Sunday Noon Meditation and Afternoon Lectures


Rest from the pressures of the world and experience the inspiration of spiritual warmth and wisdom.

At our weekly, non-denominational Sunday Noon Meditations and Afternoon Lectures, Goswami Kriyananda or one of the other Temple speakers will share an uplifting message on self-improvement and living a positive lifestyle. Learn to find inner quiet, wisdom and the spiritual key that unlocks the Truth to deeper personal happiness and enlightenment.

Music and silent meditation begin at 11:30 AM, followed by the Noon Meditation. Please join us for tea and fellowship following the Noon Meditation.


Temple Speakers


Swami Abhinanda (John Jones)

works as a licensed psychologist in independent practice in Champaign, Illinois. He has been a disciple of Goswami Kriyananda and a swami of the Temple for nearly 3 decades. He has a keen interest in integrating the mystical science of Kriya Yoga and the wisdom of the Kriya Lineage, with the Western art and science of psychotherapy, in particular, the theory and approach influenced by the work of C.G. Jung.


Tom Mula

is an actor, director, playwright, novelist, and professor at Columbia College Chicago. He played Scrooge at the Goodman for a number of seasons; his books include Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol and the recently published Hackers of Oz. Tom has been studying at the Temple of Kriya Yoga for nearly 30 years, and has been a disciple of Goswami Kriyananda since 1987.



Swami Nadananda, Mahaswami (Katie Lahiff)

has been a seeker of truth for most of her life, finding wisdom and guidance in teachings from many sources. She finds great enjoyment and meaning in learning, teaching and engaging in dialogue with others in the dance of life. She is a long time disciple of Goswami Kriyananda and an ordained swami of the Temple of Kriya Yoga. She is certified as a teacher of yoga and a practitioner of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and is currently working towards certification in the field of music-thanatology.


Caren Prentice

Caren has spent many years exploring different techniques, traditions, on her path to transformation. In 2009 she completed the Meditation Teacher Training Program offered by the Temple of Kriya Yoga. Since then, she has taught over a thousand meditation classes to hundreds of students and businesses in the Portland, Oregon area where she currently lives. She delights in sharing the meditation techniques and teachings she has learned over the years to help others transform and find more joy and happiness in their lives.


Gary Whitney

Studying yoga from childhood on, Gary has taught classes on The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads and The I Ching. His career as an animator gives him the ability to illustrate The Teachings clearly, gently and with inspiration.







Swami Namakirtanananda (Mary Whitney)

An astrologer since 1974, Mary first came to the Temple in 1980 to take Goswami Kriyananda's two-year Professional Astrology Course. In addition to doing astrological consultations at the Temple, she is also a priest, teacher and frequent speaker, recognizable by her friendly, welcoming smile.




Swami Mahashastrananda (Ray Ruffer)

is an ordained priest of the Temple of Kriya Yoga and Disciple of Sri Goswami Kriyananda. He has been studying and actively teaching at the Temple since 1980. He is actively involved in the Temple of Kriya Yoga Seminary Program, and is a member of the Seminary Committee. He also conducts church services, including funerals, weddings, baptisms and other spiritual services.




Swami Pharananda

has studied, practiced and taught hatha yoga and meditation in the Kriya tradition since the 1970's. Blending eastern disciplines with householdership responsibilities and a career in communications and design, she teaches the practical application of Kriya Yoga in a western lifestyle while adding the anandic melodies of woodwinds to the teachings.



Swami Jyothi Pranananda

began her yogic studies and practice in the late 1970's and has been a disciple of Goswami Kriyananda's for over 30 years. She is an ordained swami and lineage holder in Goswami's Kriya Yoga lineage. Pranananda is responsible for leading the Meditation Teacher Training and Seminary programs at the Temple. She finds the practical application of the teachings to be of great value and has applied them throughout her work in several multi-national corporations. She has been married for 35 years to her husband Mark, and resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.


Swami Satpatyananda

is an ordained priest of the Temple of Kriya Yoga and a disciple. She supports children of all abilities through adaptive, goal centered yoga practices. She also serves in spiritual care at a local children's hospital. Satpatyananda is a Temple Musician and leads seekers in mantra and meditation. She enjoys painting and poetry. Utilizing her certificate in art therapy, she often integrates creative expression into her teaching.





Swami Smrityananda (Olga Samoilova)

is an ordained swami at the Temple of Kriya Yoga, a spiritual seeker and a student of life. She is also a certified yoga teacher, currently residing and teaching in the San Diego area in California. She enjoys integrating the mystical teachings of yoga and their practical application into her teaching and everyday life.





Swami Tejasananda (Eric Klein)

is the co-founder of Wisdom Heart, a dharma doodler, and best-selling leadership author. He's worked with over 25,000 leaders and hundreds of organizations. His book, You are the Leader You've Been Waiting For, won the Nautilus Award as a world changing book in the conscious leadership/business category.







Swami Vidyananda (Gracia Gimse McKinley)

has been studying Kriya Yoga through the Temple's home study programs for 12 years. She is the founder and guiding teacher of One Spirit Center for Sacred Study in Northfield, Minnesota. Her motto for teaching and life in general is "Keep It Simple, Make It Fun." (Goswami Kriyananda)




Swami Modananda (Devi Bliss Klein)

has taught meditation, dream work and Sacred Circles for Women for over 25 years.