Swami Harshananda is a senior monk of the Ramakrishna Order.
Initiated into spiritual life by Swami Virajananda, the sixth president of the Ramakrishna Order, he joined the Bangalore branch of the Ramakrishna Math in early 1954.
He was administered the monastic vows by Swami Vishuddhananda, the eighth president, in 1962.
The Swami has worked in the various centres of the Order such as Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore, Belur Math (the Headquarters of the Order) an Allahabad.
He has been the president of the Ramakrishna Math of Bangalore since 1989.
He has several books to his credit in English, Kunnada and Sanskrit. Some of his books have been translated into foreign languages like French, Korean and Indonesian.
He is a good speaker in both English and Kannada (his mother-tongue).