Born in Durban South Africa. Pandit Rami Studied Vedanta philosophy at Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh for 1 year at the age of 18. He then went to Benaras and studied Sanskrit and Veda at Swami Sanjayananda’s gurukul for 2 years. He also studied Karma-kanda, Yajna and Puja vidhi under Satyanarayana Shastri of Tirupati. His theoretical Agama training was done in Madras under Srimati Sita Padmanabhan. In 1983 he took pancha-samskara initiation from His Holiness Sri Sri Varada Yatiraja Jiyar swami the (late) pontiff of Adi Kesava Perumal temple in Sriperumbudur, Tamilnadu and in 1993 he was granted the Acharya degree by His Holiness and given full authority to teach, initiate, administer the sacraments and to conduct temple installations and consecrations. He studied Vedic astrology under the renowned Hart deFouw and has been serving the Hindu community in Australia as a purohit, counselor and Dharma-teacher since 1980.
He is much valued for his extensive explanations of the rituals being performed and for his inclusion of English in marriage vows etc. Rami-ji is also a registered nurse. He travels extensively and teaches Hindu Philosophy, Sanskrit and ritual and regularly participates in Yoga workshops in Australia, Bali and in the USA. He has participated in a number of temple consecrations in Australia and in the USA.
He performs all samskāras from birth to death, all Vaidik, Pauranika and Pancharātra rituals and since 9th January is performing marriage ceremonies for Same-Sex couples.
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