Meet the Teachers

Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda

Swami Shankarananda (or Swamiji) is a spiritual master who has been guiding students for 40 years with warmth, humour and depth. He carries the energy of one of the most powerful mystical lineages of India, and has awakened thousands of seekers to the spiritual path.
Swamiji is regarded as an authority on meditation, Self-inquiry and Kashmir Shaivism (a philosophy of consciousness). A prolific writer, he is the best-selling author of Happy for No Good Reason, as well as numerous other books.
In 1996 Swamiji founded the Ashram in Mount Eliza, near Melbourne, where he is now based. He has frequently toured interstate and internationally, and has trained many teachers to participate in his work.
In 2010 Swamiji received the prestigious Hindu title Mahamandaleshwar, meaning ‘great teacher’, in recognition of his contribution to the spiritual community. Known among his students for his great sense of humour, Swamiji’s teachings are wise and practical, giving the inspiration and tools to bring spirituality into everyday life.

Swami Shankarananda
Devi Ma

Devi Ma (Swami Bhairavi Ananda Saraswati)

Devi Ma is the co-director of the Ashram and has been instrumental in its establishment and growth. In 1975 she received Shaktipat from Swamiji and since then she has dedicated her life to spirituality and serving others.
A foremost lecturer and facilitator of meditation and Self-inquiry, Devi Ma teaches many courses at the Ashram. She is often invited to speak on the role of women in spirituality at Interfaith events and in the wider community.
President of Yoga Australia from 2002 to 2007, Devi Ma was on the Board of Directors of the national organization ATMA (Meditation Australia). Alongside Swamiji, she is a beloved spiritual guide to the Ashram community.

Devi Ma regularly writes blog posts about spirituality and shares Swamiji’s work.

Swami Shankarananda's latest book 'Ganeshpuri Days: Memoirs of a Western Yogi' is now out!