About Nayaswami Hriman

 Nayaswami Hriman McGilloway was raised in a devout Catholic family and environment, with sixteen years of Catholic education, including two years at a preparatory high school seminary for the priesthood, Hriman has retained his love and respect for the core values and teachings of traditional Christianity. It was during his college years at the University of Santa Clara (a Jesuit college in the Bay Area of California), that the teachings of India and the practice of meditation came into his life.

He traveled, in his mid-twenties, from Europe to India in search of India’s timeless wisdom. Upon returning after over a year of travel, he found the Autobiography of a Yogi,  Paramhansa Yogananda’s now classic life story. Thereafter meeting Swami Kriyananda, founder of the Ananda Community in northern California and a direct disciple of Yogananda, Hriman was personally trained by Kriyananda.

For the last forty-five years, Hriman has practiced the Kriya Yoga taught by Yogananda and shared with many hundreds the precepts and practices of meditation. Since 1993 he and his wife, Padma, have served as the spiritual directors of Ananda Sangha in Washington State.

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