Biographical Sketch of Swami Omkarananda
Swami Omkarananda (1929--2000) was a South Indian scientist, philosopher, mystic and sage. When he was 16, he entered Shivananda Ashram in Rishikesh, a town situated at the foot of the Himalayas. At just 17, he was initiated into the ancient monastic order founded by Shankaracharya. During Swami Omkarananda’s 19-year sojourn on the banks of the Ganga, he published scores of books by Swami Shivananda, as well as writing books of his own, which were internationally acclaimed.
In 1965, in response to repeated invitations by Swiss academics over the course of ten years, Swami Omkarananda moved to Europe. He subsequently lived for decades in Switzerland and Austria.
Drawing upon his direct experience of divine Truth, Swami Omkarananda delivered countless speeches on the nature of God, on the purpose of life, on philosophy and psychology, on the synthesis of science and its relation to the Divine, as well as on many other subjects. He authored numberless spiritual-philosophical works and founded various benevolent institutions for promoting the spiritual evolution of mankind.
Swami Omkarananda practised what he preached. He was always there for those who came to him seeking advice and support. Because his life was rooted in the Divine, he could inspire people and give them strength and consolation. His work continues unabated. Like every truly enlightened person, Swami Omkarananda is a timeless presence perpetually expressing itself.
"The most beautiful of my writings are not one thousandth as beautiful or one millionth as beautiful as my inner life. The inner spiritual condition is indescribable. The inner conditions are not for description, they are meant for experience. Outwardly, I have no biography; my whole biography can be written in two sentences or half a page. I have no biography. And the real biography is within, and that is something nobody can see. The real biography is within, unobservable with the eyes of the people. They will not be able to write a biography of mine! Outwardly the life is not characterised by extraordinary events. All my life is inward, it is kept hidden. I am not speaking something which is impracticable. I am speaking what I have practised at its best. My teachings are not even one hundreth as beautiful as my practices."
- Swami Omkarananda