Swamini Brahmaprajnananda ji currently teaches Vedanta, Sanskrit and Vedic chanting in Mumbai. She conducts a Vedanta class online for those who live outside Mumbai and don’t have access to live teaching.
‘Arsha Vidya Parampara’, a name blessed by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji for her various activities, is currently a closed facebook group where she currently is teaching the meaning of Vishnu Sahasranama, one word a day. For those interested, you can search for ‘Arsha Vidya Paramapara’ and ask to join.
Responding to the needs of many parents, she conducted a programme called SHINE ( Spiritual Heritage of India for Generation Next Empowerment) which included sessions for children spread over a year. Swamini is an alumni of the international fellowship programme 2016 at KAICIID, Vienna, a centre for inter religious and inter cultural dialogue. She ran a leadership programme with a focus on conflcit resolution and inter religious coexistence called ‘I am the change’ for college youth in collaboration with SIES college, Sion.
In her words, ” 3Gs have dominated my life – Guru, Grace and Gratitude.’ A chance attending of a workshop by Swami Brahmavidananda led her to attend his Vedanta classes in Mumbai alongside work for more than twelve years, which was pure grace. In this duration, also being exposed to Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati ji through his retreats, meetings and camps firmed up her resolve in committing to full time study and when the opportunity presented itself to study directly with him, it proved to be the greatest blessing. Swamini was from the 2010 batch and has completed the 3.5 year course in Vedanta and Sanskrit in Coimbatore.
Prior to taking to a life in the ashram for full time study and subsequent sannyasa deeksha by Pujya Swami Dayananda ji, she was academically trained as a psychologist and counsellor. She worked professionally in many capacities for fifteen years- as a counsellor, a Coordinator of a project for street children going on to be the Country Director of an international organisation for street children which reached out to more than 15000 children every year in India. In recognition of her work, the Maharashtra Government invited her to be a judge on the 3 member Juvenile Justice Board of Mumbai for justice for child offenders. She was able to serve her tenure for a year before she left to join the ashram. Because of her commitment to teaching and contribution to society, she served as the Visiting faculty of SNDT University, Department of Psychology for more than 14 years and continues to teach the MA students the paper on Counselling and Therapy.
Swamini has been involved with contributing to revival of Indian thought in psychology and has presented a few papers in conferences on Indian psychology in the past, the links to some of which are below:
If you don’t mind, it does not matter – A Vedantic exploration of mind as the object of the self, http://www.ipi.org.in/texts/ipyc/ipyc-full/mrinalinirao.php
The wave yearns to be water – cultural practices in the Indian tradition to invoke wholeness, http://www.ipi.org.in/texts/nsip/nsip-abstracts/mrinalinirao.php
Swamini ji conducted six online sessions on ‘Introduction to Vedanta’ as a part of ascertaining the purpose of life. Currently hosted by the Advaita Academy, the link is given below: