Swāmī Agehānanda Bhāratī (अगेहानन्द भारती) (Vienna, April 20, 1923 – New York, May 14, 1991) was the monastic name of Leopold Fischer, professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University for over 30 years. He was an academic Sanskritist, a writer on religious subjects, and a Hindu monk in the Dasanami Sannyasi order.
Fischer was born in Vienna, Austria on April 20, 1923 to Hans and Margarete Fischer. Growing up, he joined the Indian Club and began to study Hindi and classical Sanskrit, which led to his decision to become an Indologist. Later, Fischer became a member of Adolf Hitler’s “Free India Legion” and converted to Hinduism, taking on the name Ramachandra.
- The Tantric Tradition. London : Rider, 1966.
- The Light at the Center: Context and Pretext of Modern Mysticism. Santa Barbara, CA : Ross-Erikson. 1976.
- The Ochre Robe : An Autobiography. Second Revised Edition, with New Epilog. Santa Barbara, CA : Ross-Erikson, 1980. ISBN 0-915520-28-1
- Brief academic biography at the homepage of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
- Shauna Arth (2003), Agehananda Bharati, 1923-1991 (Anthropology Biography Web), archived from the original on June 3, 2010
Bibliography and book review
- Selected Publications of Prof. Agehananda Bharati at the homepage of the Maxwell School of Syracuse University
- Review of The Light at the Center by Brad Darrach, Time Magazine September 13, 1976
Articles available online
- Fictitious Tibet: The Origin and Persistence of Rampaism, an article published in Tibet Society Bulletin (Bloomington, Ind.), Vol. 7, 1974
- Excerpts from The Light at the Center on LSD and zero-experiences
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