Swami Bodhananda Saraswati
Swami Bodhananda is
highly respected in America and India as an accomplished teacher of
Vedanta and meditation. He was born in Mattatur, Kerala, 36 miles from
Kalady, the birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya. After completing his
undergraduate work in economics, he fulfilled his aspirations joining
the Saraswati order as a brahmachari—one of ten sannyasa orders
established by Adi Shankaracharya, the renowned 8th century Indian
philosopher and exponent of Advaita Vedanta. In 1978, after several
years of intensive study, he embarked on his mission of teaching. His
brilliance as both a student and teacher of Vedanta was apparent, and,
in 1984, he was initiated into sannyas ashram—the crown of renunciation.
Presently, Swami Bodhananda is the Spiritual Founder and Director of 12
organizations and ashrams under the umbrella of the Sambodh Foundation,
New Delhi, India (1991); the Bodhananda Research Foundation for
Management and Leadership Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India (1994);
and, The Sambodh Society, Inc. (1997), his American organization.
Swami Bodhananda is the author of several books: Meditation: The
Awakening of Inner Powers, and The Gita & Management, and a
monograph titled, “Rishi Vision,” and his most recent book, Self
Unfoldment in An Interactive World (2001).
In 1997, Swami Bodhananda began his mission in America and, at the end
of his first tour he, along with a group of devotees, established The
Sambodh Society, Inc. for the purpose of teaching meditation and
Vedanta. Three years later, in early November 2000, a 32-acre parcel of
wooded land near Kalamazoo, Michigan was purchased, establishing
Swamiji’s first center and headquarters in the United States.
Swamiji returns annually to the US, teaching meditation, offering
lectures in Vedantic wisdom. He is highly praised for his adaptive
rendering of Vedanta to the modern individual’s needs and
circumstances, helping people apply spiritual principles and practices
to their immediate environment. Indicative of this is Swamiji’s
leadership as an early innovator and proponent of the movement to
integrate spiritual values, based upon the Vedas, into the modern
corporate management environment.
Swami Bodhananda has been characterized as a ‘cutting edge’ Swami,
deeply imbued with the perennial philosophy of Vedanta and a living
expression of its ideals.
given talks on various topics:
for Home Satsangs and public lectures
- Message of
in Daily life
- Healthy Values
- How to
Meditate for Peace and Health
- Vedanta Values
for Cross Cultural Society
- Veda and
- Hindu Stories
for Children growing up in America.
He was very well received in the bay area during his prior visits.
is the author of several books:
The Gita and management
Meditation: Awakening your inner power
Eight Steps to Self-Unfoldment and Rishi Vision
Bodhananda’s photograph provided courtesy of Sambodh.com
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