Swami Bodhichitananda Saraswati presented his monastic vows in
November 1999 before Swami Chidananda Saraswati, president of the Divine Life
Society, Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh. Since 1987 he was Sannyasin in the California Ashram of the
Self-Realization Fellowship, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda. In 1991 he came to India and
joined the Sivananda Ashram, where he became the
personal assistant of Swami Chidananda.
In 2003, on the instructions of his guru Swami Chidananda, he relocated his residence to the
Ganga River in the jungle bordering the Sivananda Ashram. There he built a miniashram, Kaivalyam Forest Ashram, for example, for
Ahimsa (nonviolent life). The Ashram built Swami Bodhichitananda from stones, which he collected in
the jungle, the water he gets from the mountains and its energy is entirely
from solar cells. The toilet is a compost toilet. Thus, Kaivalyam Forest Ashram was completely
self-sufficient and environmentally friendly, including all the principles of
Ahimsa - the foundation of every spiritual life.
The ashram of the Himalayan Yogis is an ashram and spiritual refuge that
promotes Indian spiritual knowledge and Indian spiritual culture. All the
religions and saints of the world are included, as are all means of gaining
direct knowledge of the truth and of experiencing truth. The Ashram of the
Himalayan Yogis recognizes the teaching traditions of the Kriya
of the Gurulinie Paramahansa Yogananda, as well as the yoga of synthesis
as promoted by HH Swami Sivandanda, founder of the company "The
Divine Life Society" and his successor, Guru Maharaj Swami Chidananda. Due to invitations of
spiritual communities, ashrams, yoga centers, individuals, etc.,
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