Swami Kriyananda: Lightbearer
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In the early 1970s, Swami Kriyananda asked Asha to start taking notes for the book he knew she would someday write. He explained himself to her in a way he did to only a few others. Since then, she was in constant contact with him, as a devotee, friend, personal assistant, and eventually, a spiritual teacher in her own right.
It’s a rare gift to live with a true teacher. Experience it for yourself, as Asha brings you into meetings, conversations, personal counseling, living rooms, classrooms, long walks, meetings, and meditations.
Swami’s life was a triumphant life, but not an easy one. Plagued by ill-health, financial challenges, and years of bitter estrangement from fellow disciples, his life story is told in the struggle as well as the victory. A great soul incarnates to awaken faith in our own spiritual potential. Asha writes, “A great wave of Divine Light is sweeping over the planet. If you tune in to that Light, you, too, will become an instrument of that Light.”
This first-hand account of life with Swami Kriyananda is more than a biography. It’s a guidebook for spiritual living, a path of light that all may follow. And it’s a labor of love by Asha that has been 44 years in the making.
“A man of wisdom and compassion in action, one of the leading lights in the spiritual world.”
—Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within, founder of the Dzogchen Center
“My heart sings with praise and gratitude without adequate words to express my thanks. I am personally and forever grateful to Swami Kriyananda.”
—Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God
“At first, I couldn’t understand how Swami Kriyananda was able to accomplish so much. Then I realized, he didn’t do it—his guru, Yogananda did it through him.”
—Swami Shankarananda Giri, founder, Kriya Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh, India
“In his long, glorious, and absolutely victorious life, Swami Kriyananda changed the lives of millions of people. The void left by his departure can never be filled again. I am consoled by the fact that his spiritual presence is felt even more intensely now. What a joy and privilege to have known such a man!”
—D.R. Kaarthikeyan, Director emeritus of Central Bureau of Investigation, India
About Paramhansa Yogananda
Yogananda (1893-1952) was the first yoga master of India whose mission it was to live and teach in the West. Starting in the 1920s, enthusiastic audiences filled the largest halls in America to hear him speak. His Autobiography of a Yogi—still a bestseller, seventy years after its publication—helped launch, and continues to guide, a global spiritual revolution.
About Swami Kriyananda
In 1948, when he was twenty-two, Kriyananda read Yogananda’s Autobiography. Less than a week later, he was initiated by Yogananda himself as a disciple, and began living as a monk in his Guru’s ashram in Los Angeles, California.
“You have a great work to do,” Yogananda told him repeatedly. This was not a compliment; it was a sacred responsibility.
In 1952, when Yogananda died, he left a “blueprint in the ether,” he said, for a worldwide spiritual awakening. For over sixty years, Kriyananda did his utmost to turn his guru’s blueprint into a practical way of life. He founded communities, schools, and retreats; wrote books and music; traveled the world, lecturing in five languages; and initiated thousands into Kriya Yoga.
Kriyananda’s own autobiography, The Path, tells the story of his life with Yogananda. Asha’s account begins in the early 1970s, with a year-by-year account until his passing in 2013.