Biography

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, 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, he has engaged in, amongst others, various nonsectarian forms of profound study, meditation and traditional Yogas (especially Jnana / Gyana Yoga, the Εssence of Non-Duality Teachings) as part of living Holy and Ancient Traditions, such as Advaita Vedanta and Dzogchen, under the guidance of competent Gurus (especially Swami Paramarthananda, and Sri Ramakant Maharaj) and Lamas (especially Chogyal Namkhai Norbu).

He has also practiced other living traditions such as Buddhism (including Shambhala Buddhism up to “Golden Key”), and Esotericism and Gnostic Christianity, which he engaged in both in solitude and as a member of various Traditions, organizations, communities and Esoteric schools.

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, Adi Sankaracharya, Sri Ramana Maharshi 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 (from the Dzogchen tradition).Christsos has been phoing prop

In the past, he also studied, practiced and taught, amongst others, Hatha, Surya-Sun, 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 and Abides As That.

In 2021, during a trip to Sringeri Math – the heart of Advaita Vedanta in India – Satchitananda was granted initiation by successor-designate Jagadguru Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji, outside one of the entrances to the ancient Sri Vidyashankara temple [1342 AD] and given permission to pass this initiation onto others.

He was also given permission to establish a branch of Sringeri Math in Europe and to teach there. The branch – the first ever to appear in Europe – was given the name SRINGERI ADVAITHA ASHRAMA EUROPE.

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Satchitananda knows absolutely that the True and Real Guru/Teacher is within, i.e. is Awareness-Brahman. 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 other 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 profound understanding of Non-Duality and even Beyond Non-Duality to the experience of their True Self/Nature as Awareness. 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-Brahman, 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 Guru-dakshina, which means that he accepts any donations of money, service or food for his family although that is never a prerequisite. 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 Corinth, Greece with his wife Samadarshana and their twin daughters Tara and Samadhi “born” in 2014.

May 9, 2021 Update

With the blessings of my Guru ji Swami Paramarthananda, today was the high point🥰 of our trip to Sringeri. The Jagadgurus blessed our Vision and the successor Jagadguru Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji (to the current Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji), gave me initiation on the steps of the ancient temple : Sri Vidyashankara temple (1342 AD) at Sringeri!!!🕉🥰 🙌 This was quite incredible because the assistant of the Jagadgurus had intimated to us that there was no hope of this happening.

He basically said that you have to have attended Sringeri several times to receive this initiation, and even like this it is not sure that you can be accepted by the Jagadgurus, so it was a great honour when the Jagadguru agreed to my request. 🥰🙏 To my amazement, he also revealed that I would be eligible to pass the initiation onto other serious students from now on!!! 🙏🥰
A double blessing!!! 🙏🥰 I am blessed!!! 🌹🥰

Afterwards, we met again with Dr. Gowrishankar who showered us with gifts. His hospitality has been great throughout our trip!

Dr. Gowrishankar also gave us our new name, which is : “SRINGERI ADVAITHA ASHRAMA, EUROPE”. It is a great honour to be given this name, [Sringeri] that has been synonymous with the highest forms of Indian spirituality for over 1,200 years and also for us to be the first branch of Sringeri in Europe, in history!!! 🥰

When we get back, the work will begin in earnest. We have the name, the use of their beautiful logo, the blessings, their permission to teach, many free books for our library; our website is nearly finished and we will soon officially become a non-profit organisation, which will enable us to raise funds through donations. Now, we have the Sringeri name, raising money will be much easier.

Over the last two weeks we have been treated as honoured guests, we were given free food and accommodation, numerous gifts [mostly books], we had a free pass to the temple grounds, we were allowed to join in with the [severely curtailed] spiritual program and we were invited to meet the Jagadgurus – a great honour!

In summary, our trip was a great success and in the coming months we hope that high-up somewhere in the hills and mountains of Corith a new spiritual oasis will emerge offering the profound teachings of Advaita Vedanta through the Sringeri Guru Parampara for the first time ever on European shores…

All are welcome to help our noble project in any way they can.