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Swami Sarvapriyananda
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Swami Sarvapriyananda is an ordained monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India as administered by the
Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur, India. The latter are worldwide, non-political, non-
sectarian spiritual organizations which have been engaged in various forms of humanitarian, social
service activities for more than a century. Their ideology consists of the eternal principles of Vedanta as
lived and experienced by Sri Ramakrishna and expounded by Swami Vivekananda. This ideology has
three characteristics: it is modern in the sense that the ancient principles of Vedanta have been expressed in the modern idiom; it is universal, in that it is meant for the whole humanity; it is practical in the sense that its principles can be applied in day-to-day life to solve the problems of life.

Swami Sarvapriyananda is the resident Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New
York, since January 2017. Before that, he was an Assistant Minister at the Vedanta Society of Southern
California (VSSC). Swami joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1994 and received Sannyas (or
monastic vows) in 2004. Before being posted to the VSSC’s Hollywood Temple, Swami served as an
acharya (teacher) of the monastic probationers’ training center at Belur Math. He has served the
Ramakrishna Math and Mission in various capacities including being the Vice Principal of the Deoghar
Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, Principal of the Shikshana Mandira Teacher Education College at
Belur Math, and the first Registrar of the Vivekananda University at Belur Math. Swami holds degrees in
Economics (Utkal University) and Education (Calcutta University); and, he also has an MBA (Master of
Business Administration) degree from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB). During
the 2019-20 academic year, Swami was a Nagral Fellow at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA.

Swami Sarvapriyananda is eminently known around the world for his spiritual discourses - all of which
are extremely popular sources of spiritual education on YouTube.
A small sample of his most important discourses is provided here:
(a) “Spiritualizing the whole life” – given as a TEDx talk at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM),
published on March 12, 2014;

(b) “Three Great Powers within us” – given at the Guibord Center, Los Angeles, USA on March 18,

(c) “The Light Within” – given at the San Diego Vedanta Center, April 2, 2016:

(d) “The language of paradox in Advaita” – given at the Vedanta Society of Southern California, May 15,

(e) Lecture series on Aparokshanubhuti, published on the YouTube channel of the Vedanta Society of
New York:

(f) Lecture series on Mandukya Karika:

(g) Interview conducted by Buddha at the Gas Pump, published on March 13, 2018;

(h) Dialogue on the Vedas with Deepak Chopra (held at the Rubin Museum in New Yor, July 6, 2018):

(i) Dialogue on non-dual consciousness with Rupert Spira, held on October 31, 2020:

(j) Google Talk on: Consciousness and the Ultimate Reality, published on Nov. 11, 2020:

In addition to single-event talks and interviews, Swami Sarvapriyananda has conducted numerous multi-
day spiritual retreats. His lecture tours have spanned across the length and breadth of both India and the
USA; in addition, he has been on invited talk tours in Canada, United Kingdom, Portugal, Australia, New
Zealand and the Bahamas.

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