• Shree krishnaChinmaya Sadhana Kendra, Vadodara
  • Swami Chinmayanada
  • Swami TejomayanandaHead of The Chinmaya Mission Worldwide
    At inauguration of Chinmaya Sadhana Kendra, Vadodara
  • Swami DeveshanandaAcharya at Chinmaya Mission Vadodara
    With Guruji
  • CHYK's of VadodaraChyk- Camp at Hathni Mata Waterfalls.
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Swami Chinmayanada

Swami Chinmayananda was one of the 20th century’s most world-renowned and revered exponents of Vedanta, the foundation of Hindu religion and culture.

Childhood and youth Born on May 8, 1916 in Kerala, India, Balakrishnan Menon acquired degrees in Law and English Literature before plunging into the Freedom Movement of India against the British rule. Balakrishnan’s nationalist activities led to his imprisonment, and after he was released, he worked for a newspaper called The National Herald.

The Spiritual Quest
Born on May 8, 1916 in Kerala, India, Balakrishnan Menon acquired degrees in Law and English Literature before plunging into the Freedom Movement of India against the British rule. Balakrishnan’s nationalist activities led to his imprisonment, and after he was released, he worked for a newspaper called The National Herald.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Visionary and Missionary

Spiritually awakened through Swami Tapovanam’s tutelage and grace, and inspired by Mother Ganga’s continuous flow of purity and service to mankind, Swami Chinmayananda sought and received his guru’s blessings to spread Vedantic knowledge to the masses. Having seen widespread spiritual and social degradation in India, he felt the urge to share with others the knowledge that had brought fulfilment in his own life. Swami Chinmayananda conducted his first jnana yajna (a series of spiritual discourses) in December 1951, at a small temple in Pune, Maharashtra. Jnana yajna, a term he coined from Lord Krishna’s teachings in the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, refers to the student who through scriptural studies performs the ritual of worship (yajna) at the altar of wisdom (jnana). His teachings were based on the authority of the Vedas and his direct experience. They were highly appreciated, and the number of devotees eager to learn from Swami Chinmayananda’s highly dynamic, logical, and witty discourses increased rapidly. An inspired band of devotees thus formed ‘Chinmaya Mission’ in 1953. From pulpits and platforms throughout India and around the world, Swami Chinmayananda taught the tens of thousands who came to listen and learn. By the time he left his physical form and attained mahasamadhi on August 3, 1993, Gurudev, as Swami Chinmayananda came to be known among his followers, had conducted 576 jnana yajnas as well as countless family spiritual camps, traversing hundreds of thousands of miles, crisscrossing the globe, and transforming millions of lives directly and indirectly.

Published Works As dynamic, creative, serene and profound that he was, despite serious medical conditions and incessant world travel, Swami Chinmayananda authored over 35 books, including commentaries on the major Upanishads and Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. The latter work has been acclaimed as one of the most refined, insightful, and practical commentaries ever written on the Gita. The collection of his video talks on the Gita is heralded today as one of Chinmaya Mission’s most illustrious publications. Swami Chinmayananda is credited with bringing about a worldwide Vedantic renaissance in the late 20th century through his introduction of Adi Sankara’s works and teachings to the masses. Whether in his writings or his orations, Swami Chinmayananda was famed for his depth, clarity, eloquence, wit, and humour. Serving humanity endlessly and tirelessly until his last day, he daily expounded in colloquial terms the philosophical truths from Advaita Vedanta in every nook and corner he reached.

The Legacy In his 42 years of relentless service, Swami Chinmayananda left an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of people, and his footprints in the multifarious service projects he inspired in the Mission. He created a vast legacy – a global organization committed to Vedanta and also started numerous educational institutions and social service projects. He lives on in the priceless publications of Chinmaya Mission and in the hearts of millions as a saint and teacher extraordinaire. Swami Chinmayananda’s life was indeed a saga of immeasurable strength, boundless love, tireless service, and metaphysical reach.

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