Pravrajika-Shuddhatmaprana Pravrajika Shuddhatmaprana is an ordained nun of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, and is currently posted at the Vivekananda Retreat in Ridgely, New York. For many years Shuddhatmaprana has been active in the publication work of the Ramakrishna Order, editing numerous books and articles. She has also written many articles and is the author of two books – The Divine World of the Alvars and Indian Saints and Mystics.
He was attached with Advaita Ashrama (Kolkata) an English publication center of the Ramakrishna order for twelve years.
He was initiated by Srimat Swami Vireswaranandaji Maharaj and bestowed with Sanyasa in 1986 by Srimat Swami Gambhiranandaji Maharaj.
Before coming to the US, he served well-known educational institutions of the Ramakrishna Mission in Purulia, West-Bengal, Port Blair, Andaman Islands (Founder Secreary) and Narottam Nagar, Tirap, Arunachal Pradesh (Principal cum Secretary).
He has rendered his services at time of natural calamities in deep interiors of Assam, West Bengal, and Orissa.
In March 2013, Swami Ishatmananda was assigned to Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago .
Under his leadership the society observed 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda through different programs held from August through November 2013.
He is also the Religious Adviser at the University of Chicago.
Apart from discoursing on various topics, he also conducts spiritual retreats and attends various programs across the United States at the invitation of devotees and other organizations.
He has written many articles that have been published in Ramakrishna Mission journals and other journals as well. He has given discourses on the Bhagavad Gita , extensively traveled different places of India, attended seminars and delivered lectures at colleges, universities, and devotee congregation on spiritual ideals and ideologies.
Advaita Ashram, Kolkata has published his discourses on the Bhagavad Gita as a set of 14 DVDs. Swami Ishatmananda has translated Swami Budhananda’s book “The mind and its control” to Bengali.
Swami Tyagananda is a Hindu monk of the Ramakrishna Order and presently the head of the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society in Boston. Currently he is also the Hindu chaplain at MIT and Harvard.
He became a monk in 1976, soon after graduating from the University of Bombay, India. He was assigned to the Vedanta Society in Boston in 1998.
Swami Tyagananda was the editor of the English language journal “Vedanta Kesari” based in Chennai, India, for eleven years.
He has translated and edited many books. His works include:
Walking the Walk: A Manual of Karma Yoga (2014)
Interpreting Ramakrishna: Kali’s Child Revisited.(2010) Co-authored with Pravrajika Vrajaprana.
The Essence of the Gita (translator) (2000)
A Study of the Mundaka Upanishad (editor and compiler) (2000)
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body: New Thoughts on Health (editor) (1997)
Values: The Key to a Meaningful Life (editor) (1996)
Service: Its Ideal and Practice (editor) (1993)
Religion Today (editor) (1992)
Monasticism: Ideals and Traditions (editor) (1991)
Saints and Mystics (editor) (1990)
Holy Scriptures: A Symposium on the Great Scriptures of the World (editor) (1989)
Facets of Vivekananda (editor) (1987)
Swami Chibrahmananda joined the Ramakrishna Order of monks in 1999 and served Swami Prabuddhananda in San Francisco for 15 years.
Swami Chidbrahamananda is currently working with Swami Atmajnanananda at the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington DC following a one year posting at the Vedanta Society of Southern California with Swami Sarvadevananda.
Swami Atmajnanananda is a Swami (monk) of the Ramakrishna Order, the resident minister at the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC .
He joined the Ramakrishna Order in 1981 at the Vedanta Society of Southern California; took first vows of brahmacharya in India in 1992 and sanyasa in India in 1996; transferred to the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington, DC in 1997.
He is a scholar in Indian philosophy and traveled extensively throughout India and Bangladesh; contributed various articles and translations to some of the books and magazines of the Ramkrishna order.
Swami Nishpapananda (Nish-pap-ananda) is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India, and an assistant minister at the Vedanta Society of St Louis, where he has resided since 1974. He became interested in Vedanta through college course work, joined the Order in 1981 and received final monastic vows in India in 1995. A graduate of Washington University, Swami Nishpapananda manages the book and multi-media publications of the Vedanta Society and is active in inter-faith work in the St Louis area.
Met Swami Prabhavananda in Santa Barbara in 1968, where she was vacationing. Had just finished a teaching job in Hawaii and was looking for a sunnier climate than Seattle, where she was raised. Shen then returned to the Northwest and met Swami Vividishananda and Swami Ranganathananda.
Moved to Santa Barbara in 1969, lived there and volunteered at the center, learning the philosophy from Swami Prabhavananda and the nuns in residence.
Moved into the convent in 1972, was privileged to be able to serve Swami Prabhavananda until his passing.
Had Brahmacharya and Sannyas from Swami Ashesananda and have lived in the Santa Barbara Convent my entire monastic life.
Pravrajika Brahmaprana visited the studios of WUNC public radio, 91.5 FM, to be interviewed about Swami Vivekananda by Frank Stasio, the host of The State of Things, on Thursday February 20. Manick Sorcar joined the interview by telephone. You can listen to their discussion here.
Frank Stasio and Pravrajika Brahmaprana at the studios of WUNC radio.