Pujya Swami Dayanada Saraswati
Swami Guhatmananda Saraswati was blessed with a comprehensive vision of Vedanta at the Arsha Vidya Pitham, at Rishikesh by the ‘teacher of teachers’, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who is a world renowned traditional teacher of Vedanta.
An erudite scholar in Sanskrit, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati is well known for his excellent communication skills. In his public talks abroad, Swamiji has addressed audiences prestigious American universities, and has addressed international conventions, UNESCO and the United Nations, where he participated in the Millennium Peace Summit.
Swamiji designed and taught six resident in-depth Vedanta courses, each spanning 30 to 36 months and three more have been conducted with his guidance. The graduates from these courses are now acharyas, teaching around the world. More than one hundred are now Swamis and are highly respected as scholars and teachers throughout India and abroad. Some of these Swamis and swaminis have conducted their own long-term residential courses under the guidance and assistance of Swamiji. One was here in 2002 at the Gurukulam in Coimbatore. Also under Swamiji’s guidance, numerous centers for Vedic teaching have been founded around the world. The Ashrams founded by Swamiji in India are the Arsha Vidya Pitham in Rishikesh, the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Coimbatore and the Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam at Nagpur. In the U.S., the main center is the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. At present his students have set up many centers in India and abroad that carry on the tradition of Vedantic teaching.
Swamiji’s taught Vedanta for over four decades. In November, 2000, he inaugurated The All India Movement (AIM) for Seva, that brings medical, educational, nutritional and infrastructure assistance to villagers in the remote areas of India. This movement enjoys the blessing of all traditional Hindu spiritual leaders who have united as a single body, the Acharya Sabha, through the continued efforts of Swamiji.
In November 2001, Swamiji convened the first World Congress for the Preservation of Religious Diversity in Delhi, inaugurated by the Dalai Lama and the then Prime Minister Mr. A.B. Vajpayee. An important outcome of the Congress is the formation of a Global Commission for the Preservation of Religious Diversity, spearheaded by Swamiji. Swamiji was also active in forming and participating in the Womens Global Peace Initiative, which convened at the United Nations in Geneva in October 2002.
In 2003, Swamiji established the Swami Dayananda Educational Trust (SDET) at Manjakudi in Thanjavur District, his birthplace, that, supports a Veda Pathasala, 2 Secondary Schools and the Swami Dayananda College of Arts and Science.
Swamiji attained Samadhi on the 23rd of September 2015. In 2016, the Swami Dayanda Memorial Centre was created.
Swamiji , always initiated interfaith dialogues. He has participated in Hindu-Jewish conferences and Hindu-Buddhist Summits.