Shuddhabodhananda Saraswati Swami

Purvasharama name
Mangesh Vasudev Muzumdar

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Mumbai 400056

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Born in a highly religious family, Swami Shuddhabodhananda Saraswati had a spiritual bent of mind from his very childhood. He developed a keen interest in Vedanta and studied it from the age of 20 during his college days in 1961. He further underwent an intensive training course in Vedanta at the feet of his Gurus – Pujya Sri Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati and Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati during 1976-78.

Even before enrolling for the training course, he was an active leader in Vedantic discussion groups and an examiner for the Vedantic postal tuition course. Since 1978, Swamiji has been teaching Vedanta in the English and Hindi mediums. He has taught it in Kannada and Marathi too in the past. He has authored a few commentaries on Vedantic texts. The translations of some of these have been published in Gujarati, Kannada and Marathi.

Swamiji’s research-oriented nature and mathematical bent of mind makes his teaching replete with in-depth analysis characterized by utmost simplicity and precision. It faithfully follows the method adopted by Sri Vidyaranya Muni: ‘ I explain the meaning of the Sruti, and refrain from saying anything based on mere speculative logic.’ (Panchadashi, Ch. 8-67). The teaching bears the stamp of scriptural authenticity and corroboration. Nothing is stated on hearsay, without verification.

The wide range of Vedantic texts taught by Sri Swamiji include:

  1. Bhagavadgeeta with original Shankar-bhashya and Anandgiri tikaa wherever required.
  2. All the Upanishands with their original Shankar bhashya and tikaa except Brihadaranyaka and Chhandogyopanishad. These two Upanishads were taught with only the bhashya on the siddhanta portion exclusive of the bhashya on the purva-paksha parts. Some prominent Upanishads such as Varaha, Annapurnna Maho, Tejobindoopanishads (from the 108 Upanishads) will be taught in future.


  1. The entire Brahmasutra-bhashya was taught in detail word by word.

For the Chatussutri portion, the Ratnaprabha and Purnanandiya were mainly followed, whereas the rest of the sutrabhashya was taught with the help of the Nyayanirnaya. The main tikaas were supplemented by other tikaas as and when necessary. The teaching of the Brahmasutrabhashya was restricted to only very regular students. The Chatussutri was attended by 62 students whereas 32 students took advantage of learning the entire text. The Brahmasutra-bhashya was classified into about one thousand topic wise captions. This enabled the subject matter to be grasped easily, especially where the bhashya is too lengthy.

  1. Almost all the standard Prakarana-granthas have been taught. Prominent among these are: Naishkarmya-siddhi in the original, the entire 20 chapters of the Anubhuti Prakasha, Jeevanmukti-viveka, the entire Upadesha sahasri (gadya-padya), Panchadashi, Vivekachudamani.

Yogavaasishtha (4200 verses) : The teaching of Yogavaasishtha is rated very highly and described as unparalleled by none other than Lord Brahmaji, Lord Rama, Siddhas, and the celebrated sages.

  1. Spiritual camps are conducted by Swami Shuddhabodhanandaji once or twice a year for seven to ten days.
  2. Sri Swamiji was a visiting Aacharya during the first and the second long term courses at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Anaikatti, Coimbatore, India (1990 - 1998).

A new website containing the writings and teachings of SWAMI SHUDDHABODHANANDA SARASWATI (An in-depth Vedantic Teacher for over four and a half decades)

Highlights: E-books (free to download in PDF format) on Vedantic Texts such as Panchadashi (Chapter 1 and 11), Drik Drishya Viveka, Om Based Meditation, Hamsa Gita, Nasadiya-Sukta, Brahmasutra (Chatussutri). Mainly the books are in English. A few translations in Kannada, Gujarathi and Marathi are also available.

New Arrivals:

ANUBHUTI-PRAKASH of Sri Vidyaranya Muni on 12 Upanishads in 20 chapters (Around 2800 verses) with research-oriented exhaustive commentary by Sri Swamiji (expected by the end of September 2023). The text with the commentary can serve as a mini encyclopaedia of Vedantic topics.

ATMANUBHAVA: A thorough research-based thesis with scriptural authenticity by Sri Swamiji which ascertains the exact nature of ATMAJNANA / BRAHMAJNANA (expected by March 2024).

Other Texts: (a) Panchadashi (summary of 15 chapters), (b) Brahmasutras as taught by Bhagvan Shiva to Vyasa in each Manvantara, (c) Praise of Bhagvan Shiva by sage Rubhu (elder brother of Sage Vasistha), (d) Prayers to Bhagvan Shiva by Skandha / Suta as found in Rubhu Gita etc. are arriving in due course.

TEACHINGS: Bhagavadgita and Mandukya Karika with Shankar Bhashya, Many Prakarana Granthas, Arjuna Upakhyana from Yogavasishtha (Bhagavadgita in anticipation as narrated by sage Vasishtha to Rama in Tretayuga)

In Due Course: Entire Brahmasutras with Shankar Bhashya, (Glosses Nyayanirnaya by Anandagiri, Ratnaprabha and Vaiyasika-nyayamala), Bhasyas on Isha, Kena (pada and vakya bhashyas), Aitareya, Taittiriya, Mundaka and Prashna Upanishads), Yog Vasishtha (about 4000 selected verses) etc.