Born in America, Swami Atmarupananda discovered the Vedanta tradition of Hinduism as a teenager. An initial fascination led to lifelong dedication by joining the Ramakrishna Order as a monk in 1969. Of his fifty-one years of service, the Swami has spent fourteen years living in India and the rest based in the United States. He travels to various countries of the world to give retreats in English and Spanish, to engage in inter-spiritual dialog, and to participate in conferences dedicated to finding a new, spiritual foundation for economic and social development. For many years he was a member of the Snowmass Conference and an instructor at the Spiritual Paths Institute, and he is presently the resident Swami at the Vedanta Society of Greater Houston.