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Tonight’s celebration of discipleship is open to all, whether you are a disciple of this path or not. We celebrate the guru-disciple relationship that is universal, as well as the our individual relationship with our guru, Paramhansa Yogananda.

We will share chanting, meditation, stories, a flower ceremony, Swami’s voice, and the discipleship vow.

This event will not be streamed online. 

Making a donation to support the work of Ananda and the mission of Paramhansa Yogananda is an optional part of the celebration.

About Swami Kriyananda: 

In 1948 at the age of twenty-two, Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters) became a disciple of the Indian yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda. At Yogananda’s request, Swami Kriyananda devoted his life to lecturing and writing, helping others to experience the living presence of God within. He taught on four continents in seven languages over the course of 65 years. His talks, his music, and his many books have touched the lives of millions. An advocate of simple living and high thinking, his more than 150 books emphasize the need to live wisely by one’s own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas. A composer since 1964, Walters wrote over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. His books and teachings on spiritualizing nearly every field of human endeavor include business life, leadership, education, the arts, community, and science. He wrote extensive commentaries on the Bible and the Bhagavad Gita, both based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. He is known as the “father of the intentional communities movement,” which began in the United States in the late 1960s, fullfilling Yogananda’s dream.