period of life : 1893 - 1976 | place of birth : INDIA | nationality : Indian
teacher/guru : Swami Brahmananda| occupation : Monk, writer, and teacher
education : University of Calcutta
websites : http://vedanta.org/
" The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe.
The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and
lightening and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not "
" That which is not comprehended by the mind but by which the mind comprehends—know that "
Swami Prabhavananda was an Indian philosopher, monk of the Ramakrishna Order, and religious teacher. Swami Prabhavananda was one of the pioneer swamis sent to America by the direct disciples of Ramakrishna to build on the work started by Swami Vivekananda at the turn of the century.
He joined the Ramakrishna Order after graduating from Calcutta university in 1914. He was initiated by Swami Brahmananda, a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna.
In 1923, Swami Prabhavananda came to the United States. After two years as assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of San Francisco, he established the Vedanta Society of Portland. In December 1929, he came to Los Angeles where he founded the Vedanta Society of Southern California the following year. Under the able care of the swami, the Society grew into one of the largest Vedanta Societies in the West, with monasteries in Hollywood and Trabuco Canyon and convents in Hollywood and Santa Barbara.
Swami Prabhavananda was a man of letters as well as a man of God. He wrote and translated a number of books with the object of making the Spiritual Classics of India available and understandable to Western readers. He was assisted on several of the projects by Christopher Isherwood or Frederick Manchester. His comprehensive knowledge of Philosophy and religion attracted such disciples as Aldous Huxley and Gerald Heard. His publications, which include the Bhagavad-Gita, The Upanishads, Breath of the Eternal, How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Pantanjali, The Eternal Companion, and The Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta, continue to this day to capture interest and draw people to the Vedanta philosophy.
Swami Prabhavananda passed away on the bicentennial of America’s independence, July 4th 1976, fitting for one who gave so much of his life to this country.