Inspirational music for children and adults.

The music on I Came From Joy! was chosen by teacher and parent Lorna Knox, author of the companion book, I Came From Joy! for the inspiring messages, spiritual truths, easy to learn lyrics, and infectious melodies that have long proven popular with both children and adults. The arrangements are a joy to listen to and make a perfect teaching tool for home or classroom.

Written by renowned composer Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), these songs are performed by The Joy Singers, an ensemble of professional singers and musicians, that includes both male and female voices. Instruments used include flute, cello, guitar, harp and keyboard.

The songs on this delightful recording will encourage happiness and self-worth in your children throughout the pre-school and primary years. Interior booklet includes the complete lyrics for all of the songs on this recording, as well as some helpful suggestions on how to use this music effectively.

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.