Swami Satprakashananda

Swami Satprakashananda

Swami Satprakashananda
(Courtesy: Vedanta Society, St. Louis)

Swami Satprakashananda was born in April 1888 at Dhaka (Bangladesh). He had the good fortune to see Swami Vivekananda in person in 1901, while the latter was on a visit to Dhaka. Four years later he became associated with the Ramakrishna Mission at Dhaka and was greatly instrumental in building up this centre. He met Swami Brahmanandaji Maharaj in 1908 and was initiated by him.

After completion of his postgraduate studies in Calcutta University, he joined the Order in 1924 at Dhaka. He had his Sannyasa in 1927 from Swami Shivanandaji Maharaj at Varanasi. He went to Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati, in the Himalayas, and worked there for nearly 3 years as Associate Editor of Prabuddha Bharata. Thereafter he took charge of our Delhi branch, and worked as the head there for six years.

In 1937, he was deputed to Vedanta work in the United States of America, where he initially stayed and lectured in Washington, DC and Providence, RI. He established a permanent Vedanta Society at Saint Louis, Missouri, in October 1938, where he remained as the Head of the Centre till the last.

The Swami was well versed in Sanskrit and scriptures, and his profound scholarship and depth of spiritual understanding enabled him to write several learned articles and also books such as ‘Ethics and religion’ ‘Methods of Knowledge’, Meditation: Its process, Practice, and Culmination’ and ‘Sri Ramakrishna’s Life and Message in the Present Age’, etc.

The Swami was full of love and blessings towards all those who came in contact with him and he was deeply adored and respected by a large number of devotees and friends, many of whom in the USA became his initiated disciples.