Swami Sukhabodhananda



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Fast Facts
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Function: 
Spiritual Teacher
Traditions: 
Advaita Vedanta
Main Countries of Activity: 
India, USA
Date of Birth: 
19
Place of Birth: 
India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Yes

Biography

His robust message is one the MTV generation would love. "Enjoy," he says. "If your wife nags you, simply enjoy! If your boss fires you, enjoy!" Meet Swami Sukhabodhananda, who teaches Vedanta in an experiential workshop setting

The man of enlightenment is nothing if not integrated. At any given time, he contains the past, the present, the East, the West, the good, the bad, the high, the low. In short, the all—within himself. And he does so with the lightness of a flower dancing in the wind.

Swami Sukhabodhananda started his spiritual journey at age 24, after learning Vedanta in Rishikesh under Swami Chinmayananda and later with Swami Dayananda Saraswati, he found young people uninterested in his discourses. "They wanted dialogue," explains Swamiji, as we sit together in his dressing room at the end of a long day of conducting the LIFE program in Mumbai, India.

Accordingly, he stitched together a workshop deliberately broadened to include other wisdom traditions and with enough processes and games to break inhibitions and make the participants feel good about themselves. "When they feel good about themselves they get bigger than the problem," he explains. A similar practical approach couches all his talks and lectures. As he himself says, what he teaches is not philosophy but applied philosophy.

His talks are beautifully structured, logically arranged and presented with enough catchphrases and points to ensure recall value. "When bad things happen to good people, they become better, not bitter," he says amidst applause. Or again: "The perceiver in you pollutes the perception and perceives the perceived as an extension of the perceiver." When freed of its she-sells-seashells connotation, it is a profound recognition of the human tendency to impose personal points of view on the truth. He talks about the six Rs of people management: rapport, recognize, recall, rethink, retrain, relook; and the three Es of coping with fear: experience, enjoy and explore.

Many of his terms are borrowed from Western experiential workshops such as The Forum and NLP. "To deal with difficult people, see where you are coming from. Is it from commitment or complaint?" he asks, much as a Forum leader would. At the same time, he relates all these concepts flawlessly to Vedantic ones. "Operate from sankalpa, commitment," he says.

Whatever the subject, the perspective is essentially Vedic. For instance, in managing people, he advises listeners to operate from the fullness of emptiness, a paradoxical way of referring to the annihilation of the ego. The key to having a successful married life, he says is to move progressively from the stages of maithuna (sex), whose center is lust, to prema (love), whose center is caring, to maitri (friendliness), whose center is non-domination, to bhakti, whose center is sacredness, to karuna, whose center is compassion.

The ultimate aim of any partnership, he says, is to move from dvaita (duality) to advaita (non-duality). Lofty ideas made accessible by the many techniques, processes and meditations he strews his workshops with.

More info at http://www.swamisukhabodhananda.org/

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NIDHI PARKASH's picture

On the surface each one may understand the Advaita (non-dualism) upto a general point but rare one may grip the bottom of Advaita the Vedanta.