About Swami Bodhananda

  • Swami Bodhananda was born in a quiet village called Mattatur, 36 miles north east of Kalady (in Kerala, the south west state of India) the birth place of Adi Sankaracharya. From early childhood He showed great interest in reading and discussing issues pertaining to His country, culture, and geopolitics.


    He spent long hours of time either in solitude or dialoguing with his friends, teachers, and wandering monks.


    The young mind was disinterested in the ordinary, and sought to find the Light that was beckoning Him. He walked. He meditated. He kept silent. He read.

    • Everyday the young boy walked 10 miles to the school eager for the classes and to devour books in the public library. By the age of 14 He finished reading Nehru's Glimpses of World History, complete works of Swami Vivekananda, and Mahatma Gandhi, and by 17 he finished Marx's Das Capital, Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations, Herbert Marcuse's One-dimensional man, Regis Debre's Revolution in Revolution, and Albert Camu's The Rebel.

      The brilliant student, graduated with government scholarship from Christ college, (Irinjalakuda) Kerala, and subsequently chose economics and political science for post graduation. His favourite subject continued to be economics, and one of his favourite teachers, Fr. Vivan who taught him economics.




      Gurudev spent several years in the Himalayas in silence watching the embodiment of ultimate truth - the snow clad mountains, and in meditation absorbed in the non-dual basis of existence - Brahman.


      His enlightenment is marked by compassion, love, and a crystal clear vision that illumines even the darkest corners of human mind.



    • In the early eightees Swami Bodhananda spent several years teaching in Ernakulam, and the students at that time included very welknown community and social leaders of that time.


      From 1987 to 1990 Swami Bodhananda was the Mukhyacharya at the Sandeepany Sadanalaya in Kasargode (north Kerala) and taught a complete course of Vedanta for the first batch of Brahmacharis. The Sadhanalaya was inaugurated in September 1987.


      The Brahmachari Training Course replete with a syllabus to master the mind as well as scriptures was taught by Swami Bodhananda and completed in a period of two and half years. Many of the Brahmacharis Gurudv taught then are today well-known sanyasins, and among them is Swami Adhyatmananda, who currently heads the Sambodh Kerala.



      Swami Bodhananda is a Teacher of keen observation, sharp analytical thinking, subtle perception, and an integral vision, all marked by unconditional compassion for anyone and everyone who comes to Him. His analysis of any issue, whether it is of geopolitical importance, or philosophical abstraction, or psychological complexity, always brings with it nuanced clarity coupled with connected and unified presentation. Hence, anyone who meets Him finds the issue of discussion retold in an exhaustive, lucid, and connected manner. And in that retelling, one finds an enlightening and accomodative reponse to their question and challenge.Gurudev believes in the fundamental unity of life, and in freedom of the individual as the uncomprimisable value.

    Travelogues & Impressions

  • Kailash Yatra - 2010

    The yak is a symbol of sturdiness, steadiness and nimble footedness. A small scale mammoth or a large hairy bull, a shaded huge black boulder or an oversized leafy bush—your imagination runs riot seeing a yak. READ MORE

  • "Modi, The Prime Minister"

    Thoughts from Swami Bodhananda on the day of the swearing-in of the new Indian Prime Minister on 26 May, 2014.READ MORE

  • Black Family in the White House

    Americans are voting to elect the first Afro-American president. The polls predict a landslide for democratic candidate Barack Obama. History has come to full circle. READ MORE

  • The Tiger is Thirty Years behind the Dragon

    India is touted as a knowledge power and China as the muscle power of the world. But objectively, I think that this comparison is crude and unrealistic. READ MORE

  • Maha Kumbha Mela - 2001

    My piligrimage to the Maha Kumbha at Prayag was a soul-stirring experience. The Sangam at which the mighty Ganga and Yamuna joins is the epicenter of this great religious concourse. READ MORE

  • On a Cross-country Drive - 2004

    ... I reached yesterday 4PM at Grand Rapids from New York via Chicago, drove down to Kalamazoo to deliver a talk at the Osthemo Library. ... The cross country drive was fascinating. READ MORE

  • The China Diary - 2007

    The Dragon wants a make over to the Panda image on the eve of the Olympics in Beijing, 2008. Dragon is a fiery, fork-tongued, scale covered, bulge- eyed, crocodile like, and huge reptile. READ MORE

  • Visit to an Amish Community - 2002

    ... I came back from the Amish Territory an hour back. Essentially, we visited a patriarch, 67 years old, potbellied carpenter -preacher and father of eleven-- sons (8) and daughters (3) and sixty seven grandchildren. READ MORE


    Daily Meditation

    • Two Spheres of Human Pursuit

      " There are two spheres of human pursuit: the subjective and the objective. The subjective is the field of the sprit..."

    • Goal realisation is God realisation

      " All aspects of human problems are inter-connected. Simply put, the scriptures ask you to set a goal ..."

    • Goal realisation is God realisation

      " All aspects of human problems are inter-connected. Simply put, the scriptures ask you to set a goal ..."

    • Goal realisation is God realisation

      " All aspects of human problems are inter-connected. Simply put, the scriptures ask you to set a goal ..."

    • Indian Management

      " Preparing yourself alone is a very shortsighted approach. Prepare your workers ..."



      These are a selection of insightful Mantra-like words from SWAMI BODHANANDA These words offer a space for clear thinking followed by a meditative silence. Read, Repeat, Meditate, and Be That Silence! Click Here to download the booklet

    Visionary Leadership

    • It is Gurudev's vision and inspiring spiritual guidance that gave rise to the idea of 'Bodhananda Research Foundation for Management and Leadership Studies' in 1988, to foster human potential development, and to develop leadership through dialogue, in management. BRF-ML was formally registered as a Trust in 1995.

      Swami Bodhananda is the spiritual guidance and inspiration for Sambodh and its sister institutions in India, North America and the rest of the world. Programs and projects for the study and propagation of Vedantic Scriptures, research on Indian management and contextulaising it in the contemporary economic and geopolitical context, ashrams to set our minds high and meditate in unison with the harmony of mother nature, living with nature, social service activities for the minorities and underprivileged - all these are blooms of His divine vision flowing through His devotees and associates in different parts of the world.

    • Apart from His erudition in Vedantic texts, Swami Bodhananda is a well known management guru.. He is an avid reader and is well-versed with the contemporary challenges that the corporate leadership and corporate management face. The Gita and ManagementSwami Bodhananda is the author of several books: His latest book is Indian Management and Leadership. Other books include The Gita and Management; Meditation: The Awakening of Inner Powers; Happiness Unlimited; Seven Hindu Spiritual Laws; and, Management and Mahabharata. He has also authored two conversation-styled books, one with a scholar of consciousness studies in India, and the other with a young Indian-American lawyer in the United States. These books are “Dialogues: Philosopher meets Seer” (2001) and “Irreverent Spiritual Questions” (2004).

    • The range of topics Swami Bodhananda addresses extends from human potential development, managerial excellence and leadership studies to the experience of "absolute peace in the midst of dynamic activity". Here are selections from, the papers and thoughts He has written at various occasions; Travelogues; Thematic Notes; correspondence and discussions between Gurudev and His devotees through letters and meetings, public interviews and media reports; Messages that Gurudev writes on occasions of spiritual and cultural importance. READ MORE