Born in 1954 in Hamburg, Germany, His Holiness Sacinandana Swami knew he was on a spiritual quest even in his early childhood. At a young age, he began searching for answers anywhere they could be found—from the esoteric teachings of the old world spiritual traditions to the modern theories of psychology and parapsychology.
The fragments of knowledge from this quest came together in 1971, when his spiritual journey culminated in discovering the teachings of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, a branch of the ancient Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya, a spiritual succession whose teachings date back to time immemorial. Having found the spiritual wisdom and lifestyle for which he had so long yearned, Sacinandana Swami soon became absorbed in translating his spiritual master’s English translation of the Bhagavad-gita, the most famous scripture of ancient India, into German. In 1989 he took a vow of lifelong renunciation (sannyasi) and himself became an initiating spiritual master (guru), taking on the responsibility of the age-old disciple succession.
His Holiness also developed a number of innovative programs for spreading devotional knowledge to large audiences in eastern Europe. Among these were two highly successful cultural programs and a variety of seminars and public discourses. Through such unique and inspirational projects, he quickly became well known as an authority on the Vedic spiritual tradition.
All the while, he has remained focused on his own spiritual practices, especially taking time to visit India’s sacred pilgrimage sites to seek personal inspiration as well as to conduct spiritual retreats for the benefit of others. His pilgrimages have taken him all over the subcontinent—from Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Mount Kailash in the Himalayas to the sacred temples of Sri Rangam, Melkote, Tirupati, and Ahovalam in South India. He is particularly partial to the sacred land of Vrindavan, birthplace of Lord Krishna, where he holds a highly acclaimed yearly retreat. Sacinandana Swami continues to pioneer novel approaches to spreading the ancient Vedic tradition. He is a regular instructor at many institutions dedicated to disseminating spiritual knowledge, including the Vrndavana Institute for Higher Education in India and the Bhaktivedanta College in Belgium. He also serves as the spiritual director of the Veda Academy, an internationally recognized university of Vedic sciences, arts, and philosophy active in eight countries.
He simultaneously guides and inspires people all over the world through his personal example, lectures, and writings. His publications include The Nectarean Ocean of the Holy Name, The Gayatri Book, The Way of the Great Departure, The Art of Transformation, Spiritual Tonic, and Divine Names, a double CD with bhajans.
Web site: http://www.saranagati.net