Awaken your heart's devotion to the Divine through chanting and kirtan.
In-Person: Friday Night Fusion with Pranaba, Fri., Sept 23, 7 pm - 8 pm
Kirtan is a powerful way to gather as a group, singing uplifting chants that ultimately can take us to a profound superconscious state. The highest purpose of chanting is to help awaken us to our own spiritual potential: to bring us closer to Self-realization. It's a wonderful way to open the heart and connect us with spirit and each other.
Paramhansa Yogananda introduced a new kind of chanting in the West, based on the repetition of meaningful phrases, rather than the repetition of various names of God as is traditional in India. Its purpose is to focus the heart’s feelings and raise them toward super consciousness. He told us "Chanting is half the battle".
Ananda kirtans typically include those chants by Yogananda plus chants by Swami Kriyananda, and some traditional Indian bhajans. The instruments commonly used include harmonium, guitar and percussion.
This event will be facilitated by Nayaswami Pranaba, who is one of Ananda's most widely traveled and experienced teachers, having meditated for over 49 years and offering classes and workshops in meditation and yoga for the past 43 years. He has helped to create and direct Ananda Centers in Palo Alto, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, and Assisi, Italy. Pranaba has previously been Director of the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training program, and Manager of The Expanding Light Retreat in California, as well as Ananda's Retreat in Assisi, Italy. He has directed the Living Discipleship Course, Ananda's membership training program, and now works with Ananda's outreach ministry.