Ramananda Prasad, a 1959 Engineering
graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology
at Kharagpur, India, obtained his M.S.
degree from the University of Toronto,
and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from
the University of Illinois. He has his
roots in Bihar (India) near Bodh Gaya.
He has worked in research, teaching, several
Consulting Engineering firms, as well
as State and Federal Governments in the
U.S.A. He worked as a supervisor at the
Western Division of the U.S. Navy before
his retirement in year 2000.
He is also a professor (Emeritus, 2010)
of Civil Engineering at the San Jose State
University and an adjunct professor of
Religion and Psychology at the Graduate
College of the Union Institute of Cincinnati,
Ohio. He has published several papers
in the Journals of the American Society
of Civil Engineers.
Ramananda Prasad wishes to acknowledge
the immeasurable contributions made to
his spiritual life by his gurus under
whose guidance he had an opportunity and
privilege to start the study of the Gita,
and KriyaYoga. They are: Swami
Prabhupada, Swami Chinmayananda, Swami
Dayananda Saraswati (of Saylorsburg, PA),
Swami Harihar, and Paramahamsa Hariharanandaji.
Ramananda Prasad is the founding
member of several non-profit organizations
in the San Francisco Bay Area such as
the Vedic Dharma Samaj that now runs the
Fremont Hindu temple, Ramayan Sabha, and
the Universal Yoga Center of San Francisco.
He founded the International Gita Society
in 1984 whose aim is to serve the humanity
through the teachings of the Bhagwad Geeta
and other non-Hindu scriptures, and to
establish harmony between all cultures,
races, religions, and faith of the world
through the immortal teachings of all
great masters, and major scriptures.
English translation "The Bhagwad
Geeta (The Sacred Song)", now in
its Fourth Edition, has been translated
in the following languages: Hindi, Dutch,
French, Portuguese, Russian, Hebrew, German
and Spanish and is available free on the
internet. He also studies Astrology and
conducts lectures, classes, Satsang on
the Holy Gita.
He is helped by
his wife Sadhana Prasad, a great devotee
of Lord Shiva. He has one daughter, Mrs.
Reeta Raina, married to Dr. Abhinav Raina,
M.D.; and one son, Sanjay Prasad who helps
IGS and works full time for a BioTech
company in California.
Prasad retired in March 2000
to devote full-time propagating the message
of the Holy Gita with the help of a few
like minded persons and no help from Hindu
Temples in USA or any big organization/people.
He is actively looking for like minded
people in India, USA and elsewhere to
continue the work of spreading the immortal
nectar of the Gita.
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