Swami Swahananda

Swami Swahananda (1921 – 2012)

Swami Swahananda in 2008

Swami Swahananda in 2008

Swami Swahananda, founder and head of the Vedanta Center of Greater Washington DC—and also head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, Hollywood, and Vivekananda Retreat, Ridgely—was a very senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order. Born in 1921 in Habiganj in what is now Bangladesh, he received initiation from Swami Vijnanananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. He joined the Order in 1947 and was ordained a sannyasin in 1956. He came to the United States in 1968, and was head of the Hollywood center from 1976 to 2012. He left his body on October 19, 2012.