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The Inner Kingdom (With Swami Kriyananda)

Swami Kriyananda
June 1, 2003

In this inspiring and heartfelt talk, Swami Kriyananda draws upon the wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda and the path of Self-realization to share a wealth of spiritual insights and personal anecdotes. He discusses the relativities of cultural knowledge and values against the backdrop of scientific advancement, social dogmas, and the deepening of human understanding. Kriyananda addresses the current confusion and concerns surrounding moral and spiritual values but also optimistically highlights the subtle shift towards acceptance of broader, higher, and more enlightened principles.

Kriyananda explores concepts related to yogic philosophy and Self-realization and emphasizes the critical role of seeing oneself as fundamentally central to the universe. He explains that true understanding stems from the inner journey to 'Know Thyself.' Kriyananda reminds us that the spiritual quest is one of self-discovery and encourages us to explore the rich inner landscape residing within each one of us.

Kriyananda examines the intersection of quantum reality and spiritual wisdom. His teachings emphasize the significance of the inner realms, intuition, and the interconnectedness of all existence and the transformative power of spirituality in understanding the true nature of reality and oneself.



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. 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 business life, leadership, education, the arts, community, and science. He wrote extensive commentaries on the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, both based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. 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.

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