Swamini Vinayananda first met Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda on his first world tour as the newly appointed Head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide when he visited Melbourne in 1994.
This was a turning point in her life, meeting her Guru.
Greatly inspired and after some correspondence with Guruji, she was invited to do the Brahmachari Course in India. She gave up her career as a Mathematics teacher at Kowora Anglican Girls School to embrace the spiritual quest.
In 1996-8 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 and other Advaitic texts, Vedic Chanting and basic Sanskrit. She has taught children, teenagers, youth and adults.
Vinayananda is committed to the Advaitic vision of the oneness of all and has dedicated her life to bring this liberating knowledge to humanity.
Vinayananda was also involved with the interfaith movement and was Secretary of the Manningham Interfaith Network and spoke at the recent World Parliament of Religions in Melbourne.
Vinayananda moved to Bendigo in 2010 to share these teachings throughout country Victoria. She currently lives in Castlemaine and teaches in Bendigo, Castlemaine, Ballarat, Maryborough, Mount Macedon, Gisborne and Melbourne conducting weekly classes and weekend retreats. Vinayananda has also conducted two Yatras (Spiritual Tours) in India in 2012 and 2014.