The Story of How Swami Kriyananda and Ananda Brought Paramhansa Yogananda’s Liberating Message to the World

“You have a great work to do.”

— Paramhansa Yogananda, to the young Swami Kriyananda 

Swami Kriyananda met Paramhansa Yogananda in September, 1948, at the age of 22. For the remaining 65 years of his life, he worked tirelessly to bring the Master’s liberating message to the world. In more than 140 books and over 400 songs and other musical compositions, through countless talks, and above all by fulfilling the Guru’s dream of establishing “Word Brotherhood Colonies” where not only monastics but single people and families could live, work, and lead dedicated spiritual lives together, he showed how his Guru’s teachings offer answers for every challenge and dilemma that confront us in the modern world.

In this website, we present the glowing story of the “Great Work” that Yogananda repeatedly commissioned his young disciple to do. In his own words, and in the stories of those who helped create Ananda, we discover how Yogananda’s message has reached countless thousands across the globe through this expression of his divine ray.

Swami Kriyananda — Lightbearer:
The Life & Legacy of a Disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda

The profoundly inspiring story of Swami Kriyananda’s unswerving dedication to his great Master’s cause, as told by Nayaswami Asha. Its 680 pages are packed with insights for the spiritual seeker, offering answers to every spiritual dilemma:  how to spiritualize our work and our relationships, secrets of successful leadership, the important role that the arts can play in the spread of new spiritual movements, how to bring spiritual principles into family life, child-raising, and education, and much more.

A Place Called Ananda: The trial by fire
that forged one of the most successful cooperative communities
in the world today

Among Swami Kriyananda’s 140-plus books, this is the most personal. It tells the true, unvarnished story of his dismissal by the organization founded by his Guru, and how in that great tragedy were hidden the seeds of a work that would bring Paramhansa Yogananda’s liberating message to millions.

Conversations With Ananda: How We Serve

In Conversations with Ananda, more than 70 pioneering members of the Ananda communities tell how, by their lives of dedicated service, they helped to transform Paramhansa Yogananda’s cherished dream of “World Brotherhood Colonies” into a living reality. Their stories are an eloquent testimonial to the blessings that attend a life dedicated to serving God’s work.