Chinmaya Mission is a Hindu spiritual organisation engaged in the dissemination of Vedanta, the science of the Self as expounded in the Vedas, particularly the Upanishads, and other important Hindu scriptures including the Bhagavad Gita. Chinmaya Mission was established in India in 1953 by devotees of the world-renowned Vedanta teacher, Swami Chinmayananda. Under his guidance, these devotees formed the nucleus of a spiritual renaissance movement that now encompasses a wide range of spiritual, educational, and charitable activities, touching the lives of thousands in India and outside its borders. Administered by Central Chinmaya Mission Trust in Mumbai, India, the Mission is now headed by Swami Tejomayananda. There are over 300 mission centres all over India and Abroad. North America itself had more than 30 centres.
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|Motto||To give maximum happiness to the maximum number for the maximum time|
|Headed By||Swami Tejomayananda|
|Main organ||Central Chinmaya Mission Trust|
|Remarks||Founded by Swami Chinmayananda|
Swami Chinmayananda, founder of Chinmaya Mission, taught spirituality as the art of living. Through jnana yoga (the Vedantic path of spiritual knowledge), he emphasized the balance of head and heart, pointing out selfless work, study, and meditation as the cornerstones of spiritual practice.
Not satisfied by worldly aspirations or his degrees in literature and law, Balakrishna Menon pursued spiritual studies for nine years in the Himalayas, under the guidance of Swami Sivananda (Divine Life Society) and the tutelage of Swami Tapovanam (Tapovan Maharaj). He eventually came to share this Vedantic knowledge with the masses, in the form of the dynamic teacher known as Swami Chinmayananda.
Swamiji is renowned worldwide as a spiritual master and one of the foremost teachers of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. He is credited with the renaissance of spirituality and cultural values in India, and with the spreading of the ageless wisdom of Advaita Vedanta, as expounded by Adi Shankaracharya, throughout the world.
To provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta and practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become a positive contributor to society.
To give the maximum amount of happiness to maximum number of people for the maximum amount of time.
The following activities are conducted at mission centers on a weekly basis:
- Shishu Vihar for children 2 to 4
- Balvihar for children 5 to 12
- CHYK – Chinmaya Yuva Kendra
- Junior CHYK for teenagers 13–15
- CHYK for the age group of 16 to 24
- Senior CHYK for youth aged 25–30
- Study Groups for Adults
- Chinmaya Vanprastha Sansthan for Senior Citizens (India and UK)
- Hospital – 1
- Nurses Training Centre – 1
- Diagnostic Centre – 14
- Eye camp in the rural areas – 1
- Adoption of villages for providing social and medical relief – 120
- Senior Citizen Homes – 8
- Income generating schemes for downtrodden women – 1
- Children Welfare Centre – 1
- Goshalas – 4
- Schools (Regular) – 70
- Chinmaya International Residential School – 1
- Harihar Schools (Free education & vocational training for downtrodden children for self-sufficiency) – 3
- Colleges – 4
- Degree College – 1
- Chinmaya Institute of Higher Learning – 1
- Chinmaya Heritage Centre – 1
- Value based Vision Programme for schools (Regularly conducted in various parts of India)
- Institute of Management – 1
Chinmaya Mission undertakes activities of Rural Development via its wing Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD)
Studies in Indology
Imparting knowledge of Indian Scriptures in English & Regional languages (Free two years residential course, for college graduate students) – 6
- Seminars on Public Speaking for Youth
- Leadership & Personality Development for Youth & Adults
- Chinmaya Naada Bindu: Gurukul of Indian Performing Arts
- Centre for World Understanding – 1
Area of Influence
Chinmaya Mission has influence in India especially in Southern, Northern & Western India and among Indian as well as many foreign communities in the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries.
Efforts are being made to spread the wings of the Mission to the East of India in the seven sisters especially.
Ashrams of Chinmaya Mission
- Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai
- Chinmaya Tapovan Trust, Sidhbari
- Chinmayaranyam, Andhra Pradesh
- Chinmaya Sandeepany, Karnataka
- Chinmaya Sandeepany, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
- Chinmaya Gardens, Coimbatore
- Tapovan Kuti, Uttarkashi
- Chinmaya Vibhooti, Kolwan, Pune
- Chinmaya Krishnalaya, Piercy, CA, USA
- Sharada Sannidhi, Mangalore, Karnataka
- today it has over 300 centres across the world.. Times of India, December 25, 2001.
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