International Head of The Kriya Yoga Institute
These few facts about our guru, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, convey little of the love felt for him by Kriyavans around the world, and the divine and loving impact he has made on our lives. We are truly blessed to have his presence at this event, and we encourage everyone to spend time in his company and, if you can, meditate with him. He is truly a gateway to God.
Paramahamsa Prajnanananda was born as Triloki Dash in the village of Pattamundai in Orissa, India. Raised in a pious and spiritual atmosphere, he began searching for a spiritual mentor in early childhood. In 1980, while still a student in college, he met his Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda, who initiated him into Kriya Yoga.
Unlike his peers, Triloki Dash spent much of his time in prayer, puja, and meditation. He frequently retreated to the solitude of remote Himalayan caves to be in the company of sages and saints seeking ultimate Truth. He kept up a rigorous spiritual practice under the tutelage of his beloved Gurudev while working as a professor of Economics at Ravenshaw College in Cuttack.
In 1995, Brahmachari Triloki Dash was initiated as a sannyasi, monk, by Paramahamsa Hariharananda. Receiving the name Swami Prajnanananda Giri, he was directed by his Gurudev the next day to travel to Europe, the USA, and other countries in order to propagate Kriya Yoga through public lectures, seminars, retreats, and meditation.
Three years later, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda was given the title of Paramahamsa, the highest title given to monks and saints who attain the apogee of God-realisation.
Prajnananada has travelled the world ceaselessly to promote the message of Kriya Yoga to all who seek liberation. He has written and translated numerous books on spiritual topics, skilfully interpreting ageless philosophies in the light of modern science and technology. Able to focus on multiple tasks at one time with perfect precision and mastery, Prajnananandaji projects a buoyant, energetic God-intoxication.
In 1999, Prajnananandaji became the third Indian monk, following Swami Vivekananda and Shri Ravi Sankar, to address the Parliament of World Religions.
As the president of Prajnana Mission, he has undertaken projects that promote spiritual education, social and health services, and philanthropic works around the world. He established Hariharananda Balashram in Arua, a residential school for poor and orphaned children.
Following his master’s vision, Prajnananandaji created a beautiful ashram with international repute at Balighai, in Orissa, called Hariharananda Gurukulum, and its latest addition, a majestic samadhi temple commemorating his Gurudev.
Aglow with radiant wisdom, ever joyful, and revelling in the selfless sacrifice of a silent and secluded monk’s life, this world-revered master of Kriya Yoga is the epitome of boundless love and wisdom.