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Swami Kriyananda — Selected Images from His Life

Swami Kriyananda (James Donald Walters) was born on May 19, 1926, in Romania, to American parents. He was the oldest of three boys and his father worked in the oil industry. Even as a child, Kriyananda demonstrated calmness and strength of mind. He went to private schools in Switzerland, England, and America. As a college student, he dedicated himself to … Read More

Spiritual Growth, Swami Kriyananda

Happy Birthday, Swamiji

Swami Kriyananda led an exemplary life. He said that his primary goal in this life had been to find Truth and help others to find Truth. At the age of 15, Swami began thinking of intentional communities where people could live in harmony and peace. In his 20s, he decided to become a playwright, hoping that his work could inspire … Read More

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Perfection Only Exists In God

http://www.swamikriyananda.org 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. At Yogananda’s request, Swami Kriyananda devoted his life to lecturing and writing, helping others … Read More

A Place Called Ananda, Healing, Swami Kriyananda

Tools for World Challenges

This Tools for World Challenges talk collection was created during the 2020 COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. Swami Kriyananda and Paramhansa Yogananda both spoke of world cataclysms. These talks offer many insights on how to get through the tests of life, no matter how severe! The leading guidance in these talks is to remain centered in yourself, meditate deeply, and stay close to God. Learn more & … Read More

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Attaining Samadhi

Home Swami Kriyananda reads and comments on his book Conversations with Yogananda. TV series A Way to Awakening was recorded in India. ABOUT SWAMI KRIYANANDA In 1948 at the age of 22, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda. At Yogananda’s request, Swami Kriyananda devoted his life to lecturing and writing, helping … Read More

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Towards Infinity

Selected excerpts of Swami Kriyananda’s talks, dedicated to his Moksha Day, April 21st 2013. 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. At Yogananda’s request, Swami Kriyananda devoted his life to lecturing and writing, helping others to experience the living presence of God … Read More

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Death, the Final Exam with Swami Kriyananda – Inspiration From the Bhagavad Gita

Season 2. These talks are based on the book: “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramhansa Yogananda as remembered by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda.” Rarely in a lifetime does a new spiritual classic appear that has the power to change people’s lives and transform future generations. This is such a book. “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita Explained by … Read More

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The Free Soul of Swami Kriyananda

At Ananda Assisi, eight years ago — on April 21, 2013 — Swami Kriyananda left his body. It isn’t easy to understand in depth the blessings he brought to us by his mere presence. It is often difficult to understand the true essence of those who are so familiar to us, those we live with, and those we feel we … Read More

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Samadhi (Poem by Paramhansa Yogananda)

Enjoy a new visual interpretation of Yogananda’s famous poem “Samadhi”, read by his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda. (best viewed in full screen mode) Vanished the veils of light and shade, Lifted every vapor of sorrow, Sailed away all dawns of fleeting joy, Gone the dim sensory mirage. Love, hate, health, disease, life, death, Perished these false shadows on the screen … Read More

Superconscious Living, Swami Kriyananda

Awaken to Superconsciousness

Swami Kriyananda often spoke of the epiphany that inspired him to devote his life to seeking God. Walking alone at night in Charleston, South Carolina at the age of 21, he grappled with the question, “If there is a God, what must He be?” The answer followed shortly. “Well, what’s making me ask this question? It’s because I’m conscious. Furthermore, … Read More