Swamini Brahmaprajnananda Saraswati

Swamini Brahmaprajnananda Saraswati is a traditional and contemporary teacher of Advaita Vedanta and a Hindu monk. She completed an intensive 3.5 year course in Vedanta and Sanskrit in 2013 at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Coimbatore under the tutelage of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji. Prior to that for more than 12 years she studied Vedanta (part time) with Swami Brahmavidananda ji in Mumbai alongside work. Swamini completed her M.Phil in Psychology (2001) and M.A in Clinical Psychology in 1996, both at SNDT University Mumbai. In her fifteen-year career prior to monkhood she led many projects and her last position was as Country Director of India for Railway Children, UK an international organization. Her work impacted the lives of 15000 street children annually. In recognition of her work, Maharashtra state government invited her to be on the jury of the Juvenile Justice Board for rehabilitation of child offenders. Swamini taught the paper of ‘Counselling and therapy’ to the Masters students as a visiting faculty with SNDT University, Mumbai from 2003 until 2019.
Swamini conducts courses and immersive retreats on Vedanta and Dharma for different groups in Mumbai, India and for people across the world. A qualified psychologist, Swamini’s teaching style seamlessly flows to enhance areas of self-mastery, meaning and connection all the way to self-discovery. She is the first Hindu monk to run an online course on ‘How to have harmonious relationships’ on Udemy, the global, online learning platform. She hosts a podcast, ‘Vedanta – The River of Wisdom’ available on major podcasting platforms. Her public videos span a range of topics – Vedanta teachings, meanings of stotrams, dialogues with other teachers, animation-based videos, Q and A. In 2018 she cofounded the first Vedic Wisdom festival (two day curation of talks by wisdom masters) in Mumbai with Swami Brahmavidananda. She has presented many papers at conferences on Indian psychology and Vedanta. She conceptualised and mentors a program for children SHINE (Spiritual Heritage of India for Next Generation Empowerment) and has conducted leadership programmes for the youth.

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