SWAMI CHETANANANDA |
Chetanananda is the abbot and spiritual director of The Movement Center.
Born in the Midwest, Swami Chetanananda grew up in Indiana and attended
Indiana University. From his college days, he knew he wanted his life to
be about helping people and creating positive change in the world.
In 1971, an acquaintance gave Swamiji a picture of Rudi and suggested that he go to New York to meet him. Swamiji has said about
this experience, "When I walked into his store, I looked at him and felt
my heart shatter into a thousand pieces. From that moment on, I never had
one second's doubt about the power of the experience into which I had entered."
Since that meeting in 1971, Swami Chetanananda has transformed the lives
of thousands of people. Rudi, before his passing in 1973, gave Swamiji the
opportunity to carry on his work and take over direction of his ashrams
(spiritual communities) around the world. Swamiji formalized his commitment
to spiritual growth by being initiated as a swami (“master of oneself”)
by Swami Muktananda on May 14, 1978. He took the name Chetanananda, which
means "bliss of pure Self-awareness."
Over the years Swamiji has studied and traveled extensively throughout India
and Nepal. He has synthesized
the teachings of Rudi and Nityananda with the philosophical tradition of
Kashmir Shaivism and explored the tantric practices of other traditions.
He is a lineage holder in the Longchen Nyingthig tradition of Vajrayana
Buddhism and the Pacification of Suffering teachings of Padampa Sangye,
and he has trained with accomplished Newari tantric practitioners in the
Swami Chetanananda articulates his wisdom of inner work and spiritual growth
in a language and discipline that is practical and appropriate to the needs
of his students. In addition, as a widely recognized authority on Trika
Yoga meditation and the philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism, he is thoroughly
versed in the discourse and spirit of ancient Eastern spiritual texts. He
is the author of several books on spiritual practice, including The
Breath of God, There Is No Other, Choose to Be Happy,
and Will I Be the Hero of My Own Life? Those books, as well as
audio and video products from Swami Chetanananda, are available from Rudra
As a living example of his teaching, Swamiji is an inspiration, resource,
and mentor to people from all walks of life. He is dedicated to facilitating
in his students the awakening of the extraordinary experience of their creative
potential and nurturing their spiritual growth.
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NEW! The Heart of the Matter by Swami Chetanananda (from a talk given January 22, 2008, Portland)
NEW! Living in Our Real Life by Swami Chetanananda
(from a talk given November 19, 2007, Portland)
Updated September 5, 2008