Swami Sharanananda hails from Jagannath Dham (Puri) in Orissa, India.
Inspired by Pujya Swami Chinmayananda, he joined the two-year brahmachari Vedanta course in 'Sandeepany Sadhanalaya,' Mumbai, in 1986, where he studied under the tutelage of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda. He received brahmachari diksha as Brahmachari Sharan Chaitanya in 1988, and served at different CM centers in India, including Angul, Rourkela, Berhampur, and Kolkata.
Sharanji became the resident acharya of Chinmaya Mission Chicago in March 1993, and has been there since. On July 9, 1995, Pujya Guruji initiated him into sannyasa as Swami Sharanananda.
Swamiji conducts discourses on "Bhagavad Gita" and the Upanishads, CHYK classes and Study Groups, guided meditation classes, and yoga classes for all age groups. He also teaches various spiritual classes at CM family camps throughout North America. Swamiji enjoys teaching and spending time with children, and places great importance on alertness and value-based living.