If you want to know me, listen to my music. It is through this that people have come to understand what Ananda is truly all about. Without its influence, Ananda would not be what it is today. Books and lectures are only the outer form of the teachings. Music is its coursing blood.

– Swami Kriyananda

Music and art have a great potential to uplift our consciousness and create inner and outer harmony in us. We offer workshops in various Ananda centers around India in which we explore music composed by Swami Kriyananda. Singing and listening to uplifting music is one of the greatest ways to increase our level of consciousness and inspiration. We also offer art workshops to open our hearts and express the inspiration we feel. Various art mediums such as paint, crayons, pastels, collage and color pencils are used to bring forth our child-like creativity. You do not need to have any prior art or music skills to attend these sessions, everyone is welcome!

” A work of art is not great merely because it is skillfully executed. It is great if its message inspires us, however subtly, toward calm, intuitive feeling, and if it helps us to recognize in that feeling at least a suggestion of our own highest, spiritual potential.”

— Swami Kriyananda

Art Course: 5 Days to Activate Your Creative Energy

This course takes you on a journey to add art and color to your life. You will create art as an expression of your inner joy and creativity.


Art as a Hidden Message

Debates as to the relative merits of different art forms – impressionism, realism, surrealism, and all the rest – are fairly pointless. Art expresses meaning not through its outer form, but in its underlying consciousness. The simplest line, when sensitively drawn, may express joy or sorrow, hope or despair, success or failure, depending entirely on the consciousness of the person drawing it. Art cannot be reduced, finally, to a formula. It is not explained if we speak of it in terms of technique. No mediocre artist, imitating the methods of a great one, could thereby produce a great work of art. To create such a work, one must be in some vital way great oneself.


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Painted ButterfliesJoin us for a workshop near you to discover the use of music and art as doorways to tap into our inner world! For more information on events near you or to request a workshop write to artandmusic@anandaindia.org

Many people have been able to benefit from these workshops by going deep within themselves and learning how to express more creativity from there. They also help devotees on a spiritual search deepen their understanding of the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda through creative expression, tuning into the music and the power of like-minded souls coming together. By going beyond the mind and intellect we touch the depths of our heart, we activate our creativity, learn to bring that fresh energy into every aspect of our lives.
“I have attended two of these workshops. Every time I’m able to go deep within myself and tap into my actual self – to what my inner feelings are. Despite being a “non-artist” – I could express my true self on the paper and that was an amazing experience. It made me feel connected to my higher self… thank you for putting your energy into this and helping people connect to themselves! Keep having such sessions!” M.A., New Delhi