Sri K. R. Vedanarayanan, a familiar figure in Prasanthi Nilayam, is an award-winning Sanskrit teacher and has been associated with Swami’s school for more than two decades. True to his name, he is an expert in the Vedas. In 2005, Sri Vedanarayanan (from the department of Sanskrit, Prasanthi Nilayam) received the prestigious “National Award for Teachers” from the President of India, Sri A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. He has been leading the Vedic chants in Sai Kulwant Hall ever since Swami asked for Vedic hymns to be chanted during darshan time.
Jonathan Roof comes from a spiritually oriented family. He spent several years living in
India as a child while his parents pursued studies in Eastern thought and authored books on
Eastern religion and Hatha Yoga. Jon completed his bachelor’s degree in religion, and his area
of concentration was Hinduism and Buddhism, including studies in the world’s major religions.
Jon has been a devotee since he made his first trip to see Swami in 1979, and he wrote a number of articles published in Sanathana Sarathi. He also authored several books including Pathways to God, Volumes I, II, and III, which are excellent study guides to Swami’s teachings. Jon has worked for many years in the Sathya Sai Organization, and he has been the President of the Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of the United States of America.
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