Ananda Church of Self-Realization
An international group formed by J. Donald Walters (also
known as Swami Kriyananda). The church has its base at the
Ananda World Brotherhood Village (formerly known as the
Ananda Cooperative Village). Ananda is based upon the teachings
of Paramahansa Yogananda, with whom Walters studied.
After Yogananda’s death in 1952, Walters served as a minister
in the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), the organization Yogananda
had founded, and eventually became SRF’s vice president.
He left SRF in 1962 and in 1968 founded Ananda Village
in the Sierra Mountains in response to Yogananda’s admoniAmy
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tion to ‘‘Cover the earth with world-brotherhood colonies,
demonstrating that simplicity of living plus high thinking lead
to the greatest happiness.’’
Kriyananda emerged as a talented leader of a successful cooperative
colony, the author of numerous books, musician and
composer, and yoga teacher. He followed the system of kriya
yoga taught by Yogananda, the exact content of which is taught
only to initiated disciples.
Four branch communities are located along the West Coast
of the United States with an additional community in Italy. Approximately
50 centers and meditation groups exist worldwide.
Some 250 people live at the Ananda World Brotherhood Village,
and Ananda Church, which was established in 1990, numbers
about 3,000 members. Kriyananda has ordained over one
hundred ministers. Clarity Newsletter and Crystal Clarity Publishers
serve the movement. Ananda may be contacted as 14618
Tyler Foote Blvd., Nevada City, California 95959. Website
httpwww.ananda.org.
Sources
Nordquist, Ted A. Ananda Cooperative Village. Upsala, Sweden
Borgstroms Tyckeri Ab, 1978.
Walter, J. Donald [Kriyananda]. Cities of Light. Nevada City,
Calif. Crystal Clarity Publishers, 1987.
———. Cooperative Communities How to Start Them and Why.
Nevada City, Calif. Ananda Publications, 1968.
———. Crises in Modern Thought. Nevada City, Calif. Ananda
Publications, 1972.
———. The Path. Nevada City, Calif. Ananda Publications,
1977.

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