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About Nayaswami Dharmarajan

Nayaswami DharmarajanWhile I was at college in 1996, a friend introduced me to Autobiography of a Yogi. The spiritual truths in that book strongly attracted me, as did their many applications to daily life, as taught by Swami Kriyananda. I hadn’t believed in God until I read Yogananda’s book: some part of me knew that this was the path I had been seeking all my life.

After completing degrees in computer science and mathematics, I went to MIT for a Master’s degree. I also worked as a researcher at AT&T Bell Labs, Xerox, National Semiconductor, and AOL. These experiences helped me to choose: I moved into the Ananda Palo Alto Community and began working at its Living Wisdom School, teaching math, science, and computers.

I spent 6 years there, during which time I met my wife, Dharmini. We first moved to Ananda Village, and after a year and half, to Ananda India. We lived and served at Ananda Gurgaon (outside of Delhi) for 4 years. While there we directed the Ananda Bangalore and Ananda Noida centers, making many new friends. I also taught corporate workshops, along with Nayaswami Haridas, as part of Harmony at Work. These were based on Swami Kriyananda’s course, Success and Happiness through Yoga Principles.

Dharmini and I returned from India to Ananda Village in 2010. About a year later Swami Kriyananda asked us to move to Los Angeles to serve as Spiritual Directors of Ananda’s work there (Ananda Los Angeles).

In January, 2013, Swamiji visited the city of Chennai (formerly Madras) in Southern India. His lecture there was attended by 2,000 people, with 1,000 more turned away for lack of space. That evening he asked Dharmini and me to go back to India and help start an Ananda meditation center there. We arrived in June, 2013: and Ananda Chennai is thriving!