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Swami Prabhavananda (December 26, 1893July 4, 1976) was an Indianmarker philosopher and religious figure.
Swami Prabhavananda


Biography

Born in Indiamarker, he joined the Ramakrishna Order after graduating from Calcuttamarker university in 1914. He was initiated by Swami Brahmananda.In 1923, he was sent to the United States of America. Initially he worked as an assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of San Francisco. After two years, he established the Vedanta Society of Portland. In December 1929, he moved to Los Angeles where he founded the Vedanta Society of Southern California in 1930.

Under his administration the Vedanta society of Southern California became the largest Vedanta Society in the West, with monasteries in Hollywoodmarker and Trabuco Canyonmarker and convents in Hollywood and Santa Barbaramarker.

Swami Prabhavananda was a scholar who authored a number of books on Hindu culture. He was assisted on several of the projects by Christopher Isherwood or Frederick Manchester. His comprehensive knowledge of philosophy and religion attracted such disciples as Aldous Huxley and Gerald Heard.

Swami Prabhavananda died on the bicentennial of America's independence, July 4th 1976.

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