Spiritual Inspiration

The foundation and development of Ajatananda Ashram has been inspired and encouraged by many saints and sages. Among them, four have especially guided our exploration as an interreligious monastic ashram.

It was the dream of Swami Abhishiktananda (1910-1973) that there be an ashram on the Ganges in the Himalayas that would be a place for the seekers of Truth which is at the heart of all religions. During his entire life in India, Swami Abhishiktananda sought to go deeply into Indian spirituality through the perennial wisdom of the Upanishads and radically embraced the life of sannyasa.

His principal disciple, Swami Ajatananda Saraswati (1944- ), was called from the beginning to tread the path of Awakening through seclusion and intense meditation. His life shows the heights of spiritual realization which can be reached through perfect surrender to the ultimate Truth.

A close friend of Swami Abhishiktananda and the diksha guru of Swami Ajatananda, H.H. Swami Chidananda Saraswati (1916-2008) is revered by the Ashram community for his example of universal love and his respect for all religions as expressions of the unique all-pervading and non-dual transcendental Reality which is the source of all.

H.H. Chandra Swami Udasin (1930- ), a realized sage who now lives nearby on the sacred bank of holy river Yamuna, has bestowed his blessing upon the vision and foundation of Ajatananda Ashram. The community derives great inspiration from Swami Ji’s divine presence, protection and enlightened teachings.