About Me

My name is Tandava, and I’ve been on the spiritual path as a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda since 2009. I am currently a monk living in the Ananda Palo Alto spiritual community. I’ve been a musician and a teacher for most of my life, and currently teach meditation, yoga, philosophy, music, and more. You can also visit my personal blog, read some of my poetry, or subscribe to my YouTube channel

My understanding of the spiritual path in general, and of the spiritual uses of music in particular, comes from my guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, and from Swami Kriyananda and all the many Ananda teachers who have helped—and continue to help!—me on my way.

Paramhansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Best known as the author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda was the first Indian guru to make his home in America. His mission to the world was to teach people of all faiths how to have a direct, personal relationship with God, and how to realize their own Divine potential through the science of yoga and meditation.

Yogananda created a new style of devotional chanting, blending the best qualities of Eastern and Western traditions. The music is simple enough to be accessible to all and to allow for a deep experience of devotion. The words express clear, non-sectarian, spiritual affirmations. Yogananda taught that music can a powerful tool for spiritual progress, famously saying that “chanting is half the battle!”

Swami Kriyananda (1926-2013)
Swami Kriyananda (born as an American, J. Donald Walters) became a direct disciple of Yogananda in 1948. He dedicated the remaining 65 years of his life to spreading his guru’s teachings through books, music, lectures, and through founding spiritual communities, schools, and businesses. Ananda, begun in 1969, has become a worldwide spiritual movement, with residential communities in the US, Europe, and India, and many smaller centers around the globe. 


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