Swami Prasannatmananda is a fully ordained monk and an active minister of the Ramakrishna Order of India. Having received his monastic ordination in 1995 after extensive spiritual practice and scriptural training, he was posted at the Vedanta Society of Berkeley, California, in 2011 as an Assistant Swami. In October 2014, he was appointed as Swami-in-charge. He continues to offer classes and formal lectures, participates in conferences and interfaith seminars. He also writes philosophical and spiritual articles.