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.
In 1948, at the age of twenty-two, he became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. Yogananda saw in Swami Kriyananda the strong desire to help others. In part for this reason, Yogananda personally trained him to guide other disciples. This training, and Kriyananda’s own natural skill, would allow him to help many souls. At Yogananda’s request, Kriyananda has devoted his life to lecturing and writing, helping others to experience the living presence of God within.
Inspired by Yogananda’s dream of establishing spiritual communities, he founded in 1968 the first of what are now eight Ananda communities worldwide. They provide a supportive environment of “simple living and high thinking” where over 1,000 full-time residents live, work, and worship together.
An advocate of simple living and high thinking, his books and teachings focus on spiritualizing nearly every field of human endeavor include business life, leadership, education, the arts, community, and science. He has written over 130 books, including extensive commentaries on the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, both based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Through Crystal Clarity Publishers, his works have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into over 25 languages.