In India, Swami Mukundananda’s lectures attract audiences of thousands wishing to learn more about his system of yoga that incorporates physical, mental, spiritual, and intellectual well-being. Through the practice of five sciences, Radhey Shyam Yogasanas, Radhey Naam Pranayam, Subtle Body Relaxation, Roop Dhyan Meditation and the Science of Proper Diet, Mukundanandaji believes that yog, or union, which is described in Vedic scripture, can be attained. It is this ultimate goal of spiritual health, the union of the individual soul with the supreme soul through meditation, that Swami Mukundananda preaches to his many devotees.
The programs will consist of sessions devoted to the practice of yoga and meditation and spiritual discourse examining the science and power of devotion. The course will also introduce the Bal-Mukund program, a new initiative of character building values, yoga and meditation, kirtan, and prayers specifically created to educate and enlighten children.
Mukundanandaji searched for truth as a boy and practiced meditation from an early age. After completing an MBA from the renowned Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, he felt compelled to take a spiritual path in search of what he describes as the “absolute truth.” “I was exposed to scientific education that was not answering the questions that were in my mind,” he says. “Questions like, who am I? Why was this world created? What is my goal in life?”
Mukundananda longed for answers and renounced his career to travel throughout India as a sanyasi. Eventually, he sought out his spiritual guide, Shree Maharaji, and was overawed by his spiritual knowledge. Mukundananda practiced sadhana while residing at the ashram and studied the Vedic scriptures as well as Indian and Western systems of philosophy in depth. He has remained dedicated to the service of God and divine charity ever since. Mukundananda’s theoretical knowledge of the scriptures is immense and he preaches the word of the sacred scriptures with the clarity and grace of a master logician, offering new ways of understanding ancient principles and applying them to our daily lives.
Swami Mukundananda has worked with many communities in India, providing charitable services and establishing, through the mission of Shree Maharaj, schools and hospitals in poorer areas. His first visit to the United States was in 2008 and 10 congregations associated with the mission currently exist across the U.S., welcoming hundreds of devotees.n—Jennifer Marshall
June 6-12, Sunnyvale Hindu Temple, 420-450 Persian Drive, Sunnyvale. (408) 734-4554. June 13-19, Hilton Newwark/Fremont, 39900 Balentine Drive, Newark. (510) 490-8390.www.jkyog.org/2010.