Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati
is the Founder and Spiritual Director of the Yoga Society of New York, Inc. (1958) and its country center Ananda Ashram (1964). He also established the Yoga Society of San Francisco, Inc. (1972), known as Brahmananda Ashram, and inspired several other centers of meditation in the United States and abroad. He was a master of the Sanskrit language, and his lifework is considered a comprehensive and authentic modern synthesis of the ancient teachings. His written works include Fundamentals of Yoga, The Textbook of Yoga Psychology (a commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras), Self Analysis and Self Knowledge (on Shankaracharya’s Atma Bodha), translations of Upanishads and other ancient Sanskrit texts, as well as numerous essays and stories. In addition, much of his teaching exists in recordings. His life was dedicated to the integration of Eastern and Western sciences, culture and philosophy, and he presented the timeless message of meditation and Self-realization in a truly contemporary form.
Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati left his physical body in 1993, yet his spiritual presence and teachings continue to be a source of inspiration and guidance for all. As a pioneer who prepared the ground in the West for a new way of thinking and living, he planted the seeds of Self-knowledge in the hearts of many people the world over—seeds which are destined to grow and help bring about the ultimate goal of world peace and harmony in spiritual unity.