Bhashyananda was born as Vasanta Natu, on April 18, 1917 in Akola,
India. He began his Vedic
studies in childhood and was trained from an early age in the art of
spiritual practice and moral living. Both his mother and father were
devout Hindus and dedicated to the highest spiritual ideals. It is therefore
no wonder that later in life, Swami Bhashyananda would be known for
his deep committment to spiritual ideals.
a Master in Arts from the University of Nagpur and held the highest
academic degree for Sanskrit studies at that time. Before graduating,
he began to attend and finally joined the Ramakrishna Mission
center in Nagpur in 1936. He lived and worked there under the
leadership of Swami Baskareshwarananda for 25 years. In 1962,
he was transferred to the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture
in Calcutta, where he became assistant director. In 1964,
he was transferred to another Mission center in New York and finally,
in 1965, was appointed head of the Vedanta Society in Chicago.
Bhashyananda's work from 1965 to his passing in 1996 can be best characterized
as a ministry of souls. Hundreds of devotees and spiritual seekers,
both men and women, from various traditions and cultures, were
directly influenced by his spiritual wisdom and guidance.
In addition to training and advising individuals in lifestyles
and spiritual practice, he developed a following of men and women
who lived monastic lives, both in Chicago and at the retreat center
in Ganges, Michigan. Many have since moved on to other lifestyles
but some have continued their vocation at various centers around
the country and in India.
monastic members and devotees who helped with the Swami's work
in both Chicago and Ganges went on to establish Mothers
Trust / Mothers Place, a 501 (C)3 religious order - organization
in 1990. Later, Mothers Trust created an outreach program called
Interfaith Institute. Hosting a wide variety of programs,
classes and activities, the institute helps educate people while
exploring the sacred ways of the world's great wisdom traditions
full life of spirtual ministry and inspired guidance to numerous seekers
of truth from many spirtual traditions, Swami Bhashyananda left this
world on October 4, 1996. He left behind a group of sincere seekers
from a variety of backgrounds who are carrying on his mission and teachings
to the best of their abilities, in the ways he taught them.