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A brief biography

Swami Veetamohananda



Centre Vedantique Ramakrishna - Paris


Swami Veetamohananda was a monk of the well known order of Ramakrishna Math and Mission. This monastic order is dedicated to serve humanity in the areas of spiritual development, and to provide education, and medical and social services among the poor and needy.


Born into a family of spiritual practitioners in 1941, Swami Veetamohananda was attracted to Vedantic teaching from a very early age.  He joined the Ramakrishna order in 1961 after his formal education, and underwent nine years of training as a novitiate in Madras (Chennai) and at Calcutta. The training consisted of strict disciplines in Karma, Bhakti, Raja, and Jnana Yoga.  The Swami studied Sanskrit and all the Scriptures of Vedanta.  He underwent training in classical music – both vocal and instrumental.  He played the flute, tabla and harmonium.  He had an original way of singing mantras and devotional songs.


The Swami was finally ordained as a monk in 1971 and practiced meditation and other spiritual disciplines in the Himalayas.  The Swami was deputed to France to assist Swami Ritajananda in 1990.  It was in 1994 that he took charge of the French Centre Vedantique Ramakrishna after the death of Swami Ritajananda.


The Swami brought about a beautiful unification of the spiritual aspects of East and West.  He was also a member of DIM (Inter-faith Monastic Dialogue), and commited to work for peace and harmony.  The ashram at Paris hosts the International day of Yoga for France as the Swami was president of the Vedic Federation of France.  Swamiji regularly visited the different countries of Europe, UK, and the USA to give practical seminars and to offer spiritual counselling.  There are several publications of his talks and writings.