Swamini Vinayananda is committed to the Advaitic vision of the oneness of all and has dedicated her life to bring this liberating knowledge to humanity.
Swaminiji was involved with the interfaith movement and was Secretary of the Manningham Interfaith Network and spoke at the recent World Parliament of Religions in Melbourne. Swamini Vinayananda’s spiritual journey began when she first met her Guru, Swami Tejomayananda, in 1994. Greatly inspired and after some correspondence with Guruji, she was invited to do the Vedanta Course in India. She gave up her career as a Mathematics teacher at Kowora Anglican Girls School to embrace the spiritual quest.
In 1998 she completed her studies of Advaita Vedanta at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai, India then returned to Australia and took up the post of resident acharya (teacher) in the Melbourne Ashram in Templestowe. Here she led a monastic life of meditation and sadhana as well as teaching the Hindu Scriptures such as Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Vedic Chanting and basic Sanskrit. She has taught children, teenagers, youth, and adults.
Since 2010, she has been in country Victoria, spreading this knowledge throughout the community. She currently lives in Castlemaine and teaches in Bendigo, Castlemaine, Ballarat, Maryborough, Mount Macedon, Gisborne and Melbourne conducting weekly classes and weekend retreats.