About Swami Atmananda
“We are not just conscious human beings. We are the Pure Limitless Consciousness itself, manifesting itself in the form of this universe…. It cannot be grasped by the intellectual mind, but can only be recognized as our True Nature through ‘no mind’, that means at the level of the Heart. The recognition of our True Nature or Self is the end of suffering.” – Swami Atmananda
Swami Atmananda Udasin is a teacher of Non-Duality (Advaita) and the resident Spiritual Head of Ajatananda Ashram, situated at the feet of the Himalayas in Rishikesh, India. Originally from Belgium, he has been living in India for the last 20 years.
After a brief career as a university lecturer, he spent ten years in solitude, first at a hermitage near Jerusalem and later in North India. Towards the end of this long retreat, he embraced Sanatana Dharma and, in 2001, received initiation into sannyasa (monastic renunciation) from his beloved and long-time spiritual Master, Sri Chandra Swami Udasin.
Two years later, he felt a call to move closer to the Ganges, and start a small monastic community to support spiritual seekers of all religious traditions. Over the following years, this initiative unfolded and ultimately became Ajatananda Ashram, an interreligious ashram dedicated to the Oneness of Truth.
Besides the teachings of his own Master, over the last thirty years Swami Atmananda has also been deeply inspired by the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon, Sri H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji), Swami Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux) and his realized disciple, Swami Ajatananda Saraswati (Marc Chaduc)—from whom the Ashram has taken its name.
A native of Belgium, Swami Atmananda Udasin studied Theology, Indian Philosophy and Comparative Religion in Louvain, Paris, and Jerusalem. He served as President of the Abhishiktananda Society (2007-2008), of which he was an Associate Member since 1983. He is presently the Director (since 2008) of the Abhishiktananda Centre for Interreligious Dialogue (Delhi).
Swami Atmananda Udasin teaches the Direct Path of Non-Duality according to the tradition of Advaita Vedanta. He offers regular satsangs and retreats, both in India and overseas.
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