Atmananda Swami

His name was Rama Panicker before he became the disciple of Sree Narayana Guru. Born in a Kanisa community on July27, 1870, in Villyapally village in Bhadagara Taluk. Astrology was his family's traditional job. Rama Panicker was a scholar in many subjects like Sanskrit, astrology, philosophy, ayurveda etc. He worked as a Sanskrit teacher in 'Vidhyarthi Chinthamani' Sanskrit school in Tellicherry. He met Sree Narayana Guru when Guru was visiting Tellicherry. Guru was very much impressed in Rama Panicker's knowledge in Sanskrit. Guru invited him to be a teacher at Adwaitha Ashram Sanskrit school. Later he joined as the Head Master of Adwaitha Ashram Sanskrit School. His staying at the Ashram gave him to know more about the Guru. Later he was initiated as a Snyasin by Guru and gave him a new name - ‘Atmananda' and stayed at Sivagiri. Govitananda Swami invited him to Kancheepuram Ashram. He visited the Ashram many times and helped Govindananda to improve the Sree Narayana Seva Ashram. His hard work brought lots of financial assets to the Ashram. Later he stayed there permanently. He was famous in that area as an Ayurvedic medical practitioner and people called him ‘Valiya Gurukkal' or ‘Great Teacher'. He wrote many poems about Guru. One of his published work ‘Sree Narayana Dharma', is one of the best books to understand Guru's thoughts. On November 12, 1969 Atmananda Swami attained Samadhi at the age of 100.