Kriyananda, Swami

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Kriyananda, Swami Gender: M
James Donald Walters
born on 19 May 1926 at 07:00 (= 07:00 AM )
Place Ploesti, Romania, 44n56, 26e02
Timezone LST m26e06 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 27°29' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 21°48 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 05°59'

Swami Kriyananda


American writer, composer, playwright, photographer and singer, best known as a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, the first Master from India to live and teach in the West. Kriyananda was a prolific author with over 70 books to his credit, including The Path: A Spiritual Autobiography and The Hindu Way of Awakening: Its Revelation, Its Symbols.

After reading Yogananda’s autobiography at age 22, he headed for Los Angeles, where he was accepted as a disciple in the Self-Realization Fellowship. Eventually he was initiated into the order, taking life vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and loyalty. From that point on, Donald Walters became Swami Kriyananda. He spent 3 ½ years in close contact with Yogananda, and as his disciple, he was accorded great respect. He eventually became vice-president of the Fellowship, but in 1968 he left to found Ananda, a worldwide movement dedicated to sharing with others the teachings of Yogananda. From its meager beginnings in the Sierra Nevada foothills, tirelessly promoted by its charismatic founder, Ananda flourished, expanding into a collection of churches, meditation centers, stores and other enterprises. The members describe their leader as thoroughly honest, kind and loving, and in New Age circles, Ananda is referred to as the poster child of cooperative spiritual communities. Others disagree, however, saying that the organization is a cult and the beliefs seem based on self-delusion.

Kriyananda was a popular lecturer, who taught how to apply spiritual principles to art, music, education, relationships and business, and he wrote hundreds of pieces of music. These include "The Mystic Harp," and the album Windows on the World.

In 1994, he was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit on behalf of a former member, Anne-Marie Berolucci. She charged that he took advantage of her sexually throughout her years with the church, and that as a result, she became depressed and suicidal. Other ex-Ananda members supported her case, saying that Kriyananda would request massages from the impressionable young females who flocked to the community, and that these massages turned into sexual events. When they questioned their leaders about this practice, the women were told that they were "extremely blessed to provide energy to him." Although Kriyananda admitted the sexual contacts, he denied they were sexual abuse. The presiding judge noted the arrogant and uncaring attitude that the defendant exhibited throughout the trial, and the jury found him liable on all counts. The million-plus-dollar judgment was fought in an unusual manner; the church filed for bankruptcy protection, a move that was challenged as fraud. During the trial, Kriyananda retired as spiritual director of Ananda.

Despite his heart problems and hip surgeries, his appearance was youthful, even boyish, and he carried himself with Old World grace and refinement.

On 21 April 2013, he died in his home in Assisi, aged 86.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Start Business 1968 (Ananda)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1981
  • Relationship : Marriage 1985
  • Crime : Law suit 1994 (Named in sexual harrassment case)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided U.S. Consular Report of Birth stating "7 A.M." in "Teleajen, Judetul Prahova, Rumania." According to Wikipedia, Teleajen is not a town but a river upon which one of the towns in Prahova county is Ploiești [1].

Previously this entry had same data (rated B): Philip Lucas quotes his autobiography in Mercury Hour EXT 10/1980 "approximately 7:00 AM." (Bucharest time).

In May 2013, forum member Ile Spasev wrote: "Hindu astrologer K.N. Rao in a seminar held in Russia in 2007, discusses his chart (even though he doesn't name him) with time 06:50 AM. Swami Kriyananda consulted KN Rao several times in the past years, but I don't know if the chart KN Rao is using is rectified or from a birth certificate". The difference amounts to about 2° shift of the Ascendant.


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Hip)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Sexual abuser (Accused by cult members)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 86)
  • Vocation : Art : Photography
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Vocation : Religion : Spiritual Leader/ Guru (Swami and guru)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Languages (Fluent in English, Italian, Romanian, Greek, French, Spanish, German, Hindi, Bengali, Indonesian)