Omkarananda Saraswati

His Linage and His Himalayan
and European Ashrams



Questions raised by Mr. Malik,
Representative and Journalist in New Delhi,
the Hindu Family Newspaper,
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Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas

Sri Durga Mandir, Omkarananda Saraswati Road

P.O. Shivanandanagar 249 192,

Town Muni-ki-Reti

Dist. Tehri Garhwal, U.P., Himalayas


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Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami's HINDUISM TODAY, a Newspaper circulated the world over, asked in the form of questions for a description of Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya Sadguru Sri Swami Omkarananda Saraswati and his Himalayan and European Ashrams.

The Answers have taken the form of this publication. Can one present a verbal picture of a Mystic Sage rooted in the experience of the transcendental Truth? Not possible. The life of this living liberated Man, Jivanmukta, Omkarananda Saraswati, a Brahmajnani (brahmavit brahmaiva bhavati) permanently settled in unconditioned and all-independent joy, peace, fearlessness, and a dignity that can only belong to the divine Reality, is inward and invisible, though the traits of his daily consciousness, delineated here in this line, are palpable to an appreciable extent to our eyes. It is a life that stays beyond mind and its words; it also remains supremely untouched by sky-high glorifications claiming however justifiably fidelity to reality or by the green-eyed monster jealousy's death-dealing, self-destroying defamations falsely asserting themselves to be a progeny of facts. Only a Sage can truly know and really describe a Sage, and even here it is still on the surface, though we have here universally valid knowledge obtained by inner identity with the subject of description: for instance, when Omkarananda writes on Sivananda. And, who shall describe Omkarananda? Yet, for the public any inadequate description is better than no description. Here is one.

And, when Omkarananda Saraswati was himself asked repeatedly to present to the enquirers his own biographical sketch, he always answered in three words: Aham Brahma Asmi.

July 1996

Dr. H. Eckert


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Questions for a Description of Omkarananda raised by HINDUISM TODAY, a world-wide Newspaper, USA

1. Swami Omkarananda, His Guru, His Lineage, His Activities

2. The Central Teachings: See and Serve God everywhere in all His Creation and also Experience Him in His Transcendence

3. Services and Facilities of Omkarananda Ashram

4. Religious Freedom in Omkarananda Schools and Colleges

5. The Spirit and the Background of the Ashram Inmates

6. Views on a Controversial Subject

7. The Moral Law on abortion and the Principle of Brahmacharya

8. The 24-Hours Prayers and Worship in Omkarananda's European Ashram since 1974 and their Benefits for all Mankind

9. Omkarananda's Successor from the Divine and the Organisational Standpoints

10. Omkarananda Ashram a Manifestation of God's Will and Grace

11. Moral Integrity and Guidance from the Divine



Description of Omkarananda by all the World and by the Ashram Inmates

12. Supplement One

  • When a Born Sage writes on His Sage Guru
  • What says the Elite of the World?
  • Sivananda and Omkarananda:
  • Divine Flower and Divine Fragrance 40
  • 13. Supplement Two

  • Adishankara, Saint Jnaneshwar and Omkarananda
  • 14. Supplement Three

  • Flowers of Homage to Omkarananda Ashram
  • 15. Supplement Four

  • Our Experiences of the Phenomenon that Omkarananda Saraswati is in our daily Life with Him


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