"There is but one Reality that permeates thee and me, and all beings.
Rise above the consciousness of separation and realize thyself in all and all in thee."
- Swami Shankarachariya
Advaita Vedanta and Absolute Monism
“Absolute Monism” refers to the ancient philosophy called “Advaita Vedanta” according to the spiritual heritage of India. Although the philosophy of Absolute Monism has come to us virtually from time immemorial, it was first recorded during the period when the ancient Aryans entered into what is now the region of the Indian subcontinent from Central Asia, developing there a culture and civilization whose distinctive features culminated in the philosophy first known as Advaita Vedanta. The period is known historically as being between 2500 and 600 B.C.
Absolute Monism originated in the divine consciousness of the soul of man. The soul of man-of every man-of identical nature with the God of the Universe, awakens to the realization of its inherent attributes of pure intelligence, immortal life, peace and love. The soul of man, one with the Consciousness-Existence-Bliss (Sat-Chit-Anandam) of God, realizes itself as Absolute, One.
Although the philosophy has undergone development over time, it is impossible to present Absolute Monism from a historical survey. Its exponents, by their very deeply contemplative nature, have placed more emphasis on the eternal than on what can be marked by time. They have stressed the Reality to be known rather than themselves as its personal agents; and they have illumined humanity with their encouragement and guidance to a subjective experience to be apprehended and proved by each truth seeker rather than doctrines to be conferred, adopted, or conformed to collectively.
The philosophy of Absolute Monism has been impersonally propounded by the mystics of all religions from time immemorial. The mystic ritual of subjective meditation, Kriya, as the inner path to God, has also been known and sacredly given by the great gurus (masters of God-realization) of all spiritual traditions. Nevertheless, to us the ancient and universal philosophy and practice of Kriya has come through a specific line of gurus: Aum Babaji, Shyamacharan Lahiri, Swami Sri Yukteswar, Swami Yogananda Paramhansa, and Swami Premananda Giri.
The flame of truth is eternally ignited in the soul of every man. God, as one’s own Soul, is the guru.
Gurus and Swamis
A Guru of divine revelation and a man of supreme compassion. He was the Guru of Shyamacharan Lahiri.
(1828 -1895) A worthy disciple of his great Master. He attained the supreme illumination of God-realization while living an exemplary family life. He was the Guru of Swami Sriyukteswar.
(1855-1936) A man of profound wisdom, a great astronomer and an adept in the science of astrology. He was a self-dedicated humanitarian. He was the Guru of Swami Yogananda.
Swami Yogananda Paramhansa
(1889-1952) A man of dynamic personality, an outstanding Yogi, a unversalist and a lover of mankind. He was the first of this line of Gurus to come to America. He was the Guru of Swami Premananda.
Swami Premananda Giri
(1903-1995) He carried on the spiritual work of these great Gurus in Washington, DC with the highest spiritual integrity and untiring zeal. He was consecrated Swami by Swami Yogananda Paramhansa in 1941. He was the founder of both the Self-Revelation Church and the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation.
She was initiated by Swami Premananda and ordained a minister of the Swami Order by him in 1973. Since 1975 she has served as the full-time Minister of the Self-Revelation Church. For over 30 years she served as the Director of the Gandhi Memorial Center. She was consecrated as a Swami by Swami Premananda in 1978.
The Swami Order of Absolute Monism
This universal truth was expounded in the 8th century by Shankara, exponent of the highest and best-known tradition of India’s spiritual thought known as Advaita Vedanta, or Absolute Monism, realization of the One Perfect Reality, God.
To perpetuate the philosophy of Absolute Monism through the training of persons dedicated to the science of Yoga and meditation, Shankara as spiritual teacher (acharya) founded the Swami Order in India. All swamis everywhere, as spiritual ministers, are linked through an unbroken heritage of idealism and service to the Ancient Order of Advaita Vedanta established by the first Swami Shankaracharya.
The Swami Order of Absolute Monism was founded and established in the U.S.A. by Swami Premananda of India, a disciple of Swami Yogananda Paramhansa, on October 2, 1970. Swami Premananda was a Thirty-third degree Mason, the only Swami known to have received such a high honor.
Membership in the Swami Order is exclusively spiritual and subjective. The Order is open to both men and women, married and unmarried., who aspire to the realization of its ideals in their lives.
The Self-Revelation Church of Absolute Monism and related churches draw their ministers solely from the Swami Order of Absolute Monism.