- His Life
Omkarananda Saraswati, a God-centred Saint and
a Sage of Universal and
Omkarananda Saraswati is a born Sage, Mystic and Genius. Already at the age of
thirteen and fourteen his life was flooded with numerous spiritual experiences
of the omnipresent and omniscient God. Under the dictates of these experiences,
he left his home city in South India for the Himalayas, where the world-renowned
Sage Sri Swami Sivananda recognised in him an embodiment of the high spirit of
renunciation, profound divine wisdom, touching purity of heart, made him known
as Bala Yogi, Bala Jnani, titled him as Adhyatma Kavita-Bhaskara and crowned him
with Sannyasa-Diksha at the age of seventeen.
knew and no one could know of the inner life of this solitude seeking and in
seclusion living ascetic, wherein he nurtured under the witnessing eyes of the
Divine Mother, his intimate inner relations with the Infinite and the Eternal.
His intense devotion gave to that Infinite and that Eternal a visible Form,
bhavana-murti, the Divine Mother. Goddess Meenakshi of Madura bestowed on him
the Sri Vidya Mantra Diksha, and he was initiated into the science of Vedic
Yagnas by a 105 year old Siddha Purusha, in the presence of a 700 year old Maha
Yogi, who is invisible to all except to that Siddha Purusha and to Swamiji. It
is a phenomenon that requires to be explained to seeking aspirants after
Truth-experience. He obtained from a Yogi of Siddhis Swami Nityananda the
secrets of higher Tantra Yoga in which there is in all the world and in all the
creation only one woman, the immanent Divinity, the individual Self, seeking
restlessly union with the transcendent Divinity, the Absolute Reality.
same year in which Jagadguru Swami Sivananda gave him Sannyasa-Diksha, his first
book (The Story of an Eminent Yogi, 1947) was published and internationally
appreciated and valued. He is the author of numerous publications, and several
Professors of the Universities and other prominent personalities around the
world, esteem him as an intuitive philosopher, a versatile genius, a profound
scholar of universal knowledge, a brilliant writer and a charismatic and
inspired orator. He was the right hand of Swami Sivananda for over a decade and
wrote among other works on Sivananda two monumental publications dealing with
renowned Mahapandita SRI VISHNU VASANT SHASTRI PANSHIKAR, Leicester,
England, the Chief-Acharya of Omkarananda Ashram, adores, as thousands around
the world do, Swami Omkarananda as an Incarnation of God, and in adoration of
his Divine Nature composed on him highly inspiring and immortal Bhajans, Hymns,
Stotras, Aratikyams as well as the Srimad Omkara-Atharvashirsham.
the Saints of India who pay their Homage to Swami Omkarananda. Among them, His
Holiness SRI SATYAMITRANANDA, the builder of the Grand Bharatmata Mandir
in Hardwar and a spiritual leader with a vast following both in United Kingdom
(Great Britain) and in India, visited Omkarananda Ashram in Switzerland. He was
enchanted by what he saw, and with reverence and awe exclaimed:
"This is the
Benares of Europe!"
Omkarananda and His Guru Swami Sivananda
opulent literature of Swami Omkarananda on Sivananda bears rich evidence that
Omkarananda's own spiritual realisations enabled him to verify and describe by a
direct personal inner knowledge the most luminous states of divine Consciousness
that informed and inspired the phenomenon of the covert and overt life of the
great Saint Swami Sivananda and the Light of the divine Knowledge in him. A
magazine published from Madras, the Call Divine portrayed with deep insight the
relationship between these two spiritual giants:
"What sweetness is to sugar
and what fragrance is to a flower, Swami Omkarananda is to Swami Sivananda;
because, the former is as wonderful as the latter."
of Omkarananda Sannyasis and Disciples
lineage, our Guruparampara, runs in this Order: Lord Narayana, Brahma,
Dakshinamurti, Dattatreya, Four Kumaras, Vyasa, Vasishta, Gaudapada,
Shankaracharya, Sivananda, Omkarananda. Our roots are in the Vedas and the
Upanishads. Our Heart is Srividya; the Soul of our Being is Sri Yantra. Our
Ishta Devata is Parabrahmaswaroopini Sri Mahatripurasundari. We are at the same
time Siva Bhaktas and Vishnu Bhaktas because Siva and Vishnu are two of the many
Faces of Parameshwari Tripurasundari. And because of our deep spirituality which
is the quintessence of all religions, we belong to all religions of the world.
We appreciate them, serve them, unite them and further the growth of the inner
light in them.
Sadgurudeva Paramahamsa Omkarananda, sincere seekers of the Divine, no matter to
which creed, caste, colour, race they belong, can obtain, if they earnestly so
desire, Shuddhi- and Nama-Karana, Upanayana Sacrament, Mantra- and
Sannyasa-Diksha, practise Yoga of Synthesis, belong to our lineage, become
universal personalities of intense Devotion, divine Wisdom and experience the
ultimate Truth, the goal of all great religions of the world. Over 170 disciples
have received Sannyasa-Diksha.
Omkarananda's Activities today;
His Ashram is a Myriad Faced Hinduism in Action!
Be it in
the Himalayas or in the cities of Western Europe, Omkarananda Saraswati lives
his life in seclusion, solitude and silence, far removed from publicity and
propaganda. How detached he is even from persons staying closest to him can be
seen from the fact that he never during the entire period of thirty-one years of
his total absence from Himalayas wrote a single word, or phoned, or sought any
kind of contact with the wonderful Swami who is taking care of his Kutir in
Sivananda Ashram adjoining Omkarananda Ashram in the Himalayas. In consonance
with this feature of his life, his Austrian Ashram on the top of a Hill with its
own forests on three sides, and a valley down, commanding a view of the snowy
Alps, affords him sceneries identical with the interior Himalayas. In spite of
this fact, he is in the very midst of the multifarious activities of his Ashram.
Notwithstanding his activities, he is always what he has always been, a Non-Doer
allowing the Divine Will and Divine Grace to express themselves through the
instrumentality of his charismatic personality and an institution that is
self-born. Through correspondence, personal audiences, talks, speeches, phones,
faxes, E-Mail, special prayers, this towering Sage serves seekers from all
sections of mankind. He is the guiding Presence behind all the cultural,
religious, spiritual activities of his Ashram and Ashram's Temples. There are
two publications on the activities of the Ashram.
Mahamandaleshwar Swami Omkarananda Saraswati's Ashram is a myriad-faced Hinduism
in action. All phases of Hinduism can be seen and experienced in his European
Ashrams and Temples. The daily Rudra Abhishekas find additional recitations of
Rudri on Mondays. Every day Devi Puja of different types are conducted:
Tripurasundari Puja with Trishati recitation; Lalita Sahasranamavali Archana;
Durga Puja with Chandi recitation. Every morning Satyanarayana Katha Puja, Sri
Lakshmi Puja with Sri Suktam and Sri Lakshmi Sahasranamavali. Everyday
Sarva-Devata Yagna. Navagraha Shanti Homa. Gayatri Mantra Yagna forms one of the
most important Yagnas conducted in our Ashram. On Fridays special Pujas are
performed for Subramanya Swami. On Saturdays Hanuman is specially worshipped and
Hanuman Chalisa is recited.
Twenty-four Hours of everyday, Agni Devata is present in our Ashrams. For the
good and well-being of all mankind, all Nature, all beings, a 24-Hours a day
Akhanda-Sarva-Devata Hawana is being maintained since 1974 (in 1996 now, it is a
non-stop 22 year-Hawana). From the year 1974 to the year 1987, Akhanda
Mahamrityunjaya Japa was maintained for the welfare of the whole world and for
the health, long life, freedom from accidents and spiritual Enlightenment of the
needy and seeking aspirants. Since 1987 it is continuing 12 Hours a day.
In all the
three Satsang and Meditation Classes of everyday, we recite Purusha Sukta,
Narayana Sukta, Durga Sukta, Bhagya Sukta, Medha Sukta. Etc. etc. Periodically
Shiva-Parvati Kalyanams are performed. Omkarananda Bhajan Mandali conducts
Bhajans to the accompaniment of instrumental music. We use all Mantras, Vedic,
Pauranic, of all Devatas of the Hindu Pantheon, not only of Devi and Bija
Mantras. Natya and Sangita Sections give their recitals before the Deities. And
so on and so forth. All Hindu Festivals are celebrated. Every Thursday Guru Puja
is performed, and on Guru Purnima the Festival assumes a highly festive mood
with recitation of the Guru Gita and the conducting of colourful ceremonies. All
the Parampara Gurus are worshipped.
all-day, all-time lovers and servers of God, bearing purity of heart, deep
devotion and spiritual knowledge, the Priests of the Omkarananda Ashram are
invited as Pandits by prominent persons, families and institutions, for
performing Yagnas and Pujas, purifying houses and conducting Grihapravesha
ceremony, bestowing sacraments on the deserving and so on and so forth. There
are numerous Temple publications of our Temples, circulated on limited scale.
Truth from all over the world, and amidst them leading Indian Acharyas, Pandits,
Swamis and most holy men and women, have visited the Omkarananda Ashram and its
Vedic temples in quest of divine inspiration. Their statements show how they
were filled with admiration for the divine works in Omkarananda Ashram.