Swami Prakashananda was born in California, Trinidad, in January 1964. He attended the Couva Private Grammar School in the late 1970s. Upon completion of his secondary education, Swamiji migrated to Canada to pursue tertiary education at York University where he successfully read for a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy at Toronto’s York University.
As a young seeker, he had his first encounter with realized master Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda – the founder of the Chinmaya Mission. This meeting awakened a deep-seated spiritual yearning in Swamiji and he eagerly sought permission from Pujya Gurudev to embark on this most noble journey.
In 1991, Swamiji traveled to India to study Samskrit and Vedanta at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya. Mumbai. Upon completion of his studies in 1994, he was assigned to give discourses at various Mission centers across India and Nepal. Swamiji spent six years in India.
Swamiji also pursued his law degree at Benares Hindu University after which he returned to Trinidad as Brahmachaari Prem Chaitanya. In 1997, Swamiji initiated Chinmaya Mission activities in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Thereafter began the longstanding tradition of his satsangs, yajnas and camps across Trinidad, the Caribbean, the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. He established and continues to spearhead the Chinmaya Mission Trinidad and Tobago.
Pujya Guruji, Swami Tejomayananda, initiated Br. Prem Chaitanya into sannyasa as Swami Prakashananda on Mahashivaratri, in 2005.
Among the countless positive endeavors of the Trinidad and Tobago Ashram, Swamiji has personally conducted hundreds of yajnas, spiritual camps, courses in Sanskrit and Vedic Chanting, and established study groups for children and adults. In addition, there are numerous charitable projects assisting needy communities and families, and several religious symposiums. If this wasn’t enough, Trinidad and Tobago Ashram also runs schools under the name Chinmaya Vidyalaya , with centers in Mc Bean, Debe, Gasparillo, Barrackpore, Penal Cunupia and Felicity, all of which continue to add value to, and positively impact the lives of thousands of our children and citizens, contributing to their spiritual, personal and intellectual development.
In recognition for the selfless community service rendered by Pujya Swami Prakashananda, the government of Trinidad and Tobago awarded him with the Chaconia Gold Medal in 2012.
Swamiji has conducted three residential Vedanta & Sanskrit programme at the ashram.