One melody, with variations, hauntingly describes the human condition: love, hope, aspiration, courage, disappointment, and sorrow all directed toward life’s universal goal: joy.

This is a new kind of music: in the tradition of classical music, but not constrained by classical structures. Transcending the emotions and the intellect, it uplifts the mind to a level of inner healing and soul-inspiration. Features cello, violin, guitar, and keyboards.

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), who left his body in 2013, was a direct disciple of the great master, Paramhansa Yogananda, and an internationally known author, 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; over 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 also home to The Expanding Light, a world-renowned guest retreat facility where thousands of visitors annually visit 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 over 25 languages.

More about Swami Kriyananda, including photos and videos, is available at the
official Swami Kriyananda website.

 

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"An intimate, meditative stream of lush music."

NAPRA Review

"Our beloved Kriyananda has created a symphony in his endearing new style of soul-releasing music he calls ‘Inner Quest Music.’ This instrumental work reveals, from the level of one’s own soul and heart and for one’s own inner self, the textured range of the human condition and that underlying and uppermost plateau all reach for and some find: greatest fulfillment in inner joy. Masterfully taking a single melody, Walters accomplishes this and more, sweetly reminding us of real outer world sitatuations then waking and quaking the inherent joy that fountains up from within."

Greg Ozimek, PhenomeNEWS

"…healing vibrations through the repetition of an effervescent main theme. Sometimes simple things are the best!"

New Age Retailer

"People have said, ‘This is the most beautiful music I have ever heard!" It creates a strong feeling of harmony and peace."

Valerie Schultheiss, Planetree