Om Swami

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Om Swami
Born (1979-11-30) 30 November 1979 (age 42)
Patiala, India
Alma mater
Notable work
If Truth Be Told: A Monk's Memoir

Om Swami is a spiritual leader and bestselling author[1] who resides in his ashram in the Himalayan foothills. He is the founder of the Black Lotus App[2] and,[3][4] a writing platform. Before renunciation, he was a successful tech entrepreneur.[5] Swami is the bestselling author of more than fifteen books on meditation, wellness, and spirituality, such as Kundalini: An Untold Story, The Wellness Sense, and If Truth Be Told: A Monk's Memoir.[6][7][8] He has also documented his experiences on meditation for over 15,000 hours in his well-received book A Million Thoughts.[9]

Early life[edit]

Swami was born on the twelfth night of the waxing moon in the month of Margasirsa, according to the Vedic calendar. Showing deep inclination towards spirituality[10] from an early age, Swami studied a range of Vedic and astrological texts, eventually becoming a professional astrologer during his teen years. He quit his job as a part-time editor for a weekly business newspaper to pursue graduation and post-graduation degrees from Australia. Later, he acquired Australian citizenship.

Education and early career[edit]

In 2000, Swami graduated with a Bachelor of Business from University of Western Sydney. He acquired Master of Business Administration from University of Technology Sydney. Later, he started a software business in Australia and expanded its operations to the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and India over the next six years.[11] He became a millionaire owing to his IT company.[12] Later, Swami moved back to India and acquired a healthcare company.

Renunciation and spiritual journey[edit]

On 15 March 2010, Swami renounced his material wealth[1] and left for his spiritual journey quietly. Heading straight to Kashi, he was initiated[13] into the path of renunciation by a Naga saint in a little village some eighty kilometers from Varanasi.[14] After spending four and a half months there, Swami left for the Himalayas where he spent the next thirteen months in intense meditation in complete isolation and solitude. During the days of his intense practice, he meditated for up to 22 hours every day including straight 10-hour stretches.[15] Researchers and Scientists from IIT studied the effects of his intense spiritual practices (tapasya) and published the findings in 2019 research papers.[16]


Swami gives his own perspective on enlightenment on his website[17] and in his book If Truth Be Told. "Enlightenment does not mean you have to live like a pauper. It does not mean you have to subject yourself to a life of hardship and abstinence. On the contrary, to be enlightened means to live in the light of love, compassion and truthfulness".[18]

Literary work[edit]

If Truth Be Told: A Monk's Memoir is his memoir, published by Harper Collins in December 2014.[19][20] The book was listed as number 6 in the top 10 non fiction books in the country as reported by The Financial Express (India).[21] His fictional novel The Last Gambit was translated as La vie est un jeu d'échecs in French. It won the Chronos Prize for Literature (2019) in France.[22]


  • The Big Questions of Life, Harper Collins; 2020.
  • The Book of Kindness: How to Make Others Happy and Be Happy Yourself , Harper Collins; 2019.
  • The Heart of Success, Jaico Publishing House; 2019.
  • The Children of Tomorrow: A Monk's Guide to Mindful Parenting , Harper Collins; 2019.
  • The Hidden Power of Gayatri Mantra, Jaico Publishing house; 2019.
  • Mind Full to Mindful: Zen Wisdom from a Monk's bowl, Harper Collins; 2018.
  • A Fistful of Wisdom: A Monk's light musings on life's serious stuff, Jaico Publishing House; 2017.
  • The Ancient Science of Mantras, Jaico Publishing House; 2017.
  • The Last Gambit, Harper Collins; 2017.
  • A Million Thoughts: Learn all about meditation from the Himalayan mystic, Jaico Publishing House; 2016.
  • When All is Not Well: Depression and Sadness from a Yogic Perspective, Harper Collins; 2016.
  • Kundalini: An Untold Story, Jaico Publishing House; 2016.
  • The Wellness Sense: A Practical Guide to Your Physical and Emotional Health Based on Ayurvedic and Yogic Wisdom, Harper Collins, 2015.
  • A Fistful of Love: Wisdom and humor from a Monk's bowl, Jaico Publishing House; 2015.
  • If Truth Be Told: A Monk's Memoir, Harper Element; 2014.


  1. ^ a b Medha Shri Dahiya (2016-05-07) "Meet The Swami Who Wields a Pen"Hindustan Times.
  2. ^ "How to get more productive? Try this meditation app". The Economic Times.
  3. ^ "OS.ME Online Community: An Antidote to the Toxicity of Social Media". Global Newswire.
  4. ^ "What to Know About Taking a Vow of Silence: Benefits, How to, Rules, and Retreats". Healthline.
  5. ^ Prakash, Rajeshwari Menon (31 December 2020). "Om Swami: The Monk Who Was Once A Tech Tycoon". The Punch Magazine. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  6. ^ If Truth Be Told: A Monk's Memoir, Harper Element; 2014 edition (4 December 2014), ISBN 978-9351368069
  7. ^ Medha Shri Dahiya (2015-01-03) "Book review of A Monk's Memoir: If Truth Be Told" Hindustan Times.
  8. ^ Somya Abrol (2015-01-09) "A wise man's word". The Tribune.
  9. ^ "About". Black Lotus. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  10. ^ Ramesh K Dhiman (2015-01-11)"His Tryst With Truth" The India Post.
  11. ^ Meera Bhardwaj (2014-12-30) "A Monk’s Memoir of Spiritual Pursuits". The New Indian Express.
  12. ^ "Meet Om Swami: Millionaire turned monk". The New Indian Express.
  13. ^ If Truth Be Told. Harper Element. November 2014. p. 112. ISBN 9789351368069.
  14. ^ Nikhil Varma (2014-12-23) "A monk's take"The Hindu.
  15. ^ Vidya Iyenger (2016-12-23) "The Monk Who Sold His Porsche"Bangalore Mirror.
  16. ^ Gaurav, G.; Sahani, Ashish Kumar; Sahoo, Abhijit (March 2019). "An EEG based Quantitative Analysis of Absorbed Meditative State". 2019 9th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering (NER): 57–60. doi:10.1109/NER.2019.8717094.
  17. ^ Swami, Om. "Wisdom".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ (2015-01-11) "The Ultimate Realization" The Pioneer.
  19. ^ City Air News (2015-01-08)"If Truth Be Told-A Monk's Memoir"
  20. ^ Specttrum News (2015-01-08)"If Truth Be Told-A Monk's Memoir"
  21. ^ (2015-02-07) "Top 10: Fiction and non-fiction". The Financial Express.
  22. ^ Chronos, Prix. "Les lauréats du Prix Chronos 2020". Prix Chronos.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)