Most Rev. Swami Omananda Saraswati
Swami Omanand comes originally from the Indian state of Orrisa. He left home at an early age wandering throughout India in search of a yogic guru. He lived for many years as a naked yogi in the forest outside Rishikesh. During his stay in the famous orthodox Kailash Ashram in Rishikesh, he was asked by the abbot to manage their satellite ashram in Allahabad. While in this holy city he met Guruji Swami Vishnudevananda Saraswati and began the study of the difficult practices of Hatha and Raja yoga. He was initiated into the order of sannyasa and served Guruji with the attitude that “Guru is God.” Before Guruji’s passing, he left his holy ashram, Yoga Vedanta Kutir, to Swami Omananda saying, “Your pocket is my pocket. Your body is my body.” An original thinker, dynamic speaker and expert in yoga sadhana, Swami Omananda manages the ashram training his disciples in the practices of yoga and dharmic living, also supporting many poor children, taking full responsibility for their food, lodging and traditional Sanskrit education.