SWAMI SARVASTHANANDAMinister-in-Charge, Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre
Swami Sarvasthananda is the Minister-in-Charge, Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire SL8 5LF, U.K. near London. It is the only centre in U.K. of the well-known international organisation Ramakrishna Math and Mission with its HQ in Belur near Kolkata with nearly 200 branch centres all over the world. He is also the Editor of the international journal ‘Vedanta’ published by the U.K. Centre since 1953.
After graduating in Mechanical Engineering, he joined the Ramakrishna Order at its Headquarters at Belur Math in February 1987. Since June 1987 he served Shri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Rajkot in India in various capacities for more than 30 years. He served in the Centre’s Publication Department (which has published more than 200 books in Gujarati and English) for nearly 25 years and was the editor of the Gujarati Monthly ‘Shri Ramakrishna Jyot’ for nearly 17 years. He offered his services in several major relief activities and rehabilitation projects after natural disasters like drought, flood, cyclone and earthquake since 1987 in Gujarat and served as the Head of the Rajkot Centre for nearly 7 years.
He tours all over the globe extensively preaching the universal message of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda, Vedanta, India’s Cultural and Spiritual Heritage and on other topics connected with value-based education, personality development, leadership and management, social transformation in universities and various other forums.
Swami Sarvasthananda represented Ramakrishna Mission in an UNESCO Conference on "Youth and their Social Impact” held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in May 2017 and also in Tunisia in Sept 2018 respectively. Since June 2017, he has been appointed as one of the three official monastic representatives of Ramakrishna Mission to the UNESCO events wherever they are held from time to time in different countries of the world.