Our Presidents


Rev.Pravrajika Ajayaprana Mataji

First President: Ramakrishna Sarada Vedanta Society of NSW

REV.PRAVRAJIKA AJAYAPRANA finished her University study before joining the Ramakrishna Order in 1952. In Thrissur, Kerala she worked as a science teacher in the school run by the Order and was in charge of the boarding house for schoolchildren. Later she was the Secretary of the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Centre in Thiruvananthapuram until 1982. She is a senior nun of Sri Sarada Math, the womens' wing of the Ramakrishna Order. Formed in 1954 in India, the Sri Sarada Math is a fully independent monastic women’s Order run exclusively by women.
In April 1982, Rev.Pravrajika Ajayaprana Mataji and Brahmacharini Girijadevi (Pravrajika Gayatriprana), flew into Sydney. For the next twenty-nine and a half years the two nuns passed through an arduous, adventurous and ultimately triumphant process of establishing Sarada Math’s first Centre outside India and the first Centre of the Ramakrishna Order in Australia.During that time Rev.Mataji gave weekly talks and classes, conducted occasional meditation days, retreats and special functions, met with, counselled, inspired and consoled, many, many people. On invitation Rev.Mataji also kept up a busy schedule of lecture tours to the other major cities of Australia a few times each year, and to Malaysia, and occasionally visited Singapore and Sri Lanka as well.
Rev. Mataji participated in and organized interfaith gatherings and meetings. She is one of the founding members of “WIN,” Women’s Interfaith Network.
When she departed from Sydney on September 22, 2011, to spend her remaining years at the Sri Sarada Math Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, India, she left behind hundreds of people with many treasured memories of the time they could share with her and benefit from her wisdom, guidance, friendship and love. She also left behind a well-established Centre. To read more: /page5

Pravrajika Gayatriprana

Current President of the Ramakrishna Sarada Vedanta Society of NSW

PRAVRAJIKA GAYATRIPANANA  is a graduate in physics and has a Masters’ degree in Social Science. She joined Sri Sarada Math of the Ramakrishna Order in 1973, serving as a teacher at the centres in Arunachal Pradesh and Trissur, Kerala, until her departure for Sydney in 1982, accompanying Rev.Pravrajika Ajayaprana Mataji as an assistant Nun.
Together, through hard work and many difficulties they established the first Sarada Math Centre outside India.
At the Annual General Meeting of the Society held at Vedanta Hall on Sunday, August 28, Pravrajika Ajayaprana retired from the position of President handing over this position to Pravrajika Gayatriprana.
Pravrajika Gayatriprana gives a weekly talk on Vedanta, a fortnightly class on the Bhagavad Gita, and represents the Society at the monthly Meetings of WIN (Women’s Interfaith Network, and on invitation at other special functions organized by various organisations. She also visits Newcastle and Adelaide to give talks.