For more than sixty years Swami Kriyananda has been a disciple of the revered Paramhansa Yogananda. As a young man the Swami came to understand that logic and intellect would never lead to happiness, and from his first encounter with Yogananda knew he had found his true spiritual path. Now he shares personal stories of the great teacher’s wisdom, humility, and humor, and offers insights each of us can use to find the love and bliss that are available to us all. He explains, “Everybody wants two things in this universe: one, to escape pain, and the other to find happiness. The happiness that they’re seeking is a little glimpse of the bliss of their own being. The goal of life is to know bliss. The bliss, when you find it, is so intense that nothing else matters to you. And you know that you’ll have that bliss for all eternity and never get tired of it.” This fascinating conversation is an opportunity to experience the presence of a man who emanates the energy of bliss and love – just listening will help you recognize your own. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Swami Kriyananda is beloved throughout the world as a yogic teacher, and is founder of Ananda, a network of successful spiritual communities. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Beacon of Light Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Interfaith Council and the International Award for Goodness presented by Tara Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi.
He is the author of several books including:
- Conversations with Yogananda (Crystal Clarity 2004)
- The New Path: Life with Paramhansa Yogananda (Crystal Clarity 2009)
To learn more about the work of Swami Kriyananda go to ananda.org.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- The true nature of God
- What the goal of your life really is
- How you can find a way to love people who do terrible things
- How a spiritual community can support your spiritual practice
- How you can find the right spiritual path for you
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/5/2009 Program Number: 3321