H.H. Swami Swaaropanandaji
In an era ripe with scepticism and confusion about spiritual matters, Swami Swaroopanandaji is a rare voice that blends authenticity with accessibility- theory with self- practice- logic with heart. Formerly the Regional Head of Chinmaya Mission Australia, United Kingdom, Middle East, Africa and Far East, and presently Chairman of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth Trust (University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions) , Swami Swaroopanandaji has now been bestowed by Swami Tejomayanandaji , the privilege to also serve as the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide. Born and brought up in the bustling commercial capital of India, Swamiji had always been convinced that beyond superficial life, joys and sorrows of every day, there was something more enduring and satisfying. As a child he heard from his grandmother many religious stories based on the great Indian epics and the history of saints. These stories suddenly came to life, acquiring new meaning and depth, when as an adolescent he encountered the preeminent Master of Vedanta, Swami Chinmayanandaji. His heart completely moved and inspired, in 1984 . Swaroopanandaji gave up his family s thriving business in Hong Kong to undergo intensive training under Swami Chinmayanandaji and Swami Tejomayanandaji at Sandeepany, Mumbai. He was initiated into the monastic order in 1992. Since then, he has touched thousands of lives across the world, and his tremendous work in bringing out the essential wisdom and underlying unity of all religions has garnered him a place among the vanguards of self-development philosophy. Swamiji has authored several commentaries on important spiritual classics such as Ik Onkar, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra and Sankat Mochan, besides numerous books on contemporary lifestyle subjects such as Simplicity and Meditation, Storm to Perform, Avatar, Managing the Manager and Journey into Health. Swamiji is equally adept at conducting wholistic management, seminars for senior corporate executives. Among the well-known institutes he has been invited to speak at are The Ford, London Business School and Harvard University, to name a few. In fact, a proprietary self-development course he conceived and initially conducted, Make It Happen, has been adapted and integrated into the human resource training programmes of various corporate organisations in India and beyond.