Guru's of Vedanta Mission
H.H.Swami Atmananda Saraswati
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'H.H. Swami Atmananda Saraswati' is the founder of Vedanta Mission. He is a well known scholar of Vedanta whose lectures on Gita, Upanishads and other Vedantic texts are organized regularly all over. Poojya Swamiji was born in a pious Brahmin family of North India. His father was a doctor in the Indian Army. He is a science graduate and took to the studies of scriptures early in his life. He was given the mantra deeksha while he was in his college by Jagadguru Sankaracharya of Dwarka Math. In 1980 he joined Sandeepany Sadhanalaya at Mumbai - a Gurukula run by Chinmaya Mission. After completing his studies there he was given the Naishthik brahmacharya deeksha in 1983, and was appointed the Acharya of Sandeepany Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh. There he conducted a similar course on Vedanta for two consecutive terms. In 1987 he was given the final initiation, the Sanyas deeksha by H.H.Swami Chinmayananda, thereafter he came to be known as Swami Atmananda Saraswati. In 1989, after completing the assignment given to him, he left his Guru Ashram and toured the country as an ascetic, visiting various Ashrams, Mahatmas and scholars. Most noteworthy was his stay on the banks of River Narmada at Omkareshwar, where he continued with his further studies & sadhana at the feet of various other Mahatmas. In 1992 as per his inspiration he established the Vedanta Mission to share thewisdom of vedanta with the world.
Since then Vedanta Mission has been organizing a variety of hisPrograms to fulfill the great vacuum which exists in the field of Spiritual awareness. Noteworthy of them are his discourses, gyana yagna's, sadhana camp's, open-house inter-active discussion sessions, and many such activities aimed at spreading the message of Vedanta to one and all. Geeta lectures of Poojya Swamiji have been aired by Zee TV, one of the most popular Satellite channels in India. His first foreign tour was organized in 1996. More than 100 Audio and Video tapes of his discourses have been released by the Mission. Swamiji prefers to give lectures in Hindi, but is equally at home with English. Poojya Swamiji has his Ashram appropriately called Vedanta Ashram, in Indore - the commercial capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. He also runs a Gurukula there to teach Vedanta to full time students. The Gurukula is run by a registered Trust established by him. The Acharya in charge of the Gurukula is his disciple H.H. Swamini Amitananda.
With his bubbling enthusiasm to take the message of Vedanta to those who really need it, Swamiji designed a special Workshop on Stress Management, wherein he has inculcated the wisdom of Gita to help eliminate the fast spreading epidemic of Stress. He has used a Holistic approach to handle this problem inculcating the best all available wisdom. These Workshops have been organized by various industrial groups, banks etc. for their executives and other personnel's. Another of his recent developments is starting the first free Monthly Newsletter on Vedanta called Vedanta Sandesh, which is sent free by e-mail. Poojya Swamiji indeed loves to tread an unbeaten path and is creatively discovering new ways & means to take the message of Vedanta to one & all. He walks alone, loves to take challenges and devotes thoroughly to whatever he has undertaken, an ideal recipe for success and satisfaction.
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