Acharya Dr. K. Sadananda

Acharya Dr. Kuntimaddi Sadananda is a scholar and teacher of Advaita Vedanta in the paramparaa of Adi Sankaracharya. He is a wonderful person and a very patient teacher. I have known Sada Sir, as many of us fondly refer to him, for a few years now and he always helps me and anyone else who wishes to pursue Vedanta study. He is always calm, logical, prompt in his responses to queries and above all, explains in a very simple to understand manner. He has been very kind to allow me to share his talks and other material from his website.

Acharya Sadananda is a Material Scientist by profession, and worked at U.S. Naval Research Laboratory as Head of Deformation and Fracture, retired in 2005; now works as private consultant for 6 months of the year for the US Navy. He was also a visiting professor at IIT Madras. He became a disciple of Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayanandaji, in 1978, when he met him first in Washington. He was Founding Trustee of the Washington Regional Center as well as Shree Siva-Vishnu Temple in Lahnam and was also Secretary and Treasurer of SEVA, Inc., a philanthropic organization formed around 1980 under the direction of Pujya Gurudev to fund projects in India and elsewhere. Now it is replaced by CORD. In 1988, Pujya Gurudev asked Sada Sir to start teaching Vedanta in Virginia. In 1997, Swami Tejomayanandaji gave him Acharya fellowship during Toronto Mahasamadhi Camp. Since retired, Sada Sir has been living 6 months in India and 6 months in the States. While in India, he does webcasting of Vedanta that is being made available by Advaita Academy. When in the States, he takes Vedanta classes in Virginia for Chinmaya Mission.

Sada Sir’s audio talks are available at and videos are available on Youtube under the Channel Acharya Sadaji. There are two websites and where extensive writings and discussions can be found. He is one of the founder-moderator of Advaitin list serve, where extensive discussions on Advaita are conducted. His talks are also available at Advaita Academy website.

I hope to put up many of his insightful talks and other works here from time to time for our benefit.