Swami Ishwarananda

Swami Ishwarananda is the senior monk at Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles. He is presently one of the directors of Chinmaya Mission West (CMW) which oversees the activities in North America. Previously, he was part of Chinmaya Mission Bangalore where he served as the secretary. Several companies, universities, and inter-faith consortiums routinely reach out to him for delivering talks.

Swami Ishwarananda left his field of software consultancy and joined Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai in 1991. Upon completing his Brahmachari training in 1993, he served Chinmaya Mission Centers at Bangalore and Calcutta and eventually became resident acharya (teacher) of Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles. In March of 2000, he was given sanyasa deeksha (monastic vows) by Swami Tejomayananda. He has given talks on Vedanta, management techniques, and related fields; and has also authored many books. (full bio)


Isha Upanishad
7 classes (~75 mins each)
Kena Upanishad
6 classes (~75 mins each)
Prashna Upanishad
5 classes (~80 mins each)
Kaivalya Upanishad
16 classes (~60 mins each)
Amritabindu Upanishad
13 classes (~60 mins each)

Bhagavad Gita

Complete Gita
180+ classes so far (~65 mins each)
Summary of Gita
5 classes (~60 - 90 mins each)

Explanatory Texts

Advaita Makaranda
13 classes (~60 mins each)
Atma Bodha
5 classes (~65 mins each)
Drg Drsya Viveka
12 classes (~70 mins each)
Manisha Panchakam
5 classes (~60 mins each)
48 classes (~65 mins each)
40+ classes so far (~60 mins each)
Sadhana Panchakam
11 classes (~30 mins each)

Auxiliary Texts

Ashtavakra Samhita
8 classes (~80 mins each)
Yoga Vasishtha
7 classes (~80 mins each)


Yoga Sutras
5 classes (~65 mins each)