Swami Brahmarupananda

Swami Brahmaruprananda
Minister, Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC

Swami Brahmarupananda joined the Vivekananda Monastery and Retreat in Ganges, Mi., in 1984 and studied under the guidance of Swami Bhashyananda ji.

He took his monastic vows (Sanyasa deeksha), in 1987.

He has lectured on Vedanta, Upanishads and Bhagavad Geeta, and conducted spiritual retreats in the United States, Canada and Trinidad.

Swamiji is with Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC where he speaks on various spiritual topics.
Also, he leads study groups on The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, the Bhagawad Geeta and the teachings of Vivekananda.

Pravrajika Brahmaprana

Pravrajika Brahmaprana
Pravrajika  Brahmaprana has been a nun of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since January 1973. In 2008 she was posted as the resident minister at the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Texas.

During Brahmaprana’s 40 years of monastic life, she has enjoyed speaking before students—from middle school to post-graduate levels—on Hinduism and its Vedanta philosophy. Baptized and raised in the Episcopal Church, she first learned about Vedanta in the late 1960s, through a Comparative Religions course at Occidental College in Los Angeles. After visiting the Vedanta Temple in Hollywood, she later joined the Vedanta Convent in Santa Barbara, where she spent most of her monastic life.


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Swami Atmavidyananda

Swami Atmavidyananda joined the Ramakrishna Order of India in 1978. Currently he is the treasurer and general office manager of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, as well as the Society’s organist and choir director. Swami Atmavidyananda is a prolific composer, having written two operas, two oratorios, numerous choral works, and over 20 instrumental works, including one symphony.

Swami Atmavidyananda gives talks at Vedanta centers, academic institutions, and church groups, and also conducts classes and religious seminars in the US and abroad. Swami Atmavidyananda is currently serving as the campus minister for Hinduism at USC and president of the University Religious Conference at UCLA.

Please join us at the Vedanta Society on Wednesday November 9, 2011, at 7.30 pm, for Swami Atmavidyananda’s presentation of “Ramakrishna and Song,” featuring recorded selections from the swami’s oratorio, “Ramakrishna and His Teachings,” with live commentary by the composer.

Swami Swahananda

Swami Swahananda joined the Ramakrishna Order in 1947 and was head of its Delhi center before coming to the US in 1968. Besides the North Carolina center, he is also the spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC, and Vivekananda Retreat, Ridgely. He is the author of several books on religion and spirituality and is a past editor of the magazine Vedanta Kesari published by the Ramakrishna Math, Chennai.

Swami Swahananda is authorized to grant spiritual initiation (mantra diksha) to sincere seekers who are ready to commit to a program of daily spiritual practice.

Swami Ishtananda

SwamiIshtanandaSwami Ishtananda is Minister of the Vedanta Center of St Petersbug, Florida. He joined the Ramakrishna Order in 1977, and served for many years in the Northeast of India, at the Order’s centers in Cherrapunjee and Along, before being posted to the Vedanta Society of Southern California. He was appointed the Minister of the Vedanta Center of St Petersburg in December 2007.

Swami Yogatmananda

swami ySwami Yogatmananda is Minister and President of the Vedanta Society of Providence. He joined the Ramakrishna Order in 1976, and received his monastic vows in 1986. After being at Ramakrishna Math Center at Nagpur, India for 20 years, he was posted as the Head of Ramakrishna Mission, Shillong, Meghalaya, India.

Swami Yogatmananda came to United States in the summer of 2001 as the Minister of the Vedanta Society of Providence. His present responsibilities include conducting Sunday service, weekly study classes and organising spiritual retreats. He is invited to preach Vedanta at different places in the United States.

Swami Yogatmananda is the Hindu Religious Affiliate at the Brown University, Providence, RI and the Hindu Chaplain at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, MA.

Swami Mahayogananda

Swami Mahayogananda joined the Ramakrishna Order in 1997 at the Ramakrishna Monastery in Trabuco Canyon, California. From 2002 to 2008, he stayed in India, first at the Ramakrishna Mission Headquarters in Belur Math, West Bengal, and then at Narottam Nagar, Arunachal Pradesh; Advaita Ashrama, Kolkata; and Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati, Uttarakhand. He returned to the United States in 2008, served at the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC, and since 2013, has been serving at the Vedanta Society of Southern California.