Swami Mukundananda (born December 19, 1960) is a spiritual leader, best selling author, Vedic scholar, and authority on mind management. He is the founder of JKYog (Jagadguru Kripaluji Yog) India, a non-profit organization based in Cuttack, Odisha and JKYog, a nonprofit organization based in Dallas, Texas, which offers a unique Yogic system, also known as Yoga for the Body, Mind and Soul.[1][2][3]

Swami Mukundananda
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Born(1960-12-19)19 December 1960 (age 61)
Founder ofJKYog, JKYog India, Radha Krishna Temple, Dallas
PhilosophyBhakti yoga
Religious career
GuruKripalu Maharaj


Early life and educationEdit

As a child, Swami Mukundananda spent long hours in meditation and contemplation.[4][5][6] He received a postgraduate degree from the IIM Calcutta.[7][8] Afterwards, he joined the order of Sannyas,[9] dedicating his time to devotional pursuits[4] and travelled throughout India as a Sanyasi.[10] Under the guidance of guru Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj,[4][10] Mukundananda studied the Vedic scriptures,[11]


Teachings and philosophyEdit

Swami Mukundananda formulated JKYog, a system of yoga that incorporates elements of both Hatha yoga and Bhakti yoga,[1][12] and founded a nonprofit organization of the same name to promote the practice throughout the United States and India.[1][13][14] JKYog is headquartered at the Radha Krishna Temple in Allen, Texas.[15][16] In May 2020, Swami Mukundananda launched the expansion of JKYog activities beyond USA to many major cities across the globe.[17]

He has been invited to speak at various institutions namely Google, Oracle, Yahoo, Verizon, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, United Nations, Stanford University, Princeton University, MIT, Kellogg School of Management and Duke University.[9][18][19][20][21][22][23]

Temples and Congregation centresEdit

Swami Mukundananda travels to many cities in United States and India every year to conduct week-long programs that incorporate yoga sessions, meditation sessions and spiritual discourses.[24][25]

He has founded the Radha Krishna temple of Dallas in Allen, Texas.[26]

Jagadguru Kripalu UniversityEdit

The government of Odisha approved the Jagadguru Kripalu University in April 2018. Swami Mukundananda is the president of the university, which is presently under construction. In the first phase, the university will offer higher learning in Sanskrit, Yoga, Naturopathy, Health Administration, Philosophy, Religion and Comparative Religion.[27]

Recent engagementEdit

Due to the COVID-19 situation, in 2020 Swami Mukundananda conducted an online event to celebrate the International Day of Yoga (June 20–26, 2020), where over 100 sessions were organized including yoga, pranayama, holistic health, health and wellness seminars and workshops.[28]

Swami Mukundananda was distinguished speaker at his alma mater IIT Delhi for Diamond jubilee celebrations.[29]

Swami Mukundananda Ji, was one of the speakers in Bhagavad Gita Summit (from 10th - 14th December 2021) during Gita Jayanti at Dallas, Texas, US along with other notable personalities such as Dr. Menas Kafatos, Mr. Shiv Khera, Kiran Bedi, Brahmacharini Gloria Arieira, Dantu Muralikrishna and others.[30][31]


  • 7 Divine Laws to Awaken Your Best Self ISBN 978-93-9032-708-9 (2020)
  • The Science of Mind Management : With proper knowledge, training, and discipline, it is possible to unleash the mind's infinite potential ISBN 978-0-9968693-1-7 (2020)
  • 7 Mindsets for Success, Happiness and Fulfilment (English) ISBN 978-9388754392 (2019)
  • Science of Healthy Diet ISBN 978-0996869317 (2017)
  • Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God ISBN 978-0-9833967-2-7 (2013)
  • Essence of Hinduism: Principles of Hindu philosophy and traditions. A summary of the Vedic scriptures ISBN 978-0-9826675-8-3 (2011)
  • Spiritual Dialectics : Answers to some of the challenging questions on spirituality ISBN 978-0-9826675-9-0 (2011)
  • Yoga for the Body, Mind and Soul: Comprehensive book on Yogasans, Pranayams, Subtle body relaxation, Meditation ISBN 978-0-9833967-1-0 (2011)
  • Inspiring Stories for Children, Vol. 1: ISBN 978-0-9826675-0-7 (2010)
  • Inspiring Stories for Children, Vol. 2: ISBN 978-0-9826675-1-4 (2010)
  • Inspiring Stories for Children, Vol. 3: ISBN 978-0-9826675-2-1 (2010)
  • Inspiring Stories for Children, Vol. 4: ISBN 978-0-9826675-3-8 (2010)
  • Bal-Mukund Festivals of India : All major festivals of India and their spiritual, cultural and religious significance ISBN 978-0-9826675-4-5 (2010)
  • Bal-Mukund Wisdom Book : Noble values for children's personality development. Verses and chants for children to learn ISBN 978-0-9826675-5-2 (2010)
  • Bal-Mukund Saints of India : Great saints of India and their influence on society ISBN 978-0-9826675-6-9 (2010)

The Science of Mind ManagementEdit

Swami Mukundananda has authored his second book on mind management, called "The Science of Mind Management". It explains that the quality of our mind determines the quality of the life we lead. The mind can be our greatest ally or our worst adversary. A mind that runs amok could steal our inner peace and undermine our every productive endeavor. Yet, with proper knowledge, training and discipline, it is possible to unleash the mind's infinite potential.[32][33][34][35]

He charts the four different aspects of the human mind and lays down a clear path towards mastering it. Through witty anecdotes, real-life accounts and stories from the Vedic scriptures, he gently guides readers on the road to winning their inner battle.[32][34]

The book was ranked second in the Hindustan Times Nielsen's bestseller list.[36]


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  33. ^ Mukundananda, Swami (14 September 2020). The Science of Mind Management. ISBN 978-9389648447.
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  36. ^ "The HT Nielsen Bestseller list". Hindustan Times. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-02.

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