Swami Tattwayamananda

Swami TattwayamanandaSwa­mi Tattwa­mayanan­da, cur­rent­ly the Min­is­ter- in -charge of the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cis­co, served in var­i­ous cen­ters of the Rama­kri­shna Order in India as edi­tor, publisher,and teacher of San­skrit and Indi­an phi­los­o­phy before com­ing to the Unit­ed States in Jan­u­ary, 2012.
He had tra­di­tion­al train­ing in Hin­du scrip­tures, San­skrit and Vedic lit­er­a­ture from his ear­ly days He served in var­i­ous cen­ters of the Rama­kri­shna Order in India as edi­tor, pub­lish­er, and teacher of San­skrit, Advaitic texts such as Sri Shankaracharya’s com­men­taries on the Prasthana­traya  and Indi­an phi­los­o­phy.
Before com­ing to the Unit­ed States in Jan­u­ary, 2012 he was teach­ing San­skrit, Vedan­tic scrip­tures and Indi­an phi­los­o­phy at the Train­ing cen­ter in Belur Math, the head­quar­ters of the Rama­kri­shna Mis­sion, Kolkata, India.
The Swa­mi has received tra­di­tion­al edu­ca­tion in San­skrit and Vedan­tic scrip­tures and is fre­quent­ly invit­ed for lec­tures on Yoga, Vedan­ta, and tra­di­tion­al Hin­du scrip­tures.
His class­es and lec­tures are avail­able at:

Pravrajika Shuddhatmaprana

Pravrajika Shuddhatmaprana

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.

Swami Ishatmananda

Swami IshatmanandaSwa­mi Ishat­manan­da, a monk of the Rama­kri­shna Order, got asso­ci­at­ed with the holy order at the Rama­kri­shna Mis­sion, Cher­ra­pun­ji, Megha­laya.

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

swami tyaganandaSwa­mi 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 Chidbrahmananda

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

swami-atmajnananandaSwa­mi 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

Swa­mi Nish­pa­panan­da (Nish-pap-SwamiNishpapanandaanan­da) 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.

Pravrajika Krishnaprana


Pravrajika Krishnaprana  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 and Manick Sorcar
interviewed on WUNC Radio

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 & Pravrajika Brahmaprana at WUNC studios

Frank Sta­sio and Pravra­ji­ka Brahmaprana at the stu­dios of WUNC radio.

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.