Harvard Hindu Monk Swami Sarvapriyananda on Upanishads, Their Central Message and the Ashtavakra Gita

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CAMBRIDGE, MA- If you want to know what true Hinduism is, you may want to watch this 50-minute video interview with Swami Sarvapriyananda. A monk of more than 25 years in the Ramakrishna Order, Sarvapriyananda is the current minister and spiritual leader of the Vedanta Society of New York and one of three Hindu monastics in residence at Harvard Divinity School at Harvard University this year.

In an exclusive interview with Face-to-Face, Sarvapriyananda talks about Upanishads, their powerful message, the Four Great Sentences, and throws light on Ashtavakra Gita.

To watch the full and intriguing 50-minute interview, please click here, or on the image below.

Always clad in his distinctive orange robes, Sarvapriyananda grew up in hometown of Bhubaneswar in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. He recalls that his first choice as a kid was to become a pilot and second choice was to “find God.” When he told his father, an IAS officer, that he wanted to become a monk, he was upset.

Sarvapriyananda is the one of three Hindu monastics in residence at Harvard Divinity School this school year. They are the first to participate in a new program made possible by a gift from Bostonians Vibhu and Ajit Nagral out of their interest in strengthening the Hindu presence on campus. Other monks are: Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya and Sadhak Akshar.

The new program at HDS has two main objectives: to enrich the HDS community, and to enable the participating monastics to return to their communities with expanded horizons, according to the Harvard Gazette.


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