Swami Dayananda Saraswati
Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati was a distinguished, traditional teacher of Vedanta. His depth of understanding and nuanced appreciation of Western culture made him that rare teacher who communicated the vision of non-duality to modern listeners. He was able to make one see, with immediacy, the truth of oneself as the whole. Swami Dayananda had taught Vedanta in India for more than four decades, and around the world since 1976. In his public talks abroad, Swamiji had spoken at many of the most prestigious American universities, and had addressed international conventions, UNESCO and the United Nations, where he participated in the Millennium Peace Summit.
A teacher of teachers, Swami Dayananda designed and taught seven resident in-depth Vedanta courses, each spanning 30 to 36 months.
Five were conducted in India, and two in the United States. Each course graduated about 60 qualified acharyas, teachers, who are now teaching around the world. More than two hundred are now swamis and are highly respected as scholars and teachers throughout India and abroad.
Under Swami Dayananda’s guidance, numerous centers for Vedic teaching had been founded around the world. In the United States, the main center is the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. At present there are at least sixty centers in India and abroad that carry on the same tradition of Vedantic teaching.