Satchitananda is the teacher at the ashram. Here is a short biography.
Satchitananda is only Awareness. He is nobody-no-thing. As a relative concept (since there is nobody being born or dying) he was born on 26th of June 1967 in Corinth, Greece.
Satchitananda’s first spiritual experiences of meditation and Awareness-Brahman-Rigpa, began when he was 5 years old, even though he didn’t really know what he was doing. He always wanted to be in solitude and enjoy the Bliss and Peace that he found inside himself and all around, whether his eyes were open or closed.
Gradually he became more and more interested in Truth and at 15 years old, started a deep search of religions, philosophy and other paths of Self-Realization and Enlightenment.
Since 1982, his studies and practices have included, amongst others, various nonsectarian forms of meditation and traditional Yogas, (especially Jnana / Gyana Yoga, the Εssence of Non-Duality Teachings); Advaita Vedanta; Dzogchen; Buddhism (including Shambhala Buddhism up to “Golden Key”), and Esotericism and Gnostic Christianity, both in solitude and as a member of various Traditions, organizations, communities and Esoteric schools.
He has also had guidance from several Gurus (especially Sri Ramakant Maharaj) and Lamas (especially Chogyal Namkhai Norbu) during his life. His study and practice has been continuous throughout his life in order to deepen his understanding and to keep the teachings alive and inspired.
He loves the teachings of Buddha, Longchenpa, Jesus Christ, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Adi Sankaracharya and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj. Some of his greatest inspirations and influences are the ancient wisdom of Advaita Vedanta, Ribhu Gita, Ashtavakra Gita, Avadhoota Gita, Bhagavad Gita, the Diamond Sutra and Heart Sutra of Buddha and Longchenpa’s Teachings.
In the past, he also studied, practiced and taught, amongst others, Hatha, Surya-Sun, Tantra and Kundalini Yoga and the modalities of Reiki, EFT and Pranic Healing.
Since 2012, he did not feel he needed any more practice and IT was something that he just knew. He is permanently convinced in the recognition that there Is Only Brahman-Awareness-Rigpa and Abides As That.
He is not connected with monasteries or any religions, however since 2021, Satchitananda has been associated with the Sringeri Math – the heart of Advaita Vedanta in India.
During his first trip to Sringeri in early 2021, he was granted initiation by successor-designate Jagadguru Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji, outside the ancient Sri Vidyashankara temple [1342 AD] and given permission to pass this initiation onto others.
Satchitananda intends to visit Sringeri regularly to continue to understand and imbibe the tradition of Sanatana Dharma and the Vedantic teachings of Sri Adi Shankaracharya.
Satchitananda knows absolutely that the True and Real Guru/Teacher is within, i.e. is Awareness-Brahman-Rigpa. Nevertheless, some appearing “illusory separate individuals”, believe that they need, in the initial stage, a so-called external Guru/Teacher. In this long dream, “some illusory separate individuals” out of their spontaneous urge of fulfilment of their Prarabdha karma/destiny, will appear as playing the “role of a teacher”.
Satchitananda does not pursue to find “students”, nevertheless he accepts “students”-friends. He teaches out of compassion to assist “illusory separate individuals that suffer” by pointing out that “who suffers” does not exist and that suffering is an illusion.
He teaches with humility and aims to guide students towards a better Non-Dual understanding, first of all, of their True Self. He aims to reveal our Ever-Present but veiled Bliss, Harmony, Peace, Presence, Awareness. The Ultimate Truth is Awareness full of Bliss, but even this is only a pointer because What There Is – Is Beyond any concepts.
As a living process, through his experience and practice, he teaches, transmits, initiates, explains and guides into the Ever-Present Experience of Truth-Awareness-Presence-Brahman-Rigpa, and he has offered Spiritual healing sessions in his own way through his intuition, all over Greece and abroad since 1988.
He offers all of his teachings and healing sessions Free of Charge or with Gurudakshina, which means that he accepts donations of money, service or food for his family. Whenever he is invited somewhere, he asks for the basic expenses to be covered (travel tickets / accommodation / teaching space) and accepts a free donation for his family – without that being a pre-requisite of course.
He does not wish to own anything and indeed he does not own anything except an old car. All donations are simply for paying his rent and to provide nourishment for himself and his family.
He is married and he lives with simplicity in Crete, Greece with his wife Samadarshana and their twin daughters Tara and Samadhi “born” in 2014.