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The greatness of a spiritual teacher is only partially revealed by the work of his own hands.
The rest of the story is one he cannot tell for himself. It is the influence of his consciousness on those who come in contact with him—whether for a brief moment, or for a lifetime of spiritual training. This is the story told here.
Swami Kriyananda, a foremost disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi) has been prodigiously creative in his service to his Guru. His books are available in 28 languages in 100 countries. His music is performed around the world. In India, millions of people watch his daily television show. He has founded schools and retreats, and communities on three continents. He speaks eight languages, and has circled the globe dozens of times lecturing and teaching.
In this "biography of consciousness," Swami Kriyananda’s remarkable qualities are revealed with breathtaking clarity—love for God, divinely guided strength, joy in the face of adversity, humor, wisdom, compassion, and unconditional love.
A true teacher, however, does not live to show the world how great he is, but rather to illuminate for others the pathway we all must follow.
Here, in some two hundred stories spanning more than forty years, personal reminiscences and private moments with this beloved teacher become universal life lessons for us all.
What Others Are Saying
"You have compiled a wonderful book of many different experiences with a great spiritual teacher. My feelings about this book is that, when you sat down to write these words, you sought to connect heart to heart with each person that reads them. Swami Kriyananda: As We Have Known Him gives readers examples and teachings they can relate to it in everyday life. It also answers some of the spiritual questions they may have on their own journey."
—Rev. May Leilani Schmidt, Minister, Reiki Master, Radio Host of "The Universal Spiritual Connection"
"Swami Kriyananda: As We Have Know Him is more than just a simple book of memories. Praver has given the world a glimpse of Ananda’s core. Her book is representative of what is in the hearts and souls of the Ananda community when it comes to the inspiration that transforms Swami Kriyananda from a simple man into a channel to God."
—Lee Gooden, ForeWord Magazine
"A remarkable collection of personal stories that reveal Swami Kriyananda’s inner character as a master teacher and spiritual guide."
—The Rev. Canon Charles B. Atcheson, Episcopal Priest (ret.)
"Through this loving gathering of many hearts and voices, many will come to know not only the greatness of Swami Kriyananda, but also, through his example, the essence of the teachings of his Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda."
—Nischala Joy Devi, author of The Healing Path of Yoga and The Secret Power of Yoga
"This book is a must for anyone even remotely interested in spirituality. Kriyananda has been an ideal disciple of a great Master."
—D.R. Kaarthikeyan, Former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (India), National Human Rights Commission
"So many profoundly moving stories of selfless love, miraculous healings, adherence to dharma in the face of overwhelming challenges. No need to extrapolate spiritual lessons from a time and culture far different from our own. Here is a twentieth-century American man who is also one of the most renowned spiritual teachers of our time."
—Shanti Rubenstone, MD, formerly Clinical Instructor, Stanford University School of Medicine
"To read this book is to spend intimate time in Swami Kriyananda's presence; afterwards it’s impossible to look at life in the same way. One's understanding has been raised to a higher sphere."
—Richard Salva, author of The Reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln and Walking with William of Normandy
"Profoundly moving stories . . . a book to reread indefinitely."
—Anandi Cornell, writer, editor
"This book is one that you can pick up and read anywhere and become inspired, intrigued and amazed. It’s a wonderful book of Swami Kriyananda’s teachings and various experiences that Asha and others have shared over a 36-year period. It’s full of so much wisdom. And all of the absolute truths that you think you know, after reading this book you may have a different understanding. It’s so interesting to see how someone with this level of understanding lives and teaches."
—Nancy Lee, Author, Intuitive Psychotherapist, Radio Journalist, Host and Producer of "Lights On with Nancy Lee"
"I have never before met, heard of, or read about anybody with his level of integrity. Swami Kriyananda is a man who walks the walk, in ALL areas of life. For anyone serious on the spiritual path, Swami Kriyananda: As We Have Known Him is a must-read. This book illustrates the life of a soul of the highest caliber, a man who has spent 60 years as a foremost disciple of a great Master. I highly recommend it."
—Lisa Kaz, President, Los Angeles Auto Show
"Swami Kriyananda is a generational figure. He introduced many young Americans to Yoga in the 1960s and '70s, when the western Yoga movement was in its early stages, particularly through the dynamic spiritual communities that he fostered. Yet Kriyananda continued through the years spreading the teachings of Yoga, not only in the United States but in Europe and recently in India, where he has gained much recognition. He has created a great legacy of numerous books, music, and perhaps above all, dedicated disciples. Swami Kriyananda: As We Have Known Him shows the depth and power of his influence and his ability to change the lives of people."
—Dr. David (Vamadeva) Frawley, founder of The American Institute for Vedic Studies, author of Yoga: The Greater Tradition