace with yourselfImprove your health, mental clarity, and vitalityDevelop a more intuitive, heart-centered way of lifeDiscover and explore your inner spiritual nature Whether you are interested in managing stress or in exploring the spiritual side of meditation, you will feel welcome. Small classes and experienced instructors provide a quality learning environment, with time for individual questions and in-depth exploration. Each class includes guided and silent practice time. Meditation is for everyone and requires no outward affiliation or belief system. This class is open to all, and there are no prerequisites. Our instructors are dedicated, longtime meditators. These are multiple class series. Please see full schedules at: http://www.anandapaloalto.org/joy/meditation.html#Learntomeditate Attendees must come to first class to participate and pre-register at AnandaPaloAlto.org. There is a charge for these classes. Ananda is located in Palo Alto on the Peninsula, just a few blocks south of Stanford University. We are a convenient drive from anywhere in the Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and San Jose.

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