As spiritual genius with an enlightened insight into everything from management to meditation, from relationships to religion, and from success to sannyas, Nithyananda brings to us a wealth of practical wisdom, meditation techniques and tools for lasting inner transformation. A powerful spiritual healer, Nithyananda has healed thousands of people of diseases ranging from depression to cancer, often with a single touch. Today, Nithyananda is currently the most watched spiritual master on youtube, and the bestselling author of over 200 books in 26 languages.
A recent survivor of violent religious persecution and unlawful imprisonment in his own country, Nithyananda has emerged still stronger from the attack, and continues to reveal to the world the deeper dimensions of yoga and meditation drawn from the ancient mystic disciplines of the East. Nithyananda’s authenticity, spontaneity and his deeply compassionate insight into our own struggles and aspirations make his teachings relevant across the barriers of space, time and mind.
Birth & Childhood
Sri Nithyananda Swami was born A. Rajasekaran on 1st January 1978 in Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, India. He is the second son of his parents (Late) Sri Arunachalam and Smt. Lokanayaki. He belongs to an affluent and philanthropic family from the Saiva Vellalar community. His maternal grandfather was a pious individual who contributed freely to various temples and spiritual organizations. He was Rajasekaran’s first mentor who introduced him to the great spiritual traditions and scriptures of India.
Rajesekaran completed his schooling (Std. X) from the V D S Jain Higher Secondary School, Tiruvannamalai in 1992 and his diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Rajagopal Polytechnic, Gudiyattam, T.N. in 1995. In 1995, he joined the Ramakrishna Math in Mylapore, Chennai.
From a very young age, Rajasekaran was interested in worship, yoga and meditation. As a child, he would spend hours performing worship for his favorite idols. Alongside his studies at school, Rajasekaran trained in yoga from an accomplished yoga master in Tiruvannamalai named Raghupati Yogi, and completed advanced levels of yoga training.
In parallel, he also started studying the Vedic scriptures, Puranas and Upanishads under the guidance of various spiritual teachers. He encountered many holy men and women in the town of Tiruvannamalai and received many teachings from them. Prominent among them were Annamalai Swami (a direct disciple of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi), Yogi Ramsurat Kumar and Mataji Kuppammal.
When he was around 12 years old, he had a profound spiritual experience while meditating near the holy Arunachala Hill in Tiruvannamalai. After this experience, his longing to pursue the spiritual path was greatly intensified. During and after his stay in Ramakrishna Math, he wandered as a mendicant throughout India, visiting holy shrines, learning from evolved souls and frequenting sacred pilgrimage spots. For years, he practiced intense meditation and other austerities and finally realized the state of enlightenment or inner bliss.
Having received a lot of spiritual guidance when he was a young child, Nithyananda believes that giving children access to these vedic truths will help them become happy citizens of tomorrow. Combining spiritual education with contemporary education is the way to create the leaders of tomorrow who will be a combination of Buddha and Bill Gates.
Nithyananda’s interest making the children successful leaders paved the way for the creation of various educational programs for children world over under the eN-Education banner. Nithyananda Gurukul, eN-Vidyalaya, Nithyananda Vidyalaya, eN-Parenting and eN-Mentoring workshops etc are some of the key flagship initiatives that helps children realize themselves and their innate potential, thereby making them ready to take up the responsibility of running this world.