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Swami Sukhabodhananda Ji

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Swami Sukhabodhananda was born in Kannada speaking family on 25 April 1955 in Bangalore, Karnataka. He is the second of the three sons of Late Sri C.M.S. Murthy and Rukmani Murthy. His birth name was Dwaraknath. His siblings are Preetham (married to Shanta and parents of Shruti) and Prathap (aka Kalyan Mitra). He was born and brought up in Bangalore. He studied in Baldwin Boys High School and St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore.

At the age of 20, he was attracted to spirituality and became a student of Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Dayanada Saraswati at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya of Mumbai. His name during Sandeepany days was Brahmachari Nithya Chaitanya. Brahmachari Nithya Chaitanya embraced Sanyas on Shivarathri Day in 1984 from when on he is known as Swami Sukhabodhananda.

He is founder and chairman of the charitable organization ‘Prasanna Trust’ in India, and involved with Bangalore’s ‘Prasanna Foundation’, “which focusses on the scientific aspects of meditation”. The trust also runs “Prasanna Jyothi, a home for destitute children and Nirguna Mandir, a centre for meditation and learning.”

At age 50, in 2006, art and was quoted in The Hindu suggesting that Aiki Ju-jutsu would have helped a young woman from a call centre who had been raped and killed defend herself.


His philosophy has been called a “synergy between the rich and profound Indian philosophy and the complex and dynamic western management thought.” and “a corporate management guru who has infused management science with the much needed dose of ethics and spirituality.”

Pragya M. Kumar and his co-authors cite Swami Sukhabodhananda in their analysis of the influence of Indian philosophy on the teaching of management. Writing in 2010, they state that about 10% of the professors at top US business schools are of Indian descent, noting the vision of C. K. Prahalad, in which corporations “simultaneously create value and social justice.” The authors cite an article characterizing the “spirituality in the workplace movement” as having become a “mini-industry.” With regards to the Indian component of this industry, they state “A large number of Vedant scholars are on a whistle stop tour of the U.S. counseling executives on the central message of Bhagawat Gita to put purpose before self.” A quote from Swami Sukhabodhananda is used as the illustration for this message, beginning: “There are four important aspects in us .. the body, mind, emotions and spiritual being. Focusing on their growth involves an enlightened vision.

Workshops and speaking engagements

In 1986, after conducting classes on Bhagavad Gita and other texts for few years, he began his first workshop, called “LIFE – Living in Freedom – an Enquiry”. This workshop, drawing from “the Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, the Bible, the Koran, Tibetan Buddhism and Zen” has been given at the Sri Venkateshwara Temple, located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of the first (and largest) Hindu temples in the United States.The “LIFE” workshop has been presented as recently as 2010 in Hyderabad.  He has given workshops for a variety of corporate clients, including Asian Paints, Godrej, HCPL, ICICI, Raymond Ltd and Hoechst. In 2005, he was described as being popular among young people of Generation X in Bangalore, and “one of the savviest spiritual leaders in the city,” where “smart gurus with snappy one-liners, sense of humour, and people management skills” and modern, interactive workshops are replacing the traditional spiritual teachers of an earlier day, such as Osho, Paramahamsa Yogananda and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Sukhabodhananda also conducts workshops based on his book, “Oh, Mind Relax Please.” These workshops cover subjects such as relationships, parenting, and “mind management, using Hitopadesha or the Panchatantra pattern of giving simple examples that people can identify with.”

In addition to teaching workshops and giving talks at holistic health and New Age events,  he gives spiritual talks at business-related events. Which has resulted in his nicknames, the “Corporate Guru” and “the unusual swami from Bangalore.” In 2006, he was featured at a human resources development seminar organized by the Department of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Commerce, Mangalore University, and Mangalore University Commerce Teachers Association.

Swami Sukhabodhananda  is one of the Great Indian Spiritual Masters of our times. His LIFE PROGRAM is Unique in its spiritual experience and its lessons for worldly success both. His other programs are also marvelously structured and are suitable for both spiritually oriented Individuals and also for those aspiring for worldly success.

His Books are a real pleasure to read and highly illuminating. They are  a MUST READ for learning LIFE’S LESSONS in the most effective way.

Here are some of his Beautiful quotes. As You can see – these quotes are as much intended for daily life, as they are – for spiritual path.

  • When God gives us problems, it is to humble us and not to tumble us.
  • Pain is a gift from the divine to look into what is happening more deeply.
  • You should be the master of the mind rather than mind being your master. You should use the mind rather than let the mind use you.
  • Mind creates misery by its desires, expectations, anger and jealousy stimulated by unnecessary comparisons.
  • When one is alert, one can transform poison into medicine.
  • A noisy and pushy mind leads one to a state of unhappiness.
  • In a seed, there is an infinite capacity to grow. Infinity exists in a finite seed. A seed planted becomes a tree. From a tree again there is a fruit, from a fruit there is a seed, from a seed a tree, so in a finite seed there is the infinite capacity to grow.
  • Worry is a form of identification. It is useless. Unfortunately many of us think it is right to worry about someone we love. This is madness in motion. Give up this voluntary form of suffering.
  • Learn to be a witness to your thoughts and feelings. In the witnessing consciousness, there is no identification with anything. Identification leads to misery.
  • Can you dwell a little more on the inner world, the mind? Generally, we are present physically in a place while being psychologically elsewhere. Outer seeing makes you see physically where you are. Inner seeing makes you see psychologically where you are.
  • There is no greater force than awareness. When one increases awareness, even a poison can turn into a medicine and with no awareness a medicine can become a poison.
  • There are differences in a relationship. Do not give too much of importance to them. Give importance to your love and commitment, to your commonality, like you enjoy the joy rides in an amusement park, even though it appears scary. It gives you jitters but still you enjoy. Enjoy your relationship.
  • Negative emotions poison life. Like avoiding poisonous food, avoid negative emotions. Like how you are very alert when you see a poisonous snake, be very aware and alert of negative emotions. Let them come, don’t identify with them. Don’t participate in them.
  • If you go on comparing, life becomes miserable. If somebody is better than you, learn from them; enjoy others’ success. No one can have all the good qualities. Someone will always be better than you at some level. Do not whip yourself with this comparison.
  • The Gita encourages us to be calm and serene irrespective of the situations that we face in life. Only such an individual is closer to enlightenment who remains calm. The greatest discipline is in keeping our minds calm in spite of external turbulent situations. This is the core teaching of the Gita.
  • When your suffering is due to Karma, your past deeds, you have to understand that you are only repaying your debt.
  • Surrender is a leap from the ordinary to the sacred; from the logical to the cosmic. Surrender is like opening the third eye….
  • Surrender is in the realization that God gives me what I need more than what I want. Surrender is trust. Surrender is being open to life.
  • Excellence happens when there is love to grow and contribute.
  • Creativity occurs primarily through the power of intention. Intention is like sowing a seed in existence. Allow it to germinate. Allow the forces of nature to nurture life.

Awards, recognition and reception

Swamiji is the second Indian to be honored at the prestigious lotus millionaires Intellectual Club at Manhattan, New York.
Swamijis works in audio and video have been transforming the lives of many through Sa Re Ga Ma and Times Music.His message on the Aastha, Sanskar and many other Channels is reaching a wide spectrum of people both in India and Overseas.
Prasanna Trust under his inspiration and guidance runs an orphanage for girls, provides artificial limbs and calipers to people with impoverished background, provides scholarship for students from economically weaker section, conducts regular poor feeding and blood donation camps.
Swamiji was awarded ‘Karnataka’s Best Social Service Award’ by Essel group & Zee network.
In recognition of his service to humanity at large, Swamiji was awarded ‘Rotary Seva Ratna’.
Rotary International has also conferred ‘Personal Excellence Award’ for impacting the lives of many.

The Business Standard says, “Swamiji is clear about what ails the corporate world and its generals; the soul sapping constant struggle to be one up on the competitor. He is attempting what no corporate guru has ever tried; reconcile two conflicting objectives. Be a gladiator in the violence filled arena of corporate competition and yet be at peace within.” 

Sukhabodhananda was the only spiritual leader representing Hinduism at the 2005 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He was a special invitee to the The World Council of Religious Leaders Millennium World Peace Summit, held at the United Nations in New York. He was a speaker at the 2010 World Sustainable Development Forum, DSDS 2010, in Delhi.

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