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Can We Live by Cosmic Energy Alone? (With Swami Kriyananda)

Swami Kriyananda
May 26, 2022

Wondering about Future Hardships

Kriyananda shares that he has always had a healthy appetite and worries about going hungry if times get tough in the future. This leads him to wonder if humans can evolve to directly draw energy from the universe as some advanced yogis do, so that we need not rely solely on food for survival. Yogis are able to go months without eating by touching certain nerves behind the palate which allows them to draw universal energy into their bodies.

Cultivating Faith and Protection

Paramhansa Yogananda also taught beneficial Energization Exercises to help tap into this infinite energy source. Regardless of whether he ends up starving or having abundance, Kriyananda says, he knows that maintaining faith in God will lead to being taken care of. So rather than worrying about potential hardships ahead, he will focus on strengthening his trust in God, which will surround him with protection.


About Swami Kriyananda and Paramhansa Yogananda

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. In his book he recalls his experiences growing up in India and his life in America. He writes of meeting the great spiritual master Babaji, and how Babaji reintroduced the life changing meditation technique of Kriya Yoga. He tells of his life with his guru, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, of his guru Lahiri Mahasaya, and his meeting with Anandamoyi Ma. Yogananda moved to America and developed the energization exercises and taught the meditation techniques of Hatha Yoga and especially Kriya Yoga.

At Yogananda’s request, Swami Kriyananda devoted his life to lecturing and writing, helping others to experience the living presence of God within. He taught on four continents in seven languages over the course of 65 years. His talks, music, and many books have touched the lives of millions. An advocate of simple living and high thinking, his 150 books emphasize the need to live wisely by one’s own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas. He wrote extensive commentaries on the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, both based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

A composer since 1964, Walters has written over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. He taught meditation to thousands and has initiated many into the life changing technique of Kriya Yoga. His books and teachings on spiritualizing nearly every field of human endeavor include topics of business life, leadership, education, the arts, community, and science.

He is known as the “father of the intentional communities movement,” which began in the United States in the late 1960s, fulfilling Yogananda's dream. Ananda is a worldwide movement to help individuals realize the joy of their own higher Self.

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