Music

Kirtan

Watch the recording below, go to Kirtan live-stream or see recorded Kirtans!

Kirtan is group devotional chanting to God.  Kirtan usually begins with a simple prayer, followed by energetic chants that gradually become more and more inward as the kirtan progresses.  There are occasional brief moments of meditation as inspiration allows.  Gradually the mind and heart become calm and focused—you might be surprised how easily! Kirtans usually end with a period of silent meditation.

Free to all; no need to register. Scheduled kirtans are also live streamed.

It bypasses the intellect and goes straight to the heart.  That’s why Paramhansa Yogananda said, “Chanting is half the battle”—battle, in the sense of mustering all our heart’s energies in a positive, upward direction.

You’ll hear chants by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda, usually accompanied by harmonium and guitar, and sometimes other instruments.  Words are simple and repeating, and easy to learn and follow.  Our Temple has booklets with the words as well.

Upcoming Kirtans!

Go to Kirtan live-stream or watch recorded Kirtans!

Sat 18

ONLINE: Kirtan – Devotional Chanting

July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aug 22

ONLINE: Kirtan – Devotional Chanting

August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Harmoniums

Watch the video for a review of the harmoniums in our inventory at Ananda in Bothell.

For more information please leave us a message at 425 806 3700 or email friends@anandawa.org

Selection of Harmoniums from India

These harmoniums are made in India. After thorough inspection and adjustment, these hand-made instruments are sold at the Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell.

We typically stock from six to twelve harmoniums in different sizes and price ranges, so we’re sure that you’ll be able to find the instrument that best suits your ear and budget.

Learning to Play

If you’re new to the harmonium, we’ll gladly help you learn a few basics about playing the instrument, and connect you with experienced musicians who can provide you with further support. Ananda Washington also offers occasional workshops on chanting and playing the harmonium. Visit these sites for harmonium chanting instructions:  harmoniumchanting.com/ OR  ogodbeautiful.blogspot.com/

Group Chanting

Ananda offers monthly kirtans where you can enjoy the power of devotional chanting. Please see Kirtan schedule above for more information.

Selecting a Harmonium

Harmoniums were created to accompany devotional chanting. Their small size and heart-warming tone make them ideal for personal as well as group use.

We encourage you to visit and play all our harmoniums to find the one that resonates with you. Each hand-crafted instrument has a unique tonal personality. Variations occur not only between different models, but within the same model.

Best to call ahead and make an appointment (call 425-806-3700 ). 

Maintenance

Simple care instructions are included with each harmonium. With loving care, a harmonium will continue to play well for many years, even decades.

Fortunately, most adjustments and corrections are easy to perform yourself. We can give a referral if you need a repair for your own harmonium. Details can be found in The Harmonium Handbook.

Music of Ananda

“Music is so much more than entertainment. It doesn’t merely reflect a state of consciousness: it also generates it.” —Swami Kriyananda

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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 quite simple, yet beautiful.

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. Later came a complete oratorio: Christ Lives!

Experience it on Ananda.org’s music page!