Swami Chetanananda

Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and is the Minister of Vedanta Society of St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He has been associated with the order since 1950. He officially joined the Order as a monk in 1960. He was initiated by Swami Shankarananda, the seventh president of the Ramakrishna Order and the private secretary of Swami Brahmananda, a direct disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Before coming to the United States in 1971, the Swami worked in the Publication and Editorial Departments of Advaita Ashrama at Mayavati, Himalayas, and its branch in Calcutta. He served as the Assistant Minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, Los Angeles, from 1971-78. In 1977-78, he served as vice-president of the Inter-Religious Council of Southern California, and at present is a cabinet member of Interfaith Partnership of St. Louis. He was transferred to St. Louis, Missouri in March 1978, and served as assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis under Swami Satprakashananda. He became the Minister of the Society in January 1980, after the death of Swami Satprakashananda in November 1979. He is also the Minister of the Vedanta Society of Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

Swami Chetanananda travelled all six continents and lectured on Indian philosophies, specially Vedanta and Ramakrishna-Vivekananda. He also taught meditation and spiritual disciplines to sincere seekers in the west last 48 years. He gave so far 1300 lectures and a couple of thousand classes on Vedanta scriptures and Ramakrishna-Vivekananda literature, which are all recorded. Many of his lectures are available in YouTube (website: www.youtube.com/VedantaSTL).

Swami Chetanananda’s books and writings have been translated into German, Dutch, Spanish, French, Japanese, Croatia, Lithonia and most of the Indian languages.

Works :

The swami has written, translated, and edited many books in English, Bengali, and Sanskrit. He has produced three documentary DVDs and six chanting CDs. Following is a list of some of his publications in English:

English books :

  1. Sri Ramakrishna and His Divine Play
  2. Sri Sarada Devi and Her Divine Play
  3. Ramakrishna: A Biography in Pictures
  4. Holy Mother: A Biography in Pictures
  5. Ramakrishna as We Saw Him
  6. They Lived with God
  7. God Lived with Them
  8. How to Live With God: In the Company of Ramakrishna
  9. See God with Open Eyes: Meditation on Ramakrishna
  10. Meditation and Its Methods
  11. Vedanta: Voice of Freedom
  12. Vivekananda: East Meets West
  13. Mahendranath Gupta (M.)
  14. Girish Chandra Ghosh: A Bohemian Devotee of Ramakrishna
  15. A Guide to Spiritual Life: Teachings of Swami Brahmananda
  16. Spiritual Treasurers: Letters of Swami Turiyananda
  17. How a Shepherd Boy Became a Saint—Teachings and Reminiscences of Swami Adbhutananda
  18. Avadhuta Gita: The Song of the Ever-Free. (Sanskrit into English)

Anonymous (Compilation) :

  1. Ramakrishna and His Message by Swami Vivekananda
  2. Swamiji and His Message by Sister Nivedita
  3. Vivekananda and His Call to the Nation

Bengali books (writeen, edited & translated) :

  1. Dhyanaloke Sri Ramakrishna
  2. Sri Ramakrishner Sannidhey
  3. Sri Ramakrishnake Jerup Dekhiachi
  4. Kalpataru Ramakrishna
  5. Matri Darshan
  6. Ya Devi Sa Sarada
  7. Bahurupe Vivekananda
  8. Vedanta O Muktir Vani
  9. Swami Brahmanander Smritikatha
  10. Swami Shivanandake Jerup Dekhiachi
  11. Swami Premanander Jivan O Smritikatha
  12. Swami Turiyanander Smritikatha
  13. Swami Saradanander Smritikatha
  14. Swami Ramakrishnanander Smritimala
  15. Swami Akhandanandake Jerup Dekhiachi
  16. Swami Vijnanander Smritikatha
  17. Swami Subodhanander Smritikatha
  18. Srima Samipe: Reminiscences of M.
  19. Vedanter Aloke Christer Sailopadesh
  20. Galpa Malika
  21. Prachin Sadhuder Katha – 2 volumes

CDs :

Echoes of the Eternal—Peace, Bliss, and Harmony, and Breath of the Eternal—Awakening, Reflection, and Illumination (Sanskrit chants with English translation).

DVDs :

  1. Ramakrishna (A Documentary)
  2. Vivekananda as We Saw Him (A Documentary)
  3. Parables of Ramakrishna