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Swami Prakashananda

Born in California, Trinidad, after migrating to Canada for higher studies, a young seeker met Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda during Chinmaya Mission's jnana yajna at York University in Toronto. He eagerly approached Gurudev to join the Mission and, in 1991, traveled to Mumbai, India to study the scriptures before taking the vows of a Brahmachari. After spending six years in India studying Vedanta and Sanskrit, upon completion of his studies in 1994, Brahmachari Prem Chaitanya was assigned to give discourses at various Mission centers in India and Nepal.

Leaving aside his bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy from York University in Toronto, and his law degree from Benares Hindu University, Premji returned to Trinidad in 1997 to start Chinmaya Mission's work in his native land. Thereafter, he began satsangs and yajnas in Trinidad, the Caribbean, the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda initiated Premji into sannyasa as Swami Prakashananda on Mahashivaratri, in 2005. CM Trinidad has grown in leaps and bounds, enhanced by Swamiji's devotion, tireless service and clear vision.