He was born in India in 1914. As a young man he worked in various technical industries, but at the age of 28 began his fulltime spiritual quest. He lived and studied with many saints and sages. Then in the foothills of the Himalayas he met his spiritual Master, Sri Swami Sivananda, who initiated him into the Order of Sannyas (monkhood) on the holy Guru Poornima Day, 1949.
In the following years Sri Gurudev’s Eastern base was in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) as head of Satchidananda Tapovanam (Ashram). In addition, he served and organized Yoga centers in India and throughout East Asia. Then in 1966, at the invitation of an American seeker, Sri Gurudev came to the United States for a short visit. In response to the sincere requests of many eager American students, he extended his stay and ultimately became a U.S. citizen.
Sri Swami Satchidananda was a highly respected spiritual teacher with devotees around the world. His message was peace, both individual and universal. Sri Gurudev is Founder of the Integral Yoga ® Institutes with centers throughout North America as well as in Europe and India. Inspired by his vision of a Yoga community which would be a model of harmony and spiritual growth, his disciples have founded four Satchidananda Ashram – Yogaville’s.