The Story Behind the Story

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In this book you'll step "behind the scenes" and explore the inspirations that led Swami Kriyananda to write his first 80-plus books—from the one that started it all, Yours—the Universe!, printed on a mimeograph machine—to some of his more recent works, such as Conversations with Yogananda, a worldwide bestseller published on three continents.

Paramhansa Yogananda started Swami Kriyananda on the path of writing when he told his young disciple: "Your work is writing, editing, and lecturing."

Swami Kriyananda explains that he has always seen Yogananda's teachings as the hub of a wheel, from which spokes reach out in all directions to provide valuable insights for all aspects of life. As Kriyananda says, "I set out to write books that would demonstrate how life lived at every level could be given deeper meaning: how one could succeed at anything he wanted, and attain any goal he set for himself. The simple rules of life Yogananda gave to the world can help everyone to achieve the universal goal of all life: happiness."

About the Author

Swami Kriyananda

In 1948 at the age of twenty-two, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda. 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. His books and teachings on spiritualizing nearly every field of human endeavor include business life, leadership, education, the arts, community, and science.

Inspired by Yogananda’s dream of establishing spiritual communities, in 1969 he founded the first of what are now 9 Ananda communities worldwide. They provide a supportive environment of “simple living and high thinking” where over 1,000 full-time residents live, work, and worship together.

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