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Category: Swami Kriyananda

sujata banerjee
India

Question

Kindly let me know who had created the logo of yours.

Is it by Yoganandaji or Krianandaji?

I want to know the meaning of this logo (the loop ). Is it any part of susumna nadi?

Because I used to get this illuminated vision (along with kundalini, chakras etc) which nobody could explain so far, and today for the first time I saw Krianandaji on the Sadhana TV channel, where I found this design and am surprised.

I am a devotee of Ramakrishna Paramahansa, into meditation for 20yrs and I respect Revered Yoganandaji.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Sujata,

Swami Kriyananda created the Ananda logo in the late 70’s. He said it came to him in a vision, but it took him a while to get it into picture form.

It is seen on most of Ananda-related materials, products, advertisements, etc., and is our formal, legally registered trademark.

Swami Kriyananda called it the “Joy Is Within You” symbol. The two little lines in the middle represent a bird, which in turn represents a soul. The two curved lines at the bottom come together to form a symbolic mountain. The other curves represent the flight-path of the bird/soul.

The bird flies off the mountain top and does a lot of flying about, searching, just as our souls fly out into the world in human bodies, searching for joy. We search everywhere outside ourselves until eventually we turn back within and find that it has been inside us all along.

It is a stunningly beautiful symbol, in my opinion.

As far as I know, Swami never mentioned any direct connection with this logo and the sushumna nadi, though there would have to be at least some sort of connection, since in a way, that is our inner “flight path” to freedom.

Alas we take many “detours” outside our selves, seeking happiness, before finally returning inside, to find that inner pathway to oneness with God.

Ivan
United states

Question

The very first time that I saw Swami Kriyananda on TV I saw something that I would like to describe: I saw a transparent light coming from Swami's forehead. It was some kind of light. The light itself felt like a wave of peace that swept over me. It felt refreshing and it made me feel ecstasy or love itself in a way I had never felt before . Does this mean he is my teacher or this is a common experience? Is there something that I should be aware of this experience? Thank you.

Nayaswami Anandi

Nayaswami Anandi

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Ivan,

Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience with Swami Kriyananda. Many people experience blessings flowing from him, though I have not heard one specifically like what you describe.

I cannot say exactly what your experience means. But I think God sends blessings like these to get our attention. It's best not to ignore them.

If I were you, I certainly would dive deeper into the teachings offered by Swami Kriyananda and his guru, Paramhansa Yogananda. This ananda.org site is a wonderful place to begin. If I were you, I would also begin to read some of Swami Kriyananda's books. You can find these books at Crystal Clarity Publishers.

You might also look to see if there is an Ananda meditation group or teaching center near you. Making contact with Ananda people could be a great help in taking your next steps.

I wish you great joy in your journey!

In divine friendship,

Anandi

Paige
USA

Question

Does Swami Kriyananda take disciples and do they get to travel around with him?

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Paige,

I have seen devotees who wanted to become Swami Kriyananada's disciples. But he has always answered: "I am not the guru. You are all Yogananda's disciples." He has never claimed to be perfect, or perfectly enlightened. He simply is a highly advanced soul, a teacher, an inspiration, an example for many of us. Mostly I think he feels himself to be a divine friend and guide. We ask him questions and look at him as a true example of discipleship.

In India he actually would be called a "guru," as they understand the word "guru" to mean teacher, which Swami Kriyananda is. There, he simply wouldn't be a "Sat-Guru," one whose is one with God, who has no trace of ego left. But here in the West he simply is a (very good) "teacher," not the "Guru."

Yes, some Ananda residers travel around with him, to support him. This support has increased over the years, as he is now in his 80's, still touring across the continents, lecturing, writing, answering letters, counseling, giving radio and TV interviews, serving his great Guru Yogananda with all his remaining energy. In order to do that he needs support and many of us feel that Swami Kriyananda deserves all our possible help, because all his life, untiringly, he has given his full love and support to us.

In friendship, jayadev

Swami Kriyananda's voice
October 26, 2010

james
usa

Question

After hearing several of Swami Kriyananda's discourses, I notice that every time I hear one of his discourses, at certain points when he is talking, his voice will start to rise and break, and it almost sounds like he is on the verge of crying. Is this from being overcome by emotion or an actual voice or throat condition?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear James,

We are glad to hear that you have been able to tune in to Swami Kriyananda's recent talks.

And we very much appreciate your concern for his health. No, he does not have a throat or voice condition which makes him sound this way at times during his discourses.

Often when he is speaking these days, particularly of his Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, he becomes tearful with the overwhelming divine love he is feeling from him - this is what you are hearing in his voice.

Liberation and Finding God
November 9, 2009

Jason
Los Angeles

Question

Has Swami Kriyananda found liberation and God?

Nayaswami Devi

Answer

Your question actually has two parts and therefore needs two answers. First, has Swami Kriyananda found liberation? There are different stages of liberation. In the jivan muktan state, you have advanced to the stage where you acquire no new karma, but may have residual karma from the past to overcome.

The stage of final freedom, or siddha, is rare. Yoganandaji said, "Very few saints on earth have achieved final liberation, becoming siddhas, or perfected beings." Swami Kriyananda is a highly advanced soul, but I do not know if he has achieved final liberation at this time.


The second part of the question," Has he found God?" is easier to answer. During the last years, he has frequently said, "I feel so much bliss, I can hardly contain it anymore," and "I don't know anymore where Kriyananda ends and Master begins." So, yes, I would say that he has found God.

Jason Klein
Los Angeles,CA

Question

What state of samadhi has Swami Kriyandaji attained?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Swami Kriyananda doesn't ever talk about his own spiritual attainment or level of samadhi, though many people do wonder! The last few years he's frequently commented that he is feeling deep bliss at all times. So that may be a hint.

Meet Swami Kriyananda
January 9, 2009

Priyanka
USA

Question

Jai Guru,

I dont know if its appropriate to ask this or not , Is there a way to meet Swmai Kriyananda in person .?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Priyanka,

At the moment, if you are in Pune, India, there is a great chance to meet Swami Kriyananda. He is living there in an apartment complex with other devotees until his house is built on land that Ananda Sangha has purchased. He is giving satsangs — to find out about these, check the Ananda India website. He is scheduled to come to the US around June or July. Keep in touch with the Ananda website.

Bless you, Seva