Born and brought up in Mumbai, Swamiji had always been convinced that beyond life’s superficial joys and sorrows, there was something more enduring and satisfying. As a child, he heard from his grandmother many religious stories based on the great Indian epics and the history of saints. These stories suddenly came to life, acquiring new meaning and depth, when as an adolescent he encountered Swami Chinmayananda.
The Spiritual Quest
In 1984, Swami Swaroopananda gave up his family’s thriving business in Hong Kong to undergo intensive training under Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Tejomayananda at Sandeepany, Mumbai. He was initiated into the monastic order in 1992. His work has won acclaim for bringing out the essential wisdom and underlying unity of all religions.
Formerly the Regional Head of Chinmaya Mission Australia, United Kingdom, Middle East, Africa and Far East, and presently Chairman of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth Trust and Director of the Chinmaya International Residential School in Coimbatore, Swami Swaroopananda is also the head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide.
Swamiji has authored several commentaries on such important spiritual classics as Ik Onkar, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra and Sankat Mochan, besides numerous books on contemporary lifestyle subjects such as Simplicity and Meditation, Storm to Perform, Avatar, Managing the Manager and Journey into Health.
Swamiji has been invited to speak at places such as The Ford Motor Co, London Business School and Harvard University. A proprietary self-development course he conceived and initially conducted, Make It Happen™, has been adapted and integrated into the human resource training programmes of various corporate organizations in India and beyond.