Swami Nityabodhananda (1914–1992) was born in the state of Kerala in India. At the age of eighteen he came in touch with his spiritual master Swami Shivananda, a brother disciple of the illustrious Swami Vivekananda. After finishing his studies in the University of Madras, he joined the Order of Ramakrishna. His important assignments in India comprised the editorship of the English magazine called Vedanta Keshari and the task of heading the center of the Order at Rajahmundry in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
In 1956, he came to France to help Swami Siddheshwarananda who was the founder and the spiritual head of Centre Vedantique Ramakrichna in Gretz village of the Seine-et-Marne valley of France. After the latter’s passing away on the 2nd April, 1957, he became the spiritual head of the said Centre. In February 1958 he came to Geneva at the invitation of Dr. Baumann and worked in Geneva for 30 years till he left the city in March 1988 to settle in India (please click on History of the Centre in Geneva).
Swami Nityabodhananda is the Founder of Centre Vedantique at Geneva. In 1968 along with Pastor Henri Babel he formed a committee called Comité consultatif des Religions. He represented Hinduism and Buddhism in that committee. He secured a doctorate of Sorbonne University on the basis of his thesis entitled La Mâyâ du Vedanta et l’Absurde chez Albert Camus. He authored the following books in French: La Qûete du Sacré, Science du Yoga, Mythes et Religions, Actualité des Upanishads, Chemin de Perfection. There is a great lucidity of style in his writings. He toured in USA and in Europe extensively to lecture and debate on Vedantic topics.