Goswami Kriyananda

Musical Artist

1926 – 2013


Who was Goswami Kriyananda?

Kriyananda, was a direct disciple of the yogi Paramahansa Yogananda and was the founder of Ananda, a worldwide movement of spiritual intentional communities based on Yogananda's World Brotherhood Colonies ideal. Paramahansa Yogananda made Walters a minister for Self-Realization Fellowship, Yogananda's organization. He authorized him to teach Kriya Yoga, and appointed him the SRF head monk for Mount Washington monks. After Yogananda's death, Walters was given final vows of sannyas in 1955 by then SRF President Daya Mata and given the name Kriyananda. In 1960 the SRF Board of Directors elected Kriyananda to the Board of Directors and to the position of Vice President, upon the passing of Dr. M.W. Lewis. In 1962, the SRF Board of Directors voted unanimously to request his resignation

Kriyananda is the author of about 150 published books and the composer of over 400 pieces of music which altogether have sold over three million copies. Some of the books have been published in 28 languages and some are sold in 90 countries. He has lectured in different countries throughout the world. In addition to English, he spoke Italian, Romanian, Greek, French, Spanish, German, Hindi, Bengali, and Indonesian. He established a new Swami order in 2009, the Nayaswami Order.

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May 19, 1926
United States of America
Also known as
  • J. Donald Walters
  • Swami Kriyananda
  • Kriyananda
  • J. Walters
  • Donald J Walters
  • Hinduism
  • United States of America
  • Haverford College
  • Brown University
Apr 21, 2013

on July 23, 2013


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