Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati founded SDJ Ayurvedalaya in 2014 under the auspices of Sruti Seva Trust. He was a distinguished, traditional teacher of Vedanta. His depth of understanding and nuanced appreciation of both Eastern and Western cultures made him that rare teacher who could communicate the vision of non-duality to modern listeners. He was able to make one see, with immediacy, the truth of oneself as the whole.
Swami Dayananda taught Vedanta in India for more than five decades, and around the world since 1976. In his public talks abroad, Swamiji had spoken at many of the most prestigious American universities and had addressed international conventions, UNESCO and the United Nations, where he participated in the Millennium Peace Summit.
A teacher of teachers, Swami Dayananda designed and taught seven resident in-depth Vedanta courses, each spanning 30 to 36 months. Each course graduated about 60 qualified acharyas, teachers, who are now teaching around the world.
Under Swami Dayananda’s guidance, numerous centers for Vedic teaching had been founded around the world. The three main centers in India are the Arsha Vidya Pitham in Rishikesh, Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Coimbatore and Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam in Nagpur. In the U.S., the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. At present, there are at least sixty canters in India and abroad that carry on the same tradition of Vedantic teaching.
In addition to teaching, Swami Dayananda had initiated and supported various philanthropic efforts like The All India Movement (AIM) for Seva, Acharya Sabha and many more promoting Education, Temple traditions, Culture, Global harmony, Health, Arts, Music etc.
Swami Dayananda convened the first World Congress for the Preservation of Religious Diversity, inaugurated by the Dalai Lama and the then Prime Minister Mr.A.B.Vajpayee and spearheaded the Global Commission for the Preservation of Religious Diversity. Swami Dayananda was also active in forming and participating in the Women’s Global Peace Initiative,at the United Nations in Geneva.
Swamiji attained Mahasamadhi at Rishikesh by the banks of the Ganga on 23rd September 2015.
Pujya Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati was awarded the Padma Bhushan posthumously for his exemplary service to the nation in the field of spiritualism on Jan 25, 2016.