The Ananda Strings album represents some of Swami Kriyananda’s finest and most sublime music written for strings.

His String Quartet is comprised of four movements, each based on one of his songs of Shakespeare: Hark Hark the Lark, Full Fathom Five, Who Is Sylvia, and Ariel’s Song. In each movement, the melodies are shared between the two violins, viola, and cello, allowing each to shine in turn, and showcases Kriyananda’s finest ensemble writing. Performed by Darshan Lotichius and Ramesha Nani, violins, Nancy Hill, viola, and David Eby, cello. Total time 23 minutes.

Initiation into the Mysteries, from his Egyptian Suite, is a beautifully expansive movement lasting 9 minutes, performed by Sharon Brooks, flute, David Eby, cello, and Donelle Page, harp.

The 23 minute Life Is the Quest for Joy Suite takes the listener into a deep state of awareness and joy, with its beautiful melodies performed by violin and cello, backed by a lush live string ensemble.

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters, 1926–2013) was a direct disciple of the great spiritual master Paramhansa Yogananda (author of the classic Autobiography of a Yogi), a bestselling author, and an internationally known 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, and more than 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 home to The Expanding Light, a world-renowned guest retreat facility where thousands visit annually 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 more than 25 languages.

To learn more, visit the Swami Kriyananda website.