About Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), who left his body in 2013, was a direct disciple of the great master, Paramhansa Yogananda, and an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

In 1968, Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community around the globe. Ananda is recognized as one of the most successful intentional communities in the world; over 1,000 people reside in Ananda communities in the US, India, and Italy. The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe and Russia.

Ananda Village is also home to The Expanding Light, a world-renowned guest retreat facility where thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life. The nearby Ananda Meditation Retreat, located on Ananda's first property, functions both as a retreat and as the site for Ananda's Institute of Alternative Living.

An advocate of simple living and high thinking, Swami Kriyananda's more than 140 books cover a wide range of subjects emphasizing the need to live wisely by one's own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas.

A composer since 1964, Kriyananda wrote over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his later albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine wrote, "[His] 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."

Through Crystal Clarity Publishers, his works have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 25 languages.

More about Swami Kriyananda, including photos and videos, is available at the official Swami Kriyananda website.


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Products by Swami Kriyananda

A Pilgrimage to Guadalupe
A Pilgrimage to Guadalupe
A Place Called Ananda
A Place Called Ananda
Affirmations for Self-Healing
Affirmations for Self-Healing
Affirmations for Self-Healing Audio Book
Affirmations for Self-Healing Audio Book
An Evening in Italy
An Evening in Italy
Ananda Strings
Ananda Strings
Ananda Yoga for Higher Awareness
Ananda Yoga for Higher Awareness
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
The Art & Science of Raja Yoga
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga Audio Companion Set
The Art and Science of Raja Yoga Audio Companion Set
Art as a Hidden Message
Art as a Hidden Message
The Art of Supportive Leadership
The Art of Supportive Leadership
AUM: Mantra of Eternity
AUM: Mantra of Eternity
Autobiography of a Yogi Audio Book (unabridged)
Autobiography of a Yogi Audio Book (unabridged)
Awaken to Superconsciousness
Awaken to Super­con­scious­ness
Awaken to Superconsciousness
Awaken to Super­con­scious­ness
The Bhagavad Gita
The Bhagavad Gita
Christ Lives: An Oratorio
Christ Lives: An Oratorio
Cities of Light
Cities of Light
Conscious Commuting
Conscious Commuting
Conversations with Yogananda
Conversations with Yogananda
A Course in Meditation
A Course in Meditation
Crystal Hermitage Gardens
Crystal Hermitage Gardens
Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras (Aphorisms)
Demystifying Patanjali: The Yoga Sutras (Aphorisms)
Education for Life
Education for Life
Energization Exercises Booklet
Energization Exercises Booklet
Energization Exercises on DVD
Energization Exercises on DVD
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita (Paperback)
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita (Paperback)
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita (Hardcover)
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita (Hardcover)
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita Audio Book (unabridged)
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita Audio Book (unabridged)
The Essence of Self-Realization
The Essence of Self-Realization
The Essence of Self-Realization Audio Book (unabridged)
The Essence of Self-Realization Audio Book (unabridged)
Finding Happiness
Finding Happiness
God Is for Everyone
God Is for Everyone
A Handbook on Discipleship
A Handbook on Discipleship
The Hindu Way of Awakening
The Hindu Way of Awakening
Hope for a Better World!
Hope for a Better World!
How to Be a True Channel
How to Be a True Channel
I Came from Joy!
I Came from Joy!
I, Omar
I, Omar
In Divine Friendship
In Divine Friendship
Intuition for Starters
Intuition for Starters
Kriyananda Chants Yogananda
Kriyananda Chants Yogananda
The Land of Golden Sunshine
The Land of Golden Sunshine
Lessons in Meditation & The Art and Science of Raja Yoga
Lessons in Meditation & The Art and Science of Raja Yoga
Life Is the Quest for Joy
Life Is the Quest for Joy
Living Wisely, Living Well
Living Wisely, Living Well
Love Perfected, Life Divine: A Novel
Love Perfected, Life Divine: A Novel
Mantra
Mantra
Meditation for Starters
Meditation for Starters
Meditation for Starters
Meditation for Starters
Meditations to Awaken Superconsciousness
Meditations to Awaken Super­con­scious­ness
Metaphysical Meditations
Metaphysical Meditations
Money Magnetism
Money Magnetism
Money Magnetism Audio Book
Money Magnetism Audio Book
Music to Awaken Superconsciousness
Music to Awaken Super­con­scious­ness
The Mystic Harp
The Mystic Harp
Mystic Harp 2
Mystic Harp 2
The New Path
The New Path
Out of the Labyrinth
Out of the Labyrinth
Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography
Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography
Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography Audio Book (unabridged)
Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography Audio Book (unabridged)
The Peace Treaty
The Peace Treaty
The Promise of Immortality
The Promise of Immortality
Rainbows & Waterfalls
Rainbows & Waterfalls
Rays of the One Light
Rays of the One Light
Relax: Meditations for Flute and Cello
Relax: Meditations for Flute and Cello
Relax: Meditations for Piano
Relax: Meditations for Piano
Religion in the New Age
Religion in the New Age
A Renunciate Order for the New Age
A Renunciate Order for the New Age
Revelations of Christ (Hardcover)
Revelations of Christ (Hardcover)
Revelations of Christ (Paperback)
Revelations of Christ (Paperback)
Revelations of Christ Audio Book (unabridged)
Revelations of Christ Audio Book (unabridged)
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained
Sadhu, Beware!
Sadhu, Beware!
Secrets of Love
Secrets of Love
Self-Expansion Through Marriage
Self-Expansion Through Marriage
Shaped by Saints
Shaped by Saints
The Singer and the Nightingale
The Singer and the Nightingale
Song of the Nightingale
Song of the Nightingale
Space, Light, and Harmony
Space, Light, and Harmony
The Story Behind the Story
The Story Behind the Story
The Superconsciousness Collection
The Super­con­scious­ness Collection
The Art of Supportive Leadership Audio Book
The Art of Supportive Leadership Audio Book
The Light of Superconsciousness
The Light of Super­con­scious­ness
The New Path Audio Book (unabridged)
The New Path Audio Book (unabridged)
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained Audio Book
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Explained Audio Book
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Whispers from Eternity
Whispers from Eternity
Whispers from Eternity Audiobook
Whispers from Eternity Audiobook
Windows on the World
Windows on the World
Yogananda for the World
Yogananda for the World
Your Sun Sign as a Spiritual Guide
Your Sun Sign as a Spiritual Guide