Swami Sri Ananda Acharya (1881-1945)

Karlima Rani

Very soon men will be born who will say, ‘We must first make others happy before we can be happy ourselves,’ men who will say before eating, ‘Has my neighbour also something to eat?’ who will think, ‘I am warmly dressed, has my neighbour also warm clothing?’ This religion of the heart and conscience will become the religion of the future.

from Karlima Rani by Swami Sri Ananda Acharya


Have you ever seen the peaceful face of a sleeping babe? Have you ever seen the great ocean wrapped in the dim light of early dawn? If you have seen these, the face of a sleeping babe and the face of the ocean at dawn, you will have seen the most wonderful characteristic of the soul. What is this characteristic? It is silence. In silence the soul gets its own reward by having free expression.

from Karlima Rani, by Swami Sri Ananda Acharya

Free download of Karlima Rani

Karlima Rani was first published in Norway in 1921. It is a discourse on spirituality in the form of 18 lectures, ‘delivered by Sister Karlima Rani, Abbess of the Kristo Cloisters on the slopes of Mount Kailasa above Lake Mansarowar in the Himalayas, to Hallgerdur Hallgrimsdottir, a truth seeker from Iceland’. Since 2015 the text of this work has been in the public domain, but the typesetting in this edition, by Paul Howson, is still subject to copyright, as is the introductory essay by Bjorn Pettersen. Anyone can download this edition for their own personal use, but it is not to be reproduced for sale.

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Karlima Rani

Who was Swami Sri Ananda Acharya?

Swami Sri Ananda Acharya (1881-1945) was an Indian mystic, poet, philosopher and pacifist, who, for much of his life, lived in Norway. He settled in a hut on Mt. Tron, where he meditated and wrote most of his books. He wrote mostly in English, though some works were also published in Norwegian and Swedish. He addressed much of his writing to the general reader, rather than the specialist.

Bjørn Pettersen, Chairman of The Swami Sri Ananda Acharya Foundation, Alvdal, Norway, has written a short biography of Swami Sri Ananda Acharya. To read it, download a pdf file by clicking on the following link:

Swami Sri Ananda Acharya

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