“A God without temples, a Veda without language was this  master mind. A monumental expression of an ideal Vedantic Teacher.” Thus did Swami Chinmayananda describe his Guru, Swami Tapovan Maharaj.

Born in Kerala, the birthplace of Sri Adi Sankaracharya, Swami Tapovanam chose to reside in Uttarakasi and Gangotri, in close proximity with the divine and unsullied beauty of Nature. He walked the rugged mountain paths, in communion with the snowy peaks, reveling in spiritual heights.

It was Sri Swami Tapovanam who guided Swami Chinmayananda to explore the subtle depths of the Upanishads. In the student’s own words, it was “Sree Swami Tapovanji Maharaj, who guided me to the end and pushed me into the beyond.”