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Renouncing the Ego (With Swami Kriyananda)

Swami Kriyananda reads and comments on his book Conversations with Yogananda. The TV series A Way to Awakening was recorded in India. ABOUT SWAMI KRIYANANDA In 1948 at the age of twenty-two, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda. Yogananda is best known for his spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda … Read More

Spiritual Community, Swami Kriyananda

A Divine Journey: Meeting Saint Francis through Swami Kriyananda

A Pilgrim’s Story Going on pilgrimage with Swami Kriyananda was always interesting. He had such an expansive, uplifting energy that you could not help but get pulled into whatever he was doing. He would talk to shopkeepers with a big, warm smile like they were his long-lost friends and they, in turn, were equally eager to talk to him. Swami … Read More

Swami Kriyananda as We Have Known Him

Single Mom

With no jobs and two children to support, I felt all alone and in desperate need of spiritual guidance and inspiration. A friend had recently moved to Ananda and she suggested I come there for Spiritual Renewal Week. I knew nothing about Master and had never met Swami Kriyananda, but I had promised God I would walk through every door … Read More

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Festival of Joyful Arts (With Swami Kriyananda)

Recorded  June 10, 2006 at Ananda Village ABOUT SWAMI KRIYANANDA I n 1948 at the age of twenty-two, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda. Yogananda is best known for his spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda moved to America and developed the energization exercises and taught the meditation techniques of … Read More

Swami Kriyananda as We Have Known Him

A Kiss

The child was retarded, and the unaccustomed energy of having Swamiji and our whole tour group staying in her home as guests of her mother was making her loud and unruly. She was about fourteen years old and a formidable force in the middle of the kitchen where we were trying to make breakfast. I had no idea how to … Read More

Swami Kriyananda as We Have Known Him

Puzzled

After the earthquake in Assisi, Italy in 1998, tourism dropped off for a while. Many small businesses went bankrupt. The Ananda community there is twenty miles outside of town on a rural road. A small restaurant, serving mostly coffee and sweets, opened on that road just after the earthquake happened. “When so many businesses are closing,” Swamiji said, “It took … Read More

Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda, Yoga Philosophy

Make Me Anything: A Christian or a Hindu – Anything to Realize Thee

Let me be Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Mohammedan, or Sufi: I care not what be my religion, race, creed, or color, if only I can win my way to Thee! But let me be none of these if that identity enmeshes me in an enclosing net of religious or social formalities. Let me travel the royal high road of realization … Read More

Swami Kriyananda as We Have Known Him

An Unhappy Couple

Once when Swamiji was traveling with Lawrence in Europe, they went out to dinner with a married couple who are friends of Swamij’s but not connected with Ananda. Afterward, Lawrence exclaimed, What a relief to get away from those two! The negativity between them was so thick you could cut it with a knife.” “It was?” Swamiji said. “I didn’t … Read More

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The Great Blessing of Giving Your Life to God (With Swami Kriyananda)

Swami Kriyananda reads and comments on his book “Conversations with Yogananda.” TV series “A Way to Awakening” recorded in India. ABOUT SWAMI KRIYANANDA In 1948 at the age of twenty-two, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda. Yogananda is best known for his spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda moved to … Read More

Swami Kriyananda as We Have Known Him

Soul to Soul

By the time I got to Swamij’s lecture it was standing room only and I had to sit on the floor of the middle aisle. It didn’t matter where I was in the room; when Swamiji began to speak, I felt as if he were inside my spine, speaking directly to my soul. I don’t know how else to explain … Read More