“If you want to be a saint, mix with the saints.”Paramhansa Yogananda

Even though Paramhansa Yogananda was born a fully-liberated master, he spent much of his youth seeking the company of saints, as detailed in his spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.

Yogananda said, “If you want to be a saint, mix with the saints.” His disciple, Swam Kriyananda, did just that.

In 1958 and 1972, Kriyananda traveled to India, meeting a number of great saints, including Anandamayee Ma, Yogi Ramiah (Sri Rama Yogi, whom Yogananda spoke about lovingly, as quoted in The New Path), Swami Muktananda, and Sathya Sai Baba.

Kriyananda wrote about his experiences in a series of letters. Those letters inspired and became Crystal Clarity’s latest book, Visits to Saints of India. This book captures the spirit of Yogananda’s classic autobiography, and those of other accounts of deeply inspiring and sacred experiences in the East.

Visits to Saints of India takes us on a spiritual journey, as we walk alongside Kriyananda and see India and its spiritual representatives through his eyes. Along with Kriyananda, we talk with great spiritual masters. We see them through the eyes of an advanced disciple of Yogananda, and feel the powerful inspiration that was bestowed on him.

These great saints that Kriyananda visited are no longer living. As we can no longer be with them physically, the next best thing is to read about them and to tune in to their immortal presence and consciousness. Visits to Saints of India allows us to do just that. It also allows us to experience India second-hand—the sacred land that Yogananda so loved, and which holds ancient wisdom and secrets to our spiritual freedom.

As Kriyananda wrote in the prologue to this book:

“India! Land of great saints and yogis. One has only to set foot on that sacred ground, if he is sensitive, to feel the blessings rising up therefrom. Fittingly did Paramhansa Yogananda end his life with the last words of his poem, ‘My India’:

‘I am hallowed. My body touched that sod.’”

Visits to Saints of India by Swami Kriyananda is a deeply inspiring and thrilling read, and has the potential to profoundly change your consciousness and your life.

“Reminiscent of Paramhansa Yogananda’s classic Autobiography of a Yogi…”Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, PhD, author of Spiritual Yoga: Awakening to Higher Awareness
“…a literary high point for me.”Nischala Cryer, author of The Four Stages of Yoga and Reflections on Living 30 Years in a Spiritual Community
“The inspiration continues to deepen days after reading it.”Eric Munro, Author of Love Breathing: Experience Divine Joy with Every Breath you Breathe

What Other Authors Are Saying

“The stories from Visits to Saints of India are especially moving since they are told by a saint, Swami Kriyananda, about his visits with other saints. This book takes the reader into the timeless vibration of divine love, as we witness saints communing with saints. The blessings and inspiration one experiences through Kriyananda’s stories are deeply profound, at times, indescribable, and continues to deepen days after reading it.”
—Eric Munro, author of Love Breathing: Experience Divine Joy with Every Breath You Breathe

“What a thrill to read Visits to Saints of India! Even while taking in the very first paragraphs, as they begin to describe Swami Kriyananda’s visit with the great woman saint Anandamayee Ma, you will find yourself, as I did, thoroughly mesmerized and drawn into his experiences during each episode of his meetings with some of India’s greatest spiritual beings. Paramhansa Yogananda said, ‘If you want to be a saint, mix with the saints!’ This book is an excellent vehicle for enhancing your own life’s pilgrimage to spiritual freedom.”
—Savitri Simpson, teacher and author of Chakras for StartersThe Meaning of Dreaming, and the Treta Yuga Trilogy

“Western readers have long been enchanted by tales of meetings with Indian gurus, yogis, and saints. When well told, such stories can be a form of divine transmission, and never more so than when recounted by a natural teacher who logged decades of spiritual practice and spent crucial years in the presence of a legendary master. That is what makes this book of sacred memories a unique and valuable addition to any spiritual aspirant’s library”
—Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda and The Life of Yogananda

“In Visits to Saints of India, Swami Kriyananda shares his experiences as he visits with the holiest saints of India. The reader gains access to their conversations and experiences the profound blessings “that flow from the mere sight of a saint.” A treasure of an experience for the armchair pilgrim.”
—Colleen Heater, author of The Pilgrim’s Italy: A Travel Guide to the Saints

“I feel Kriyananda’s divine presence and that of the saints he visited as I read his words. This book inspires, uplifts, and allows me the opportunity to peep into his mind and consciousness and to feel the blessings he receives in the presence of those great saints.”
—Vanamali Devi, author of The Hindu Way of Life and The Play of God

“Swami Kriyananda’s engaging account brings us along with him into the sacred heart of India, through meetings with its hallowed saints. With unabashed self-honesty, he guides us into the depths of their consciousness. I will reread Visits to Saints of India many times, and I encourage you to do the same. This book is a spiritual pilgrimage.”
—Lila Devi, founder of Spirit-in-Nature Essences, author of From Bagels to Curry and other works

“Swami Kriyananda’s narrative of original stories describing his visits to Indian saints was a literary high point for me. He has a gift for capturing the essence of great souls.”
—Nischala Cryer, author of The Four Stages of Yoga and Reflections on Living 30 Years in a Spiritual Community

“It is rare and refreshing to see a saint’s detailed account of his private visits with other saints. Reminiscent of Paramhansa Yogananda’s classic Autobiography of a Yogi, Swami Kriyananda’s fascinating tales sparkle with the spiritual wisdom shared by his hosts, as well as his own insights into their lives and teachings. It is a delightful and inspiring read.”
—Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, PhD, author of Spiritual Yoga: Awakening to Higher Awareness

“A beautiful and inspiring introduction to the spiritual depth of the Indian culture.”
—Naidhruva Rush, author of Change Your Magnetism, Change Your Life


About the Author

Swami Kriyananda, 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.

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.