Recommended Reading for Critics of Ananda and Swami Kriyananda

Paramhansa Yogananda offered people of faith powerful weapons to answer the twin challenges of so-called “scientific” atheism and the widespread, and growing sense of meaninglessness in this age. He taught that religion in the dawning era of energy-awareness must become more scientific, based no longer on blind belief but on actual personal experience.

“At the inner end of the human nervous system,” the master said, “the mind, interiorized, communes with God.” The meditation techniques of Kriya Yoga that he taught will help seekers of all paths have that divine experience for themselves.

To help him complete his mission, Yogananda brought an advanced disciple who had similarly aided him in other lives. Naturally, Yogananda himself, and Kriyananda after him, were not without their detractors. Where the light is, darkness will try to extinguish it.

The following books will help you in your efforts to discover the truth about these two great world teachers.

The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda, by Swami Kriyananda
Tells more than 400 stories of the master, most of which appeared for the first time in this book.

Swami Kriyananda: As We Have Known Him, compiled by Asha Nayaswami
Friends and fellow disciples share more than 200 stories of a modern American saint.

Swami Kriyananda: Lightbearer, by Asha Nayaswami
Filled with light for spiritual living in the modern world, this 600-page biography offers a priceless treasury of wisdom, humor, and high inspiration. Asha spent 39 years working closely with Swami Kriyananda. This book reveals the true Kriyananda, as distinct from SRF’s fictionalized images of him.

A Place Called Ananda: The Trial by Fire That Forged One of the Most Successful Cooperative Communities in the World Today, by Swami Kriyananda
Swami Kriyananda tells the inside story of his separation from Self-Realization Fellowship. It is a story that few SRF members known, thanks to the SRF leaders’ penchant for reshaping history according to their own liking.

A Fight for Religious Freedom, by attorney Jon Parsons
With humor and a lighthearted spirit, Ananda’s attorney tells the David and Goliath story of SRF’s failed attempt to destroy Ananda and Swami Kriyananda through the American legal system. In the words of the federal judge in the case, Ananda won at least ninety-five percent of the issues, even though it had scant financial resources and a tiny legal crew, while SRF spent at least $30 million of its members’ funds and was represented by one of the world’s largest legal firms with 1,300 lawyers in 20 cities worldwide.