Swamini Radhikananda, formerly Brahmacharini Arpita Ayers, received sannyasa on Mahashivaratri in 2015.
She first met, and was inspired by, Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda in 1978. After completing her BA and MA degrees at Georgetown University and American University in Washington, DC, she underwent the two-year Vedanta course at 'Sandeepany Sadhananalaya,' Mumbai, from 1987-88 under Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, the present Head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide.
Since 1989, Arpitaji has served at various CM centers--Krishnalaya' in Piercy, Los Angeles, and Washington DC Regional--teaching Vedanta, Shrimad Bhagavatam, and Shrimad Bhagavad Gita for adults, and conducting Bala Vihar classes for children. She enjoys devotional singing and recorded albums of English songs, such as 'Come to Me, My Krishna,' 'His Eternal Smile,' and 'Listen to the Wind.'
Swaminiji now resides and teaches at the Chinmaya Mission St. Augustine center of 'Chinmaya Govardhan,' a serene and beautiful 17-acre ashram on the outskirts of historical St. Augustine, Florida.