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
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
"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."