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Memories of Yogananda (With Swami Kriyananda)

Swami Kriyananda
October 15, 2023

The book Conversations with Yogananda is commented on by Swami Kriyananda in this TV series recorded in India.

In this episode Swami Kriyananda recounts many experiences and lessons acquired from his discipleship and life with his guru Paramhansa Yogananda. Kriyananda also shares personal stories about the challenges and difficulties he faced in establishing spiritual communities in America and India where he ultimately succeeded by championing integrity over expedience. Where there is dharma, there is victory.

Kriyananda expresses his profound desire and blessing to share truth with others and his deep desire to guide people to their highest purpose, inner joy, and bliss. He highlights the importance of living in accordance with spiritual law to find happiness and the true Self.

Kriyananda speaks about his philosophy in establishing communities where people are more important than things. The community (Ananda) Kriyananda successfully established is a place where people come from around the world to live and work under the radiant arc of a common spiritual path, teamwork, and cooperation.


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 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, his music, and his many books have touched the lives of millions. An advocate of simple living and high thinking, his more than 150 books emphasize the need to live wisely by one’s own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas. A composer since 1964, Walters has written over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting.

About Paramhansa Yogananda:

Paramhansa Yogananda, born in 1893, was the first yoga master of India to take up permanent residence in the West. Yogananda arrived in America in 1920, and proceeded to travel throughout the United States on what he called his “spiritual campaigns.” Hundreds of thousands filled the largest halls in major American cities to see the yoga master from India. Yogananda continued to lecture and write up to his passing in 1952.

Paramhansa Yogananda’s initial impact on Western culture was truly impressive. But his lasting spiritual legacy has been even greater. His Autobiography of a Yogi, first published in 1946, helped launch a spiritual revolution in the West. Translated into more than a dozen languages, it remains a best-selling spiritual classic to this day.

Lear more about the path of Kriya Yoga to combine the practice of advanced yogic techniques with spirituality in daily life.

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