Chanting and Music

“Music doesn’t merely reflect a state of consciousness: It also generates it.”
— Swami Kriyananda

Music has been a part of our cultural fabric for centuries. A famous Indian musician was renowned for seemingly impossible events such as bringing rains during summer or lighting lamps just by the power of his music. Music changes the vibrations of the environment and has a tremendous impact on the listener.

While on the spiritual path, beloved Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda and  Swami Kriyananda wrote many songs – spiritualized them through their consciousness. Each song is timeless, uplifting and blessed with joy. 

 In 1964 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. In his own words Swami describes his music as:

What I want to offer you is this—not the technique of a musician, but the intuition of a philosopher and a yogi, because that’s where my music comes from. This is how music and all creativity is tied in with the mystical experience. What I’m talking about is much more than just music—it’s music as a language of the soul, and that language is universal.”

Enjoy the bliss of listening to some of Swami Kriyananda’s  compositions :

Radio Ananda

Chanting and Kirtan

In Ananda we chant before and after our meditations and during practically all our gatherings. We also offer regular kirtan evenings dedicated wholly to chanting devotional songs. Most of the chants we play and sing, were written by Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda, in addition to the usual traditional chants. Chanting opens up our heart and awakens in us intense devotion for God. As Yogananda often said, “Chanting is half the battle.”

 

Some Glimpses of Kirtan

Ganesh Kirtan !

Janmashtami Kirtan !

Shiva Kirtan !

Harmonium Classes

Ananda Mumbai periodically offers classes for beginners to learn to play the harmonium as an accompaniment to our beautiful chants. We also provide guidance on playing cymbals as an accompaniment to our chants. The deeper purpose of such classes is to awaken devotion and create harmony through music.

Choir

Ananda Mumbai has the beginnings of an enthusiastic choir group. Singing Swamiji’s music, we seek to uplift ourselves and all those who hear us. The music is usually sung in two or four-part harmony. 

Glimpses of Swami Kriyananda’s choir compositions:

Many Hands make a miracle:

Cloisters

Listen to Chants by Narayani & Shurjo

Shurjo and Narayani lead many Kirtans and it is blissful listening to the sacred chants in their voices and musical rhythm.

Door of my heart

You can download the complete album of 25 chants by Narayani and Shurjo here by donation