About

Our group meets the second Sunday of the month at 10:00 in Mountain View, California.

The discussion is now facilitated by Ram, a Sanskrit and Vedanta scholar. We are very lucky to have him!

Narayanan Ramasamy, familiarly known as Ram, was born in India. From his father, an orthodox Brahmin, Ram learned vedic chanting, Sanskrit, and daily vedic rituals, including suryanamaskara, pranayama, and mantra initiation. Since his teens, he has had a deep interest in Indian spiritual practices and studies.

He renewed a deeper pursuit of spirituality in 1972, when he met Swami Chinmayananda in New York City. Ram left his research position to study at Chinmayananda’s gurukula in Mumbai, where he taught Sanskrit while studying Vedanta, Sanskrit, and meditation. He returned to the United States and joined the gurukula of his Vedanta teacher, Swami Dayananda. There he designed and taught a Sanskrit curriculum that enabled students to study texts in Sanskrit on their own. At the end of this course, he married and settled in Palo Alto, where he worked in the field of implantable medical devices until retirement. He has been teaching Vedanta and Sanskrit in Palo Alto since 1984.

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