Paramhansa Yogananda (born Mukunda Lal Ghosh, January 5, 1893 – March 7, 1952) was trained by his guru Swami Sri Yukteswar to bring India’s ancient yoga science to the West. In 1920, he arrived in the United States to initiate what would become a worldwide mission to highlight the unity of all religions.
In l946, he published his seminal work Autobiography of Yogi. It has been designated as one of the best spiritual books of this century and the last. Yogananda wrote several books and courses, gave lectures to tens of thousands across the country, wrote music, poetry, and established an organization to train disciples. He also initiated Mahatma Gandhi into Kriya Yoga, his most advanced scientific meditation technique, and was invited to the White House in 1927 by Calvin Coolidge.
Yogananda emphasized direct inner experience of the Divine which he called Self Realization. Yogananda was the first yoga master to settle in the United States. In the West, he is considered to be the ‘Father of Yoga.’ His work and teachings offer practical approaches to inner awakening. Learn more about the life and legacy of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Swami Kriyananda (May 1926-April 21, 2013) was born Donald Walters in Azuga, Romania. Kriyananda is a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. Kriyananda founded Ananda Village and Ananda Worldwide. Ananda Worldwide is a global movement dedicated to sharing Yogananda’s teachings and to establishing the spiritual, brotherhood communities Yogananda envisioned to spread the spirit of simple living and high thinking in friendship, service, and community around the world. Ananda Village is recognized as one of, if not the most successful intentional community in the world.
Kriyananda has authored more than 150 publications and composed more than 400 pieces of music. His books are sold in 90 countries and published in 30 languages. In 2009, Kriyananda established the Nayaswami Order a new expression of the renunciate swami order for the age of higher consciousness.
Please visit swamikriyananda.org to learn more about Swamiji’s life and legacy.