Swami Shantivratananda


Swami Shantivratananda is a young Hindu monk (Sannyasin) belonging to the Ramakrishna Order. He is presently serving as the Minister in Charge of Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre, Dublin, (nee Eire Vedanta Society) Ireland. Prior to that he was serving at Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysuru in various capacities, mainly attending to the youth programs and other activities. He is initiated by Revered Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj (the 13th President of the Order) and joined the order in 2004 soon after his graduation. He took his final monastic vows in 2014 following extensive training in spiritual pursuits from the 15th President of the Order, Revered Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj. Swamiji is an erudite scholar and a philosopher, who was awarded a doctorate for his thesis entitled, “Swami Vivekananda’s Concept of Man – An Analytical Study”, from University of Mysore. He has also authored quite a number of books on Philosophy, Philosophers and Education at this young age. He can communicate in several languages, such as, Kannada, English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, and Bengali. He has contributed more than 50 research articles to reputed journals and contributes articles as a columnist to Karnataka newspapers.

Swamiji was invited from several reputed universities of India for presenting papers and talks. He has participated in several media panel discussions conducted by Kannada TV Channels on religion and spirituality. He has also traveled to different places of Karnataka to address youths, spiritual aspirants, teacher-educators, research scholars, academic professionals, and trainee administrators of State Government of Karnataka and conducted regularly classes for Professors in University Grants Commission Human Resource Development Program. He has addressed more than one hundred thousand people on Personality Development, Indian Culture, Stress Management, Indian Philosophy, Scriptures, Ethics, Morality, Educational Philosophy, law of Karma etc. This has made him very popular among youths and he has been invited by several institutions as a motivational speaker to speak on how to develop concentration, how to face difficulties, being self-motivated and acquire self-confidence. He has been engaged extensively in student and youth counseling service. Versatile in Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature and Sanskrit Scriptures, Swamiji has regularly conducted classes on Bhagavad Gita, Advaita Philosophy, Mind Management and Meditation etc.

Presently Swamiji, after arriving in Ireland, is conducting scripture classes on Tattvabodha, Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi and Sri Ramakrishna, which are all live streamed, and can be viewed from Eire Vedanta Society.

Swami Purnananda

Swami Purnananda

Swami Purnananda is the Spiritual Director and Founder of the Ramakrishna Centre in Dublin Ireland  (Éire Vedanta Society nee). 

He was initiated into spiritual life by Swami Vireswaranandaji Maharaj (a direct disciple of Holy Mother) and for many years, he underwent spiritual discipline and studies under the direction and tutelage of Swami Nihsreyasanandaji Maharaj, (a direct disciple of Swami Shivanandaji Maharaj) whom he served as his Personal Attendant and Secretary and from whom he took his monastic vows  in 1981.

In 1992, Swami Purnananda was elected President of the United Cultural Institute in Zimbabwe, where among other things he established an educational bursary fund for deprived girl students, a feeding programme for the poor and he also continued the work of spreading the message of Vedanta in Southern Africa.
In 2006, he was invited to Ireland where he has been preaching the converging truth of Vedanta since as Spiritual Director of the Vedanta Society which he founded.
Well versed in Vedanta, Yoga, Comparative Theology, Psychology and Science, the Swami conducts workshops on Personality Development, Spirituality, Meditation, Yoga, etc. as well as guiding and counselling others.
Swami Purnananda has contributed significantly to the Interfaith movement in Ireland. He dedicates his life to assisting and guiding others physically, psychologically and spiritually. He has expertise in psychology and counselling, and he has assisted individuals and groups in many aspects of their lives including enhanced health through applied naturopathic principles. Additionally, the Swami has contributed towards important international scientific research in the use of micro-organisms in mineral processing.

An engaging speaker and writer of many articles, the Swami also pens poetry and paints.