Swami Sarvadevananda, the minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India. Because he lived near Belur Math from 1960 onward, he came into contact with many monks who were initiated by Holy Mother, Swami Brahmananda, Swami Shivananda, and other direct disciples of Ramakrishna
Swami was initiated by Swami Shankarananda, the 7th President of the Order, in 1961 and joined the monastery at Belur Math in Kolkata in 1965. Swami completed his monastic training while serving in various capacities, including working in a camp for refugees during the Bangladesh war in 1971. He spent the next two decades at Saradapitha, a major educational and technical training institution in Kolkata, imparting Vedantic spiritual values as part of the high school and university level curriculum. Swami became the head of the Ramakrishna Mission of Sikra in 1988. While there, he initiated literacy and health programs for hundreds of underprivileged villagers and performed relief and rehabilitation work for the homeless.
In 1993, Swami Sarvadevananda was posted to the Vedanta Society of Southern California in Hollywood to serve as assistant minister. When his predecessor, Swami Swahananda, passed away in October, 2012, he became the minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society.
In addition to regular lectures and classes, Swami Sarvadevananda addresses schools, colleges and other religious groups throughout Southern California and other parts of the United States whenever called upon. He represents the Vedanta Society as a delegate on the Interreligious Council of Southern California and the Hindu-Catholic and Hindu-Episcopal Dialogue of Los Angeles and serves as one of the directors of the Hindu Students’ Organization at USC. Swami frequently visits Vedanta centers throughout the U.S.