Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha (Swamiji as he is called) was born on 13th May 1933 in Kerala, India. In the course of time, Swamiji proceeded to Kolkata (then known as Calcutta) to join his brothers in pursuit of the usual professional life.
The meeting with Baba Gangadhara Paramahamsa, a sage from West Bengal, India, transpired before long and touched the spiritual chord in him. This led to intense meditational & spiritual practice and soon he embraced sannyasa (renunciation), the crowning spiritual fulfillment of human life.
On getting initiated into the Knowledge of the Self from his Guru, Swamiji not only pursued his spiritual practices, but also assiduously studied the Sanskrit language and Vedantic spiritual texts like Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Prakarana Granthas (philosophical treatises). The texts helped him to understand and confirm the spiritual principles and teachings he experienced through his own practice.
As he progressed in his Self-realization, Swamiji declared his aspiration for sannyasa life to his family members, some of whom had also taken spiritual initiation from his Guru. On embracing sannyasa at the early age of 23 from his Guru, Swamiji proceeded to Kerala. This extraordinary step inspired three other family members to take to sannyasa themselves and pursue the spiritual life wholesomely with dedication.
The parivraajaka (wandering monk) life in Kerala gave the people an opportunity to discover the young ascetic, and many sections of the society began to invite him for talks on Indian spiritual texts like the Bhagavad Gita It is a Hindu scripture of 700 verse, teaching the concept of Dharma (righteousness)and other allied literature. This was a natural progression towards his mission of spiritual teaching – guiding spiritual seekers towards the Light of Knowledge, where he was.
Poojya Swamiji’s Knowledge Dissemination Campaign
After coming back to Kerala, for the next few years, Swamiji was invited to give spiritual discourses and he conducted several sessions in Kerala and later in Chennai (Madras). His mission to disseminate spiritual knowledge became more intense. The first Jnaana Yajna (series of spiritual discourses) started in Jamshedpur, India 46 years back. With relentless pace he travelled across cities in India, guiding seekers in their search for the Truth. His proficiency in English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam and Tamil brought him closer to seekers from many communities.
Institutions Addressed by Swamiji
Swamiji’s mission has also taken him to Malaysia, Canada and the United States. He has addressed audiences in the U.K., Singapore and Oman as well.
A modern day saint, a Self-realized Guru, Swamiji is an authoritative exponent of Vedanta, the spiritual heritage and culture of India. A ‘walking university’, he has been immersed ever since in disseminating BrahmaBrahma
According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)... Vidya (Knowledge of the Self) in India and abroad. Over the last five decades, Swamiji has conducted regular programs and established centres in Delhi, Jamshedpur, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai, Petalingjaya (Malaysia), Singapore, and the Washington, D.C. area.
Swamiji’s elucidation of India’s timeless scriptures is clear, pragmatic and unique. His rational exposition of the art of strengthening and elevating the human mind has transformed countless professionals, householders and students, instilling the spirit of discovery, dedication and greater excellence. Swamiji presents the ancient Indian scripture Bhagavad Gita as an ‘Administrative Gospel’, to inculcate excellence in people involved in highly challenging activities.
In his efforts to infuse spirituality in one’s daily life, Swamiji developed the dictum of ‘Interactional Sadhana’. A uniquely novel concept, Interactional Sadhana is the practice of learning, realizing and harnessing the unlimited potential of human mind, through the varied day-to-day interactions, while yet pursuing professional or secular life.
The mission of disseminating knowledge has been furthered by a series of enlightening books authored by Swamiji. They are published from his Ashram. He also publishes a monthly journal “Vicharasetu – the Path of Introspection”, to meet the needs of serious seekers. It is published in English, Hindi and Malayalam.
Swamiji’s Headquarters - Narayanashrama Tapovanam
Established by Swamiji in 1963, “Narayanashrama Tapovanam” is located on the slope of the eastern hill of Panadavagiri, in Venginissery village, part of the district of Thrissur, Kerala, India. The Ashram is surrounded by dense thickets of coconut trees on the slopes of the hill, which roll down towards the green fields of paddy. The serene beauty of surrounding nature complements the peace and tranquility of the Ashram, which draws seekers and visitors alike to the place, to benefit from the company of a realized Sage, and seek his blessings and guidance on spiritual and personal matters. What was initially a small hut, thus, gradually grew into an institution of spiritual learning with centers all around the world.
Indian spiritual texts such as Bhagavad-Gita, Upanishads, Yoga Vaasishtha Ramayana, Shreemad Bhaagavatam and others are discussed regularly in the Ashram. The study of the mind and behavioral intricacies, focusing on how to make the mind function effectively, are the focus in these discussions. Emphasis is given to the study of Sanskrit to enable seekers to discover the wealth in the ancient Indian spiritual texts. Regular classes, discourses and annual retreats quench the thirst of a stream of visiting seekers throughout the year, showering knowledge, peace and instilling virtues.
Cultural welfare and evolution of the society is an integral part of spirituality, and the Ashram plays an active role in the environmental and economic well-being of the surrounding villages.
Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha and Ma Gurupriya, both sannyasins, are Swamiji’s primary disciples, tirelessly serving him in all aspects of his mission. Renouncing their academic professions, both of them offered themselves to Swamiji to further his mission. Today, they are not only involved in running the affairs of the ashram, but most importantly, they are the living embodiments of the spiritual virtues extolled and preached by Swamiji to all.
Centre for Inner Resources Development
People generally think about external and material resources. They are given to developing and harnessing these alone. Nonetheless, the inner resources of the human mind and the need for their development excel them all in great measure. When adequate thought is given to this subject and necessary enlightenment is also gained, human life becomes very auspicious and fulfilling.
Centre for Inner Resources Development (CIRD) is a unique educational institution established by Swamiji to endow more people with the Knowledge of the Self, so that they may lead their lives productively and joyfully. The institution helps individuals discover and harness their inner resources, thereby enabling them to develop a poised indomitable personality. It is this conviction that led Swamiji to establish the first CIRD in Delhi in 1999. The Centre conducts special programs for corporate leaders, professionals, householders, and children for enabling them to lead a fulfilling life of personal, professional and societal excellence.
Very soon, devotees and seekers the world over recognized the benefits of such an institution, and thus two more units: SIRD (Society for Inner Resources Development) in Petalingjaya, Malaysia, and CIRD-NA (Centre for Inner Resources Development-North America) in Virginia, United States, were established subsequently. More CIRDs, like the one in Jamshedpur, India, are on the anvil.