Swami Shivaprakashananda Saraswati
Swami Shivaprakashananda Saraswati is a Sannyasin and a traditional teacher of Vedanta. He showed a great inclination to spirituality right from childhood. He read spiritual literature and life of saints and took great interest in the study of Sanskrit.
The Swami left home at the age of twenty-two in quest of the ultimate truth. He came across sadhus of the Ramakrishna Mission and received his preliminary spiritual instructions from some of them. He studied a few texts on Advaita Vedanta and other systems of Indian philosophy from Swami Tattvamayanandaji and some other sadhus. He was attracted towards the works of Sri Shankaracharya and studied the Bhashyas with great earnestness. He spent a few years as a Brahmachari of the Ramakrishna Mission, practicing intense spiritual disciplines and offering his services to various philanthropic activities of the Mission. In the meantime, he came across Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, a traditional teacher of Advaita Vedanta.
He joined a three-year course on Vedanta in Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur, and studied Vedanta from Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati and Swamini Brahmaprakashanandaji. Even as a student, he taught Sanskrit and Vedic chanting to other students. He also spent some time in Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Annaikatti, Coimbatore studying the Upanishads at the feet of Pujya Swamiji. On completion of the course he received the certificate of ‘Vedanta Shastri’ from Kalidasa Sanskrit University.
The Swami spent some time in Rishikesh studying the advanced texts Vedanta. While in Rishikesh, he was in close association with many mahatmas and was inspired by their simple and austere life. On the Shivaratri day of 2013, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati initiated him into Sannyasa.
The Swami moved to Bangalore in July 2013 following his Guru’s instruction. He served as the Resident Acharya of Arsha Vidya Kendra, Bengaluru from July 2013 to February 2018. In March 2018, the Swami moved to a rented house in Sanjaynagar, Bengaluru to start a new centre under the name of Vibhu Foundation.
At present, the Swami teaches Vedanta and Sanskrit at various localities of Bengaluru for the benefit of sincere seekers of spiritual wisdom. Many spiritual aspirants from all over the world seek spiritual guidance from the Swami. The resident students of Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur also derive benefit from his teachings when he visits the Gurukulam to teach Vedanta, meditation, Sanskrit Grammar and Vedic chanting.
About Vibhu Foundation
Vibhu Foundation is a spiritual organization founded by Swami Shivaprakashananda Saraswati in 2017 with the objective of serving the society by propagating the traditional wisdom of Vedanta. The foundation runs a centre in Sanjaynagar, Bengaluru where regular classes are conducted on Vedanta and Sanskrit. In addition to the classes at the centre, we conduct regular weekly classes at various places in Bengaluru. The residents of Bengaluru are welcome to participate in our activities and derive benefit from the traditional wisdom.