Winner: Audience Award, Awareness Film Festival

Winner: Rising Star Award, Canada International Film Festival

Winner: Award of Recognition, Accolade Competition

Winner: Best Director, International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, Nice

Yogananda Films presents a Kriya Movies production: The Answer

Written by Swami Kriyananda, and based on his autobiography, The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda. Starring Victor Bannerjee and Leonidas Gulaptis. Music composed by Swami Kriyananda.

***This film has received 17 major awards, 26 official selections, and 48 nominations at International Film Festivals***

The Answer tells the powerful true story of an American, James Donald Walters. The film portrays his youthful quest for truth, which takes him from his birthplace in Romania to Switzerland and England, and eventually to the United States, where in 1948 in Hollywood, California, he has an extraordinary meeting with Paramhansa Yognanda, the great Indian master and author of Autobiography of a Yogi. Young Donald—later, Swami Kriyananda—is immediately accepted as a disciple, and his amazing spiritual journey begins.

This film is the saga of his anguished search, of his illuminations and dark nights, of his determination never to give up, and of the winding path that leads him to the presence of his spiritual master. In his quest we recognize the eternal search of every individual; through his inner battles we discover our own inner strength; in his attunement with the expanded vision of his master, we find hope for our own illumination.

The Answer is an epic motion picture that presents, for the first time on the cinematic screen, one of the most widely known and revered spiritual masters of our times, Paramhansa Yogananda, through the living testimony and in the words of his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda, who lived with him, and who vowed to carry his light to future generations.

Bonus DVD Features: “Pioneer, Domes and Tps”, “You Can Live in Joy”, “Gita”, “Ask Me About Truth”

Closed Captioning, Dolby Digital

The Answer Official Trailer:

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.