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My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda (by Swami Kriyananda)

Swami Kriyananda
May 18, 2021

Swami Kriyananda launches The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood. Recorded September 26th, 2009 in Los Angeles.

Swami Kriyananda shares an inspiring talk about his personal search for truth and his aspirations to share that truth with others during his 61 years as a devotee of Paramhansa Yogananda. “[Yogananda] was firmly anchored in helping people and said, ‘Everyone in the world is on a spiritual path.’”

Kriyananda explains that we are all seeking the same happiness–the same bliss. “Everyone in one way or another is trying to find happiness and avoid pain and suffering. We just may not know how to go about it or find it. Material wealth can never give us true, lasting happiness.”

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In a New York bookstore in 1948, Kriyananda found the Autobiography of a Yogi. Reading the book became a pivotal turning point in his life, as it would become for so many others after him. He read the book between “tears of joy and tears of  love…It was the most moving experience of my life.”

Yogananda told Kriyananda many times that his life would be one of intense activity and meditation. “Your work,” the Master said, “will be lecturing, editing, and writing.”

Kriyananda’s great work is sharing the teachings of his guru and establishing the Ananda Village community. Today there are several brotherhood communities and meditation centers around the world.

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