It has been the tradition of Indian Dharma that the powerful Mahapurushas of the
Ananda Math from time to time revive the Sanatana Dharma.
In the Satya Yuga
there were three great Acharyas, First Lord Siva, second Lord Vishnu and thirdly
In the Treta Yuga there were three great Acharyas: First Vashistha, second
Shakti and third Parashara
In the Dwarpara Yuga there were two great Acharyas: First Vyasa and second
In the Kaliyuga Swami Gaurapada was the first great Acharya - known as
Brahmananda Swami, the second Govindapada and the third Acharya Shankar. This
Shankaracharya is famous throughout India for reviving Hindu Dharma.
Counting down from Swami Brahmanada in the Kali Yuga Satchidananda Saraswati
was the 141st guru of the Ananda Math.
ParamGuru - Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Swamiji was born in Dacca. From his boyhood he was religious. On his 13th
Birthday he had a dream about a great Yogi - Mahapurusha with his ashram in
Chunar (near Benares). On his 14th birthday he left his home in search of his
guru and at the age of 16 years he met his guru Holiness Satchidananda Saraswati
in Chunar on the Banks of the Ganges - the same yogi of his dream. Swami
Satyananda Saraswati spent many years with his Guru in the Hills of Chunar
studying Yoga, in social service and guru seva (service to guru). In his 54th
year he established the ashram in Calcutta known as the Shaktibad Math to teach
Shaktibad Dharma. Renown throughout India as a great yogi he developed the
Philosophy of Shakibad Dharma: drawing upon Tantric Yoga, knowledge of the
Ultimate forces of the Universe, Hindu science and sociology to awaken men's
intellect and thirst for knowledge. His birthday is celebrated each year on
Guru - Sudhamaye Sanyasini
Sudhamaye Sanyasini (Iti-Di) is the 143 Guru of the Ananda Math: empowered to
give initiation (diksha) into the 12-year course of Tantric Teachings of the
Ananda Math. The niece of Swami Satyananda Saraswati, she was a
teacher in the daytime and a yogini at night, completing the demanding course of
meditation and ceremony that takes at least 12 years in the Ananda Math.
Students in Calcutta
Mohesh is a student of Iti-di's and a great yogi in his own right, full of
strength and discipline who along with Siti Babu have completed the full
Kundalini Yoga course of the Ananda Math. The force of Siti Babu's personality was
obvious from first meeting. Ananda and Anandita are married have a wonderful
little family and are studying with Iti-di. Subrata Ghosh, Odita Babu and
Pulinda to take care of the Ashram. Without their strength and support for
Iti-di we would be very worried. We are privileged to have in our midst -
a great astrologer and Ayurvedic doctor - Dipam Kar
Students in Mogul Sarai
In Mogul Sarai lives Siti Ram Das
with his lovely wife Savitri and delightful daughters Anju and Kadambury. Siti Ram Das
was a student of
Swami Satyananda for many years. In
Mogul Sarai we spent an evening with Arun Kumar Munshi and his son. Mr. Munshi
is a most impressive gentleman who is very knowledgeable about Tantric Yoga and Astrology.
Jannovi first met Swamiji in Canada when he was
visiting Mallika Kar. He stayed in her house and she became a special disciple.
and Nivedita (John and Norma Bee)
and Nivedita met Swamiji in Toronto. Norma studied in his Ashram in Calcutta.
He performed their marriage. He lived with them for a year and they became
disciples. Norma was a wonderful lady and a great yogini in her own right. She
was much loved by Swamiji. She and Tapash raised two beautiful children, now
grown: Bhavani and Satyam. Since Norma's death Tapash has visited the ashram
in Calcutta each year, studying with Iti-di.