In this modern era, and that too in the midst of the materialistic stream of life, in the heart of the wealthy and luxurious city of Manhattan in New York, the establishment of such a traditional Vedic orthodox guru-kula under the umbrella of Śrī Śaṅkarācārya is indeed praiseworthy.
The following of varṇāśrama-dharma and the ascetic, celibate life of sannyāsins has been established, and guided by the highly knowledgeable Śrī Swami Ramakrishnananda-jī Mahārāja (Prabhuji), who abiding in the tenets of yoga, has founded an exceptionally outstanding, commendable and courageous establishment.
In my opinion, this is a very special ashram, undoubtedly one-of-a-kind in the U.S. and possibly in the entire world. I was so profoundly happy and proud to visit this Vedic institution. If we were able to likewise establish such revolutionary ashrams in every major city of United States to promote the Vedic tradition, I have no doubt that the whole world would be different, and that events would certainly take a better course.
All the praises and glories go to Śrī Swami Ramakrishnananda-jī Mahārāja (Prabhuji). His Holiness Swamijī has become a unique symbol of the rebirth of such traditions in the entire western hemisphere. I am confident that the respected Swamijī will continue to receive more recognition, acknowledgements, reverences and praise from scholars and spiritual leaders. I pray to Śrī Lord Gaṇeśa to help Swamijī to obtain the necessary energy, to protect his mission so that it may continue to prosper, and to guide Swamijī to succeed in all his preaching efforts. You will always be blessed by both Guru Mahārāja and Bhagavān Mastarāma Bābājī Mahārāja.
My first visit to this ashram has bridged the gap and connected two countries, Nepal and the United States, as well as two traditional Vedic organizations, the Galeshwar Ashram and the Vishwa Dharma Mandalam (Prabhuji Mission). This visit has also established a cordial Godly brotherhood and spiritual relationship between the Swamis of both ashrams.
oṁ namo nārāyanāya!
His Holiness Swami Atmānanda Giri
Dev Ghat, Nepal