is an accomplished teacher of Vedanta and meditation. He was born in Mattatur, Kerala, 36 miles from Kalady
, the birthplace of Adi Sankaracharya.
His birthplace, spiritual fervor and experiences as a youth, seemed to destine him for the life of a sannyasin.
At an early age he felt a spiritual calling, readily took to spiritual tapas,
and, with a deep sense of compassion, vowed to help humanity. With this frame of mind, he completed his undergraduate degree in economics and political science at Christ College, Irinjalkuda, Kerala.
While he was doing his post-graduate degree courses, his true calling interrupted further academic pursuits. The young aspirant set out in search of divine understanding, wandering throughout the Himalayas for a number of years. Finally, he settled in Kerala where, as a brahmachari, he joined the Sarasvati order - one of the ten sannyasa orders established by Adi Shankaracharya, the renowned 8th century Indian philosopher and exponent of Advaita Vedanta.