Nayaswami Sudarshan Simpson was born in Southern California in 1948.  His mother’s family were California and Nevada pioneers, and his father’s family were Colorado miners and ranchers. His Mom is a writer and his Dad (deceased) was an executive at Douglas Aircraft Corporation.

Sudarshan graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. He first visited Ananda Village in May 1974, joined the Sacramento Ananda meditation group, and moved to the Village in February 1976.  He met Nayaswami Savitri Simpson at the Ananda Meditation Retreat and they were married in 1980. They currently live in a geodesic dome home in the Village’s Ranikhet housing cluster.