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Peace Swami

Swami Sankarananda Saraswati  (Peace Swami)

 

Swami Sankarananda is a simple pilgrim of peace and a servant of God in our path of awakening to the One Truth. Living much of his adult life as a businessman in the tech industry, he realized the selfish pursuits were meaningless and through grace came to the pursuit of God. Having given up his old life, he dedicated his new life to service of the Self in all.

In 2011, Swamiji renounced his worldly life and traveled to the Himalayas, receiving darshan and life guidance at the feet of Swami Premananda and Swami Ramaswarupananda. He took initiation as a Sanyassi, or renunciate, under Swami Ramaswarupananda and Swami Premananda In 2013. 

During his time in India, he received Divine Guidance to walk pilgrimage. Having been inspired by the life and teachings of Peace Pilgrim, he chose to follow her footsteps in asking for nothing, only on foot and in faith, and resolving to smile and to be of service to every being that crossed his path. 

Starting in 2013, he walked on foot from West to East Coast, and continued to walk 7,000 miles across the United States over a period of 2 ½ years. He shared parts of the journey on social media and also documented the process in his book “Pilgrimage Home”.   When asked about the inevitable challenges that must have been experienced in such a pilgrimage, Swami smiles and shares, “really the only problems which I have ever encountered were in my mind”.

In 2016, he completed the pilgrimage, and continued to travel in a donated "Yoga for Peace" motorhome named “Prema” (“Divine Love”). Until late 2017, he traveled and continued to meet many spiritual aspirants who invited him into their communities. As he toured across the U.S., he offered talks, workshops and retreats, always free of charge, including the “Be Still and Know” Silent Retreats at many different yoga studios and spiritual centers. 

In 2017, he was approached by devotees he had met in his travels about stewarding a new Ashram in Arizona that is now called Divine Grace. Since 2018, he has been steward of Divine Grace Yoga. 

He leads daily Satsangs, weekly Upanishad and Bhagavad Gita workshops, and he continues to guide many aspirants, both in and out of Ashram, on the path towards inner peace and happiness. 

Swamiji has been adamant from the beginning in directing the Ashram to be in the same spirit as his pilgrimage and of many Ashrams in India—that it be completely run on donation and charge nothing to anyone who comes, and that it be a sacred container that provides environment, tools and support for spiritual transformation and the cultivation of inner peace. 

Whether it be through pilgrimage, through retreats, through providing individual counsel, through gifting spiritual books, through teaching at the Ashram, or through offering a smile and kind word to a stranger — Swamiji has completely dedicated his life to the service of All,  to spreading Yoga and Vedanta teachings, and sharing the universal wisdom of Swami Sivananda and many other great saints.

May all beings be happy and at Peace.