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

Paramhansa Yogananda offered truth-seekers everywhere powerful weapons in the battle against atheism and the spreading sense of meaninglessness in these times. He taught that religion in this dawning era of energy-awareness will become more scientific, based no longer on blind belief and institutional authority, but on personal experience.

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

To help him complete his mission, Yogananda brought with him Swami Kriyananda, an advanced disciple who had helped him in many former lives.

The following inspiring books will help readers discover the truth about these 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 680-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 portrait of this faithful disciple.

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 and the creation of the first Ananda community.

A Fight for Religious Freedom, by attorney Jon Parsons
With humor and transparent honesty and integrity, 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.

Conversations With Ananda: How We Serve — Finding Happiness & Success Through Joyful Self-Offering. Seventy Pioneering Ananda Members Tell Their Stories. Edited by Nayaswami Rambhakta, 643 pages
SRF offers people a fictionalized version of Swami Kriyananda and Ananda in the service of its claim that it alone is authorized to offer the Master’s teachings to the world. SRF claims that Ananda members are not true disciples, that Ananda’s Kriya initiation is not valid, that Swami Kriyananda created Ananda out of rage in response to his dismissal by SRF, and that he set himself up as another guru. The inspiring personal stories of these seventy Ananda disciples and how they incorporated the teachings in their lives to achieve the greatest success and happiness reveal those claims for the laughable, self-serving fictions they are.

 

 

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