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Biography

Sadananda became visible in the world (avirbhava) in Germany in 1908. In the early 1930s he became a disciple of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, who before some of his native disciples once said: "You, Sadananda, and I, we have always been together."

In 1933 Sadananda first met Svami Hridaya Bon Maharaja, when the latter gave a lecture at the Lessing Hochschule in Berlin.

In 1934 Sadananda went to London, where Indian monks of the Gaudiya-Vaishnava-Mission had established a centre, and where he soon, in the name of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, became initiated in the mantras by Svami Bon and God's name by Svami Bhakti Pradip Tirtha Maharaja.

In 1935 he travelled with Svami Bon to India, where his guru gave him his spiritual name "Sadananda Dasa".

After his guru's tirobhava (to be invisible in the world) in 1937, Sadananda worked independently of organizations, devoting himself to the seva of the Shastrams (serving God's Word-form).

In 1954 he received sannyasa from a disciple of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, by name Barasvami (Svami Satyabastabya Brajabasi), who used to explain the Bhagavatam on the bank of the river Ganges in Benares.

In 1961 he returned to Europe, where he stayed till his tirobhava in 1977, and where he among other things worked on German translations from Sanskrit and Bengali. By this, in the background, he assisted his disciple Vamandas with his publications, lectures and courses. Sadananda himself only gave instructions to a small circle of Swedish, German and Swiss friends in the fundamental theological principles of bhaktiyoga.


An interview about Svami in an internet magazine called Gaudiya Touchstone is now available via the following link:
Gaudiya Touchstone