The songs in this album are global in scope: inspirations the composer felt while living in, or visiting, nine different countries:
Scotland, Romania, Ireland, England, Italy, Israel, India, The United States of America, and Egypt. “The world is one,” he writes, “though the
languages and characteristics of its peoples vary widely. The common thread in these songs is the fact that it was I who ‘filtered’ those
inspirations. It would be misleading to say that I wrote them. I merely asked for the words and music, and then listened. This album is a
selection of what I heard.”

Of this album he also writes, “Some of these songs are cheerful, some of them very serious, and some of them were born of deep pain.
All were born of a lifetime of doing my best to love God worthily, to serve Him, and to bring to other people whatever inspiration I
felt in that love and service.”

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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"These 22 heart-opening tunes possess such innocence and joy that they’ll uplift your spirit while bringing a smile to your face….Kriyananda’s simple ballads are as warm and humbly sincere as his singing voice, espousing the timeless values such as kindness, charity, and hope…the most outstanding quality of his lyrical music is its ability to inspire."

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"Global in scope, inspired by life in nine different countries, these twenty-two songs are so beautifully sung that they become windows into the heart of humanity. His music has the power to heal and rejuvenate physically and emotionally, taking you to a higher level of consciousness and well-being."

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