Swami Kriyananda (1926 – 2013)

Founder of Ananda Sangha

If you want to do one good thing in the world, the best thing you can do is give other people joy. ― Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) was a direct disciple of Yogananda. He came to his Guru at the age of 22 and trained closely under him for the next three and half years till the latter’s Mahasamadhi in 1952. After his Guru’s passing, Swami Kriyananda spent the rest of his entire life expounding his Guru’s teachings through books, music, lectures, several courses and building spiritual communities on the lines of World Brotherhood Colonies as envisioned by Yogananda.

In 1968, Swami Kriyananda founded Ananda Sangha, a world brotherhood community for living and practicing the spiritual teachings in mutual harmony. Ananda Sangha has many centers across America, Europe and Asia.

Yogananda would often tell the younger Walters, “You have great work to do.” In spite of the incredible accomplishments that Swami Kriyananda achieved in fulfilling his Guru’s mission, at the end of his life he stated in reply to a question, that he would like to be remembered only as a good disciple of his Guru.