Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda in 1948 and lived with him during the last years of his guru’s life. He is one of Yogananda’s few remaining direct disciples. He recounts his own spiritual search and years of training with Yogananda in his autobiography, The Path, which is widely considered the sequel to Yogananda’s book. He is currently establishing new centers and communities in India.
Swami Kriyananda applies the teachings of Self-realization to daily life. He has written books on marriage, education, leadership and success, spiritual communities, yoga, self-healing, art, architecture, astrology, and philosophy, as well as editions of Yogananda’s teachings and writings on the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, and other scriptures. He also composes inspired spiritual music which is being performed in the United States and in Europe.
The Ananda Community near Assisi, Italy is one of seven communities which Kriyananda has founded as a fulfillment of Yogananda’s dream of establishing “world brotherhood communities” in many nations. Nearly 1000 adults and children live in these communities, which are located both in rural areas and in urban centers. They also serve as teaching and training centers for Self-realization.