Sridharananda is the President of the Vedanta Centre of Sydney.
Calcutta in December 1925, he is educated in Calcutta and obtained a degree in
Mechanical Engineering. He joined the Ramakrishna Order in November 1947, received
his initiation from Swami Virajananda Maharaj, the 6th President of the Ramakrishna
Order. A direct disciple of Holy Mother Sarada Devi, Swami Virajanananda was among
the first group of monks who worked along with Swami Vivekananda in establishing
the Ramakrishna Mission.
Swami Sridharananda had the privilege of being
a personal attendant to his master for 3 years until his Master attained of Mahasamadhi
in 1951. He served the Ramakrishna Mission in various centres including Benares,
Calcutta (Belur Math), Yangoon in Myanmar and Patna, before being deputed to Lucknow
in December 1954. He was the main driving force in the establishment of the Lucknow
Ashram and bringing it to its current eminence at its present location. He headed
the Lucknow Centre for 46 years, till May 2000.
During 2000, he was assigned
the task of establishing the Ramakrishna Order in Australia. Since October 2000
he has been engaged in establishing the Mission's Centre in Sydney.