Recommended Reading for Those Who Wish to Learn More About Ananda and Swami Kriyananda

Paramhansa Yogananda offered the world powerful weapons to answer the twin challenges of atheism and the  growing sense of meaninglessness in this age. He taught that religion in the dawning era of energy-awareness will become more scientific, based no longer on blind belief but on personal experience.

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

To help him complete his mission, Yogananda brought with him Swami Kriyananda, a highly advanced disciple who had aided him in many other lives.

The following books will help readers discover the truth about these two great world teachers.

The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda, by Swami Kriyananda
Includes more than 400 stories of the Master, most of which appear 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 jivan mukta.

Swami Kriyananda: Lightbearer, by Asha Nayaswami
This 600-page biography offers a priceless treasury of wisdom, humor, and inspiration, including a detailed insider’s account of SRF’s lawsuit against Ananda. Asha spent 39 years working closely with Swami Kriyananda. Her book reveals the greatness of the true Kriyananda, as distinct from SRF’s fictional version.

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 dramatic story of his separation from Self-Realization Fellowship.

A Fight for Religious Freedom, by attorney Jon Parsons
With humor, Ananda’s attorney tells the David and Goliath story of SRF’s failed attempt to destroy Ananda and Swami Kriyananda through the American law courts. According to 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 $100 million and was represented by one of the world’s largest legal firms.