met Paramhansa Yogananda fifty-six years ago. Since then I have remained
his devoted disciple. And I become more certain every day that what he brought
to the world was something of which the whole human race stands in desperate
from Swami Kriyananda's foreword to the Indian edition of Autobiography
of a Yogi
Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) is a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda
and the founder of Ananda. Ananda is recognized as the most successful
intentional community in the world. Today, over 800 people reside in six
Ananda communities throughout the U.S. (Seattle, Palo Alto, Portland,
Sacramento and Dallas) and in Europe. The European retreat and community
located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe,
Croatia, and Russia.
Both the Nevada City
and Assisi communities have world-renowned guest retreat facilities where
thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many
aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life. Kriyananda has also
established "Living Wisdom" schools for grades K-8 in Nevada
City, Sacramento, Portland, and Palo Alto.
Swami Kriyananda spent
3 1/2 years living closely with his Guru, Yogananda, the great Indian
master and author of Autobiography of a Yogi . He went on to become vice-president
of Self-Realization Fellowship, the organization Yogananda founded. After
leaving SRF, he founded Ananda in 1968.
Kriyananda's books and music have sold over 3 million copies worldwide
and been translated into 24 languages. He is the author of 80 books on
a variety of topics including leadership, education, creativity, and moral
values. His best-selling titles include Meditation for Starters, The Path
- A Spiritual Autobiography, Money Magnetism, The Essence of Self-Realization,
Affirmations for Self-Healing, Education for Life, and his best-selling
Secrets gift books.
A composer since 1964,
Kriyananda has written over 300 musical works. His music is soothing,
uplifting, and inspiring. Many of his new albums are instrumental works
that contain brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto, of
Awareness Magazine says, "Kriyananda's words and music are full of
his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could
all use during these chaotic times."
recent albums include Secrets of Life, Mantra, Life is a Quest for Joy,
and I, Omar. As a composer, Walters is best known for the top-selling
albums Mystic Harp and Mystic Harp 2, featuring the legendary harpist
Derek Bell, of the 5-time Grammy Award-winning group The Chieftains.
Kriyananda Moves to India
Many of you that have email have received some of the inspiring news of
Swamis adventures in New Delhi. For those who dont know,
here is a brief summary:
A few weeks ago some people from India approached Swami about what they
perceived as the sorry state of Masters work in India. They asked
him to help. He had just finished work on his latest book, Conversations
with Yogananda, and had been praying for guidance as to what Yogananda
wanted of him next. Swami had often spoken of the need for Ananda someday
to take Masters message back to India, and to continue the work
he himself had been doing there before he was summoned back to America
and subsequently thrown out of Self-Realization fellowship back in 1962.
So Swami felt that the time was right. He called Jyotish and Devi Novak,
Durga and Vidura Smallen, Dharmadas and Nirmala Schuppe, and David and
Asha Praver from America to come to Italy for discussions, and quite soon
the decision was made for Swami and a few others to move to from Assisi
to New Delhi!! A number of helpful Indians came forward to help, and soon
the advance team found a large house to rent in the town of Gurgaon, a
suburb some 45minutes from New Delhi. Although Indias bureaucracy
is cumbersome, rapid progress was made in arranging financing, setting
up bank accounts, internet access, furnishing the house, setting up a
publishing business, and getting some TV shows and a lecture tour for
Swami set up.
Swami felt the guidance to make Dharmadas a Kriya minister, and already
there have been several public events, including a Kriya initiation. The
Novaks, Smallens, and Pravers have returned to America. Swami is living
on the third floor of the house. The Schuppes are living there also, along
with Lila Hoogendyk and Alan Heubert, whose spiritual name is now Lakshman,
who were both here last July with Swami. Everyone remarks how quickly
everything has fallen into place, and how it seems that Masters
grace is helping bring into being this next phase of Swamis work.
Rhode Island is no longer the newest Ananda community!!
News about Swami Kriyananda in India:
In the last two weeks Swami gave a talk for a standing room only crowd
of 700 in New Delhi and has begun taping the half-hour TV shows that will
be shown daily for a month on Indias Sadhana Channel
(imagine having that here!). Although he had a case of strep throat for
a few days, he is much better now.
As Jyotish and Devi report: We had a wonderful phone call from
Swamiji this morning. He sounded
as enthusiastic and exhilarated as we've ever heard him. In the past two
days, he's filmed 25 talks for the month-long TV program on the Sadhna
Channel (yes, they spell it that way). His voice rang with vibrancy as
told us, "We're getting Master's name out to millions! This is what
I dreamed of doing forty years ago, and now it's happening!"
Swamis events in India are posted on the newest Ananda website,
www.anandaindia.org. Included here is an inspiring article by Swami of
the story of his earlier efforts in India in the sixties, called A Life
Because of the success and new opportunities of this Indian work, it now
seems that Swami will probably not be coming to America this summer. He
sends his regrets, and we are of course a little disappointed, but we
certainly understand his desire to focus on the work there. We echo the
refrain of Red Sox fans everywhere: Wait til next year!
(Sadhana: maybe put this paragraph in a box?
Others Say About Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters)
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teacher. His books are gentle masterpieces."
Louise Hay, best selling author of You Can Heal Your Life
Donald Walters has been one of the most important Western exponents of
yoga in the past 30 years."
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and the Mind and Gods, Sages, and Kings
Donald Walters is wise teacher whose words convey love and compassion.
Read and listen, and allow your life to change."
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feel I can recommend this man of love and his sparkling teachings without
David Alan Ramsdale, Meditation Magazine
Donald Walters is perhaps the most respected non-Indian exponent of yoga
in the world."
Justine & Michael Toms, New Dimensions Foundation
openness, your undeviating devotion to life and service, and your joyous
good humor express themselves in your bookit came to an end too
Ken Keyes, Jr. best selling author of Handbook to Higher Consciousness
Donald Walters has an ability to uncover countless unusual aspects of
a subject, and to reveal them in an unexpected and original light. When
he turns the spotlight of his concentration on any given subject, he leaves
no aspect of it uncovered. What we have in J. Donald Walters, then, is
an unusual and powerfully magnetic mind, and also one whose judgment is
always fair. He is truly one of the great men of our time."
Derek Bell, 5-time Grammy Award-winning harpist of The Chieftains
RealPlayer videos of Kriyananda, including a talk on Yogananda's mission,
read Articles by Kriyananda at Clarity Online Magazine, read Complete
Online Books by Kriyananda, including The Path, his autobiography and
to order books or music online, and much more.