Sunday Morning Services
Sunday Service, 10 a.m. in Bothell
(Starting time may vary on holidays.)
Sundays at Ananda Meditation Temple are the highlight of the week and are an excellent occasion for your first visit. Sunday Service is drawn from the ancient meditation tradition of the East and the mystical traditions of Christ, with scriptural readings from both the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita. Service includes music, chanting, a brief period of meditation, inspirational talk, and a beautiful ceremony called A Festival of Light.
Festival of Light: The essence of this ceremony has been passed down from ancient times… With poetry, prose, and song, we affirm our soul’s long journey through time and space towards realization of our Oneness in Spirit.
Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi and guru-preceptor for the work of Ananda, encouraged respect for all religions and all forms of sincere worship, service, and meditation. His own line of guru-preceptors include Jesus Christ, Babaji (formerly Krishna), Lahiri Mahasaya, and Swami Sri Yukteswar. Therefore we show particular respect and reverence to Yogananda and these illumined souls who sent him to the West. But our devotion is essentially and always, as he taught us, to God alone, and to the manifest divinity in those whom God sends to earth in human form to teach and uplift others.
At Ananda, each person who comes and participates does so with his or her own, inner realization and recognition. No one form of reverence, belief, or personal relationship to God or the gurus is expected or assumed. All are welcome to the weekly services and meditations. The only suggestion we make is to come with an open heart and an open mind.
In general our recommendation is to invite you to come to Sunday Service. Here you will see the largest weekly gathering of members, students, and visitors and experience a full range of the character and quality of the Ananda way of spirituality. Afterwards, we serve snacks and you you can get to know one another. You can ask questions, browse the literature, books, CD’s and videos that are available, or just relax and observe. Weekdays you might consider stopping by for a tour and a visit. If you want to stay in touch and be notified of upcoming classes and events, we recommend you provide your contact information (especially email). You can do this at the reception desk at the temple or sign up for our e-news using the form in the sidebar on this page.
Once a month we have healing prayer sessions after Sunday Service. Check the calendar for dates.
Sunday morning meditations at East West Bookshop. Check the calendar for dates.
Separate Sunday School activities are offered during the main Service for children 3 to 8 years old. A youth group exists for ages 9 through 16.
The Ananda Sunday School program is designed for children of all ages. All activities are based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. During the course of the year we explore the lives of Yogananda, his lineage, as well as saints of many traditions. As we learn about their lives, we also discover the secrets of their teachings, and the attitudes that lead to happy and successful lives. Parents are always welcome to join.
The children begin each Sunday with their parents in the temple for an opening prayer, music by the choir and chanting. After the first chant they are escorted to the Sunday school room.
They begin sunday school with awakening enthusiasm through the Super Conscious Living Exercises, followed by focusing attention through yoga, chanting and brief meditation. Often they share their inspiration and joy with others through healing prayers. Then comes the lesson plan, which includes stories, hands on activities and a craft project, all geared towards a specific theme for the week. At the end of class the children return to the Temple Sanctuary where they are given the opportunity to participate in the blessing of the Festival of Light.
The Sunday School Teachers have been trained in the principals of yoga and Education for Life. Each teacher has-practiced the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda for many years. They bring a variety of unique experiences to the classroom. Each class has one teacher and one assistant present at all times.
Ananda Seattle and its members have established the Living Wisdom School of Seattle, located in Shoreline. This non-denominational school utilizes the Spirit and heart-centered approach of the Education for Life system to energize, inspire, and educate children to realize their own highest potential both as children and later as adults.