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Published:September 19th, 2009 18:14 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Yoga Master Swami Kriyananda, Author of The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda

Judyth Piazza chats with Yoga Master Swami Kriyananda, Author of The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) is an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world`s foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he has taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.  

An advocate of simple living and high thinking, his more than 90 books emphasize the need to live wisely by one`s own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas. Recently, because of his service to the spiritual future of humanity Swami was nominated to membership of the prestigious Club of Budapest, joining such world-renowned figures as the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Jane Goodall among others.  

In 1968, Swami Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community throughout the world. Ananda is recognized as perhaps the most successful intentional community in the world. Today, over 1000 people reside in eight Ananda communities throughout the U.S. (Seattle, Palo Alto, Portland, Sacramento, Rhode Island and Dallas) and in Europe and India.  The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe, Croatia, and Russia.  Delhi, India is home for the newest Ananda branch.  Kriyananda has been in Delhi for only two years and is already a nationally recognized figure from his nightly television discourses on the largest spiritual television station in the country. Broadcasts of this station are also available in the United States. Nevada City, California and Assisi communities have world-renowned guest retreat facilities where thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life.  Kriyananda has also established Living Wisdom " schools for grades K-8 in Nevada City, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, and Palo Alto.  

Kriyananda`s books and music have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into 24 languages.  He is the author of more than 90 books on a variety of topics including leadership, education, creativity, and moral values.  His Best-selling titles include Awaken to Superconsciousness, God is for Everyone, Conversations with Yogananda, Meditation for Starters, The Art of Supportive Leadership, The Path " One Man`s Quest on the Only Path There Is, Money Magnetism, The Essence of Self-Realization, Affirmations for Self-Healing, Education for Life, and his best-selling Secrets gift books.  

A composer since 1964, Swami Kriyananda (frequently composing under his American name, Donald Walters) has written over 300 musical works.  His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his new albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations.  Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine says, Walters` 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 ".  His recent albums include Secrets of Love, Music to Awaken Superconsciousness, Windows on the World and Surrender: Mystical Music for Yoga.  As a composer, Kriyananda is best known for the top-selling 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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