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Whatever We Are Is a Result of What We Do (With Swami Kriyananda)

Swami Kriyananda
April 5, 2023

Swami Kriyananda speaks about the sweet devotion and grace of an Ananda member in transition during a terminal illness. In the face of death, she was attuned to Spirit and felt only the Joy & Bliss of the Divine. Kriyananda explains that we are the reflection of whatever actions and attitudes we manifest not just in this life but throughout countless incarnations. God sings his song through each of us in a different way. The more we can attune ourselves to that Infinite consciousness, and release our identification with the little self, the more we will know and feel the blessings of the Infinite Divine.


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 Anandamayi 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, his music, and his 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. A composer since 1964, Walters has written over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting.

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