Swami Jyotirmayananda Saraswati



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Fast Facts
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Function: 
Spiritual Teacher
Traditions: 
Divine Life Sosiety, Yoga
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
3rd of February, 1931
Place of Birth: 
Bihar, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Yes
Other Related Gurus: 
swami Sivananda Saraswati

Biography

Swami Jyotirmayananda was born on the 3rd of February, 1931 in a pious family in the state of Bihar. From his very childhood days he showed signs of his future greatness. He was calm and reflective, brilliant in his studies, as also loved by his friends and relatives.

While he was studying in the Science College of Patna, when he was 18 years of age, he had read Swami Sivananda's book "Mind, Its Mysteries and Control." This had captured him and When Swami Sivananda visited Patna during his All-India tour in September, 1950, he had Swamiji's first Darshan at Patna. Then on his mind was drawn towards his Master more and more. Finally in 1952 he came to Rishikesh on a short visit, but stayed on permanently.

Gurudev found that he is a good speaker and entrusted him with the work of conducting classes. He also held regular discourses, very frequently, during the evening Satsangas in the Ashram in the very presence of Sri Gurudev. After being granted Sannyasa by Sri Gurudev on the 3rd of February, 1954, he took to literary side of work more intensely and became the editor of the Hindi journal of the Society known as Yoga-Vedanta. This work he did exquisitely, in addition to conducting daily classes on scriptures such as the Yoga-Vasishtha in the Ashram's Bhajan Hall, which many visitors attended with great love and concentration and interest. His exemplary life, great command of spiritual knowledge, love towards all beings, and his very impressive and dynamic exposition of Yoga and Vedanta Philosophy attracted enormous interest all over India, and in different countries of the world. He frequently lectured by invitation at All India Vedanta Conferences in Delhi, Amritsar, Ludhiana and other parts of India. Thus he continued the work of editing the Yoga-Vedanta journal and conducting the scriptural classes until 1962, when on an invitation from a well-wisher of him he travelled to the West. Crossing Europe, he stayed for several years in Puerto Rico and in 1969 he shifted his centre to Miami in the United States where he has established a Publishing Centre and a systematically working Yoga Research Foundation, he himself being a very good writer and speaker.

The Yoga Research Foundation, founded by our Guru, Swami Jyotirmayananda, offers enlightening classes in Yoga Philosophy, ancient Hindu texts from India: Bhagavad Gita, the Vedas, Puranas, Yoga Vasistha, Srimad Bhagavatam, as well as Hatha Yoga and Meditation.

Founded in 1962 as the Sanatan Dharma Mandir in Puerto Rico by Swami Jyotirmayananda. The headquarters moved to suburban Miami in 1969 as the International Yoga Society. It adopted its present name in the 1980s. Swami Jyotirmayananda is a disciple of Swami Sivananda Saraswati. He has been assisted by Swami Lalitananda, vice president of the foundation, since the beginning. She, too, is a disciple of Swami Sivananda Saraswati.

The foundation publishes books, cassettes, and study courses on yoga and Hindu philosophy, and a monthly magazine called International Yoga Guide. Swami Jyotirmayananda is an authority on the little-known Hindu scripture Yoga-Vasishtha Maharamayana, upon which he comments regularly in the magazine. He has lectured widely, participated in Spanish/English radio programs, and appeared on television.

Branches of the Yoga Research Foundation exist throughout the world. Swami Jyotirmayananda's ashram in Loni, near New Delhi, India, publishes the Hindi Journal Yogajali, as well as numerous Hindi translations of Swami Jyotirmayananda's books. Ashram members assist those in need through a medical clinic, and also further the education of children through the Bal Divya Jyoti Public School.

Devotees of Swami Jyotirmayananda have turned his ancestral home of Ananda Bhavan in Dumari (Bihar, India) into a spiritual center. The project provides the village of Dumari Buzurg with a school for children, library, satsang hall, and technical workshop. Women are taught nutrition and home economics. The project is designed to affect the economic, ethical, cultural, and spiritual life of the village.

The foundation is an international organization, dedicated to "elevating the consciousness, alleviating suffering and enriching the lives of all humanity" through integral yoga (Sivananda's system integrating hatha yoga with the four major traditional yogas: raja, bhakti, karma, and jnana), providing "a basis for upgrading the cultural growth of humanity while bringing about a worldwide level of social and religious harmony." Regular classes teaching yoga, Vedanta, and Indian philosophy are conducted from the center.

Sources: 
Divine Life Society, Sivanand Ashram,Rishikesh, India,&Yoga Research Foundation

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