Swami Dheerananda, a disciple of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, is a dynamic acharya with wit and wisdom. He was "literally born in the lap of Chinmaya culture" and grew up in Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, India.
He says he "responded to the call of the master," when he attended the 1984-1986 brahmachari Vedanta course at 'Sandeepany Sadhanalaya' in Mumbai, under the tutelage of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda.
Under the divine guidance of Pujya Gurudev, he underwent austere tapas at Uttarakashi in the Himalayan abode of Param Pujya Swami Tapovanam Maharaj, the guru of Pujya Swami Chinmayananda.
Swami Dheerananda served the Mission in India, conducting many jnana yajnas. In 1989, Pujya Gurudev posted him as the resident acharya of Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center (CMWRC). Since then, Swamiji has been serving Mission centers in the US and Canada. Swamiji's annual summer camps for children are renowned and filled with much love and laughter.
Swami Dheerananda is the last disciple directly initiated into sannyasa by Pujya Gurudev, receiving sannyasa diksha on May 23, 1993. In 1993, Swamiji addressed the Parliament of Religions in Chicago, where the distinguished audience gave him a standing ovation.