Sound or vibration, according to the great Indian master, Paramhansa Yogananda, is the most powerful force in the universe. That’s because we are made of vibration, and everything we do and think creates a vibration. The sound of Aum or Amen, the “word of God,” is the vibration of His consciousness that brought into manifestation this entire creation.

Of all the arts, music is the most immediate because it provides a direct transferal of feeling and experience. All music, in one way or another, opens the door to states of consciousness.

The question then arises, what kind of music do you normally listen to, and what effect does it have? Does it make you agitated or calm? Does it bring confusion and anxiety, or peace and understanding?

Confucius said, “Do you wish to know if a kingdom is well governed, if the morals of its inhabitants are good or bad? Look to the music that is current there.” It is said of the Chinese emperors in ancient times that whenever they toured the provinces, they asked to listen to the music. They didn’t look at the financial records. Nor did they inquire into the honesty of the officials. If the music was right, everything, so they believed, was as it should be. But if something was not right with the music, not only did this deficiency mean there was something wrong in those other areas of activity, but it was the music above all that needed correcting. Once that had been set right, everything else would improve also.

I have a friend who, like many people, had the habit of listening to the news as he drove to work. It was important, he felt, to know what’s going on. As a result, however, he arrived at his workplace feeling unfocused and agitated – not a great way to start the day. After some time it occurred to him, “Maybe I would have a more successful day if I listened to uplifting music or an inspiring talk on my way to work.” He tried the experiment, and it worked! Now he regularly starts his workday in a calm, positive state of mind that enhances his efforts throughout the day.

It’s important to realize that in a very real sense, we are music. Scientists have found that every atom emits a certain sound. Without music (sound), life itself would cease to be.

Our lives, like music, can express harmony or disharmony. Each person needs to discover who he is and find his center within himself. From within, and in attunement with the inner Song of Creation, come the compassion and power that enable people to work together in a spirit of true harmony.
<h2>What Is Ananda Music?</h2>
The essence of Ananda music is its ability to lift us out of self-preoccupation and open us up to higher realities. For over thirty years, people have experienced the power of this music to transform states of restlessness or depression into calmness, hope and positive energy. Everyday challenges become, instead, opportunities!

Most of our music was composed by Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters). According to Kriyananda, music is a language all its own. He composes by referring each note of a melody back to AUM, the cosmic vibration. As he says, “Inherent in this music are all the principles of (the spiritual) path. . . I can best express the feeling of holy upliftment that possessed me through music. Therefore I tell people, ‘If you want to know me, listen to my music.'”

Cantos en español

Del Gozo Vengo

Del Gozo Vengo: Del Gozo Vengo
Ananda Chanters | 04′:53″ | Order Online

Del Gozo Vengo: Mi Corazon es Tuyo
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Del Gozo Vengo: Cantare Tu Amor
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Del Gozo Vengo: Consejo de Santa Teresa de Avila
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Del Gozo Vengo: Miles de Soles
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Del Gozo Vengo: Yo Despierto en Tu Luz
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Del Gozo Vengo: Cuando Despierte
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Del Gozo Vengo: Puerta de Mi Corazon
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Del Gozo Vengo: Quien ha Entrado en Mi Templo
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Del Gozo Vengo: Tu Eres Mi Vida
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Del Gozo Vengo: Soy Burbuja
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Del Gozo Vengo: Revelate
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Del Gozo Vengo: O Dios Hermoso
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Del Gozo Vengo: Sri Yogananda
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Resonance is amazing. It’s what I live for. As a cellist and singer I’m constantly working to create the greatest resonance with the least amount of effort. I am also vigilant not to introduce unnecessary tension which only gets in the way and hogs energy.

I love how strings in tune with an externally produced note will start to vibrate on their own accord. Sing into a piano (the kind with the real strings) while holding down the right sustain pedal. This phenomenon of sympathetic resonance has been scientifically explained, but still…it’s magic.

Whenever you’ve had a cold your vocal resonance is hindered by inflammation and congestion. If you own a string instrument you may have noticed the substantial difference in the sound of the instrument by a simple cleaning of the strings, fingerboard, and body.

It goes deeper: any constrictive emotional energy will dampen the natural resonance of sound, for our consciousness is inextricably tied to our physical body. The more I can imagine myself as an openly resonating body of positive energy, the warmer, richer, and fuller the sound of my cello or voice becomes.

Take a second to check in with what is resonating inside of you right now. Focus your awareness inward and try to feel the energy in your body. Check your breath. Check your musculature. Do you feel constrictive, worried, anxious, or are you able to breathe deeply and feel the resonance of inner peace, joy or other expansive quality?

The more you can breathe deeply and physically relax, the more openly resonant you will become. You may be asking yourself, “How can I tell if there is something more to feel? This feels like normal me. Is there truly anything further to be experienced?”

My 17-year journey into music and meditation has included many deep states that have offered a glimpse into higher realities. I try to meditate every day, for during my more challenging days I may not always remember that deep states of peace and joy exist. Just even a hint of higher consciousness can help me keep going and remind me what I’m striving for.

An interesting fact about string instruments: their sound develops by how they are played. The cello I play on was handed to me when the varnish was still slightly damp, and I’ve been its sole owner for the past 23 years. Its unique sound has developed through how I’ve played it all these years; it would have ended up sounding completely different given a different owner with a different approach to producing playing and sound.

So just as my cello “learns” a certain way of resonating, your body, mind and energy do as well. The more you chronically worry, get angry or become depressed, the easier it is to slip into those states or habits. Your body, mind and energy make this transition without any hesitation because that is what you have trained them to do. Thank heavens old patterns can be changed by creating different habits.

Every minute that I have spent in meditation has been to train myself to stay relaxed, centered and focused. If I then enter a deeper state of consciousness, I’m training myself to enter that state at will with greater ease. Even bringing forth the resonance of a really powerful past experience goes a long way in boosting my well-being.

Practice the resonance that you truly want to feel. See what happens.

Please come to my Sacred Art of Singing workshop this Saturday, October 19, 10:30-12:30 at New Renaissance Bookstore. Cost is $20.

And for those who want to dive in and experience the deepest within them, register now for the Resonate With Inspiration retreat Nov 8-10 at Ananada Laurelwood in Gaston, OR.

A Way of Awakening

In these television shows, originally recorded in India, Swami Kriyananda gives a beautiful discourse based on his book, Conversations with Yogananda. He was often present when Paramhansa Yogananda spoke privately with other close disciples — when he received visitors and answered their questions or when he was dictating and discussing his important writings. This book includes not only Yogananda’s words as he spoke them, but the added insights of a disciple who has spent over 60 years attuning his consciousness to that of his guru.

Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, is an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he has taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

A Way of Awakening: Introduction
Nalini Graeber | 00′:40″

A Way of Awakening: Talk 1
Swami Kriyananda | 16′:12″

A Way of Awakening: Talk 2
Swami Kriyananda | 18′:13″

A Way of Awakening: Talk 3
Swami Kriyananda | 18′:19″

A Way of Awakening: Talk 4
Swami Kriyananda | 16′:31″

A Way of Awakening: Talk 5
Swami Kriyananda | 15′:55″

New Dawn Radio

Swami Kriyananda recorded 52 weeks of daily New Dawn radio shows in the early 1990’s. Based on the book Do It Now! — revised later as Living Wisely, Living Well — the shows are on a variety of topics with solutions to everyday problems – a thought for each day of the year. Discover hundreds of techniques for self-improvement. Each saying is warm with wisdom, and provides simple actions that bring profound results. Allow yourself to be transformed — see life with new eyes! (Each show is only 13 minutes long and includes a selection of beautiful music.)

Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, is an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he has taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

New Dawn: Week 25, Part 1
J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda) | 13′:06″

New Dawn: Week 25, Part 2
J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda) | 12′:59″

New Dawn: Week 25, Part 3
J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda) | 12′:58″

New Dawn: Week 25, Part 4
J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda) | 13′:02″

New Dawn: Week 25, Part 5
J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda) | 13′:09″