Swami Atmananda

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Śrĩ Atmananda also referred as Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon (December 8, 1883 - May 14, 1959) was a well-known Indian sage, guru, and philosopher. Today he is considered one of three important advaita teachers of 20th century, which also included Sri Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj.

He was a householder and showed by his life and teachings that ordinary life can be a type of meditation, yoga, or striving towards mokṣa, or liberation from karma. He spent most of his life employed as a police prosecutor. He also discussed many variations of philosophy within Vedanta and the Upaniṣads, including Ajativada.

Early life

He was born as P. Krishna Menon in 1883 in Peringara, near Tiruvalla, in the state of Travancore, now a part of Kerala.


After completing his the study of law, he became a Government Advocate and Inspector and District Superintendent of Police and remained in service until 1939. Meanwhile, his search for a guru led to his meeting Swami Yogananda (not to be confused with Paramahansa Yogananda) briefly in 1913, which was to alter his life forever. Eventually, he realized the Self in 1923, assumed the name Sri Atmananda and started teaching Jnana Yoga. After retirement from government service, he resided in his family home, Anandavadi on the river Pampa in Malakara.

He published several books...
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