Svami Sadananda Sarasvati was a Vedantin of high calibre and belonged to the lineage of the illustrious Bhagavatpada (popularly known as Adi Shankaracharya).
Svami Sadanandaji was an eminent scholar, poet, and Yogi. He was initiated into sannyasa by Shrimat Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya Svami Shankarananda Sarasvati. Svamiji practised rigorous austerities in the Himalayas, and a part of this time is reflected in his book, A Solitary Traveller.
After his retreat in the Himalayas, Svamiji travelled throughout India, Europe, and America, benefiting many people wherever he went until his Mahasamadhi in October 1983.
His profound philosophical insight became apparent in his teachings, articles, and commentaries on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Vedantasara, and other texts.
Widely known for his in-depth knowledge of the mundane and the divine, Svamiji would define objects and concepts with a rare scientific precision.
His qualities as a writer, poet, philosopher, and saint, flowing together on the currents of his innate wit and humour, together with his lovingness and care for his fellow beings, were washed and refined by the depth of his renunciation, and his discerning intelligence and wisdom.
Svamiji became spiritual head of Abhedashram in Wales in 1983, and spent the following 20 years teaching Yoga and Vedanta, attaining Mahasamadhi in 2003.
The teachings that Svamiji gave, whether personal or in satsangas, always struck to the heart of the matter, and with tremendous relevance. Svamiji gave innumerable satsangas on many texts including the Bhagavad Gita, and the Yoga Sutras.
No words can adequately express the value of Svamiji’s contribution to so many people’s lives. Svamiji lives still – for in Reality there is no death – in the hearts of all whom were touched, perhaps even more so now that the mantle of the body has been dropped.