Subbarao Kompella was born in 1953, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He is the youngest child of Surya Narayana Murthy and Yasoda. As a young child he was extremely fond of his mother and spent most of his childhood under her guidance. At age 8 he experienced a vision of the Divine Mother. He later met his GuruSri Amritanada Saraswati, in 1978, at the age of 25. By the grace of his guru, his love for his mother blossomed into love for the Divine Mother. The supportiveness of his wife and the absolute blessingsshowered by his Guru intensified his devotion and dedication to Divine Mother.
In 1985, Sri Amritananda Saraswati bestowed real amrit (nectar) upon Subbarao Kompella by teaching him the great mahayagna knownas Navavarna Puja. As the years went by, Subbarao Kompella’s dedication to Sri Vidya Upasana and his extraordinary love for Mother Divine began to attract the attention of many, whom he inspired to practice Sri Vidya. He shared the knowledge imparted by his Guru with others and taught Navavarna Puja to all who were interested in the Divine Mother.With time his desire to spread the name of the Divine Mother, Lalitha, and to foster a deeper understanding of Sri Vidya, intensified. In 1995, with the blessings of his Guru, Subbarao Kompella and his family moved to New Zealand. While there, Subbarao Kompella began performing pujas for the Indian community there in order to spread cultural and religious awareness. His unique approach of explaining the deeper meanings of each mantra attracted hundreds of people from all over the country to experience the rituals.
In 1998, Subbarao Kompella moved to the United States He carried with him an icon of the Goddess Bhairavi that he brought with him from New Zealand. One morning he awoke to find that the icon of the Goddess and the area surrounding it were a little sticky. On returning from work that evening, however, he found the icon drenched in honey. This honey flowed from the icon steadily for two full days. Seeing this extraordinary sight, he was ecstatic – and his faith in the Divine Mother has been unerring ever since.
In 2000, he received poorna deeksha from his Guru Sri Amritananda Saraswati and formally became an ordained monk and took the name, Sri Guru Karunamaya. He was the pontiff of the Devipuram Temple from 2007 to 2011. He founded Soundarya Lahari Trust in 2000 to spread the teachings of Sri Vidya and to bring about universal harmony.
He has been practicing Sri Vidya for close to 40 years. His vision is to bring about transformation in the lives of all human beings by promoting the principles of Sri Vidya, and setting up Sri Vidya learning centers in Rishikesh, Bangalore and Hyderabad, India.
“If external noise dies down, inner silence can be heard. Meditate on that silence.”
Sri Guru Karunamaya