Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda

Timeline b. 1942
Nationality American
Disciple of Baba Muktananda and devotee of Bhagavan Nityananda.
Lineage initiations Siddha Yoga senior swami, sannyasa initiation from Baba Muktananda, 1977.
Non-lineage initiations Installed as a Mahamandaleshwar of the Maha Nirvani Akhara by Mahamandaleshwar Swami Vishveshwarananda Giri in Ganeshpuri, India, in 2010.
Main ashram Sri Nityananda Ashram in Mount Eliza, near Melbourne, Australia
In a nutshell Teaches an expansive path which weaves together the traditional teachings with the realities of modern life. Emphasis on Shaktipat, Kashmir Shaivism, meditation and Self-inquiry. In Australia since 1991 where he established an ashram and community, near Melbourne. Prolific author. An early Western disciple of Baba Muktananda, lived in the Ganeshpuri ashram from 1971-74. Baba sent him to Ann Arbor in 1974 to open the first Siddha Yoga ashram in the West, and later ran other Siddha Yoga ashrams. Participated in the Three Gurus programs in 2004-2006.

See: Shankarananda group
Publications Consciousness Is Everything: The Yoga of Kashmir Shaivism, Happy for No Good Reason and others.
Links Sri Nityananda Ashram.

Swami Shankarananda