Swami Satyananda Saraswati (1955) was born in Barcelona. Very young and driven by a deep inner call, he travelled to India in pursuit of a teacher who could lead him through the path of recognition of the Supreme Reality.
In 1976 he met Swami Muktananda Paramahamsa, who initiated him on the path of meditation, yoga and the study of Hindu Dharma. He then began an intense spiritual practice under his guidance.
In 1980 he was initiated in sannyas (he became a renunciant monk of Sri Shankara’s order) and received his current name. His guru entrusted him with the responsibility to create an ashram in Barcelona, then Paris, and, finally, as coordinator of the centers and the ashrams in Europe.
Shortly after the Mahasamadhi (death) of his guru, in late 1982 , Swami Satyananda, driven by an intense desire for introspection, went back to India. There, he remained in solitude and undertook a pilgrimage through holy places, where he met and lived with great mahatmas .
He settled in the south of India, at the base of the Arunachala Mountain, near the ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi. He lived there for more than twenty years and followed an intense practice of contemplation, yoga, meditation and study. During this period, Swamiji had the opportunity to live with Sri Ramana Maharshi’s direct disciples, deepening his knowledge in Advaita Vedanta.
After his long retreat in Arunachala, Swamiji studied Sanskrit in Varanasi. Later, he lived in Sri Gnanananda Niketan’s ashram for six years, in the small town of Tapovanam (Tamil Nadu). There he devoted himself to the contemplation of the Upanishads and Advaita Vedanta traditional texts, under Swami Nityananda Giri’s guidance.
Swami Satyananda is currently living in Catalonia. With his deep knowledge of the Hindu tradition, especially the philosophy of yoga, the Advaita Vedanta and Kashmir Shivaism, he imparts seminars regularly, conducts retreats and contemplation groups, expanding his lineage teachings.
His teachings come to us in a pure and direct manner, based on the ancient yogic tradition. From guru to disciple, just as it has been transmitted traditionally.
Swamiji edited the book “Mística medieval hindú” (Trotta, 2003) and is the author of “L’hinduisme” in Catalan and Spanish (Fragmenta, 2012) . Among his writings we can highlight several introductions in Sri Ramana Maharshi’s books, such as “Quién soy yo?” (J.J. de Olañeta, 2012), “La Busqueda del Ser” (El Grano de Mostaza, 2010) and “El sabio” (El grano de mostaza, 2011), amongst others.