Midday services at the Ananda Ashrama Temple in La Crescenta were the ideal cure to what turned out to be a hectic day at work Wednesday afternoon. This also explains why I made it to the temple for the 12:30 p.m. services with only two minutes to spare.
As I arrived, I was greeted with the familiar scenery (although I did not see the family of deer that roams the grounds), as I’ve been to the Ashrama before. Immediately, I was in a quiet, forest-like setting. Every time I drive up to the Ashrama’s parking lot, I feel a sense of embarrassment at my car’s loud engine cutting like a knife through the quietness of the grounds.
When I arrived at the main temple, I was relieved to see that services had not started, and that one other person was waiting to enter the temple. I spent a few moments taking in the grounds, relishing in the quiet and thankful that I was able to get away from the hustle and bustle of activity that would once again be waiting for me down the hill after services were over.