Swami Purnananda

Spiritual Director of Éire Vedanta Society

Swami Purnananda is an unaffiliated monk in the Ramakrishna/Vivekananda tradition. In his childhood he was influenced by Benedictine monks and educated by Jesuit priests in Zimbabwe, but he soon developed a wider interest in other religious traditions.

At the age of 16, he met Swami Chidananda1 who urged him to meet life-long guru Swami Nihsreyasananda2, a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order. After a few years of this holy association, he received spiritual initiation in India from Swami Vireswaranandaji.
For many years, as a brahmachari4, he underwent spiritual discipline and studies under the direction and tutelage of Swami Nihsreyasananda3, whom he served as his personal attendant and secretary.
With the obligations due to his ailing father and compulsory conscription for national army service in his country, he entered householder life until, after fulfilling these obligations, he received ordination from Swami Nihsreyasanandaji.
In 1992, Swami Purnananda was elected President of the United Cultural Institute5, where among other things he established an educational bursary fund for deprived girl students, a feeding programme for the poor and he also continued the work of spreading the message of Vedanta in Southern Africa.

In 2000, he was invited to Ireland where he has been preaching the converging truth of Vedanta since as Spiritual Director of the Éire Vedanta Society (nee Institute of United Culture) which he founded.

The Swami directs monetary donations (mainly garnered from workshops and talks) to Irish, Indian and South African charitable and educational causes. Well versed in Vedanta, Yoga, Comparative Theology, Psychology and Science, the Swami conducts workshops on Personality Development, Spirituality, Meditation, Yoga, etc. as well as guiding and counselling others.

Swami Purnananda has also contributed important international research in the use of micro-organisms in mineral processing6 as well as training and business studies and coupled with expertise in psychology counselling has assisted individuals and groups in many aspects of their lives including enhanced health through applied naturopathic principles.

An engaging speaker and writer7, the Swami also pens poetry and paints.

1President of Divine Life Society of Rshikesh from 1963-2008
2B 1899-d 1991 - disciple of Swami Shivananda also known as Mahapurusha Maharaj, 2nd President of Ramakrishna Math/Mission and direct disciple of Shri Ramakrishna
3Also known as Prabhu Maharaj, direct disciple of Holy Mother Shri Sarada Devi and 10th President of Ramakrishna Math/Mission from 1966-1985.
4Celibate monastic novice
5The institute was formed in 1958 under the direction of Swami Nihsreyasananda as a Vedanta Society yet to be affiliated to the Ramakrishna Mission
6Publishing 3 important papers on bio-leaching at International scientific forums in USA, South Africa and Zimbabwe
7Samples of Speaking & Writing Topics Delivered –
The Source of Happiness; Practical Meditation; The Art of Work as a Work of Art; Relativity of Perception; Ancient Wisdom and the Modern Life; The Importance of Revaluation; The Game of Guiding Thought; Keeping Holy Company; The Science of Mantra; What Youth Can Achieve; Uncoiling Hidden Potential; Common Factors & Different Staircases in Religion; Practising the Presence; Self Discovery; Evolutionary Forces; Get Passed Tension; The Deeper Significance of Art; Bhagavad Gita, Upanisads, Brahma Sutras etc

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    Swami Nihsreyasananda

swami vireshwarananda 19661985

     Swami Vireswarananda