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.
At the age of 22, Swami Kriyananda began the adventure of his lifetime: the search for joy in God. His guide was the great yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda.
Spanning over six decades, Kriyananda went on to become one of Yogananda’s foremost disciples, inspiring thousands all over the world. His two consuming desires were “to find God, and to help others find Him.”
In 1968, Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California. Now one of many Ananda communities worldwide, Ananda Village is recognized as one of the most successful intentional communities in the world and is dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community around the globe. Other Ananda communities and centers are located throughout the US, India, and Italy.
Swami Kriyananda has taken the ancient teachings of Raja Yoga and made them practical and immediately useful for people in every walk of life. His books and teachings on spiritualizing nearly every field of human endeavor include business life, leadership, education, the arts, community, and science.
All of his work is based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.