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Swami Shraddhananda, who was head of the Vedanta Society of Sacramento from 1964 until his passing in 1996 was born in East Bengal in 1907. While a teenager, he organized a group to study Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda and to sing devotional songs. Both of these disciplines, philosophy and music were to remain lifelong interests of the Swami. From 1925-1937 he spent most of his time at The Calcutta Students' Home, first as a student and later as a monk and worker. On Buddha Purnima day in 1930, at the age of 23, Swami Shraddhananda joined the Ramakrishna Order and spent the first seven years under the close guidance of Revered Swami Shivananda. In 1937 he was sent to Mysore to study at the famed Mysore Study Circle. In 1939 he received Sannyasa from Swami Virajanandaji whom he served as private secretary for the next twelve years. At this point he became the editor of Udhodhan magazine, the Bengali-language journal of the Ramakrishna Order. In 1957 revered Swami Shraddhanandaji was sent to the United States to serve as assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Northern California under Swami Ashokananda. He served as acting head of the Vedanta Society of Sacramento, and in 1970 when the center was made independent, he became the Swami in charge, a post he held until his passing in 1996.

During his long life, Swami Shraddhanandaji wrote many books in Bengali, including The Story of an Epoch which tells the story of the early years of the Ramakrishna Order and the life of Swami Virajanandaji, and many articles for journals in America, Europe and India.

 

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