Dr. Ramananda Prasad
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
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.
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
Dr. 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.
His English translation "The
Bhagavad Gita (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.
Dr. Ramananda 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.