PRESIDENT - The Divine Life Society
H.H. Sri Swami Vimalanandaji Maharaj
Sri Swami Vimalananda (Pre-monastically known as Sri S. Nagarajan) was born to pious Brahmin parents, in Chamarajanagar, near Mysore, Karnataka in the year 1932. Sri Nagaraj was a great patriot, having taken part in the quit India Movement in his early student life. He was at the same time a great admirer of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Swami Vivekananda, whose teachings had a profound influence on his life. He used to regularly attend the Ramakrishna Mission Satsanga. Finally his love for seclusion on the banks of the Ganga for doing intense Sadhana brought him to Sivananda Ashram in 1953. As a spiritual aspirant he offered himself at the holy feet of Swami Sivananda. He served the Holy Master for almost 10 years.
Sri Nagaraj was an exemplary Nishkama Karma Yogi, and Swami Sivananda at once recognized this spirit in him. Because of his sincerity and trustworthy nature, he was entrusted with the job of receiving Sri Guredev's mail and attending to his correspondence which he did to the great satisfaction of Sri Gurudev. He was at the same time doing personal service to Swami Chidananda, towards whom he slowly developed an exceptional type of devotion and implicit obedience, so much so that his words were gospel to Sri Nagraj. It is indeed rare to see such type of devotion and obedience these days. Even so his love for Sri Gurudev, the Ganga and the Himalayas is something unique. Often he would go into the Himalayan jungles for solitude and seclusion, for hours together.
After Gurudev attained Mahasamadhi, Swamiji was serving Worshipful Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj as his personal attendant and secretary. On 26th of July, 1972, the sacred Guru Purnima, he embraced the Order of Sannyasa and got the monastic name Swami Vimalananda. Being Secretary to Swami Chidananda, he has traveled widely, both in India and abroad. He is an embodiment of patience and self-sacrifice.
He was appointed as General Secretary of the Divine Life Society on 28th June 2004. H.H. Sri Swami Vimalananda, was elected as the Chairman of the Divine Life Trust Society and ex-officio President of the Divine Life Society with effect from 28th September 2008.
Sri Swami Vimalanandaji conveys his warm greetings to all and offers his prayers to Lord Viswanath, Most Worshipful H.H. Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Worshipful H.H. Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj for the welfare of all devotees, members and well-wishers of the Divine Life Society. May the choicest blessings and benedictions of Sadgurudev be upon one and all.
Sri Swami Vimalanandaji seeks and prays for the blessings and good-wishes of all devotees worldwide so that he may continue to serve the Holy institution founded by Holy Master Swami Sivananda and spread the message of Divine Life.
Sri Swami Padmanabhanandaji, born in 1935, in an orthodox Brahmin family to pious parents in Kottayam, Kerala, is a disciple of Brahamaleen Parama Pujya Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, Past President, The Divine Life Society (Headquarters).
An Engineer in the Government of Kerala, he renounced his career and took to life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the Soul of man. He studied Vedanta (Prastanatrayi) and Scriptures in typical Gurukula Samparadaya under a great Master in a Gurukula on the bank of Kaveri River, Tamil Nadu.
Swamiji is a scholar in Vedic Scriptures as well as in Puranic texts. His deep knowledge and lucid exposition of Srimad Bhagavata,Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Narada Bhakti Sutra and Patanjali Yoga Sutras and other Scriptural texts has made him a popular guide to Spiritual aspirants. He has been conducting classes on Upanishads and Gita with Sankara Bhasya to the inmates of the Ashram and in the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy and also guides on Meditation and Stress Management in Corporates. He has been contributing articles on scriptures to well known magazines. His simplicity, transparent deep faith in the Divine force and surrender to the Supreme has made him a combination of Jnana, Bhakti and Vairagya.
Swamiji is doing his Seva to his Master after elected by the Trust as the General Secretary of the Divine Life Society Headquarters, Shivanandanagar, Rishikesh since 04-01-2009.
A senior monk of the Divine life Society under the leadership of the present President, Sri Swami Vimalanadaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Padmanabhanandaji continues to work vigorously to spread the Divine Life Gospel, summed up by the Grand Master, Sri Swami Sivanandaji in six succinct words: "Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize."