Our Founder

Swami Dayananda Saraswati is a distinguished, traditional teacher of Vedanta. Swami Dayananda has been teaching Vedanta in India for more than four decades, and around the world since 1976. In his public talks abroad, Swamiji has spoken at many of the most prestigious American universities, and has addressed many international conventions, UNESCO and the United Nations, where he participated in the Millennium Peace Summit.

Pujya Swamiji has initiated and supported various philanthropic efforts. The All India Movement (AIM) for Seva, inaugurated in November, 2000, brings medical, educational, nutritional and infrastructure assistance to villagers in the remote areas of India.

Within nine years, AIM for Seva has reached out to more than 10 million people across 15 states of India. Today it supports 100 student hostels, 18 educational institutions and five hospitals and is the subject of a teaching module on social entrepreneurship at an American business college. At Manjakkudi, Swami Dayananda's birthplace, devotees have been inspired to develop a model for rural education.

Recently free ambulance service, toilet facilities and a community hall were initiated in Manjakkudi.

Thousands of students from more than 125 villages go there to study in one of three institutions set in the midst of lush green paddy fields and administered by the Swami Dayananda Educational Trust.

Another initiative is the movement for the protection of the Hindu tradition, Hindu Dharma Rakshana Samiti that helps to preserve and spread awareness of the richness of Vedic culture.

Deeply concerned with the environment and ecology, Swami Dayananda has addressed global warming issues by pointing out the negative impact of rearing animals for human consumption, namely the production of methane in particular among cud-chewing animals. Whether it is planting trees, growing herbs, organic gardening, providing water and electricity to remote areas, women self-help groups, vocational training, together with his specialized field of teaching, speaking and writing Pujya Swamiji has created a positive change in the society.

Ever alert to the needs of people, he finds ways to help, no matter how small or serious their problem. A true leader, he works behind the scenes, gently encouraging the talents and skills of people who come into contact with him. If compassion, intellect, erudition and wisdom, imbued with an endearing humbleness were to take a human form, then it would certainly be Swami Dayananda Saraswati.