An enlightened person is someone who possesses the wealth of knowledge with humility and grace, exhibits a childlike innocence and smile, is humorous, benevolent, serene, and patient, emanates probity and sagacity, walks the talk of his teachings, is equipoised in both pleasant and unpleasant circumstances, and is full of conviction, compassion, and devotion and unconditionally radiates love, peace, and joy.

Swami Sarvapriyananda is one such enlightened person whom I revere from the core of my heart. Because of his spellbound discourses available on YouTube, he has gained a lot of respect and love from people of all faiths across the globe. His profound articulations coupled with his seasoned intellect and exceptional memory earned him the invitation from various prestigious forums, such as TEDx, Google, Harvard University, the World Parliament of Religions in Toronto, and the United Nations Headquarters in New York to deliver lectures on diverse topics of his excellence. 

Being a bibliophile, Swami Ji has read a wide range of literature and has credited four masterpieces to his name – “Who Am I“, “Dissolve into Infinity“, “What is Vedanta” and “The Aatman“. His utter clarity in almost all the subjects makes him a replica of Swami Vivekananda and I’m sure by this point, you must be keen to learn more about him, right?  

Swami Sarvapriyananda is the Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New York, and there he assumed his duties on 06th January 2017. Prior to this, Swami Ji served as Assistant Minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California (VSSC) for thirteen months which began in 2015. Swami Ji joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1994 and received Sanyas in 2004. Before being posted to the VSSC’s Hollywood Temple, Swami Ji served as an Acharya of the Monastic Probationers Training Centre at Belurmath. He has served the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in various capacities including the faculty of Vice Principal, Principal, and Registrar.

Swami Sarvapriyananda’s Pre-Monastic name was Biswarup and was born to a devout Bengali family in 1971 in Bhubhaneshwar where he grew up and went on to complete his studies. Because his parents were spiritual seekers and initiated in the Rama Krishna Tradition, he imbibed from them the essence of spirituality from the very early years of his childhood. He would go to Ashram with his parents and read Swami Vivekananda’s books, Vedanta, and different areas of spirituality. On the basis of this knowledge, Swami Ji was confident to join Ramakrishna Math as a Novice without wasting a single day after completing his studies.

Swami Ji’s inclination towards reading the spiritual content right from his childhood instilled in him moral values, modesty, empathy, devotion, altruism, self-control, and transparency about the Self, God, and the Universe. Being a staunch believer and follower of Advaita Vedanta, Swami Ji explored other schools of philosophies, like, Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Dualistic Vedanta, Sankhya, Nyaya, Buddhism, Kashmiri Shaivism, Christianity, Sikhism, and so on. Being a polymath, he also read western philosophers, psychologists, quantum physicists, and neuroscientists, inferring the scientific framework of Matter, Brain, Mind, and Consciousness

In his extensive talks, which are available on YouTube, Swami Ji mentions a variety of scholarly people who contributed and attained remarkable successes in the field of consciousness studies during the past three decades which includes David Charmers, the man who coined the “Hard Problem of Consciousness”, Daniel Goleman who authored the best-selling book “Emotional Intelligence”, Evan Thompson who authored “Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience”. Swami Ji highly appreciates the accomplishments made by modern science, however, he never ceases to amaze his audience by revealing the ancient Advaita Vedanta’s scientific discoveries which modern science is still attempting to match. 

In an interview with Deepak Chopra in unraveling the riddle of life, Swami Ji unpacks the hard problem of consciousness and communicates the essence and profoundness of pure consciousness. This discourse is significant because it not only describes but also illustrates the process by which countless entities in the Universe, including the body, mind, Jiva, Atman, Maya, etc., appear as non-dual. 

The land of India is enriched with Spirituality, Ayurveda, Astrology, and so many treasures like that. Unraveling the meaning of life and overcoming the fear of death becomes an effortless possibility if one chooses to explore and assimilate the richness of this soil. This soil has produced great Spiritual Leaders who glorified Bharat on a global platform and Swami Sarvapriyananda is one of them.

Swami Sarvapriyananda in a series of talks on Aprokshanubhuti which is an introductory text by Adi Shankaracharya, explicitly explains the entirety of Advaita Vedanta, leaving no room for confusion or doubt, however, it requires one’s focused attention coupled with a cognitive mind to discern the subtle interpretation of this entire narrative at once.

In a different set of his lectures, Swami Ji expounds Drig Drishya Viveka, a text attributed to Adi Shankaracharya. In this series, he walks you through a voyage from the outside world to the body-mind complex, enabling you to discover who you really are.

The Mandukya Upanishad which is the shortest of the 108 Upanishads, is believed to facilitate one in attaining moksha. In this series, Swami Ji discusses the syllable Aum (ॐ) and its relevance with the four states of human consciousness that culminate in realizing the Brahman.

Although Swami Ji has given lectures on a range of subjects that are readily accessible on YouTube, giving a brief summary of a few of the topics is an attempt to guide the readers in exploring his further teachings.

Swami Sarvapriyananda is an embodiment of effulgence and transcendence. Soaking oneself in his ocean of brilliance and excellence is no less than a divine blessing. However, a manifestation of such a blessing requires Grace coupled with an Inquiring Mind, boundless Patience, and Faith.

Do you believe that this blessing should become a reality in your life?