In Memoriam: Swami Atmatattwananda

September 22, 2021

Image Source: Vedanta Society of Southern California

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Swami Atmatattwananda on Monday, September 13.

According to the Vedanta Society of Southern California, Swami Swami Atmatattwananda was an initiated disciple of Swami Prabhavananda. He joined the Ramakrishna Order at our Trabuco center in 1957, had Brahmacharya initiation from his guru in 1971, and Sannyasa from Swami Bhuteshanandaji in 1990. He served at our Trabuco, South Pasadena, and Hollywood centers. The Swami was an avid gardener, and had a lifelong interest in photography. He also played guitar and loved to sing folk songs. He touched the hearts of hundreds of people — poor, sick, homeless, and seekers of God from different religions. He was very active in interfaith work, particularly with the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (SCCPWR). Read the full notice here.

Swami Atmatattwananda was an active Parliament member and a strong support of it’s mission, presenting at 2015 Salt Lake City and 2018 Toronto Parliaments. The Parliament extends our deepest condolences to Swami Atmatattwananda’s family, loved ones, interfaith partners and his global community.

A memorial service is also being planned, stay connected with the Vedanta Society of Southern California for more details.

Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.

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