Like Royalty: A Story of Swami Kriyananda

In honor of Swami Kriyananda's birthday on May 19, we are sharing a beautiful story about him and his family written by a family friend.

When I met Don [Swamiji] we were both about fifteen years old. Our fathers worked together and the families became friends. I have always been very religious. As a child I thought of myself as “Beloved by God.” Even then, Don had a strong spiritual presence and his mother, Gertrude, was like a saint. I felt immediately drawn to both of them.

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June 1, 1967, the “Summer of Love,” The Beatles released Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album was a revolution in music, art and spirit, and its cover art included four Indian spiritual masters: Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Sri Yukteswar, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Mahavatar Babaji.

Running through Ananda Village in Northern California are the rutted remains of an old road. A hundred and fifty years ago, during the time of the Gold Rush, when tons of ore were taken from the land around us, Wells Fargo stagecoach drivers urged their horses up and down these hills, and Pony Express riders…

Walking Meditation With Divine Mother

from Awaken to Superconsiousness by Swami Kriyananda

To practice interiorization of the mind during normal waking consciousness, try this walking meditation. Throughout this practice, make it a point to relate to God, to God through Nature, and to your own higher Self. Walk alone, if possible, during this exercise, for its purpose is to interiorize the mind, not to externalize it in the company of others.

Be the Change

Meditate for Peace and Harmony

“Be the change you want to see in the world,” is a paraphrase of Mahatma Gandhi. He is saying that we do not need to wait for the circumstances of the world to change; its starts with us. The great soul of Gandhi calls on us all. Ananda invites you to Be the Change, to join a movement of people changing the world by changing themselves first, through meditation.

In Joy and In More Joy …

by Narayan Romano

I was born and raised in a spiritual intentional community. To answer your first question, yes, I loved it. If you google “intentional community” and try to find a glowing testimonial from a child raised in one, you’ll most likely find none. I certainly haven’t. Every article I’ve ever read has been from someone who…

Friend, Our winter here at Ananda has seen a succession of storms, with high winds and soaking rains. At Christmastime, a lone snow goose appeared on Lotus Lake. Perhaps this bird, like the young bird in Swamiji’s Festival of Light, had “entered a storm cloud, and soon found itself struggling for its life. Wind and…

Dear Friend, When the diagnosis came, Judith turned inward to God, and there felt His presence more powerfully, more sweetly than ever before — that it was God in the birds, in the trees, in herself, even in the disease that would take her life. All was God. All was joy. She asked her friends to join…

Question from Buddha: What is happening with me? Actually my consciousness has changed. Suddenly I’m developing hatred toward this planet Earth. I feel…

Question from justin: Is it true that if I meditate, I will be able to see vision and make prophecies? Is this of…

Question from Martin: During the past couple of years we’ve lost several of our senior pets due to disease/illness, and another under other…

Question from AC: How can we balance the open culture of physical intimacy, especially in Western culture, with a spiritual path? This has…

Question from Ankit: I am 24, a graduate in Yoga and have been teaching Yoga as my profession to make a living. I…

Question from pvtt: Greetings gurudev, I just finished reading the new path.In that book parmahansa yogananda managed to raised very huge amount of…

We are part of a great tide of loving, joyful energy that wants to give and give as long as people are happy to receive it.

—Swami Kriyananda

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