Swami Sukhabodhananda ji
Swami Sukhabodhananda was born in Kannada speaking family on 25 April 1955 in Bangalore, Karnataka. He is the second of the three sons of Late Sri C.M.S. Murthy and Rukmani Murthy. His birth name was Dwaraknath. His siblings are Preetham (married to Shanta and parents of Shruti) and Prathap (aka Kalyan Mitra). He was born and brought up in Bangalore. He studied in Baldwin Boys High School and St. Joseph's College, Bangalore. At the age of 20, he was attracted to spirituality and became a student of Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Dayanada Saraswati at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya of Mumbai. His name during Sandeepany days was Brahmachari Nithya Chaitanya. Brahmachari Nithya Chaitanya embraced Sanyas on Shivarathri Day in 1984 from when on he is known as Swami Sukhabodhananda. He is founder and chairman of the charitable organization 'Prasanna Trust' in India, and involved with Bangalore's 'Prasanna Foundation', "which focusses on the scientific aspects of meditation". The trust also runs "Prasanna Jyothi, a home for destitute children and Nirguna Mandir, a centre for meditation and learning" At age 50, in 2006, art and was quoted in The Hindu suggesting that Aiki Ju-jutsu would have helped a young woman from a call centre who had been raped and killed defend herself.