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.


  • Vivek­a­nanda, Swa­mi. The Com­plete Works of Swa­mi Vivek­a­nanda, vol. 9. Cal­cut­ta: Advai­ta Ashra­ma, 1997. 609 p.
  •  Sankaracarya, Sri. Vivekacu­d­amani of Sri Sankaracarya. Trans­lat­ed by Swa­mi Turiyanan­da. Edit­ed by Pravra­ji­ka Brahmaprana. Madras: Sri Rama­kri­shna Math, 1991. 271 p.
  •  Atu­lanan­da, Swa­mi. With the Swamis in Amer­i­ca and India. Edit­ed by Pravra­ji­ka Brahmaprana. Cal­cut­ta: Advai­ta Ashra­ma, 1988. 347 p.
  •  Monas­ter­ies in South India. Com­piled and edit­ed by Swa­mi Swa­hanan­da. Hol­ly­wood: Vedan­ta Soci­ety of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, 1989.
  •  Prab­ha­vanan­da, Swa­mi. Bha­gavad-Gita com­men­tary (edit­ed work in process).


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.