Those who join us on this path of Self-realization are not connected to some printing press, but to a line of God-realized masters.
Ananda was founded in 1968 by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. Ananda members adhere to the spiritual path of Kriya Yoga as taught by Yogananda, who they regard as their Guru, or savior.
God Himself, through them, overshadows this work. All who follow it sincerely, with devotion, will be brought to Him. —Paramhansa Yogananda
As a direct disciple of Yogananda and a founder of Ananda, Swami Kriyananda serves as a teacher, spiritual guide, and divine friend to Ananda members worldwide.
Swami Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) is the founder of Ananda. He is one of the foremost proponents of yogic teachings in the world today. In 1948, at the age of 22, he became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda. He is one of a few remaining direct disciples of Yogananda active today.
Paramhansa Yogananda was trained for his mission in the West by his Guru Swami Sri Yukteswar of Serampore, India.