Swami Omkarananda’s Biography in summary

Swami Omkarananda (1929-2000), scientist, philosopher, mystic and sage, was born in South India. At 16 years he entered Shivananda Ashram Rishikesh situated at the foot of the Himalayas. A year later he was initiated into this ancient monastic order founded by Shankaracharya. During the 9 years of his sojourn on the shores of the Ganges he published significant amounts of literature of Swami Shivananda and also wrote books on his own account, which were internationally appreciated.
In 1965, after many requests from Swiss academics during the preceding 10 years, he moved and settled in Europe.
During the decades of his stay in Switzerland and Austria, he delivered countless speeches on the Nature of God, on the purpose of life, on philosophy and psychology, on the synthesis of science, its relation to the Divine and on many more subjects. He wrote numberless spiritual-philosophical works and founded various benevolent institutions for promoting the spiritual evolution of mankind. He knew how to relate the ancient wisdom of the East to that of the West, and how to present it, and to impart the living Presence of the Divine. He always served those who came to him in a variety of ways asking for his advice and support. By his life that was rooted in the Divine, he inspired them and gave them strength and consolation.

Swami Omkarananda drew his knowledge from his immediate experience of the Truth, revealing from this state the deepest wisdom about God and life.

"The most beautiful of my writings are not one thousandth as beautiful or one millionth as beautiful as my inner life. The inner spiritual condition is indescribable. The inner conditions are not for description, they are meant for experience. Outwardly, I have no biography; my whole biography can be written in two sentences or half a page. I have no biography. And the real biography is within, and that is something nobody can see. The real biography is within, unobservable with the eyes of the people. They will not be able to write a biography of mine! Outwardly the life is not characterised by extraordinary events. All my life is inward, it is kept hidden. I am not speaking something which is impracticable. I am speaking what I have practised at its best. My teachings are not even one hundreth as beautiful as my practices."

Swami Omkarananda