Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), the founder of Ananda, was a direct disciple of the great Indian master, Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. He is an internationally known author, lecturer and composer, and is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on meditation and yoga.

In April 2013, Swami Kriyananda left his physical body and this earth, leaving the work of Ananda in the hands of those whom he has trained for decades and under the spiritual leadership of his successor, Nayaswami Jyotish Novak (who leaves at Ananda Village in California). For more on Swamiji’s passing see http://www.anandawashington.org/welcome/swami-kriyananda/swami-kriyanandas-passing/

Kriyananda spent 3-1/2 years living closely with and serving his guru up to the moment of Yogananda’spassing in 1952. He went on to become vice-president of Self-Realization Fellowship, the organization Yogananda founded. For more on his life’s work visit http://www.swamikriyananda.org/

Swami Kriyananda founded Ananda in 1968, recognized as the most successful spiritual community in the world. As Yogananda had spoken frequently about the need for “World Brotherhood Colonies,” Kriyananda took this on as his unique contribution towards the fulfillment of his guru’s ideals. 

A young Donald Walters serving Yogananda, March 1952

Swami Kriyananda has founded intentional, spiritual communities in America, Europe and India, which have grown and flourished, offering hope for a better world.

Swami Kriyananda’s books have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 32 languages. His published works, which number more than 140, explore the application of Yogananda’s teachings to daily life. Topics include meditation, yoga, leadership, education, creativity, moral values and more. For more information, visit Crystal Clarity Publishers.

Kriyananda has also written over 400 pieces of music. His music is soothing, uplifting, and inspiring. Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine says, “Kriyananda’s 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.”

Musically, he is best known for composing the music on the albums Mystic Harp and Mystic Harp 2, featuring the legendary harpist Derek Bell, of the 5-time Grammy Award-winning group The Chieftains.

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9:00 am Purification Ceremony & Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Purification Ceremony & Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Dec 21 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Purification Ceremony & Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell | Bothell | Washington | United States
Purification Ceremony, 9 – 9:15 am The Purification Ceremony is an opportunity for you to individually pray for purification and invoke God’s grace and power through the masters.  Instructions are available in the foyer or[...]
10:00 am Christmas Family Service @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Christmas Family Service @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Christmas Family Service @ Ananda Meditation Temple | Bothell | Washington | United States
  Bring the whole family for this festive, joyful and inspired Ananda tradition of celebrating the birth of Jesus and the promise of our own immortality in the universal Christ consciousness of our soul. Awaken[...]
10:00 am Sunday Service in Bothell @ Ananda Temple
Sunday Service in Bothell @ Ananda Temple
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Sunday Service in Bothell @ Ananda Temple | Bothell | Washington | United States
(Starting time may vary on holidays.) Sundays at Ananda Meditation Temple are the highlight of the week and are an excellent occasion for your first visit. Sunday Service is drawn from the ancient meditation tradition[...]
11:00 am All Ananda Sangha Christmas Party @ Ananda Meditation Temple
All Ananda Sangha Christmas Party @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Dec 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
All are invited to sing Christmas carols as we celebrate the Christmas spirit together as a family and enjoy delicious savories and sweets.
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5:45 am Group Meditation @ Ananda Community
Group Meditation @ Ananda Community
Dec 22 @ 5:45 am – 7:45 am
Group Meditation @ Ananda Community | Lynnwood | Washington | United States
Both new and experienced meditators benefit from meditating with a group. Ananda Seattle offers many opportunities to meditate with others and experience the joy and peace that meditation inspires. All are welcome! The morning meditation[...]
10:30 am Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop in Seattle
Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop in Seattle
Dec 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Ananda Yoga @ East West Bookshop in Seattle | Seattle | Washington | United States
Taught by Lynne Steele Ananda Yoga offers classic asanas with affirmations and energizing pranayam movements that will bestow physical strength and relaxation, inspiration and inner peace, and clarity of mind. Our meditative and individualistic style[...]
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5:45 am Group Meditation @ Ananda Community
Group Meditation @ Ananda Community
Dec 23 @ 5:45 am – 7:45 am
Group Meditation @ Ananda Community | Lynnwood | Washington | United States
Both new and experienced meditators benefit from meditating with a group. Ananda Seattle offers many opportunities to meditate with others and experience the joy and peace that meditation inspires. All are welcome! The morning meditation[...]
12:00 pm Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Group Meditation @ Ananda Meditation Temple in Bothell
Dec 23 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
This half an hour meditation starts with a chant and a prayer reading leading to a silent meditation. No need to register – just come and meditate!
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5:45 am Group Meditation @ Ananda Community
Group Meditation @ Ananda Community
Dec 24 @ 5:45 am – 7:45 am
Group Meditation @ Ananda Community | Lynnwood | Washington | United States
Both new and experienced meditators benefit from meditating with a group. Ananda Seattle offers many opportunities to meditate with others and experience the joy and peace that meditation inspires. All are welcome! The morning meditation[...]
9:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service @ Ananda Meditation Temple
Dec 24 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service @ Ananda Meditation Temple | Bothell | Washington | United States
  Christmas Eve enfolds us in the sacred glow and promise of the rebirth of divine love and joy in our hearts. This popular Festival of Light Service brings out the sacredness and inwardness of[...]

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