Swami Achalananda Giri
Before taking his monastic vows, Swami Achalananda was known as P. Shrihari Aiyer. He was born in 1966 in Koduvayoor, a village in the State of Kerala (South India). After obtaining his degree in mechanical engineering, he worked for thirteen years in the petroleum refinery industry in India and Kuwait. He then returned to India and received, in 2000, initiation into Kriya Yoga from his beloved Master Paramahamsa Prajnanananda. P. Shrihari Aiyer then went on to complete a master’s degree in computer science in the USA.
In 2004, he met again his Master Paramahamsa Prajnanananda at a Kriya Yoga retreat in Colorado Springs (USA) and followed him shortly afterwards to India, to participate at the second Residential Brahmachari Course at Prajnana Mission. After the course, he decided to renounce the material world and retired to the Hariharananda Gurukulam in Balighai (Puri), India.
He was initiated into brahmacharya in February 2009 with the name Brahmachari Dhiranananda and in February 2012, his Master initiated him into monkhood with the new name Swami Achalananda Giri.
At present, Swami Achalananda resides at the Jagatpur Ashram in India, where he serves as Secretary and Administrator for Prajnana Mission.
Occasionally he travels to participate at events all over the world in order to spread the holy science of Kriya Yoga and the teachings of his Masters. Upcoming EventsMar-30 to Apr-01, 2017: First Level Kriya Initiation Program in Mysuru, Karnataka ( Initiation Program)Mar-31 to Apr-02, 2017: First Level Kriya Yoga Initiation Program in Bengaluru, Karnataka ( Initiation Program)May-16 to May-17, 2017: Jagatpur Ashram Foundation Day, Jagatpur, Odisha ( Special Event)May-25 to May-31, 2017: Tattendorf, Austria - Higher Kriya, lang. Engl. ( Intensive)May-27, 2017: Tattendorf, Austria - Birthday Celebration of Paramahamsa Hariharananda ( Special Event)Jun-02 to Jun-07, 2017: Tattendorf, Austria - 1st Kriya Retreat ( Retreat)Jun-09 to Jun-11, 2017: Budapest, Hungary ( Initiation Program)Jun-12 to Jun-14, 2017: Budapest, Hungary - Retreat ( Retreat)Jun-15 to Jun-19, 2017: Crestet, France ( Initiation Program)Jun-23 to Jun-25, 2017: Munich, Germany ( Initiation Program)Jun-27 to Jul-02, 2017: London, England ( Initiation Only)Jul-07 to Jul-09, 2017: Guru Purnima Celebration in Hariharananda Gurukulam, Balighai, Puri ( Special Event)Jul-07 to Jul-11, 2017: Sterksel, Holland - lang. English ( Retreat)Jul-14 to Jul-16, 2017: Tattendorf, Austria ( Initiation Program)Aug-19 to Aug-21, 2017: First Level Kriya Initiation Program in Nasik, Maharashtra ( Initiation Program)Sep-23 to Sep-25, 2017: First Level Kriya Initiation Program in Madurai, Tamilnadu ( Initiation Program)Oct-07 to Oct-09, 2017: First Level Kriya Initiation Program in Pune, Maharashtra ( Initiation Program)Oct-14 to Oct-16, 2017: First Level Kriya Initiation Program in Palghat, Kerala ( Initiation Program)Nov-03 to Nov-05, 2017: First Level Kriya Initiation Program in Delhi ( Initiation Program)Nov-04 to Nov-06, 2017: First Level Kriya Initiation Program in Mumbai, Maharashtra ( Initiation Program)Nov-11 to Nov-13, 2017: 125th Birthday Celebrations of Paramahamsa Yoganandaji in Cuttack, Odisha ( Special Event)Dec-01 to Dec-03, 2017: Punyatithi Celebrations of Shri Gurudev in Hariharananda Gurukulam, Balighai, Puri ( Special Event)Dec-09 to Dec-11, 2017: First Level Kriya Yoga Initiation Program in Ahmedabad, Gujarat ( Initiation Program)Dec-12 to Dec-14, 2017: First Level Kriya Initiation Program in Bharuch, Gujarat ( Initiation Program)Dec-24 to Dec-26, 2017: Foundation Day of Sambalpur Ashram, Sambalpur, Odisha ( Special Event)