Dr. Shashi Dwarakanath is the Sevak / spiritual leader at Chinmaya Mission Boston. She met Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda in 1989 and was profoundly moved and inspired by Swamiji’s presence. Having started the Chinmaya Bala Vihar program in her basement in 1989, she continued to be the Bala Vihar program coordinator at Chinmaya Mission Boston until 2013.
Her interest in Vedanta got the blessings of Swami Tejomayananda and she attended the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Vedanta Course in Mumbai between 2014-2016. Swami Bodhatmananda was the Acharya of the course. Shashiji took early retirement from her position as the Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Lowell General Hospital, MA, in order to continue uninterrupted service to the Mission.
She was awarded the “Life Achievement Award” in 2017 by India New England news. Presently she holds regular satsangs, meditation sessions and other classes. She has conducted several retreats and also offers Hindu services at a local school.She performs Hindu wedding ceremonies.
With her husband Dr. Gopala Dwarakanath and the extraordinary supportive local community, Shashiji has been fortunate to see the growth of the local Mission from its humble beginnings to a vibrant center in the last few decades.