Laguna Beach, CA
Laguna Beach, CA
... have a Yoga Ashram, ... live in a Yoga Center or Ashram
I am an expert in the following areas:
Hindu monk, priest, & educator serving at Kali Mandir Ramakrishna Ashram in Laguna Beach, California with more than twenty-seven years of experience in presenting the teachings and practices of Sanatana Dharma, Indian philosophy and the Hindu devotional schools respectful of traditional understandings while being informed by contemporary scholarship.
More about me:
Revered Dr. Swami Bhajanananda Saraswati has been with Kali Mandir since its founding in 1993 and serves as the Vice President, Head Priest, and Abbot. Born in Mexico and raised in the United States, Swami Bhajanananda started his spiritual search and study in his teens. In 1987, while still in high school, he met his guru, the great saint and yogi His Holiness Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati of Prayag (Allahabad) who initiated him as a brahmachari (novice monk) in 1993. He received further initiations from His Holiness Swami Chidananda Saraswati, the late president of the Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, and from Sri Haradhan Chakraborti, the late head pujari of the Dakshineswar Kali Temple. In 1999 he received his final monastic ordination as a Dasnami Sannyasi in the Naga tradition of the Juna Akara from His Holiness Swami Omananda Saraswati, the spiritual successor of Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati and head of Yoga Vedanta Kutir in Allahabad. Swamiji earned his Bachelor degree in Religious Studies (emphasis in Hinduism and Buddhism) from the University of California at Berkeley and his Doctorate in Ministry (theology and practice across spiritual traditions) from the New Seminary for Interfaith Studies in New York, the oldest interfaith seminary in the world, founded by Rabbi Joseph Gelberman and His Holiness Swami Satcitananda Saraswati. He served as an instructor at the University of California at Irvine in their Yoga Studies Program for several years and is presently an advisor for Hinduism at the New Seminary. He has translated and authored several books, including Return to the Source, Collected Writings on Spiritual Life; recorded albums of devotional kirtan; and has spoken at universities, high schools, religious centers and professional gatherings on Hinduism and interfaith relations. He is featured in the documentary series Yogic Paths produced by Gaia TV. Swamiji is considered an expert in the ritual worship of the Mother Goddess as per the dakshina-marg (right handed path) of Tantra, which adheres to traditional conservative Hindu norms in the mood of selfless devotion. He regularly gives discourses on the Hindu scriptures, the teachings of the saint, and sacred tradition that are available as podcast and on Youtube.
My Favorite Quote/What inspires me:
God is the goal.
Blog or favorite Yoga Website:
While in the US we stay at Kali Mandir and in India we live at the Yoga Vedanta Kutir in Allahabad