"Behind the Scenes"
An Allegory of Soul-Yearning
by Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters)
After writing a succession of deeply serious books, I sought respite in something that, although serious also, appeals more directly to the heart. This book is a rewritten story that I first wrote when I was eighteen. It was my Christmas gift to Ananda members in a recent year. In a very real sense, it is the intimate story of my own life.
The girl in this story, Lisa, is myself. Her simple yearning for perfect love and happiness is my own true longing in life-not the many things I've done, but one thing only: to know my Infinite Beloved. I have worked so hard-harder, perhaps, than many-with only one motive: to help others also to know and to love our one Beloved. Nothing else in life has any meaning for me.