Vishwaguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda
PARAMHANS SWĀMĪ MAHESHWARĀNANDA is the successor of Paramhans Swami Madhavanandaji. He has lived in Vienna since 1972 where he founded the “International Srī Deep Mādhavānanda Ashram” and the first of the “Yoga in Daily Life” societies, which was soon followed by numerous sister societies worldwide. Under Swāmijī’s leadership there are now hundreds of Yoga groups in western and central Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India.
Swāmijī does not limit himself to teaching only Yoga. Wherever he goes he teaches people to understand and love themselves and others, and helps them to realise the sense and purpose of their life. His message is: Understanding, respect and tolerance between nations, cultures and religions, non-violence, protection of nature and the environment and a vegetarian lifestyle.
In his homeland of India he has initiated several humanitarian projects in the health and educational systems, such as the Gyāna Putrā project that supports the children of impoverished families and in this way enables their attendance at school. Current projects are the construction of hospitals and schools for girls in inadequately-provisioned rural areas, as well as the building and establishment of a University for Āyurveda, Naturopathy and Yoga.
Swāmijī has been, and is still being, recognised and acknowledged worldwide by statesmen, scientists, doctors and dignitaries from different religions for his decades of committed humanitarian and spiritual work, and also his unceasing efforts for the health and welfare of humans and nature, for the protection of the environment and world peace. For his service to the science of Yoga and the promotion of physical, mental, social and spiritual health for humans he has been awarded the honorary titles of Doctor of Yoga and Professor of the Spiritual Science of Yoga.
In 1999 Swāmijī was ordained as Mahāmandaleshwar of the Mahānirvāni Ākhara order and is therefore one of the highest dignitaries in the Hindu Order of Swāmīs.
The teachings of Paramhans Swāmī Maheshwarānanda are based on the clear and pure message of Srī Mahāprabhujī. Spiritual seekers and Yoga aspirants are led towards Self-Realisation in accordance with the spirit of the teachings of Bhagwān Srī Dīp Nārāyan Mahāprabhujī under his guidance.