A senior monk and former Vice-President of the Ramakrishna Order and Mission, was a well-known spiritual figure in the Neo-Vedanta Movement. He joined the Order in 1911. Beside seven years of pioneering work in spreading Vedanta in Europe and ten years of teaching Vedanta in USA (1933-50) — he was editor of Prabuddha Bharata at Maya-vati (1921-24), then he served as President of the Ramakrishna: Bombay Ashrama (1924-26), Madras Math (1926-33) and Bangalore Ashrama (1951-66). An initiated disciple of SwamI Brahm-ananda (the great direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna), he was widely respected for his high spiritual attainments, Yogic insight and mature wisdom. He advocated and lived a well-harmonized spiritual life with meditation as the keynote and love and service as the main melody.