Swami Sarvapriyananda


That one existence... I see that in the poor and the hungry, in the tears of the selfless... I am ready to go to hell many times over to serve my Lord in all these forms.

- Swami Sarvapriyananda

Swami Sarvapriyananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India, serving currently as the Minister in charge of the Vedanta Society of New York.

Though a relatively young monk of Ramakrishna Order, he has a significant presence in the world of Hinduism, mainly through the popularity of his talks on Vedanta. The Swami’s talks regularly attract hundreds of thousands of views online. His talk “Who am I?” at IIT Kanpur, a prestigious engineering college in India, alone has over 3 million views.

Swami Sarvapriyananda was appointed as Minister and Spiritual Leader of the Vedanta Society of New York, and assumed his duties here on January 6, 2017. Prior to this, he served as assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California for 13 months, beginning on December 3, 2015.

Swami joined the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in 1994 and received Sannyas in 2004. Before being posted to the VSSC’s Hollywood Temple, Swami served as an acharya (teacher) of the monastic probationers’ training center at Belur Math.

He has served the Ramakrishna Math and Mission in various capacities including being the Vice Principal of the Deoghar Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, Principal of the Shikshana Mandira Teacher Education College at Belur Math, and the first Registrar of the Vivekananda University at Belur Math.

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