Yogananda and the Kriya Yoga Masters - Paramahansa Yogananda's Early Life and Influences

Yogananda and the Kriya Yoga Masters was released on April 2, 2020. Trailer and movie can be viewed at

We invite you on a spiritual journey. Meet great masters of Kriya Yoga who influenced and guided Paramahansa Yogananda's early years in India. Discover insights into the culture, conditions and individuals who supported young Mukunda in becoming the great saint and spiritual dynamo who changed the world.

This website contains supporting materials for the documentary "Yogananda and the Kriya Yoga Masters," including a gallery of photos showing places related to this lineage of Kriya Yoga, some videos, and a journal of our personal pilgrimage.


“This is a most welcome addition to the films and books about Paramahansa Yogananda, the most influential spiritual emissary from India to the West. The stunning visuals and coherent narrative tell a compelling story—not only about Yogananda himself, but, uniquely, about his illustrious lineage as well. I wrote a thick biography of Yogananda and I still learned a great deal from this well-researched film.”
–Philip Goldberg, author of "American Veda" and "The Life of Yogananda"

“This is a very beautiful film about the lives of the great Kriya Yoga Masters.
It was so lovely to see their lives reflected in such a wonderful way and the influence they have had on the development of kriya yoga and the spiritualisation of the Earth. It gives great faith that all is fine, even amidst the huge crisis we are facing at the moment. I loved to have a pilgrimage to many of the holy sites of these beloved Gurus through watching the film. The music was wonderful and the images of India so evocative. A beautifully made film! A lovely addition to the Awake film, covering different ground yet walking side by side.”
 –Theresiu Janicki-Hardy, author of Calling the Beloved
“This documentary offers a new perspective of Paramhansa Yogananda’s early life in India, his training by a lineage of great yoga masters, and his mission to the world. With in-depth research and never-before-seen photos and film footage, this film brings the great guru alive for everyone. If you’re interested in meditation, in the search for God, or in Yogananda’s life and training, you will find a wealth of information and inspiration.”
–Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi
Spiritual Directors, Ananda Sangha Worldwide

A beautiful, sensible, and sensitive film that takes the viewer on a transformational journey through the early life, spiritual inclinations, and profound influences of the Kriya Yoga masters upon Mukunda Lal Ghosh, who became Paramahansa Yogananda. The photos, historical documentation, musical soundtrack, and inspired storyline all contribute to the overall experience of pilgrimage. This film is a journey you will want to take, again and again.
--Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian
Spiritual Director, Center for Spiritual Enlightenment

“I am speechless. I never saw such a beautiful story about Yogananda and all the Kriya Yoga Masters. I feel really privileged that you chose our recordings all along the story that so beautifully you are describing. It is something you feel to watch over and over to soak all the holiness drop by drop. Its spirituality is sweeter than honey melt with jaggary. I could continue like that to emphasize my feelings while watching it. Congratulations, it is my favorite display of my "spiritual heroes". I cannot wait to share it with all our friends, Jai Guru, swami”
–Swami Nirvanananda Saraswati

“You might call this movie the “prequel” to Autobiography of a Yogi. It is filled with fascinating new information about Yogananda’s early life, and the great saints and sages who guided him. Stories we’ve never heard, images we’ve never seen, all meticulously researched and beautifully presented. A feast for heart, mind, and soul.”
–Asha Nayaswami, author of "Swami Kriyananda, LIGHTBEARER: The life and legacy of a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda"

“Yogananda and the Kriya Yoga Masters is an enlightening film into India, spirituality and the lineage of seers who brought yoga to light for much of the world.
For those new to this subject and those who have studied it for a lifetime, be prepared for the whole truth! The depth of wisdom revealed here is beyond any other project on this subject. It's presented with a brilliant mix of historical and present day imagery plus for many - rarely heard of accounts and never before seen photographs of the Swami's and Sages who comprise this incredible tale. The voice of the narrator is so pleasant, knowledgeable and sincere that the honesty of this world changing story comes through clearly and is done the justice it deserves. The filmmakers have delivered a truly beautiful film. Two thumbs up!”
—Todd Bush, Kriya Yoga Minister, musician, professional photographer


What wonderful news. And the website is astounding. I am very moved by it. To see once again these magnificent sites shining in Guruji’s aura is a caress to the soul. And the Karar Ashram. Wonderful images. Thank you. - B. D.

Thank you very much for the link to “Yogananda’s India” movie trailer. The images and music are magnificent. The photos on your website are really splendid. I have never before seen such beautiful pictures of the sites in India frequented by Yogananda. - I. N.

Fascinating--I can't wait to see the documentary! - C. C.

Beautiful and inspiringly fresh - ever-new joy! - S. S.

Thank you for all the wonderful photographs that are alive with the energy of these Holy places. - K. W.

Just looking at the photos a rush of gratitude came over me! (Sitting here teary-eyed.) Such a blessing to have you doing this great project. Joy and blessings to you!! - R. S.

So well written. I totally enjoyed it. It was as if I were there too. Thanks so very much . . . lovely snaps . . . very caring of you. - S. S.

Feel Overwhelmed Blessed. Aum. - A. S.

Superb ! - S. S.

Thank you very much for sharing these beautiful pictures and beautiful description to go along. - A. G.

Gratitude and grateful thanks. Jai Guru. - K. B. S.

Thank you so much for sharing this inspiring testimony! Jai beloved Gurudev! - W. C.

Amazing work you are doing for devotees who cannot travel themselves, i.e. an armchair travelogue. Jai GURU. - A. G.

Thanks for sharing these amazing photos and comments. - B. M. I.

Wonderful to see these posts and pics. Great posts to be treasured. Thank you for sharing. Jai Guriji - S. M. L

God bless you. Keep it up. - K. R.

It's charged with spiritual energy. Om Kriya Babaji Namah Om. - N. B.

It is like Grace is emanating from the pic . . . - S. K.

A Gift from Mother Soul. - B. L.