Profile of Swami Sukhabodhananda
Swami Sukhabodhananda has an ideal message for the MTV generation. Just “Enjoy”, he advises. So, even if your wife or boss nags you, simply enjoy. This article reveals the inspiring
profile of Swami Sukhabodhananda.
The swami is best known for his LIFE workshops. In this setting, his quotes of wisdom blend vedanta with Sufism, Zen Buddhism, reiki and even Scientology. He generously quotes Osho, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Shankaracharya and Lord Krishna, as well as western philosophers. His eclectic, non-sectarian approach attracts corporate and even teenage participants. Swami’s workshops are thus ideal for those yearning for spiritual answers and knowledge, sans any sectarian baggage.
The Making of LIFE
Sukhabodhananda learnt vedanta in the holy town of Rishikesh and under Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Initially, he discovered that young people were not interested in mere discourses. They were looking for dialogue. So, he started to embellish his workshops with games and processes to help participants shed their inhibitions and feel good. He says this is applied philosophy. Some of his workshops even include break-dance and Tai Chi!
Swami Sukhabodhananda structures, arranges and presents his talks with popular catchphrases. For example, to cope with fear he recommends three Es: explore, enjoy and experience. He seamlessly combines western concepts with vedanta. He has ready answers to life’s issues such as managing people and marriage. His lofty ideas are imparted with the help of meditations, processes and techniques. He says most people are driven by the need to achieve caused by the glamourization of successful people in the media. His workshops and teachings are profound as they are grounded in vedic wisdom.
Impact on People
Though instant enlightenment is not possible, Swami Sukhabodhananda’s workshops offer perspectives and insights which can change attitudes. Many participants aver that these workshops have changed them for the better. They start to realize that there is more to life than just materialism.
Swami Sukhabodhananda also runs charity organizations such as Prasanna Jyoti, a home for the homeless. Here, homeless girls get an education as well. In fact, one girl is studying medicine. Another institute, Nirguna Mandir, teaches how the Gita and the Upanishads can be applied to daily life. This institute also performs research on spiritual subjects.
Secret of Liberation
Sukhabodhanda says to realize liberation there are four methods: communion, unconditional service, self-study and surrender. Finally, he says that he would not like to confine himself to any one system, but simply wants to spread joy, love, goodness and openness among all.