A Short Biography of Swami Ramananda Maharaj, our Founder and President
Dr. Swami Ramananda Maharaj is the Pujay Swami Acharya of the Adi Parakshakti Siva Lakshmi Sampradayam worldwide. He is dharma successor to his intiating Swami Shankarananda Giri Maharaj. Swamiji’s first journey to India occured in the 1960s under the tutelage of the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and the joint participation of the University of California, Berkeley.
His first book, “BLISS NOW” (Select Books NYC), details the experiences that led him to become a direct disciple of Sri Sri Anandamayi Ma. Swamiji received his PhD. In 2000 Summa Cum Laude and is currently guest professor of Indian Philosophy at University of Nevada. He has made 17 subsequent journeys to India to be with Ma and to continue his research and sadhanna with some of the greatest teachers of India’s modern history.
As Ma was constantly traveling Swamiji’s pilgrimages in India took him into direct contact with: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, AC Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupad, Sathya Sai Baba, Tat Wala Baba, Baba Muktananda, Guru Mai, Aamachi Ma, the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Society, The Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram, Mother Teresa, Hariakhan Babaji, Kailash Baba, Neem Karoli Baba, the Dalai Lama, Kailash Baba, Swamini Turiyasangitananda, Sombari Baba, Baba Omkaresh, Hari Das Baba, Osho, Dr. Mishra, Swami Chidananda, Swami Vishnudevananda, Naga Baba Siva Das Baba, Nirodabaran, Swami Bahskarananda, Swami Satchidananda, Sri Ravi Shankar, Sri Chinmoy, Swami Ram Sumat Kumar, Yogi Bhajan, Sri Kurunamayi, and of course his own divine Gurudevi Sri Sri Anandamayi Ma in direct service to Ma for 17 years.
“Swami Ramananda has had direct contact with some of the most amazing souls that have ever walked this planet. He is a shining example of a true bhakta, an amazing Swami who is at once a humble servitor constantly engaged in seva, and a powerful wizard who has been completely trained by the greatest masters in the spiritual arts. The Church of the Divine Mother has been carefully formed under his guiding eye. We feel Ma’s touch in everything he does. He is a formidable guru in his own right, who has led many souls out of the sea of turmoil into a peaceful balanced life of devotion and Divine Love. All of us here at the ashram feel so blessed to have his divine guidance in life.” – Driti Devi Dasi