Swami Saradananda (1865–1927) met Sri Ramakrishna and became his disciple at the age of 18. After the founding of the first monastery of the Order at Baranagore in Kolkata, he traveled all over India as a wandering monk. Requested by Swami Vivekananda, he went to London in April 1896 and, a couple of months later, to New York.

He frequently visited and lived in Vivekananda’s disciple Sara Bull’s home in Cambridge in Massachusetts, where he spoke at the Cambridge Conferences organized by her. He gave two series of lectures at Green Acre in Eliot, Maine, in the summers of 1896 and 1897. In and around Boston he also gave lectures and classes at the Precopeia Club (5 Park St), the Boston Metaphysical Club, and the Home Congress in Hingham as well as in Waltham. Saradananda also lectured in New York.

Recalled by Vivekananda to India in 1898, he became the Order’s first General Secretary after its formal founding, and shouldered that responsibility until his passing in 1927. He was known not only for his sterling spiritual attainments but also for his calm temperament and insightful judgment, qualities that made him an ideal administrator in every way.

Books on Swami Saradananda

  1. Glimpses of a Great Soul by Swami Aseshananda

  2. God Lived with Them by Swami Chetanananda

Books by Swami Saradananda

  1. Sri Ramakrishna and His Divine Play

  2. The Essence of the Gita