Mukhya Swami Swaroopananda
Introduction :- In an era rife with scepticism and confusion about matters spiritual, Swami Swaroopananda is a rare voice that blends authenticity with accessibility; theory with self- practice; logic with heart.
Formerly the Regional Head of Chinmaya Mission Australia, United Kingdom, Middle East, Africa and Far East, and presently Chairman of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth Trust (University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions) and Director of the Chinmaya International Residential School in Coimbatore, South India, Swami Swaroopananda has now been bestowed by Swami Tejomayananda the privilege to also serve as the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide.
Spiritual Journey :- Born and brought up in the bustling commercial capital of India, Swamiji had always been convinced that beyond life’s superficial, everyday joys and sorrows, there was something more enduring and satisfying. As a child he heard from his grandmother many religious stories based on the great Indian epics and the history of saints. These stories suddenly came to life, acquiring new meaning and depth, when as an adolescent he encountered the preeminent Master of Vedanta, Swami Chinmayananda.
His heart completely moved and inspired, in 1984 Swami Swaroopananda gave up his family’s thriving business in Hong Kong to undergo intensive training under Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Tejomayananda at Sandeepany, Mumbai. He was initiated into the monastic order in 1992. Since then, he has touched thousands of lives across the world, and his tremendous work in bringing out the essential wisdom and underlying unity of all religions has garnered him a place among the vanguards of self-development philosophy.
Works :- Swamiji has authored several commentaries on such important spiritual classics as Ik Onkar, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra and Sankat Mochan, besides numerous books on contemporary lifestyle subjects such as Simplicity and Meditation, Storm to Perform, Avatar, Managing the Manager and Journey into Health.
Swamiji is equally adept at conducting ‘wholistic management’ seminars for senior corporate executives. Among the well-known institutes he has been invited to speak at are The Ford, London Business School and Harvard University, to name a few. In fact, a proprietary self-development course he conceived and initially conducted, Make It Happen™, has been adapted and integrated into the human resource training programmes of various corporate organisations in India and beyond.
Swamiji was introduced to various saints and sages in his early childhood. His spiritual call came when he read Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. Not long thereafter, he decided to dedicate his life to the study of scriptures and to the service of humanity. He served for five years at Chinmaya Mission Orlando (1996-2000) in various capacities and subsequently participated in Chinmaya Mission’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
In 2002 he joined Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Mumbai where he studied Vedanta under the grace and guidance of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji and the tutelage of Swami Ishwaranandaji. In 2004, he was appointed as Acharya of Sandeepany San Jose, Chinmaya Mission San Jose (CMSJ) where he had been conducting discourses on Vedanta in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. During his tenure at CMSJ, he has conducted numerous Satsangs, Vedanta Classes, Jnana Yagnas, camps, and retreats all over the United States, Canada and India. He has a loving personality, sense of humor, and intense passion for the study of Vedanta as well as mastery over scriptures. His unique style of teaching and imparting the knowledge of the scriptures through a systematic approach has provided practical instructions for seekers in daily life and has brought transformation to many.
Swami Bodhatmananda was the resident Acharya of the 16th Residential Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai, India and will be continuing as the resident Acharya of the 17th Residential Vedanta Course in 2017.