If there had to be a two word biography of Swamini, it would be – I am If that is too brief then glimpses of the journey follow –
Swamini Brahmaprajnananda Saraswati has dedicated her life to sharing the ancient teachings of oneness (Advaita Vedanta). In July 2020 she published her first book, You matter – Insights from Vedanta. She conducts courses of Vedanta for different groups in Mumbai, India and for people online, across the world. Dedicated students and seekers from around the world resonate with her clarity for transformation, gentle guidance and warm approach. A former psychologist, Swaminiji’s teaching style seamlessly flow from the breadth of self mastery to the depth of self discovery.
Swaminiji co- conducts intensive and immersive Vedanta retreats in different parts of India and abroad. She is the first Hindu monk to run an online course on ‘How to have harmonious relationships’ on Udemy, the global, online learning platform.
Swaminiji ‘s public videos span a range of topics – teachings on Vedanta texts, meanings of stotrams, dialogues with other Arsha Vidya teachers, animation based videos all offering more than a window of insight and a doorway of understanding to life matters.
In 2018 she cofounded the first Vedic Wisdom festival(two day offering of curated talks) in Mumbai with Swami Brahmavidananda.
She does therapeutic work with those who need it. Some of her other programs include founding SHINE (Spiritual Heritage of India for Next-generation Empowerment) and leadership programmes for the youth. Swaminji teaches therapy to the Masters studentsof Psychology as a visiting faculty with SNDT University, Mumbai. In her inter religious dialogue practice, she upholds mutual respect and recognizes all religions to be valid, neither one superior nor the other inferior.
Her greatest blessing was to be a student-disciple of H.H. SriSwami Dayananda Saraswati ji in an intensive 3.5 year course in Arsha Vidya Gurukulam and receive diksha, initiation into monkhood on the banks of the Ganga, in India at the age of 40. She has been blessed to study for more than 12 years (part time) with Swami Brahmavidananda jiand later with Swami Sakshatkrtananda ji as the Acharya of the intensive course. Prior to monkhood she held many leadership positions in the development sector for 15 years. Her last position as Country Head of India for an international organisation, impacted the lives of 150,000 street children.
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Swamini ji has dedicated her life to serving the Vedic tradition by sharing teachings of Advaita Vedanta. A Hindu monk who currently lives in Mumbai (India) her teachings range from the depth and breadth of self growth to self discovery. She offers regular Vedanta courses (online), the podcast – Vedanta – the river of wisdom, insightful videos, workshops and retreats in India and abroad. She is the author of ‘You matter – Insights from Vedanta.’
She is a direct disciple of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, having studied Vedanta, Sanskrit and Vedic chanting at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in a residential, intensive three year course in Coimbatore and Rishikesh. She studied part time with Swami Brahmavidananda for about twelve years. Her last leadership role was as the Country Head (India) of an international organisation which positively impacted the lives of 150,000 street children. She was a former psychologist.