Monks & Acharyas
Founder, Prajnana Mission
Paramahamsa Prajnanananda is the successor of Kriya organizations started by Baba Hariharananda Maharaj and the current head of a great lineage of Kriya Yoga Guru Parampara. A disciple and the successor of Paramahamsa Hariharananda, he is an advanced yogi, teacher and proponent of Kriya Yoga, a path of self-realization and a scientific technique of concentration, meditation and breath control. He helps spread the message of Kriya Yoga around the world through public lectures, media interviews, seminars and meditation classes. Kriya Yoga is an ancient powerful system of meditation, which promises perfect health, peace of mind and a stress-free life. It has been practiced by people of India for many centuries under the guidance of trained teachers. Paramahamsa Prajnanananda was born in 1960 in the state of Orissa in India. He is a former professor of economics, a prolific author and speaker, and a scholar of scriptures of the East and West. The mission has provided educational grants to the blind, to handicapped and orphaned students, and toward the construction of a high school library. Paramahamsa Prajnanananda also founded Hand in Hand, a non-profit organization in Austria and USA, which provides humanitarian aid to victims of natural calamities and free medical treatment for the poor.
Swami Brahmananda Giri
A senior monk and a long time disciple of Paramahamsa Hariharananda, Swamiji was with the education department of the state of Orissa in his premonastic life. Even while active in the world he lead a life of celibacy and strict spiritual discipline. Formerly working for the education department in the state of Orissa, India, Swamiji was one of the oldest disciples of Paramahamsa Hariharanandaji. A humble monk of profound wisdom, Swamiji toured many Kriya centers in India and in Europe spreading the message of Kriya Yoga. Swamiji breathed his last on April 2, 2006 at 4:43 am IST (Vedic tradition on April 1).
Swami Shuddhananda Giri
A dynamic and advanced disciple of Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharanandaji, Swami Shuddhananda Giri was formerly an engineer in his worldly life. From the days of his childhood, he cherished an intense desire for spiritual knowledge; thus it was not unusual to find him meditating or studying the various scriptures of the world. When he was yet a young man in his early twenties, his fervent desire for Truth led him to the holy feet of his Master, who initiated him into the monastic order in 1995, the same day our beloved Guruji Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji was christened as a monk in Kolkata by Shri Gurudev. After taking his vows, he then went to Yuktashram, Bhisindipur, to do intense sadhana and meditate, as directed by beloved Gurudev.
Swami Shuddhanandaji is a highly regarded world teacher of Kriya Yoga and practical spiritual wisdom. He has traveled extensively around the world, visiting such countries as the United States, United Kingdom, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Canada, as well as many countries throughout Europe, conducting Kriya Yoga programs and delivering discourses on various scriptures and philosophy. During his travels abroad he has also visited many universities, enlightening students about the value of yogic philosophy and meditation.
Swamiji served as Secretary of Prajnana Mission from 1999 until 2006, as Vice President from 2006 to 2008, and as President since 2008. He is also the President of Yuktashram, Bhisindipur; Hariharananda Kriya Yoga Mission, Jadhavpur; Hariharananda Tapovanam, Uttarkashi; Hariharananda Kriya Yoga Mission, Sambalpur; and Hariharananda Balashram, a free residential English medium school for orphans and poor children in the district of Kendrapara, Odisha. Along with his multifold and diverse responsibilities, Swamiji graciously finds time to organize Kriya Yoga retreats in the Himalayas for kriyavans.
Swami Samarpanananda Giri
Before taking his monastic vows, Swami Samarpanananda was known as Suresh Chandra Mishra. Swamiji is a former professor of Political Science who was popular and well respected among his students and his peers alike in a number of schools and colleges in Odisha. His unique way of teaching and excellent command over the subject matter amazed many minds during his tenure. While a professor, he was sought out as an extemporaneous speaker, and even today he astonishes his listeners by way of his sheer intelligence. From early childhood he was a brahmachari; living an austere and disciplined life. It was only after fulfilling all his duties towards his family ― mother, father, brothers, and sisters ― that he embraced monastic life.
Swamiji met his beloved Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharanandaji in 1982, and was subsequently initiated into Kriya Yoga. Thereafter, he practiced Kriya Yoga with awareness and strict discipline, the principles he had applied throughout his life. However, it was his deep desire for renunciation and his longing to serve society, especially the youth, that brought him to Hariharananda Gurukulam in Balighai, near Puri in Odisha. In 2004, he was initiated into the monastic order by His Holiness Paramahamsa Prajnananandaji and was thus given the name Swami Samarpanananda Giri. As the name indicates, he has devoted his entire life to guiding others on the path of spiritual enlightenment. Hence he has traversed the length and breadth of India many times, spreading the message of his masters and coordinating and conducting Kriya Yoga programs in India and abroad. He is a firm believer in the path of love and devotion, truthfulness and honesty, and love for mother, motherland, and humankind.
Swamiji currently resides in Hariharananda Gurukulam as the Vice President of Prajnana Mission. Prior to that, he served as Secretary of Prajnana Mission from 2006 until 2011, and was also Vice President of Hariharananda Kriya Yoga Mission at Sambalpur. Additionally he is actively associated with the management of Yuktashram at Bhisindipur and Hariharananda Balashram at Arua. Swami Samarpanananda frequently travels around the globe, visiting Europe, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, as well as other countries, guiding and assisting the students of Kriya Yoga, inspiring all seekers to follow the spiritual path of meditation and love.
Swami Arupananda Giri
Previously known as Brahmachari Shivananda, he began serving Gurudev in 1985 at the Rourkela Meditation Center and continues his service now at Hariharananda Gurukulam in Balighai. In 1996, he was initiated into monkhood and was named Swami Arupananda. He went to the West in 2001 and traveled to many countries in Europe and cities in the USA. Swami Arupananda received Gurudev's grace and affection in many ways. His simplicity and love accompanied with hard work and service is an inspiration to others. He currently resides in Hariharananda Gurukulam guiding meditation.
Swami Mangalananda Giri
Born in Germany, Swamiji grew up near Stuttgart. In 1992 Swamiji took initiation from Rajarshi Peterananda and met her beloved master Paramahamsa Hariharananda for the first time in spring 1994. From this time on she remained with Paramahamsa Hariharananda in various ashrams, and also traveled with him throughout Europe. After studying philosophy for some years Swamiji began studying medicine in Germany. However she chose to continue her medical degree at the University of Vienna enabling her to complete her studies while simultaneously serving and living with her master.She received her medical degree in July 2000, thus becoming a fully qualified doctor of medicine. Shortly after the completion of her studies, in September 2000, she was ordained as a swami in the Giri monastic order and reborn, by the grace of God and Gurus, under the name Swami Mangalananda (Bliss of Auspiciousness). Swamiji is the first female monk in the lineage of Paramahamsa Hariharananda. At her Master's bidding, she is currently teaching the original spiritual science of Kriya Yoga in the Tattendorf ashram in Austria.
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