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Swami Sarvadevananda

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Swami Sarvadevananda is a monk of the world-wide Ramakrishna Order of India, a monastic organization dedicated to the teaching of Vedanta, and the worship of God in humanity. Vedanta is the ancient philosophy of India from which many schools of Hinduism have evolved. Vedanta teaches that our true nature is divine and that this Truth may be realized directly through practices such as meditation, worship, self-inquiry, and serving God in humanity. Vedanta respects all religions as paths leading to the same truth. Swami works to promote this message of harmony through spiritual ministry and social service. He joined the monastic order in 1965, and completed his monastic training while serving in various capacities, including working in a refugee camp during the Bangladesh war. He spent two decades at Saradapitha, a major educational and technical training institution near Kolkata, imparting Vedantic spiritual values as part of the high school and University level curriculum. Swami became the head of the Ramakrishna Mission at Sikra, a center in West Bengal, India, in 1988. There he initiated literacy and health programs for hundreds of underprivileged villagers and performed relief and rehabilitation work for the homeless. In 1993, Swami Sarvadevananda was posted to the Vedanta Society of Southern California, Hollywood, as minister. In addition to his regular schedule of lectures and classes, he addresses schools and colleges throughout Southern California. Swami continues to promote the message of harmony and respect for all traditions through participation in interfaith dialogue. He represents the Vedanta Society as a delegate on the Inter-Religious Council of Southern California and the Hindu-Catholic Dialogue of Los Angeles. He also travels widely, promoting the Vedantic way of life and encouraging the formation of new Vedanta centers. 1988. There he initiated literacy and health programs for hundreds of underprivileged villagers and performed relief and rehabilitation work for the homeless. In 1993, Swami Sarvadevananda was posted to Hollywood, where he serves the Vedanta Society of Southern California as minister. In addition to leading a regular schedule of classes, he addresses schools and colleges throughout Southern California. Swami continues to promote the message of harmony and respect for all traditions through participation in interfaith dialogue. He represents the Vedanta Society as a delegate on the inter-religious Council of Southern California and the Hindu-Catholic Dialogue of Los Angeles.

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