“Hinduism in Europe”


Special issue of the journal “Hinduism Today” (February – March 2014).

hinduismtodayThe magazine devotes twenty pages to explain the situation of Hinduism in Europe, mentioning Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Czechoslovakia and France.
Interesting articles that discuss the Hindu temples more and more present in Europe, about the three major monasteries and ashrams (Gitananda’s Ashram in Italy, Omakarananda’s Ashram in Austria and Vedanta Ramakrishna’s Ashram of France) and how to live fully the Hinduism in Europe.
In the final overview of these articles, the journal mentions Swami Satyananda Saraswati and Advaitavidya. Here is the fragment:
“Precious little is known about yoga demographics in Europe and no serious studies or polls have been published. While yoga schools and classes in institutions provide a portal into Hinduism for thousands of Europeans, those who have been immersed in it for decades tend to find or create small satsangs that support their practice. Typically these smaller groups are more advanced and far more serious about their spiritual work. They are loosely knit and may have followers of several gurus among them.
 One such a group can be found in and around Barcelona, Spain. They follow the teaching of Baba Muktananda and his initiated renunciate Swami Satyananda Saraswati, a Spanish sannyasin who spent three decades of intense solitary spiritual sadhana and study in India, mostly at Tiruvannamalai. The group, called Advaitavidya, has several hundred members from different parts of Spain who come for teachings and seminars on Hindu dharma, studying traditional texts under Swamiji’s guidance. A thirty-strong core group follows deeper sadhanas and provides needed seva for seminars and retreats in the countryside (…)


(…) Yoga’s future in Europe seems decidedly in the ascendent”.