Swami Prakashananda
Sarasvati Productions publishes books written by Swami Prakashananda. Swamiji has written a number of books on various topics which we hope to introduce on this web site in the near future.

Swami Prakashananda was born in 1949 in a small Italian town. At the age of seven he immigrated to America with his family. At the age of sixteen he left home in search of God. Four years later (in 1969), after a number of mystical experiences, he traveled to India in search of a spiritual master. After wandering throughout northern India, meeting and living with different gurus and yogis, he was guided to the great Siddha, Swami Muktananda Paramahamsa of Ganeshpuri (affectionately called Babaji by his devotees). Muktananda initiated him into the ancient lineage of Siddha Yoga the moment he met him. Muktananda's initiation started a process of deep meditation and yogic experiences which resulted in a complete spiritual transformation.

Swamiji lived with Muktananda from 1969 until his death in 1982, serving him in various ways, while performing his spiritual practices (sadhana). He also traveled with Muktananda to numerous pilgrimage centers in India, and when Muktananda left India on his last two world tours he asked Swamiji to accompany him. As Swamiji was also an excellent astrologer, having studied both the Western and Vedic systems of the science, he became the ashram's official astrologer. Muktananda not only sent people to him for consultation, but also had him teach astrology in the ashram.*

(*Please note that Swamiji no longer gives astrological counseling.)

After Muktananda's death in 1982, Swamiji went to live in Muktananda's South Fallsburg, New York ashram, where he remained mostly in solitude and silence for the next three and a half years practicing intense sadhana. In 1986 Swamiji decided to leave the ashram to travel and share his experiences with others. Swamiji now lives in California and continues to teach and inspire others on the spiritual path.