Swami Mukundananda

Swami Mukundananda is a world-renowned authority on spirituality, yoga and mind management. He is a senior disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj, and is the founder of the unique Yogic system, “Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog,” widely known as JKYog.

Swamiji was born on December 19, 1960, and spent his childhood in different parts of India. Unlike other children, he showed an inclination towards spirituality from a very young age. He spent his free time in meditation and in seeking answers about the goal of human life. All the while, he continued excelling in his studies, completing his B.Tech. from the reputed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi and followed it up with an MBA from the equally reputed Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata.

His education did not provide the answers to his questions, and his yearning to know the Absolute Truth only grew stronger. Just a few months after joining a big corporate house, Swamiji concluded that it was not the life he sought.

After resigning from his job, he took up the order of Sanyas (monkhood) and set out in the quest for God-realization. He travelled to many places in India and had the opportunity to associate closely with various saints, reading and understanding their philosophies.

Finally, his search took him to the lotus feet of his spiritual master, Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj, whose immense scriptural knowledge and fathomless Divine love captivated Swamiji. Thereafter, he practised intense sadhana under the guidance of his Guru and studied the Vedic scriptures and the Indian and Western systems of philosophy.

Seeing his interest in Yoga, Maharajji entrusted him the responsibility of teaching the real meaning of Yog (union with the Supreme) to the world. Swamiji’s in-depth study and research of the various schools of Yoga culminated with the formation of “JKYog,” or “Yoga for the Body, Mind and Soul,” which blends the best practices of Hatha Yog with Bhakti Yog.

For the past three decades, Swamiji has travelled across continents, inspiring people in incorporating the knowledge of the scriptures into their daily lives. He reveals the secrets of the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita, Puranas, Shad-darshan, and other Indian scriptures with rigorous scientific logic in the modern context. Along with the Indian scriptures, he also masterfully quotes from the Bible, the Quran, and the Zend-Avesta. His pleasing personality adheres him to one and all, irrespective of their nationality or religious inclination.

For the upliftment of the souls, Swamiji started the Jagadguru Kripalu Yog Trust in India (JKYog India) and Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog, (JKYog) a non-profit organization in the US. He has established over twenty Satsang centers and one ashram in the USA and over 45 Satsang centers and seven ashrams in India. Hundreds and thousands of devotees throng to these centers to attend the Health camps, Yoga and Meditation workshops, and Naturopathy camps, to uplift their mind, body and soul.

Books Authored by Swamiji

Swamiji has written more than a dozen books on various subjects, covering philosophy, mind management, Yoga, meditation, healthy diet, and moral values for children.

Bhagavad Gita (The Song of God)

The Bhagavad Gita is widely revered as one of the greatest jewels of spiritual wisdom in the history of humankind.

Yoga for the Body, Mind & Soul

The book is a comprehensive treatise on Yoga and incorporates all the five wings of Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog.

Art of Mind Management

Swamiji guides us through the importance of the mind, the four different aspects of it, and how to control it.

Science of Healthy Diet

This book combines the wisdom of the ancient scriptures with modern scientific knowledge and teaches the diet needed for optimal functioning of the body and mind

Spiritual Dialectics

Swamiji provides answers to questions like, what is Destiny? What is Karma Yog? Why do bad things happen to good people? What does the soul look like?

More than a dozen books for children

Fun-filled books for character building for the young minds.


Lecturing at reputed Universities and Corporate Houses

Swamiji’s lectures are sought after by some of the top-ranking universities of the world such as MIT, Yale, Stanford, Kellogg, Princeton, etc, where the students seek answers to their questions, unanswered by the courses. Similarly, the employees of Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Yahoo, Oracle, Intel, American Airlines, etc look for Swamiji’s guidance in managing stress and leading a fruitful life.

Spreading the true sense of Yog to the World

Ever year, Swamiji travels to over 20 cities throughout the USA, conducting Life Transformation Programs (LTP) that include week-long workshops on Yoga, Meditation and Spirituality. In India, Swamiji travels to more than 40 cities in the states of Odisha, Gujarat, M.P., Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, conducting spiritual programs and retreats attended by thousands of devotees. In modern times, people look on Yoga only as a form of physical exercise. Swamiji is dispelling this myth and is teaching the world the real objective of Yog. By practising the principles of JKYog, participantslearn to develop the physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual dimensions of their personality.

Youth programs and interaction with Children

Swamiji works tirelessly in guiding his followers towards the real goal of the human life. His lively and pleasant personality attracts people of all ages towards him. Children and the youth benefit the most from his association because he touches their unadulterated minds with his interesting stories and anecdotes. Swamiji has established the Bal-Mukund program for imparting value based education to children. Bal-Mukund classes are run in many states of the USA and around the world. He has created a “Leadership Training program for the Youth” with regular live and online workshops that groom the youth to become leaders of society.

Service of humankind

Swamiji has been involved in various charity works in India, and worldwide, for the past many years. An allopathic charitable hospital at Banara provides free and subsidised medical facilities to about 10,000 villagers who live nearby. Free distribution of books, blankets and other basic necessities to the needy are done on a regular basis. The local festivals and yatras are supported by JKYog India, thereby keeping their tradition intact. Various other skill development programs for the village youth have been planned, which will be started once requisite government sanctions are obtained. In USA, he inspired the KAKE initiative (Kids Assisting Kids in Education), for providing laptops to every deserving child in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He established the “Little Hands Big Hearts” project for the distribution of essential commodities to the poor and needy in Texas. He has also launched “SPARK” as a nationwide youth initiative for engaging school students in service activities.

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