This man publicly preaches
the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda dressed in blue as a monk and then
introduces himself as the only direct disciple living in Europe of
J. Donald Walters, alias "Swami" Kriyananda, by his own admission,
publically renounced in 1985 his renunciant vows taken with Yogananda's successor Sri Daya Mata, many years ago. Therefore he
is not a "Swami" anymore, as his two marriages confirm and the fact that he created his own order which has nothing to do with the ancient Shankaracharya order that Yogananda belongs. He is not a monk in the SRF monastic order founded by Paramahansa Yogananda because of his dismissal in 1962.
His personal project to create "colonies of world brotherhood"
and pursued stubbornly for more than thirty years, was stranded on the sands
of the trial Bertolucci, bringing the community and the people that had
believed in him and to his promises to bankruptcy.
In this site written by former members to provide answers for the many
questions, you will find articles, documents and testimonies that explain
the reasons for this failure and how an idea of life in community may
become the cult of a single personality.
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Posts and articles extracted from the groups and forums. Focused on Ananda,
it's founder and community lifestyle with new detailed issues and opened
claims. This collection, written by many different people shows the way they
felt and thought about Ananda, helping us to understand the underlying lesson. download it here
Table of authorities when Walters was alive.
A walk in the money relationship between Ananda and his founder. How they
managed money, bank accounts, transferts, loans and tithes. An extract
from table of authorities, very detailed and rich of informations. download it here
Who is entitled to
initiate others in Kriya?
everyone shouldn't initiate others into Kriya, then who should?
Perhaps we should look to the Master's explicit and written
instructions in this regards instead of relying on our limited and
"Do not discuss, or divulge, any technique without first
consulting with SRF headquarters, which reserves the sole right to
give Kriya instruction, or to appoint a qualified SRF member to give
such instruction. If you know of someone who you should have the
benefit of certain SRF techniques, encourage him to become an SRF
student, that he may receive the full benefits of study. If some
difficulty stands in the way of his becoming a member, advise him to
write directly to Self-Realization Fellowship, explaining his
situation and affirming his sincere desire to receive instruction in
specific SRF techniques."
SRF Praeceptum Lessons, 1938 copyright, K-7, pg. 3.
Or perhaps we should listen to the counsel Kriyananda gave while he
was working in the SRF center department:
"It is our policy to permit only ordained ministers to give the
Kriya Yoga initiation. Master said that after his passing he wanted
only ---SRF renunciates to be
ordained as ministers, and at that only after a minimun of seven years
in one of our colonies..."
Donald Walters, 1957
This site is born in service and is the collaboration of the work of many
devotees. It springs from the need to provide information concerning
issues surrounding Ananda and Kriyananda. We report on a variety of
subjects including the several lawsuits that J.Donald Walters, aka Swami
Kriyananda,* and Ananda, the community he founded, have been involved with.
This work is intended to provide background information and support for
those people searching into Paramahansa Yogananda's teachings who may have
heard or been involved to some degree with Ananda. Here you'll find many
documents: articles from devotees, former Ananda members, legal trial
documents, and open letters from world-wide sources that may help to show
how Ananda became a personality cult of Donald Walters, and not an
extension of the vision of Paramahansa Yogananda.
Paramahansa Yogananda founded his organization, Self-Realization
Fellowship (SRF) in 1920, in Los Angeles. He dedicated SRF as the
organization authorized to spread world-wide these teachings.
Paramahansa Yogananda revered and respected all true religions, but he
linked his particular teachings to the church he founded, Self-Realization
“These are my
happiest days, I am happy for two reasons: I have been able to please God,
and I have been able to fulfill the pledge that I gave to my guru, Swami
Sri Yukteswar, to build this work of Yogoda Satsanga/Self-Realization to
spread the message of Kriya Yoga...”
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* The readers should be
informed that in this site we refer all the informations to "Swami
Kriyananda" alias James Donald Walters, the Ananda Village founder and
Spiritual Director of the Ananda Church of Self Realization (see
a picture). Any others who have the same name are not involved anyway
with the subject of this site.
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