Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas was founded by H.D. Paramahamsa Omkarananda
Saraswati, a God-realized Saint, Mystic, Sage, Philosopher and Writer.
Our Ashram has all the circumstances, conditions, facilities
required for development of Bhakti, rendering intensive
selfless service and realisation of God in daily life. All
Ashramites' activities have only one aim: God-experience.
The running of schools is only one among the many forms of
selfless service they render.
All our Ashrams are in the form of temples formally and
informally. Pujas go on day in and day out. We run temples.
We print and distribute spiritual literature. We have our
meditation classes, Bhajans, Yagnas, and individuals have
their individual spiritual practices, apart from the general
spiritual activities of the Ashram.
Every speck of dust, every rock, every tree of the actual
dwellings of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas and beyond is
vibrant with the glow of Swami Omkarananda's spiritual
realisations and bears silent witness to this incomparable
Sage, his Wisdom and Purity and his uninterrupted experience
and adoration of the Divine Presence in all beings and in
Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas is located in the most sacred
place near the bank of the holy river Ganga and in the
proximity of both Rishikesh - the ancient place of
pilgrimage, the neighbouring Sivanandanagar and the famous
Lakshman Jhula. The Himalayan Ashram is - like other
Omkarananda Ashrams in Europe - a place where God abides and
announces His Presence in the wonders His Grace works, the
works His Love inspires, the books His Wisdom dictates and
the deeds His Will perpetuates.
Ashram Himalayas carries its multiple activities through two
registered Charitable Trusts - Omkarananda Dharma
Samsthan, and Omkarananda Charitable Trust,
as well as the Omkarananda Educational Society.
Only Indians and Indian citizens of Western European lands
are living in the Ashram here: they are all Sannyasis and
spiritual aspirants. All of them are highly educated and
specialised in various educational and engineering fields.
They are all direct disciples of Swami Omkarananda and have
been with him since the late 1960s.
Ashram is managed by a group of Sannyasis, with Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda
Saraswati as the President.
H.D. Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati selected Swami
Vishveshwarananda Saraswati as His Successor. Shri Swami
Vishveshwarananda is the President of Omkarananda Ashram
Himalayas with its two Main Registered Trust Societies,
Swami Omkarananda Saraswati Charitable Trust and Swami
Omkarananda Dharma Samsthan, as well as the Omkarananda
Educational Society, which are running 53
Omkarananda Hill Schools (Basic and Junior High Schools) in
remote Himalayan Hill areas in Uttarakhand, besides other
important educational Institutions, like Omkarananda
Saraswati Nilayam Inter-College with more than 2500
students, affiliated to I.C.S.E., New Delhi, Omkarananda
Institute of Management & Technology, approved by AICTE,
New Delhi, affiliated to the
Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun, and H.N.
Bahuguna Garhwal University, Shrinagar, the Omkarananda
Saraswati Natya Kala Academy, affiliated to Prayag Sangeet
Samiti, Allahabad, Public Libraries, an
Omkarananda Gayatri Ved Vidyalaya at the holy Ganga and 16
Temples in and near Omkarananda Nagar, Muni-ki-Reti,
For his immense and outstanding Services in the Field
of Education and Spirituality Shri Swami
Vishveshwarananda has received many Awards; among them are
"Pride of Uttaranchal Award", "Rashtra Shakti
Award" and others.
The life of Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda
Saraswati is better explained in the booklet "A Glimpse
of Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati", published in
1996, where Gurudev Swami Omkarananda Himself describes His
Successor with following words:
"Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati. His name
signifies the Happiness of Lord Shiva Vishwanatha of
Varanasi, of Sivananda Ashram's Vishwanatha Temple and of
Omkarananda Ashram's Dipeshwara Temple. He is an Akhanda
Brahmachari, one who has embodied in himself from childhood
and youthhood unbroken principle of Brahmacharya. He has
received Sannyasa Diksha from Paramahamsa Omkarananda
Saraswati. Pancha Tantra says, "He is not a Saint in truth,
who is not a Saint in youth." Vishveshwarananda is a Karma
Yogi by temper, character and choice and bears in his heart
uncompromising and total Devotion to his Gurudev. From 1967
to 1982 he has rendered distinguishing services to
Omkarananda's European Ashrams. In 1982 he was sent to
Himalayas, Muni-ki-reti, Rishikesh. Within a short time he
has created a large new field of activities - the Ashram
Temples for the Sadhakas, schools for the students, and
buildings for the resident Swamis, Teachers and Professors.
In a hilly region, which is a world of Sadhus, Sannyasis and
Mahatmas, he discovered education as the greatest need, and
has been ably fulfilling this need much to the joy of over a
thousand families. He is self-effacing and has no ambition
to be the succeeding President from his present
Vice-President Position. Yet from the standpoint of the
institution, he is the successor. Such is his Devotion to
the Gurudev that he always wants to be Hanuman and not Lord
Rama. He is not only Hanuman but also Bharata. With absolute
physical absence of his other-worldly Mystic and Sage
Sadgurudeva Omkarananda from the Ashram, since the last 30
years, Swami Vishveshwarananda has been, since he took up
the Management of the Ashram, ruling the tiny kingdom of the
Ashram just with Guru-Padukas on the Throne of the Ashram."
A team of Omkarananda Saraswati's monastic disciples, who
are also members of the board of Omkarananda Trust Societies
- Swami Satchidananda and Somashekhari (Somashekhari has
also got Sannyasa-Diksha and is a monastic disciple, but has
been ordered by Sadgurudeva Omkarananda to be in civil dress
so long as she is the Director of Natyakala Academy and
Sangit Samsthan and has to teach these arts to students and
has to give public performances) - are greatly helping Swami
Vishveshwarananda. In the spirit of the Veda Mantra, they
are serving Sarva-Devata and the public as one Heart, one
Mind, one Will. The Grace of Guru, Gayatri, Ganga, Gita,
Tripurasundari is visibly operative in their lives.