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Swami Nityananda was born in 1962 in Mumbai, India and raised from birth in an environment of Yoga and Meditation. His parents were devotees of the famous ascetic Avadhoot Bhagwan Nityananda, and then became disciples of his successor, the renowned Siddha Meditation Master, Swami Muktananda (Baba).
Much of his childhood was spent in Baba Muktananda’s ashram in Ganeshpuri. He lived full time with Baba from the age of 15 and under his Guru’s guidance he was schooled in the major classical disciplines of yoga and the philosophies of Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism (right). In 1980 he was initiated as a Hindu monk in the Saraswati order and given the name Swami Nityananda, the name of Baba Muktananda’s own Guru. In 1981 Baba announced Swami Nityananda would succeed him to carry on the lineage.
In 1987 he established Shanti Mandir as a vehicle to continue the work of Baba Muktananda’s ‘meditation revolution’ centred on Baba’s message, “Honour and meditate on your own Self; your God dwells within you as you.”
He has subsequently established three ashrams to enable people to pursue the teachings and practices of Yoga and Meditation. He travels between the ashrams in India and the United States, stopping in various countries to share the spiritual practices in which he has been trained.
Mahamandaleshwar Swami Nityananda’s title signifies he ranks in the top echelon of spiritual teachers in India. However, he is a gentle, unassuming presence who makes spirituality a practical part of daily reality.
He leads people in the pursuit of spirituality by modeling non-violence in speech and action.