The truth about the charges of sexual and financial misconduct against Swami Kriyananda and Ananda

FOR YEARS, a small group of people have sought to discredit Swami Kriyananda and Ananda through lawsuits, the Internet, and the media.

Who are these people, and why are they criticizing Ananda? Are their statements true? On this website you will find answers, offered by Ananda members who speak freely and openly from their knowledge of the people and issues involved. For example: the anti-Ananda websites prominently feature anonymous statements by “J.M.” Here, you can find a complete and candid discussion of J.M.’s (Janice Moreno’s) history with Ananda, under Tab #6 below.

Where to Find Answers

The article The Bertolucci Lawsuit: A Personal Account by Asha Praver may offer all the answers you need. • For in-depth information, browse the tabs below. • If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. Your questions will be respectfully received and fully answered. • You may also contact any Ananda Center to discuss the issues. To understand the broader cultural climate, born of radical gender feminism, that made the Bertolucci lawsuit possible, see Tab #7, “An Alarming National Trend.”

Finally, for a true and faithful account of Swami Kriyananda, we suggest the book Swami Kriyananda, As We Have Known Him, by Nayaswami Asha, a close friend who served as his secretary for a number of years. This book offers more than 200 stories from long-time friends and acquaintances, as well as Asha’s personal reminiscences. They paint a portrait of one of the most inspiring and important contemporary spiritual figures, who served his Guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, faithfully to the end.

NEW: An important article by Nayaswami Asha, long-time secretary and coworker of Swami Kriyananda: Defending Yoga in America: The Sacrifice of Ananda. Asha explains how, in the 1980s, the yoga movement in America came under attack from psychologists who were intent on emasculating the guru-disciple relationship by coddling people’s egos, and how Swami Kriyananda, through the SRF/Bertolucci lawsuit, rescued yoga.

NEW: Was Swami Kriyananda a Jivanmukta — a Liberated Soul? A 50-year disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda talks about the wider meaning of the SRF lawsuit against Ananda, including the Bertolucci trial.

Recent Charges

The self-styled enemies of Swami Kriyananda now claim that he has lied about the long list of honors received by him during his lifetime. Specifically, they claim to have discredited his receipt of the Medaglia Giulio Cesare, which symbolically represents an award of the keys to the city of Rome. They also claim that he never received the Premio Ponte. Follow this link to view official documentation of these awards. Honestly, how do these people not bore themselves to death? To get the full measure of their pettiness, see Swami Kriyananda’s Accomplishments, Awards, and Honors.

Open the tabs for details…

14. Letters From Ananda Members

  1. I Know This Man, by Vijay Girard
  2. It Would be Laughable if it Weren’t So Cruelly Directed, by Ananta McSweeney
  3. What I Learned From Bertolucci’s Lawyers, by Asha Praver
  4. My Experience with Swami Kriyananda, by Bent Hansen
  5. Swami Kriyananda, Beloved Disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, by Jayadev Jaerschky
  6. How 2000 Devotees Paid Off $6 Million in Legal Fees (and Still Counting), and How We Think About Money at Ananda, by Catherine Van Houten
  7. My Experience at Ananda, by Clarita Poselli
  8. Accept What Is, by Wayne Palmer
  9. Ananda’s Real Motives — An Insider’s Personal Perspective, by David Steinmetz
  10. Graciousness, Kindess, Humility, by Deborah Golub-Gregorelli
  11. In Service to God and Guru, by Diana Down
  12. The Triumph, by Devi Novak
  13. My Life Has Become Worthwhile Because of Swami Kriyananda, by Durga Smallen
  14. Saved by Kriya, by Eric Munro
  15. Judge the Tree By the Fruit, by Jayadev Jaerschky
  16. Only Later Did I Figure It Out, by Joe Begley
  17. My Spiritual Family, by Leslie Ghirla
  18. Held in the Light, by Lila Devi
  19. The Credit Goes to Yogananda, by Maitri Jones
  20. A Little Cunning, A Reputation Destroyed, by Marilyn Holm
  21. Does Ananda Financially Exploit Its Members? by Greg Dyal
  22. A Personal Perspective on Ananda, by James Conti
  23. On Hero Worship, by Richard Salva
  24. Many Ways to Enjoy a Garden, by Cheryl Sargent
  25. What Is a Devotee? by Dave Bingham
  26. Ananda Helps Me Help Others, by David Kessler
  27. The Gift of Attunement, by Dianna Smith
  28. Trust the Heart, by Elizabeth Mason McConner
  29. A Greater Power at Work, by Gary Wojciechowski
  30. Swami Kriyananda. A Loyal Disciple, by Greg Dyal
  31. A Family Affair, by Gunther and Gabi Kautsch
  32. The Freedom to Grow, by Jan Lotichius
  33. A Beacon of Light in Times of Trial, by Janakidevi Steinmetz
  34. Secret of Happiness, by Kathleen Gardiser
  35. My Closest Friend After Master, by Kristy Fassler-Hecht
  36. An Example of What I Might Become, by Lalita Motyka
  37. Kriya Is the Key, by Matt Stickney
  38. The Making of a Wedding, by Marilyn Holm and Joe Begley
  39. Why I Have Stayed at Ananda, by Nalini Graeber
  40. A Noble and High-Minded Man, by Nirmala Schuppe
  41. I Am the Fruit of the Fruit, by Patty McCarley
  42. Truth Is One and Eternal, by Phil Hoffert
  43. Only Love, by Richard Salva
  44. Disagreement Welcome, by Sadhana Devi Helin
  45. A Treasure I Hold In My Heart, by Savitri Simpson
  46. Joy Is the Surest sign, by Sharon Brooks
  47. The Best Moments of My Life, by Susan Hoffert
  48. I Prayed Deeply to Yogananda, by Zoe Matthews
  49. What Happened on March 7, 1952? by Nitai Deranja
  50. Swami Kriyananda, My Friend and Guide on the Spiritual Path, by Parvati Hansen
  51. My Years With SRF, My Years With Ananda, One Devotee’s Story, by Rambhakta Beinhorn
  52. A Meaningful Life, Helpful to Others, by Seva Wiberg
  53. Naturally Spiritual, by Sharon Clark
  54. The Best Friend I’ve Ever Had, by Sheila Rush
  55. I Know This Man, by Vijay Girard
  56. More Letters 1 — Ananda members talk about Swami Kriyananda, life at Ananda, and the charges of abuse and misconduct
  57. More Letters 2 — Ananda members talk about Swami Kriyananda, life at Ananda, and the charges of abuse and misconduct