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Why Devotees Fall (With Swami Kriyananda)

Swami Kriyananda
June 8, 2003

Recorded June 8, 2003 at Ananda Village

Swami Kriyananda shares many insights about the spiritual path and journey. Paramhansa Yogananda says that everyone knowingly or not is on the spiritual path and we all have a common destination. That destination ultimately leads everyone to God. It is a journey of inner realization with everyone playing a part in the grand drama of life and destiny.

Kriyananda shares personal stories and anecdotes and encourages us to remain true to our own callings and avoid negativity and destructive behavioral patterns. He advises us to seek happiness and fulfillment within and commit to pursuing the transformative journey of the spiritual path and the profound bliss of the soul.


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. Ananda is a worldwide movement to help individuals realize the joy of their own higher Self.

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