Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati Interview & Discussion with Spirit Matters Talk
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford and was ordained in the order of Sanyas (monastic renunciation) in 2000, by Swami Chidanand Saraswati of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, where she resides. She is President of Divine Shakti Foundation, which runs free schools, vocational training programs, and empowerment programs in India. The director of the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, Sadhvi also serves on the United Nations Advisory Council on Religion and on the steering committees of the International Partnership for Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) and the Moral Imperative to End Extreme Poverty. She also lectures, teaches meditation, and counsels individuals and families. Her second visit to Spirit Matters was prompted by her new book, Hollywood to the Himalayas: A Journey of Healing and Transformation. We spoke about that memoir, her role as a female voice of spiritual leadership, and her decision to write candidly about her traumatic early years and the challenges of monastic life.