Brother Shankara

Brother Shankara Broth­er Shankara is the cur­rent spir­i­tu­al direc­tor and Res­i­dent Min­is­ter of the Vedan­ta Cen­ter of Atlanta.
Swa­mi Prab­ha­vanan­da accept­ed Gary Kem­per as a dis­ci­ple in 1973 and gave him the name Shankara in 1975. Swa­mi Swa­hanan­da ini­ti­at­ed Br. Shankara in 1977. For the next 33 years Shankara con­tin­ued his life as a house­hold­er and served the Swa­mi and the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in var­i­ous capac­i­ties, includ­ing Sec­re­tary of the Board of Trustees. He received Brah­macharya vows after his wife of 48 years died in Novem­ber 2009. In June 2010, Swa­mi Swa­hanan­da appoint­ed Br. Shankara as Res­i­dent Min­is­ter of the Vedan­ta Cen­ter of Atlanta. He began serv­ing here in August.Previously, under Swa­mi Swahananda’s direc­tion, Br. Shankara assist­ed in found­ing the Vedan­ta Cen­ter of Greater Wash­ing­ton, DC; Vivek­a­nanda Retreat Ridge­ly; and Rama­kri­shna Vedan­ta Ashra­mas in Phoenix AZ, Pitts­burgh PA, and Raleigh NC. He also helped estab­lish sev­er­al non-prof­it reli­gious orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing Amer­i­can Ser­vice to India, and the Rama­kri­shna Foundation.
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