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Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati born in 1960 in Rajnandgaon, Chhatisgarh, joined his guru’s mission of spreading yoga around the world at the tender age of four. When he was six years old he came to to live in the ashram in Munger with his Guru Swami Satyananda. Under the tutelage of Swami Satyananda, he received intense gurukul education and training and was educated in languages, scriptures, sciences and contemporary subjects through the system of yoga nidra developed by Swami Satyananda. At the age of ten he was initiated into the Dasnaami order of sannyas on 11th January 1971 at Munger, by his Guru Swami Satyananda and was sent out to tour the world as a bal sannyasin to spread the message of yoga. At the age of 22 he was recalled back to India to take up the mantle as President of Bihar School of Yoga from Swami Satyananda who gave him the full charge of the yoga mission that he had created and nurtured.

 

In 1988 when his Guru left Munger to live the life of a Paramahansa, he left the reins in the hands of Swami Niranjanananda whom he had nominated as his successor even before his birth. Until now he had succeeded his Guru in the administration of Bihar School of Yoga but the departure of Swami Satyananda now required him to take up the role of both administrator and Guru to the innumerous devotees of Bihar School of Yoga which was already a reputed institution which he did with great efficiency guiding its activities from 1983 to 2008, with insight, clarity and devotion.

 

During this period he traveled extensively nationally and internationally, providing practical guidance and inspiring aspirants everywhere to live a yogic lifestyle by integrating head, heart and hands and emerged as a divine light and world Guru, inspiring and initiating people from all over the world to spiritual life. Swami Niranjanananda is an inspiring and gifted speaker on any given topic as his unflinching link with Sri Swamiji allows the grace and magnetism of Guru to shine. Initiated as a paramahansa sannyasin at the age of thirty, he was anointed preceptor in succession to Swami Satyananda by the leading luminaries of the sannyasa tradition in 1993. Clear, fluent and insightful writer, he authored numerous classical books on yoga, tantra and the upanishads, and founded the Bihar Yoga Bharati the first yoga university in order to further his Guru’s vision of making yoga a world culture.

 

In 2009 when his Guru took Yoga Samadhi he handed over his duties of President of Bihar School of Yoga to Swami Suryaprakash and entered a new phase of his sannyasa life dedicated to establishing the tradition of sannyas and presenting its ideals as a necessary way for self development, creative expression, so that an individual may lead a successful happy and fulfilling life.

 

In 2010 he founded the Sannyaspeeth at Munger for the achievement of this aim and initiated a three year sannyas course as a training ground for individuals who wish to live life with a higher vision. Presently he resides at Munger guiding and inspiring aspirants who flock there for spiritual sustenance.