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My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda

The New Path tells the story of a young American's spiritual quest, his discovery of the powerful classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, and his subsequent meeting with — and acceptance as a disciple by — the book's author, the great spiritual teacher and yoga master, Paramhansa Yogananda.

Swami Kriyananda is an extraordinary narrator: He recreates the vibrancy of his guru's presence, remembers Yogananda's words with perfect clarity, and communicates to the reader the depth of their meaning. Through Kriyananda's eyes and words, you'll be transported into Yogananda's immediate presence as you learn the highest yogic teachings.

The New Path provides a marvelous sequel to Paramhansa Yogananda's own Autobiography of a Yogi, helping you to gain a more profound understanding of this great world teacher. Through hundreds of stories of life with Yogananda and through Swami Kriyananda's invaluable insights, you'll discover the inner path that leads to soul-freedom and lasting happiness.

Dimensions: 9.25" x 6.25"
Details: Paperback, 356 pages
Author: Swami Kriyananda


"Reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda was a transformative experience for me and for millions of others. In The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda carries on this great tradition. Highly recommended."

—Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, author of The Spectrum

"Swami Kriyananda has written a compelling and insightful account of his own life, as well as revealing his remembrances of Paramhansa Yogananda. Completely revised and updated, The New Path is filled with profound reflections, insights, experiences, challenges, and spiritual wisdom. Required reading for every spiritual seeker. I heartily recommend it."

—Michael Toms, Founder, New Dimensions Media, and author of True Work and An Open Life: Joseph Campbell in Conversation with Michael Toms

"[T]he teaching, the message, and the life of Paramhansa Yogananda are illuminated in a way that makes it possible for us to not only easily access his timeless wisdom, but—through the elegantly easy-to-follow explanations and the living example of one of Master's most devoted disciples—actually apply Eternal Truth to our present-day life. It is impossible for me to think of a greater gift that humanity could receive at this critical time in our evolution as a species, and I am personally and forever grateful to Swamji for this blessed offering."

—Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God

"Not only did Kriyananda walk in the footsteps of an enlightened master, The New Path makes it obvious that he himself became an embodiment of Yogananda's teachings."

—Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation~Fulfilling Your Soul's Potential

"By following the disciplines in this book, we can experience the realization that we are not our mind, thoughts or feelings but are actually the pure essence of God. . . . Swami Kriyananda's great work on his life with Paramhansa Yogananda will inspire each person on the journey from avidhya [ignorance] to vidhya [spiritual knowledge]."

—Dr. Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, author of The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies and the "Textbook of Ayurveda" series

"Yogananda was one of the towering figures who first brought the wisdom of the East to Western shores. We are incredibly fortunate to have Swami Kriyananda's personal account of his experiences with this great master. A highly readable—at times even magical—book, The New Path chronicles Kriyananda's indefatigable quest for authentic spiritual insight."

—Linda Johnsen, author of Daughters of the Goddess: The Women Saints of India

"For nearly thirty years the life and teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda have deeply resonated a truth within us as we have read daily from his works. We have felt a great debt to his devoted disciple Swami Kriyananda who has labored so diligently to make his Master's teachings known to the world. How thrilled we are to learn that after thirty years of memories and additional insights, Swami Kriyananda has given his book The Path a rebirth as The New Path. Our great and earnest wish is that another generation of students will find their own paths greatly illuminated by this deeply moving book."

—Brad and Sherry Steiger, authors/coauthors of Revelation: The Divine Fire and 170 books of metaphysics and mysticism

"The New Path is a true masterpiece, a valuable guide for the sincere seeker of truth and spirituality. It addresses the common problems faced by everyone on the spiritual path. . . . [E]very page is a piece of supple, clear, elevating, spiritual literature . . . ."

—D. R. Kaarthikeyan, former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation and National Human Rights Commission, former Director General, Central Reserve Police Force, India

"Autobiography of a Yogi literally changed my life. It was the first book I read when I began my spiritual journey, and now The New Path has reignited my passion for Yogananda and the journey itself. This is a book with rare insights and profound truths."

—James Twyman, author of The Moses Code and Emissary of Light

"It is not easy to describe this remarkable work with mere words—only time itself can reveal the importance of its ageless message. The New Path gives us a glimpse of Paramahansa Yogananda, one of the most beloved saints of modern times, through the eyes of a direct disciple—and what a view! Lucid, inspiring and life changing, Swami Kriyananda takes us on a journey of tears, laughter and joy. This is a good book!"

—Walter Cruttenden, author of Lost Star of Myth and Time

"[T]his book is . . . a great boon to mankind, as great as the Autobiography of a Yogi which [Yogananda, Kriyananda's guru] wrote. Kriyananda Swamiji's mission in life is to bring the glories of his master to the eyes of this new age, and he has indeed succeeded in this wonderful work which gives us an intimate glimpse into the life of that great and noble soul, a true avatar of the rishis of old. I have no doubt that it will inspire as many people in this 21st century as Autobiography of a Yogi did in the 20th century."

—Mata Devi Vanamali, Vanamali Ashram, Rishikesh, author of The Play of God: Visions of the Life of Krishna and Sri Lila Devi: The Play of the Divine Mother

"Insightful, inspiring and uplifting. A gift, not only for everyone who has been touched by Yogananda and his teachings, but to every seeker on the path."

—Deva Premal and Miten, musicians, composers of The Essence, Soul in Wonder and other works

"Amazing! The New Path is a wonderful twinning of Swami Kriyananda's autobiography and Paramhansa Yogananda's biography! The openness and the honesty of the author are captivating. In deceptively simple words he tells an incredible story. It is hard to believe, but good to know, that such deep and sincere spirituality can flourish in today's America. The New Path also shows Hindu-Christian dialogue practiced at a depth hardly paralleled anywhere else. This is a wonderful book: a joy to read and a true inspiration!"

—Klaus K. Klostermaier, FRSC, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Former Head of Department of Religion and Director of Asian Studies, The University of Manitoba, Canada, author of A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism and other works

"The words of Swami Kriyananda lead us to a fearlessness that is without anger, hate and terror. Swami Kriyananda gives us inspiration for introspection. It is like the fearlessness of Gandhi that only inspired love and trust in others."

—Tara Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Vice Chairperson, Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust

"The New Path gives voice to why Americans—or modern people of any nationality—become attracted to the path of spirituality set forth in the Yoga tradition. Yoga suggests—even shouts—that the world of the spirit goes far beyond the obvious, the mundane, the trivial. Through stories of personal inspiration, and with great honesty, Swami Kriyananda narrates his relationship with his guru, Paramhamsa Yogananda, and his selfless service within the Self-Realization Fellowship and beyond. Having had the gift of personal transformation through direct transmission from the guru, Swami Kriyananda's memoir inspires the reader to strive for personal and social betterment, searching for truth, and finding truth in selfless service."

—Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Editor of Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, Loyola Marymount University

"In The New Path we can find the divine wisdom which allows us to understand and heal our lives."

—Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of 365 Prescriptions for the Soul

"The New Path is a Godsend for anyone seeking enlightenment. Every page shines with deep wisdom and integrity, beautifully revealing the timeless principles for finding God. If you enjoyed reading Autobiography of a Yogi, you will find The New Path a deeply moving sequel, as Swami Kriyananda shares hundreds of stories from his life as a close disciple of the great master, Paramhansa Yogananda, artfully including the reader, so that we, too, can be blessed by the great master's life and counsel."

—Joseph Bharat Cornell, author and founder of Sharing Nature Worldwide

"Truly a 'Gospel of Paramhansa Yogananda,' The New Path makes readers feel that they are living with Yogananda, experiencing his guidance and blessings, basking in his divine radiance. I am deeply grateful to Swami Kriyananda for bringing to life the personality and nature of this great man of God. Just as the disciples of Christ captured in words their spiritual master for the benefit of millions, Swami Kriyananda has perfectly depicted his guru for the ages. What a blessing to encounter a disciple/biographer with such deep attunement and a keen understanding of his teacher's nature and mission, combined with a profound gift of words. The New Path is a masterpiece, a modern spiritual classic, and one of the best-kept secrets of spiritual literature."

—Richard Salva, author of The Reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln and Walking with William of Normandy

"Swami Kriyananda has done it again—that is, he has succeeded in writing a book (The New Path) about his guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, that inspires us about the guru-disciple relationship. . . . A must-read for spiritual afficionados."

—Amit Goswami, quantum physicist and author of God is Not Dead, Creative Evolution, and The Self-Aware Universe

"[The New Path] gives to the reader a rare insight [into] Yogananda's spiritual journey through . . . stories and anecdotes. The book is full of dialogues between the Guru and [disciple]. As one reads from . . . page to page, one feels as if one is in the company of both Yogananda and Kriyananda. The book makes . . . fascinating reading."

—Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, Chancellor, Symbiosis International University, Pune, India

"Swami Kriyananda's narrative is a uniquely American and human story. It affords us a rare first-hand account of the history and development of the religious movement that brought the tradition of Yoga to the West. It is, at the same time, a profound personal memoir of the special relationship of nurture and demand that exists between teacher and student in this tradition. Paramhansa Yogananda's impact on the religious landscape of the United States is significant and enduring. Swami Kriyananda's chronicle deepens our understanding of the early origins of this movement and the powerful religious appeal of its founder."

—Anantanand Rambachan, Professor and Chair, Religion Department, St. Olaf College

"The New Path completes the spiritual content of Autobiography of a Yogi. Swami Kriyananda reveals the innermost teachings from the wisdom attained by being a close disciple of the Master Paramhansa Yogananda. The inner circle experiences, the Western adaptation to the ancient yogic science, the insightful stories and the presence of Paramhansa Yogananda's energies make the book the ultimate read for those who are on the path of Light."

—Nandhi, yogi, artist, musician, and spiritual teacher, Ariven Turiya Sakti Temple

"I had long hungered for a glimpse of what it was like to receive Paramhansa Yogananda's personal training—as well as a better understanding of Yogananda himself. Swami Kriyananda has provided both more vividly than I would have thought possible. The New Path is invaluable for anyone seeking spiritual growth. Although set in the context of one man's spiritual journey, it is in fact a priceless guide for us all. This book is a manual for Yoga as it truly is: not merely a physical discipline, but the art and science of finding true, lasting happiness."

—Gyandev Rich McCord, author, Director of Ananda Yoga Worldwide

"Swami Kriyananda walks us hand-in-hand through the journey of his youthful longing, his incredible discipleship with Paramhansa Yogananada, and his own experiences of sharing teachings with others. Finally, Swami Kriyananda explains the need for cooperative spiritual communities in which we can all move towards Realization. The New Path . . . should be read by anyone who shares a deep longing for the higher, deeper Truths while still living in our modern, often chaotic world."

—Dandi Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati, yogi, spiritual teacher

"It was a pleasure reading The New Path, Swami Kriyananda's spiritual autobiography. It is a paradox that although America remains largely devoted to the pursuit of the material, it also welcomes those who are in search of higher truth. Kriyananda's life story communicates his sense of excitement as he found his spiritual path after meeting Paramhansa Yogananda. It adds to the account of Yogananda's own story through his last years."

—Subhash Kak, Professor, Asian Studies and Cognitive Science, Louisiana State University, author of The Wishing Tree, The Astronomical Code of the Rgveda, and other books

"I recommend The New Path to anyone who would like to know more about the life and teachings of Yogananda . . . . Swami Kriyananda did an excellent job writing this important book."

—Shankerprasad S. Bhatt, reporter and author of Prayers of all Religions of the World

"It was by divine design that I had the privilege in 1958 of drinking the nectar of the inspiring Kriya Yoga message of holistic spirituality in Autobiography of a Yogi by the great, enlightened Guru, Sri Paramhansa Yoganandaji. It is by divine design again that I have the privilege of going through The New Path: My Life with Paramhansa Yogananda by Yogananda's knowledgeable disciple Swami Sri Kriyanandaji. . . . This illustrious work serves as a guidebook for a peaceful and spiritually, intellectually, and materially prosperous, happy, healthy living—free from overconsumerism and narrow egoistic attitudes—treating the entire globe as one family."

—Dr. Ram Karan Sharma, Former President of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies, author of Elements of Poetry in the Mahabharata

About Swami Kriyananda

More about J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda), including photos and videos, is available at the official Swami Kriyananda website.

J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda) is an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he has taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

An advocate of simple living and high thinking, his more than 80 books emphasize the need to live wisely by one’s own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas.

In 1968, Walters founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community throughout the world. Ananda is recognized as one of the most successful intentional community in the world. Today, over 1,000 people reside in five Ananda communities throughout the U.S. (Seattle, Palo Alto, Portland, Sacramento and Ananda Village) and in Europe. The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe, Croatia, and Russia. Both the Nevada City and Assisi communities have world-renowned guest retreat facilities where thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life. Walters has also established “Living Wisdom” schools for grades K-12 in Nevada City, Sacramento, Portland, and Palo Alto.

Mr. Walters books and music have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and been translated into 28 languages. He is the author of more than 80 books on a variety of topics including leadership, education, creativity, and moral values. His Best-selling titles include Awaken to Superconsciousness, Meditation for Starters, God Is for Everyone,The Art of Supportive Leadership, The Path – One Man’s Quest on the Only Path There Is, Money Magnetism, The Essence of Self-Realization, Affirmations for Self-Healing, Education for Life, and his best-selling Secrets gift books.

A composer since 1964, Walters has written over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his new albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine says, “Walters’ words and music are full of his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could all use during these chaotic times”. His recent albums include Secrets of Love, Music to Awaken Superconsciousness, Windows on the World and Surrender: Mystical Music for Yoga. As a composer, Walters is best known for the top-selling albums Mystic Harp and Mystic Harp 2, featuring the legendary harpist Derek Bell, of the 5-time Grammy Award-winning group The Chieftains.

What others are saying about J. Donald Walters:

“J. Donald Walters is the kindest man I’ve ever met. Walters is a born, great teacher. His books are gentle masterpieces.”–Louise Hay, best selling author of You Can Heal Your Life

“J. Donald Walters has an ability to uncover countless unusual aspects of a subject, and to reveal them in an unexpected and original light. When he turns the spotlight of his concentration on any given subject, he leaves no aspect of it uncovered. What we have in J. Donald Walters, then, is an unusual and powerfully magnetic mind, and also one whose judgment is always fair. He is truly one of the great men of our time.”–Derek Bell, 5-time Grammy Award-winning harpist of The Chieftains

“J. Donald Walters has been one of the most important Western exponents of yoga in the past 30 years.”–Dr. David Frawley, renowned authority on yoga and author of Ayurveda and the Mind and Gods, Sages, and Kings

“J. Donald Walters is wise teacher whose words convey love and compassion. Read and listen, and allow your life to change.”–Larry Dossey, best selling author of Healing Words

“My listeners felt fed by the interview, and were inspired to ask for more. What a blessing it was to have an opportunity to have such understanding and wisdom on major media. After the interview was over, listeners called in for nearly two hours afterwards thanking us for interviewing Mr. Walters.”–Jan Hutchins, KCBS radio

“Mr. Walters is a delight to hear. His talks are always based on high spiritual wisdom, but it is wisdom made practical and accessible for ordinary people. His clarity and sincerity, his devotion, and his talks are sure to leave you feeling a renewed commitment to spiritual living, with deeper understanding of how to do that sensibly.”–John White, author of Thinking the Unthinkable

“There is a peace and quietness surrounding him that give a hint of his spiritual stature. Many times have I listened to him speak, and always have come away feeling refreshed and energized. It is not only the lectures, the teachings, and the books of J. Donald Walters that shed light on areas of darkness or confusion in people’s lives. Above all, perhaps, it is the example of the man himself, the peace and calm that surround him, the spiritual power that emanates from him, that point the way to each person’s own inner enlightenment.”–John Harricharan, Body, Mind, & Spirit magazine

“J. Donald Walters is one of the New Age movement’s best known voices.”– India Currents

“J. Donald Walters is one of the best known modern exponents of the ancient science of yoga. He is a gifted lecturer, author, teacher, composer, singer, and philosopher, as well as an artist, scientist, and businessman. In 1969, J. Donald Walters founded Ananda Village, which has become widely recognized as one of the most successful New Age communities in the world.”–Science of Mind Magazine

“I feel I can recommend this man of love and his sparkling teachings without reservation.”–David Alan Ramsdale, Meditation Magazine

“J. Donald Walters is perhaps the most respected non-Indian exponent of yoga in the world.”–Justine & Michael Toms, New Dimensions Foundation

“Your openness, your undeviating devotion to life and service, and your joyous good humor express themselves in your book…it came to an end too soon!”–Ken Keyes, Jr. best selling author of Handbook to Higher Consciousness

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