The monastery was fortunate to host Swami Advaitananda, a Chinmaya Mission Sannyasin carrying forward the work of Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Tejomayananda. Swami has recently been appointed to head the San Jose, California center. He also is presently the resident Acharya of Chinmaya Vibhooti in Kolwan. He has served Mission centers in Indore, Allahabad, Kolkata, Durban and Mumbai. He is an outstanding teacher with great spiritual and intellectual depth. Swamiji has taught two batches of students in the arduous Vedanta Course in Hindi at Sidhabari and one batch in English at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai, as the Acharya-in-charge. His visit brought great joy, as he is a Sivabhaktar to his core.
Dharma is religious patterns which when followed promote the wellbeing of the individual, the family and society. Patterns so that the soul matures and gets closer to God, closer to realizing the Divinity within. Dharma is: "The orderly fulfillment of an inherent nature or destiny," working on instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Destiny is fixed: Realization. Personal dharma, "your own perfect pattern in life", is different for the sannyasin and the householder.