It Truly Is A Divine Life – Swami Sarvadevananda

Monday, October 1, 2012

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Swami Sarvadevananda
Swami Sarvadevananda

Swami Sarvadevananda is the assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California. He is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India — one of the largest and most respected religious orders in India today. Inspired by the great Bengali saint, Ramakrishna, the Order was formed in 1897 with two goals in mind: spiritual enlightenment and service to God in human form.

From 1960 onward, the Swami lived near Belur Math, the Order’s headquarters in Kolkata. He had the opportunity to meet and serve many monks who were initiated by Holy Mother (Sri Sarada Devi), Swami Brahmananda, Swami Shivananda, and other direct disciples of Ramakrishna. Swami was initiated by Swami Shankarananda, the 7th President of the Order in 1961, and joined the monastery at Belur Math in 1965.

He spent the next two decades at Saradapitha, a major educational and technical training institution in Kolkata, and became the head of the Ramakrishna Mission of Sikra in 1988. While there, he initiated literacy and health programs for hundreds of underprivileged villagers and offered relief and rehabilitation work to the homeless.

In 1993, Swami Sarvadevananda came to the Vedanta Society of Southern California. In addition to his regular lectures and classes, he speaks at schools, colleges, and religious centers in Southern California and throughout the United States. Swami’s enthusiasm for spiritual life and large-heartedness toward all who cross his path is unending, and is greatly cherished by his disciples and other devotees.