809Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Krishnalaya is the headquarters of, and first property owned by, Chinmaya Mission West (CMW). It was purchased in 1979 for conducting a two-and-a-half-year, in-depth Vedanta course. Thereafter, Chinmaya Mission conducted occasional camps and weekend programs and continued to maintain the property.The gurgling flow of the Eel Ganga and the stunning views of the mountain ranges make Krishnalaya an ideal place for a retreat.The ashram presently houses a beautiful 200-person lecture hall with air conditioning, a state-of-the-art sound system, a big screen television, and multimedia equipment. The ashram lodges 80 people comfortably and has a commercial kitchen, dining hall, satsang hall, and temple shrine.

[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Dulles [post_type] => page ) 800Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Keeping in line with the vision of the Chinmaya Mission, Chinmaya Mission New Zealand (CMNZ) came into existence in the year 2002, as a registered charitable institution, with the main aim of sharing the benefits of our culture to the local community. We have Brni. Bhakti Chaitainya and Br. Adarsh Chaitanya as our teachers who guide Mission\\\\\\\'s activities in Nelson and Auckland respectively. The activities in Nelson have been going since the past several years under th able guidance of Brni. Bhaktiji. The main aim through the activities it conducts is to instill humanitarian values in the hearts of the young (at Balvihar) and to provide a broader and more inspiring vision to life for the youth so as to bring out their best in their respective field of work (at Yuva Kendra) and to provide for the adults the path towards Truth of the scriptures (at the Study Groups). [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Nelson [post_type] => page ) 792Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => The Chinmaya Mission France was founded in 1992 under the inspiration of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The CMF acharya is Swamini Umananda, who, inspired by her meeting with Swami Chinmayananda in 1983, studied in India under his leadership before dedicating herself to the spread of this teaching. The CMF aims to help raise France in the philosophy of Vedânta, whose profound message, dynamic and of high purity, is particularly relevant to our modern world. The Chinmaya Mission France pursues this goal through the publication of books and organizing educational activities. The programme of activities for the Chinmaya Mission France offers everyone the opportunity to discover the secret life of a positive and dynamic, through traditional Vedantic lectures based on the study of the Scriptures and put into practice on a daily basis. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission France [post_type] => page ) 791Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Chinmaya Mission is located on the East Coast of Reunion Island (near Saint-Suzanne city). The centre is spread over 5 acres and is lush green. A spring and a river flow close by making it all the more attractive. The ashram has a low rise modern building. Accommodation is available for 5 ashramites and one visitor. The satsang hall can accommodate upto 200 people. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Reunion [post_type] => page ) 788Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => There are two main centres in Australia at present, one each in Melbourne and Sydney. Please click on the following links to find out more about each centre. There are also centres in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane as well as Darwin. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Perth [post_type] => page ) 787Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => The Chinmaya Mission centre in Melbourne is called \"Chinmaya Dham\", located in the suburb of Templestowe. It was established first in 1981, thanks to the incessant efforts of an ardent devotee of Swami Chinmayananda, Dr K.T. Ganapathy, known affectionately as \"Mataji\". Inspired by the idea of serving her Guru, she took up the challenge of gathering a small group of people together in a living room to conduct study groups. The sincerity of their seeking was soon rewarded when Swami Chinmayananda came to visit the (then) fledgling Melbourne centre on two occasions. Since those humble beginnings, the Chinmaya Dham centre in Melbourne has now grown into a vibrant hub of activity. Several classes for young and old are held there on a weekly basis, ranging in topics such as Hindu Culture, Yoga, Meditation, Sanskrit, Vedanta and so on. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Melbourne [post_type] => page ) 785Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Since 1972, regular study classes have been conducted by various CM acharyas. Inspired by Pujya Gurudev, Robyn Thompson joined the two-year Vedanta Course in Mumbai, India, and returned in 1986 as Brahmacharini Robyn. She then started conducting regular study classes at the Deshpande residence and then the Kapahi residence. CM Vancouver has been growing steadily and now annually conducts at least two jnana yajnas. Past yajnas have been hosted for Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, Swami Shantananda, Swamini Sharadapriyananda, Swami Purushottamananda, Swami Chidatmananda, and Swami Ishwarananda. Annual celebrations/observations include Pujya Gurudev’s birthday, Guru Purnima, and Gurudev’s Mahasamadhi, and Gita Jayanti. Through sevaks’ dedicated efforts, CM weekly study classes are also held for children, teens, and adults at a rented facility. CM Vancouver hopes to eventually have its own ashram in order to benefit the people of Vancouver with more Vedantic knowledge and rich Indian culture. For this purpose, a fundraiser is organized every year. 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History of Chinmaya Mission Toronto
 
Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda came to Toronto for the first time in 1972 at the invitation of the Vedanta Society. His impact was so great that on his second visit, in 1974, the CM Toronto was founded
In 1975, two Torontonians packed up their luggage and went to Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai to attend the brahmachari course. One of them was Barrie Dykes, who returned to Toronto in1978 and initiated a new phase of CMT. Br. Barrie’s practical approach drew people from many religious backgrounds. Twice a week, about 40 people packed a small room at the University of Toronto to listen to and discuss Vedantic teachings. The level of enthusiasm was high and their sincerity genuine. By 1985, CMT had grown sufficiently to hold its first Canadian CM spiritual camp at the University of Waterloo. 
The other enthusiastic Torontonian who left in 1984 was the highly intelligent and forever debating Barbara Dudzinska. Her karma propelled her to India, and she returned in 1988 to Toronto as Brni. Sadhana. She became CM Toronto’s resident Acharya and began her tireless, dedicated work, teaching adults, children, and teenagers. In 1989, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda made his first visit to Toronto. December 1991 marked the last visit of Pujya Gurudev and his approval to purchase property for a CM center in Toronto, under President Michael Mayzel. In the summers of 1994 and 1997, CM family camps were held at St. Catherines, Ontario. 
In December 1997, CM Toronto purchased a home as its new center in Unionville, Ontario, inaugurated by Swami Tejomayananda as Chinmaya Shivalaya on July 12, 1998. Rapid growth continued. By July 2003, another milestone was marked with the purchase of vast property with a large property in Maple, Ontario. The new “Chinmaya Shivalaya” center was inaugurated by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda. In 2004, CM Toronto’s resident Acharya, Brahmacharini Sadhanaji, was initiated into sannyasa by Pujya Guruji as Swamini Shivapriyananda. 
In the summer of 2011, Chinmaya Mission Toronto moved to its new location in Brampton. Our center is also known as Chinmaya Vedanta Heritage Centre, Chinmaya Shivalaya. We have grown vastly over the years continually striving to fulfill Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda’s vision of propagating spiritual upliftment to all corners of the world, starting with our own communities. 
Since its inception, CM Toronto has grown from a small group that could fit comfortably in a family room to a large extended family, with almost 1,000 members on CMT’s mailing list. Currently, CM Toronto offers many regular programs and activities throughout the year:
 
Adult study groups across the Greater Toronto area
Bal Vihar classes with over 100 children registered
Chinmaya youth groups called CHYK
Meditation classes and retreats
Satsangs and bhajan sessions
Jnana yagnas by CM Acharyas
Festival celebrations and spiritual family retreats
 
Children in the Bal Vihar program receive “value-based” education to prepare them for not only academic success, but to also nurturing them to be responsible and resilient citizens of the world.
Toronto CHYKs organize excellent programs throughout the year inviting learned speakers for various spiritual topics.
 
[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Toronto [post_type] => page ) 783Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => CM Ottawa conducts an active and regular program of weekly Vedanta classes for over 120 participants, at various levels. CM Ottawa conducts annual or semi-annual day camps for children. These week-long camps unfold a spiritual awakening in the children through stories, workshops, games, art, and drama. CHYK camps are simultaneously held as part of the annual Family Camp. Annual Hindu festivals celebrated include Mahashivaratri, Shri Chinmaya Jayanti and Mahasamadhi, Holi, and Shri Krishna Janmashtami. Annual jnana yajnas are also held, where various CM Acharyas in North America are invited to give spiritual discourses. CM Ottawa\'s other annual events include Open House, CORD Walkathon. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Ottawa [post_type] => page ) 782Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Classes for Bala Vihar, Yuva Kendra and Adults shifted to schools for the next few years. However in 2006, Chinmaya Mission Niagara’s (CMN) committee felt the time had come to have their own home. With the blessings and a puja performed by Pujya Swami Shantananda, CMN moved \\\'home\\\' in September of 2007. Pujya Swami Tejomayananda named the 16,000 sq. ft. facility as Chinmaya Dhara (Flow of Consciousness).

 

Just as there was demand for a centre in Niagara so too was there demand for a teacher. And the Guru Parampara has supplied the community with both. Born and raised in Niagara, Acharya Vivek turned away from the ordinary pursuits of life and took up the extraordinary path within. Having studied Vedanta at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai, India for over two years under the guidance of Pujya Swami Tejomayananda, Vivekji returned to Niagara to share this ancient wisdom with one and all.

 

Today, all activities are taking place at Dhara and are growing both in quality and quantity! Through Gita discourses and Vedanta discussions, Bala Vihar classes and celebrations, Bhagavan\\\'s Puja and Bharata Natya, CMN\\\'s volunteers continue to earnestly serve the community.

 

Pujya Swami Tejomayananda has divinized Dhara at the Inauguration in 2009, Murti Sthapana in 2010 and a simple visit in 2011! In 2013, Pujya Swami Tejomayananda will be guiding Dhara once again with a Jnana Yajna from May 30 - June 1.

 

Niagara has been fortunate to have many Chinmaya Mission Acharyas bless the centre and community with their presence and teachings over the years. May Pujya Swami Chinmayananda\\\'s grace and Pujya Swami Tejomayananda\\\'s guidance forever lead the vision of Chinmaya Mission Niagara and all centres around the globe.

[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Niagara [post_type] => page ) 781Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Sevaks and sevikas have been serving the Niagara Region through/with the teachings of Pujya Swami Chinmayananda since the late 1980s. Weekly classes were held from home to home until 1999 when Pujya Swami Tejomayananda created another chapter to Chinmaya Mission Worldwide.

 

Classes for Bala Vihar, Yuva Kendra and Adults shifted to schools for the next few years. However in 2006, Chinmaya Mission Niagara’s (CMN) committee felt the time had come to have their own home. With the blessings and a puja performed by Pujya Swami Shantananda, CMN moved \\\'home\\\' in September of 2007. Pujya Swami Tejomayananda named the 16,000 sq. ft. facility as Chinmaya Dhara (Flow of Consciousness).

 

Just as there was demand for a centre in Niagara so too was there demand for a teacher. And the Guru Parampara has supplied the community with both. Born and raised in Niagara, Acharya Vivek turned away from the ordinary pursuits of life and took up the extraordinary path within. Having studied Vedanta at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai, India for over two years under the guidance of Pujya Swami Tejomayananda, Vivekji returned to Niagara to share this ancient wisdom with one and all.

 

Today, all activities are taking place at Dhara and are growing both in quality and quantity! Through Gita discourses and Vedanta discussions, Bala Vihar classes and celebrations, Bhagavan\\\'s Puja and Bharata Natya, CMN\\\'s volunteers continue to earnestly serve the community.

 

Pujya Swami Tejomayananda has divinized Dhara at the Inauguration in 2009, Murti Sthapana in 2010 and a simple visit in 2011! In 2013, Pujya Swami Tejomayananda will be guiding Dhara once again with a Jnana Yajna from May 30 - June 1.

 

Niagara has been fortunate to have many Chinmaya Mission Acharyas bless the centre and community with their presence and teachings over the years. May Pujya Swami Chinmayananda\\\'s grace and Pujya Swami Tejomayananda\\\'s guidance forever lead the vision of Chinmaya Mission Niagara and all centres around the globe.

[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Halton [post_type] => page ) 780Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Chinmaya Mission Calgary (CHMC) was established in 1982. It has since evolved into a dynamic center serving several hundred families. This CM center in the Canadian Rockies is affiliated with CM Vancouver. Weekly Adult Study Groups and Bala Vihar classes for youth and children are held throughout the year at the local “Hindu Mandir.” As spirituality should be a family-based lifestyle, CMHC takes special care to conduct spiritual and cultural programs that interest all members of the family. CMHC also offers Sanskrit and other Indian language classes, and bhajan and chanting classes. Jnana yajnas are conducted annually by various CM acharyas. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Calgary [post_type] => page ) 779Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Chinmaya Mission Washington DC Regional Center (CMWRC) serves Maryland (MD), the District of Columbia (DC), and Virginia (VA). Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s first yajna in Washington DC was in 1978. Pujya Gurudev returned for yajnas in 1985 and 1987, and conducted residential camps in 1988 and 1989. CMWRC was formed In 1988, in the auspicious presence of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda. CMWRC Chapters Chinmayam, MD CMWRC inaugurated its newly purchased building on a three-acre property at 46 Norwood Road in Silver Spring, Maryland. Pujya Gurudev blessed the new center by installing the idol of Lord Jagadishvara (Lord Shiva), and named the ashram, ‘Kailas Niwas’ He appointed Swami Dheerananda as CMWRC’s Resident Acharya. In accordance with Pujya Gurudev’s instructions during his last visit in 1993, CMWRC embarked on the construction of a new building adjacent to ‘Kailas Niwas.’ Construction was completed in 2002, and on August 3, Chinmaya Mahasamadhi Day, the new building was inaugurated by Pujya Guruji and named, ‘Chinmayam. Chinmaya Somnath, VA When CMWRC was formed in 1988, a chapter was also begun in Springfield VA, in a devotee’s home.  Starting with less than ten families, the chapter grew to over 100 families.  In 2005, a chapter was begun at Dulles VA to serve strong demand for Chinmaya Mission programs in Loudon County VA.  The Dulles chapter rapidly grew to 240 families.  In 2011, the Springfield and Dulles chapters were consolidated into the Northern Virginia chapter at Herndon VA, under the leadership and guidance of Anant Sarma as Resident Acharya and Acharya Pramila Poudel.  The Northern Virginia chapter at Herndon VA serves over 280 families. A new facility, capable of serving over 200 families and ~350 children in each session, is currently under construction at Chantilly VA.  This facility, which will be graced by a temple for Lord Somnath, was named Chinmaya Somnath by  Pujya Guruji. Frederick, MD and Richmond, VA In addition to the chapters at Silver Spring MD and Herndon VA, CMWRC also operates chapters in Frederick MD (covering Western Maryland) and Richmond VA (Covering Southern Virginia). Programs Offered at CMWRC ChaptersFor details on the comprehensive range of programs offered, please click here for the CMWRC brochure or visit www.chinmayadc.org. Newsletter CMWRC publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, Chinmaya Smrithi (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep and Nov).  Occasionally, special issues are published. Current and past issues of Chinmaya Smrithi may be accessed at the Smrithi page of www.chinmayadc.org [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center [post_type] => page ) 778Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Since 1999, CM Tampa has been regularly inviting various CM acharyas to conduct jnana yajnas. In 2006, CM Tampa purchased a 1.5-acre, wooded property with a home. It was prepared for inauguration through the efforts of many. Pujya Guruji named the ashram “Chinmaya Prasad” and inaugurated it on Dec. 21, 2006 with the installation of a beautiful brass murti of Lord Hanumanji. The inaugural event was celebrated with a staged musical on Pujya Gurudev’s life. Over 350 people attended this successful fundraising benefit for Chinmaya Prasad. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Tampa [post_type] => page ) 777Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => As in all Mission centers, the primary goal of Chinmaya Mission St. Augustine, Chinmaya Govardhan, is to honor and serve Pujya Gurudev’s vision by sharing the Vedantic knowledge He gave us. The name Govardhan itself expresses beautifully what we hope to achieve here, since “vardhana” means that which uplifts, nourishes, or gladdens, and “go” refers to the Vedas, mind, senses, earth, and cows. As the Lord showed in His Govardhan-lila that He is the ultimate refuge of all beings, so too, we envision Chinmaya Govardhan as a place where people of all backgrounds can seek and live the Truth through Vedantic scriptural study and Self-inquiry, where body and mind can be uplifted through healing awareness and devotion to God, where we can practice living in harmony with the environment. The center is located one hour from Jacksonville International Airport and is 20 minutes away from St. Augustine’s beaches, Nature preserves, and other tourist attractions. We had our first retreat on the auspicious weekend of Radhashtami. Since then, we have held more retreats and workshops, where CM center’s devotees, collectively and individually, have visited, served, and spiritually unfolded. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission St Augustine [post_type] => page ) 776Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Seattle in Washington State was once blessed with Pujya Gurudev’s visit in the 1980s, and CM’s presence in the community has been in existence since then. However, it was not until October 2004 that regular, weekly Chinmaya Bala Vihar and Adult Study Group classes were actively conducted, formal membership was introduced, and “Chinmaya Mission Seattle” became an official unincorporated CMW center. Today, “Annual Day” programs are enthusiastically held every year. In addition to the Study Group conducted simultaneously with BV classes, a summer Study Group is also held. CM Seattle holds one to two jnana yajnas every year, inviting CM acharyas from North America and abroad. Its Devi Group meets biweekly. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Seattle [post_type] => page ) 774Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda had been blessing the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1970s. Finally, on April 2, 1988, Gurudev approved and blessed the property purchase of the rapidly growing center of Chinmaya Mission San Jose (CMSJ). The new ashram on Park Avenue was thus inaugurated by Gurudev in the presence of numerous devotees and supporters. Gurudev named the new CM ashram, \\\"Sandeepany San Jose.\\\" In 1989, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, now the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, was posted as the resident acharya of CMSJ. Gurudev was quoted as saying, \\\"He will conduct a Vedanta Course for householders.\\\" This came to pass, and in its passing came a newfound, energized expansion and blossoming of CMSJ classes, activities, and local chapters. Seeped in devotion and wisdom, the CMSJ ashram saw countless come through its doors, ready to serve and spiritually grow. This growth continues to date under the guidance and teachings of CMSJ\\\'s present resident acharya, Brahmachari Prabodh Chaitanya. His spiritual discourses are popular with, and well-attended by, devotees throughout the Bay Area. Chinmaya Bala Vihar in the Bay Area expanded over the years to cover the areas of Fremont, Danville, San Jose, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale. CMSJ\\\'s \\\'Chinmaya Swaranjali\\\' is a dedicated, talented choir that features Indian classical and devotional music. Choir practices are well-attended in all te satellite and ashram locations. Weekly classes in Indian classical dance, Sanskrit, Gita chanting, and Indian regional languages are also offered at all locations. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission San Diego [post_type] => page ) 772Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Inaugurated in 1992 by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, CM Tri-State began as a center for the expansion of spiritual activities in the widespread and bustling states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The three main satellites soon came to be organized as CM New York (NY), CM Princeton (NJ), and CM Philadelphia (PA). The largest center of the triad, CM Princeton continues to mushroom in all directions of the heavily Indian-based suburbs of New Jersey. Now housed in its own ashram of “Chinmaya Vrindavan,” its various activities, of considerable magnitude, are conducted by over 100 sincere sevaks. Regular classes are held at the ashram and in various regional areas, including Bridgewater and Parsippany. Chinmaya Vrindavan, an outgrowth of CM Philadelphia’s “Kedar” center, was inaugurated in June 2001, when CM Tri-State (encompassing the centers of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the global Chinmaya Movement with a grand, seven-day “Krishna Lila” jnana yajna in Hindi by Pujya Guruji. Chinmaya Vrindavan is a rare and blessed ashram, for its inception began with the miraculous, dug-up findings of a Shri Radha-Krishna murti during the bhumi-puja (groundbreaking ceremony). Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda had, in fact, named the ashram precisely even before the murti had been found. Situated adjacent to vast corn fields, the ashram’s long, flowing greens are an inviting sight for all devotees and visitors. It is housed on a seven-acre plot and surrounded by thousands of acres of farmland. Chinmaya Vrindavan has been honored and blessed by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, and many CM Acharyas from different centers, including Swami Ishwarananda (CM Los Angeles), Swami Sharanananda (CM Chicago), Brahmachari Prabodh Chaitanya (CM San Jose), and Acharyas Gaurang and Darshana Nanavaty (CM Houston). [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Princeton [post_type] => page ) 771Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Hari Om. Chinmaya Mission Portland (CMP) is a satellite of CM San Jose. CMP activities began in 1989 when Rajesh Giri invited Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda (then Acharya of CM San Jose) for a jnana yajna on “Bhaja Govindam.” Pujya Guruji sparked in the listeners a thirst for Vedantic knowledge and a core group of CM devotees soon decided to meet weekly to study Hinduism through the videos of and books authored by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. These CM Study Groups continue to date, having stemmed from the seeds planted by our Chinmaya Mission guru lineage. In 1996, on Vijayadashami, a handful of parents began Chinmaya Bala Vihar in Portland. The classes moved from devotees’ homes to the Beaverton Community Center, and thereafter the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, where Sunday classes continue to date. Swami Shantananda (Acharya of CM Princeton) has been instrumental in guiding and structuring CMP and its activities. Currently, CMP has 7 Chinmaya Bala Vihar classes (Grades PreK-12) and 3 Adult Study Groups running throughout the academic school year. In CMP’s Bala Vihar classes, good conduct, emotional refinement, intellectual finesse, and spiritual awareness are developed by sevaks through fun games, stories, and bhajans. The students stage skits and presentations every year to show what they have learned in class and how they intend to apply that knowledge in life. Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda believed that just as the strength of a wall depends on the quality of each brick, so too, the health of a society depends on the quality of each individual. Chinmaya Mission centers worldwide have become models for teaching India’s rich spiritual heritage and Vedanta fundamentals to the next generation—and CMP is no exception. CMP’s activities include community service. CMP is a volunteer organization that offers throughout the year social services like food drives for the needy, neighborhood cleanups, nature conservation projects, etc. CMP also participates annually in the local community’s India Day Festival with a bookstall, outreach booth, and children\\\'s Bhagavad Gita chanting presentations. CMP has been honored to host several jnana yagnas by visiting CM Acharyas over the years since 1999: • 1999: Swami Shantananda (CM Princeton) • 2001: Swami Ishwarananda (CM Tustin) • 2004: Swami Shantananda • 2005: Swami Ishwarananda • 2005: Brahmachari Prabodh Chaitanya (CM San Jose) • 2006: Brahmachari Uddhav Chaitanya (CM Dallas-Fort Worth), Swami Chidatmananda (CM Hyderabad), Swami Ishwarananda, and Swami Shantananda • 2007: Swami Ishwarananda and Swami Prakashananda (CM Trinidad) Hari Om. 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Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda gave numerous talks at Princeton University and various universities in the Philadelphia region. His visits always inspired the growth of Chinmaya Mission’s spiritual activities in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, and eventually resulted in the start of CM Philadelphia, the first center with property in the Tri-State area. CM activities in and around Philadelphia were developed in no small way by the hard and tireless work of Swami Shantananda (CM Princeton). As CM Philadelphia’s Resident Acharya since its inauguration in 1992, Swamiji worked to start and expand CM classes and activities, and eventually purchase ashram property. CM Philadelphia’s first Bala Vihar classes were started by Indira Desai in the Langhorne, Lansdale, and Audubon suburbs. In the early 1990s, through the dedicated support and unending efforts of the working committee, a property and home were found. Gurudev was invited to view and approve the proposed purchase that would eventually come to be known as CM Philadelphia’s ashram of “Kedar.” In addition to a large satsanga hall, acharya’s and guest quarters, and full kitchen, Kedar also houses the excessively busy work of Chinmaya Publications (CP), CMW’s publications division. CP services all CM centers in USA, Canada, and the Caribbean. CP was initiated in the 1970s by Surendra and Kusum Patel. They successfully manned CP’s rapidly growing operations and handed the torch over to Swami Siddhananda (CM Chennai) in 1994. Despite Swamiji’s unending work as CP In-Charge, he also conducts jnana yajnas, retreats, study classes for various age groups, and bhajan sessions throughout the year. Kedar now has a membership of 150 families, 300 Bala Vihar children (in four locations), and 5 Study Groups. CM kids’ and adults’ classes have spread to the Lansdale, Exton-Valley Forge, and Upper Darby areas. Additionally, a Chinmaya Study Group and Bala Vihar are being conducted at the local Bharatiya Temple in Montgomery. Kedar Ashram also hosts Study Group, Bala Vihar, and Language classes on Sundays, Rudrabhishekam on Mondays, Vedanta lectures on Tuesdays, Yoga classes on Fridays, Music and Dance classes on Saturdays, and monthly satsangs with Vishnu Sahasranama. All Hindu festivals are celebrated annually in traditional style, and Kedar’s anniversary, “Kedar Utsav,” is observed with grand flair. Kedar is flourishing under the esteemed guidance, leadership, and blessings of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda. CM Philadelphia marks the last ashram founded by Gurudev. All the devotees feel greatly blessed that Gurudev stayed in the ashram for three days prior to the center’s inaugural ceremonies. Kedar has also been honored to host jnana yajnas and serve numerous CM Acharyas, including Swamini Sharadapriyananda and Swami Purushottamananda.

[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Philadelphia [post_type] => page ) 766Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => CM NY’s present activities include jnana yajnas, Vedanta seminars and workshops, Bala Vihar and teachers’ training, Study Groups, CHYK, Chanting Class, Puja Class, and Sanskrit Class. Classes and activities are held in Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, and Westchester.

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CM Minneapolis or CM Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) is a CMW incorporated center. The center started after Pujya Guruji’s visit in Summer 2002. Our typical annual celebrations include Dipavali, a year-end cultural Bala Vihar program, and a summer picnic. Additionally, we try to organize every year 2-3 yajnas by various CMW acharyas.

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Chinmaya Mission Miami (CM Miami) is a satellite center of Chinmaya Mission Orlando. CM had its beginnings in South Florida in the 1970s. Then, around 1988, Pujya Gurudev had a three-hour stopover in Miami, during which time, he visited the home of a CM devotee in Kendall. Many blessed devotees came to see him. This was his last trip to the city. In the early 1990s, Chinmaya Bala Vihar and Study Group both started with 4-5 students and their subsequent growth was due to the efforts of three main families. From one of these families, a CM devotee, inspired by Pujya Gurudev\\\'s teachings, went to attend the Mission\\\'s intensive Vedanta training course in Mumbai, India, and came back initiated as Brahmacharini Aparna Chaitanya. She was posted to CM Miami as Resident Acharya in 1995. In 1996, CM Miami became an official CM satellite center and its activities, special events, and class numbers of children, youth, and adult participants have continued to blossom since then. Special celebrations of 50 years of the Chinmaya Movement saw a special event every month throughout 2001. CM Miami spread its activities into the Boca Raton and West Palm Beach areas in 2003-2004. Currently, classes are held in the three locations, in various schools. Over the years, CM Miami has seen the spiritual blossoming of many students, sevaks, and volunteers, who have continued to support and serve Pujya Gurudev\\\'s vision and Mission. Through their efforts and longing for spiritual studies, CM Miami has conducted many jnana yajnas and/or spiritual discourses over the years for the following visiting acharyas: Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, Swami Shantananda, Acharya Vilasini-ji, Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Chidatmananda, Brahmachari Uddhav Chaitanya, and Brahmacharini Sumati Chaitanya.

[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Miami [post_type] => page ) 763Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Chinmaya Mission Northwest Indiana began as a satellite of CM Chicago in 2002. In 2007, it became an unincorporated CMW center. The center’s main goal is to provide an opportunity for spiritual Vedantic learning to all ages. Regular weekly classes include a Devi Group, Gita chanting class, and Indian regional language class, bhajan practice, and dance and music classes. Major activities include semi-annual Gita Chanting Competitions, monthly bhajan sandhyas, monthly sevak meetings, monthly parent/teacher conferences, monthly samashti bhiksha dinner for Acharya Swami Sharananandaji, and a variety of festival celebrations. CM NW Indiana also offers its members a unique library collection of books, CDs, and DVDs on religion, art, and culture. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Merrilville [post_type] => page ) 762Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] =>

Prior to the advent of CM Los Angeles’ (CMLA’s) “Kashi” ashram, CM Bala Vihars, Study Groups, and other programs were conducted in different areas of Southern California, from 1982 onward. Jnana yajnas were conducted as and when acharyas from other CM centers visited Los Angeles, such as Pujya Swami Purushottamananda, Pujya Swamini Saradapriyananda, Brahmacharini Arpita, and Brahmachari Raghavan (now Swami Shantananda). The latter two also served as CMLA’s acharyas for some time. Study Groups were being conducted in different homes, and festivals were celebrated in rented facilities. For two years, CMLA’s working committee researched and searched land and/or building acquisition options. Finally, at a spiritual camp in San Diego, Pujya Gurudev emphasized the need to acquire some land and start a CM center. It was then that the hand of the Master moved and we found the venue for our center. The initial property was half an acre of land, surrounded by tall, shady trees with dark green leaves. Gurudev named the ashram “Kashi.” In the heart of Anaheim’s bustling community, a mile or so from Disneyland, a children’s playground, arose Kashi, the spiritual playground for Lord Kashi Vishwanath’s children, for Pujya Gurudev’s children. In late 1995, a dynamic and wonderful Brahmachari Someshwar Chaitanya (now Swami Ishwarananda), came to CMLA as its new resident acharya. He conducted classes on Shrimad Bhagavatam and other Vedantic texts. Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda inaugurated Kashi in January 1996. There are three Bala Vihar rooms, a small office, acharya’s quarters, a small kitchen, and a bookstall. CMLA’s annual schedule of festival celebrations includes Sudarshana Homa, Mahashivaratri, Rama Navami, Chinmaya Jayanti, Guru Purnima, Chinmaya Mahasamadhi, Janmashtami, Ganesha Chaturthi, Navaratri, Dipavali, and Gita/Tapovan Jayanti. Other actvities include language classes, Gita Chanting Competitions, music and dance classes, and a Chinmaya choir.

[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles [post_type] => page ) 761Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => In 1992, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda’s advice to a family moving to the state of Iowa where there were very few Indians, was: “Do not worry. Just start a Bala Vihar and families will join.” In July 1993, Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda inquired of a child from Iowa City if the city had a Chinmaya Bala Vihar. A week later, the first Chinmaya Bala Vihar in Iowa City was started in an apartment. In 1994, it moved to a home. Since then, it has grown steadily in numbers. The center’s Acharya Swami Sharanananda (CM Chicago) has guided the center’s activities and curriculums. Major Hindu festivals are celebrated, Divali being the biggest of them all. Mother’s Day is celebrated at CM Chicago’s “Badri” ashram with all the families from CM Chicago’s Badri and Yamunotri ashrams, and the CM NW Indiana center. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Iowa [post_type] => page ) 758Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] =>

CM Fairfield celebrates all main Hindu festivals and traditionally conducts elaborate pujas on Ganesha Chaturthi and Mahashivaratri. Dipavali is celebrated annually with a BV cultural program and the Holi event always attracts lots of children. CM Fairfield’s Bhagavad Gita Chanting Competition is conducted locally and winners advance to compete in CM Tri-State’s (NY, NJ, PA) finals every year. Special classes are held for the children and adults to prepare for the chanting competitions. With the help of dedicated bhajan teachers, BV students also participate in CM Tri-State’s annual Bala Vihar function. As of June 2007, CM Fairfield had about 150 member families. In 2006, Swami Shantanandaji counseled the sevaks to establish a permanent CM facility (ashram). With this goal in mind, the sevaks formalized an official board to oversee the administrative needs of the growing center and realize the dream of a permanent CM center in Connecticut. CM Fairfield was soon blessed by the start of the Gita Jnana Yajna Series by Swami Shantananda.

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“Chinmaya Saaket,” the ashram of Chinmaya Mission® Dallas-Fort Worth (CM DFW), centrally located in North Dallas, was inaugurated by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, on Dec. 26, 1999. This CM Vedantic learning center is a 12,000 sq. ft. building with an inbuilt auditorium, 11 classrooms, bookstore, acharya’s quarters, a library, and a meditation shrine. In order to accommodate growing demand in the area, CM DFW started satellite centers in Fort Worth and Coppell/Flower Mound, and both are richly flourishing. Satellites in Arlington and the Dallas Metroplex will also be fully active soon. CM DFW also conducts Indian cultural classes in classical music, dance, languages, Sanskrit chanting (Shlokathon), and Bhagavad Gita chanting. Resident Acharya Brahmachari Uddhav Chaitanya conducts several classes for adults during the week, as well as monthly jnana yajnas at Chinmaya Saaket and its satellites. CM DFW also celebrates all major festivals and events like Mahashivaratri, Rama Navami, Janmashtami, Gurudev’s jayanti and mahasamadhi. Its multifarious activities of annual picnics, cultural performances, Gita chanting competitions, kids’ and family camps, banquets, graduation ceremonies, and more, have kept the community abuzz and devotees happily engaged in sattvik service and purification.

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With Pujya Gurudev’s and Pujya Guruji’s blessings, and guidance from Swami Sharanananda, CM Columbus continues to grow. The center invites CMW acharyas for jnana yajnas and spiritual discourses every other month. CM Columbus has also hosted family spiritual camps, for four to seven days, conducted by various CMW acharyas. Regular weekly study classes are held for adults, teenagers, and children, including activities such as Sanskrit and Vedic chanting, arts and crafts, dramas, Gita chanting, yoga, and music (string instruments; the group performs regularly at CM and other community programs). The Centre\\\'s name is Chinmaya Archana.

Ashram:  5302 Liberty Rd., 614-917-0039

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Yamunotri, a $3 million project in Lake County of Northern Illinois, is situated on 7.25 acres of land. Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda presided over the groundbreaking ceremony Jul. 10, 2005 and construction began on Guru Purnima in 2006. The 19,000 sq. ft. facility will include a Shri Radha-Krishna shrine, classrooms, acharya’s quarters, bookstore, kitchen, dining hall, and more. Yamunotri’s other current activities include weekly stotram chanting class, Gita chanting class, Gita-video study group, sevak class by resident acharya, yoga classes, Bala Vihar, language classes, and monthly bhajan sandhya. CM Chicago’s successful growth continues due to Pujya Gurudev’s blessings, Pujya Guruji’s guiding grace, Acharya Swami Sharananada’s love and service, CM acharyas’ visits, the dedicated and enthusiastic services of member devotees, and the encouragement and support of participating families.

[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Chicago [post_type] => page ) 754Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => When Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda founded Chinmaya Mission West (CMW), year after year, devotees organized Gurudev’s talks in their local communities so all sincere seekers could benefit from Vedantic wisdom. In 1979, the spark kindled in one such discourse by Pujya Gurudev on “Cause and Effect” at Oak Brook Church in Oak Brook, Illinois, planted the seed for the first Gita jnana yajna held in Chicago (Aug. 10-19, 1980), and resulted in the establishment and incorporation of a regional CMW center in Chicago, blessed by Pujya Gurudev as “Badri: A School of Vedantic Studies.” After a thorough search and careful analysis, with Pujya Gurudev’s blessings and approval, CM Chicago purchased 6.5 acres in Hinsdale. The Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve forms the scenic backdrop for the serene and secluded ashram, which is also easily accessible from major highways. The existing building on the property was improved with 5000 sq. ft. of structures in order to better serve the community. With the informal inauguration of the shrine already done by Pujya Gurudev, with His love and blessings, the formal inauguration of the new building and the sthapana mahotsava of the idol of Lord Badri Narayana took place on Oct. 24, 1993, presided over by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda. CM Chicago’s success is due to Pujya Gurudev’s blessings, Pujya Guruji’s guiding grace, Resident Acharya Swami Sharananada\\\'s love and service, CM acharyas\\\' visits, the dedicated and enthusiastic services of member devotees, and the encouragement and support of participating families. Activities at Badri have been flowing and growing since its inception. Regular classes are held throughout the year, including summertime. Presently, two Sunday Bala Vihar sessions are conducted, with simultaneous classes for adults on yoga, meditation, Gita, and Study Group. Families leave after arati and lunch prasad. Additional Sunday sessions at Badri include Gita chanting, Hanuman Chalisa chanting, Sanskrit classes, and dance classes. Weekly Devi Group is also held, along with Pujya Gurudev’s Gita on video and Pujya Guruji’s Ramayana on video. Lord Badri Narayana’s puja is conducted daily on weekdays. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Chicago [post_type] => page ) 753Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] =>

Chinmaya Mission Buffalo is a satellite of Chinmaya Mission Tri-State (NY, NJ, PA). CM Buffalo began with four families, in the early 1990s. Jnana yajnas and Study Groups where held in the homes of various devotees. CM Buffalo now has an active Bala Vihar, in which many parents serve as sevaks. Various festivals are celebrated annually and students perform year-end cultural programs. Invited CMW acharyas for Bala Vihar weekend camps have included Swami Siddhananda, Swamini Shivapriyananda, Brahmacharini Aparna Chaitanya, and Brahmachari Krishna Moorthy. In a few years, CM Buffalo hopes to incorporate and acquire its own property to conduct all its classes and special events.

[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Buffalo [post_type] => page ) 749Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => FROM SEED TO FLOWER In April 1988, a group of visionary families started the Austin branch of Chinmaya Mission with the inspiration and full support of Acharyas Gaurang and Darshana Nanavaty (CM Houston). Indian parents realized the need for their children to learn Indian culture and religion, in order to grow up with a solid sense of self-worth and a rich appreciation of their ancient heritage. These parents also recognized their own need for spiritual fulfillment. CM Austin has grown in leaps and bounds to arrive at where it is today. The core group of 15 families that met in the homes of two dedicated members has blossomed into a 65-family Chinmaya parivara. CM Austin finally attained its long-time goal of purchasing its own property. In the summer of 2001, CM Austin purchased a beautiful property with 6.1 acres of land in Round Rock, a quiet area on Austin’s outskirts. In July 2001, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda came to Austin to inaugurate and bless the new center and ashram, which he named, “Chinmaya Vatika.” The tranquil and rural atmosphere of Chinmaya Vatika is especially conducive for spiritual studies. The purchase and development of the new ashram was made possible through generous donations from community members, as well as loans from several sources. Since then, many more dedicated members have generously donated their time, talent, and finances to maintain, renovate, and expand Chinmaya Vatika into a 4,800 sq. ft. ashram. The ashram now has two stories (with a 1,600 sq. ft. prayer hall on the second floor), and plans for further expansion are on the drawing board. FROM FLOWER TO TREE The new ashram has allowed CM Austin to host more spiritual discourses by CM acharyas. The new ashram has also facilitated annual festival celebrations of Janamashtami, Mahashivaratri, Ganesha Chaturthi, Holi, Rama Navami, and more. CM Austin’s Dipavali Puja is celebrated at Chinmaya Vatika with great devotion and enthusiasm. One of the most popular events held at the ashram was CM Austin’s “Hello India” children’s summer camp in 2002. Acharyas Gaurang and Darshana Nanavaty have made several visits to CM Austin, giving discourses for Study Group and Bala Vihar, respectively. With their blessings, and the local volunteer teachers’ dedication, CM Austin’s Bala Vihar classes have become renowned for quality learning. Currently, six BV classes are held at Chinmaya Vatika every Sunday. Through the years, CM Austin’s Bala Vihar has staged numerous skits, plays, and dances based on scriptural stories, as well as Indian feasts, creative games, and fun art projects, such as building a Gita chariot. Teachers (trained by CM Houston sevaks) and parents continue to strive to provide children with a sense of fun and family while learning about their spiritual and cultural heritage. The permanent home of Chinmaya Vatika promotes and will improve the quality and frequency of classes, activities, and events offered. CM Austin’s Study Group for adults has so far covered Self Unfoldment and Bhaja Govindam. Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda visited CM Austin during July 2003 to conduct a week-long camp, marking his fourth visit to Austin. Pujya Guruji has inspired Austinites deeply with his pravachans on Gita and Ramayana. All his talks in Austin have been well-attended, as listeners have come from Austin, the surrounding communities, Houston, and Dallas-Fort Worth to reap the benefit of Pujya Guruji’s profound wisdom. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Austin [post_type] => page ) 747Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] =>

Hari Om. Chinmaya Mission Atlanta was formally established in January 1994 by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda. When Pujya Guruji conducted a three-day jnana yajna during his 1994 visit, inspired CM devotees requested Pujya Guruji to bless Georgia with a CM center, and thus, CM Atlanta was formed as an unincorporated center of Chinmaya Mission West. The assigned officers were: President Dr. G.V. Raghu, Vice President Dr. Vasudev Kulkarni, and Secretary/Treasurer Ratna Sreeram. The center began with 25 families. CM activities had commenced in 1992 with Chinmaya Bala Vihar classes at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta. Acharya Darshana Nanavaty (CM Houston) conducted a weekend training workshop for Bala Vihar teachers. Under the banner of CM Atlanta, Bala Vihar classes continue at the temple to date, benefiting over 35 families. After attending Pujya Guruji’s Dharma Sevak Course at Piercy, CA in July 1998, Dr. G. V. and Geetha Raghu started a CM Devi Group and Adult Study Group in August 1998. Both these groups continue to meet regularly throughout the year. Bala Vihar classes were started in August 1999 in Warner Robins with 22 children divided into two classes and growing interest. In 1998, Acharya Darshana Nanavaty returned to conduct a refresher course for Bala Vihar teachers and helped them gain more knowledge and confidence. Brahmacharini Aparna Chaitanya (CM Miami) was invited in January 2000 to conduct a weekend children’s program and talks for adults on meditation and Shrimad Bhagavatam. Pujya Guruji visited and blessed CM Atlanta over the years with a six-day family camp and a six-day jnana yajna. Today, CM Atlanta has seven Bala Vihar classes with seven teachers. With over 110 children and rapidly growing demand, CM activities are blossoming in various areas, especially through our sister organization of CM Alpharetta. More CM acharyas are being invited to visit, inspire, and teach spiritual texts through jnana yajnas. Hari Om. (As of July 2007)

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Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor began through the stupendous, tireless, and unending efforts of Sharada and Viswa Kumar. In Nov. 1994, with Pujya Guruji’s blessings, Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor was officially incorporated. In Oct. 1996, CMAA purchased a 5.77-acre property and Swami Purushottamananda conducted bhumi puja in Aug. 1998. Guruji officiated site construction with the brick-laying ceremony in Jul. 1999 and inaugurated the new “Chinmaya Avantika” building of 21, 400 sq. ft. in July 2000.

[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor [post_type] => page ) 675Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => centre [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Ratnagiri [post_type] => page ) 552Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => The Chinmaya Mission Adoni Branch was started in 1990 by Swamini Shyamanandaji. Regular classes for elders, youth and Bala Vihar children are being conducted.Periodically we have Gnana Yajnas conducted by the mission Acharyas.Presently a building for \\\"Acharya Kutir\\\" and a \\\"Guest Room\\\" are under construction.The mission is also planning on building a stage for cultural activities. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Adoni [post_type] => page ) 808Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => The UK centre is an extremely active branch of the Chinmaya Mission, running several study classes for adults and CHYKs and 4 Balavihar sites throughout London. CM UK organises Gyana Yagnas at least twice a year. The centre in Hendon, London is called Chinmaya Kirti. CM UK celebrates all major festivals and organises outreach talks in leading UK universities and corporate houses, as well as seva projects all year round.

[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission UK [post_type] => page ) 789Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => The Sydney Division of CMA became really established after the first visit of Swami Chinmayananda in 1988. Many new seekers became inspired to study the scriptures and try to serve society by living the Chinmaya Mission way - keeping the disciplines of regular study and worship and in seeking - through dedicated selfless service - maximum happiness for the maximum number for the maximum time. Following Gurudev\\\'s visit, Bal Vihar commenced along with additional adult study classes in various localities, and an even larger group attended to celebrate festivals and holy days. Devotional singing has been a feature of the Chinmaya Mission in Sydney since the early days. Each Chinmaya Mission has a local flavour or specialty and reflects the mood and energy of its locality. The Sydney Mission has always featured large and joyous annual Family Camps and Balvihar (childrens) camps in lovely outdoor settings in addition to the regular public discourses and study groups. The Sydney youth group (CHYK) is also very dynamic, reflecting the pace and energy of the business capital of Australia. Sydney people are well suited to the dynamic approach of the Mission that seeks to spiritualise daily life, not by suppression and rigidity but by turning vibrant energy and creativity to higher goals. By 1993 Swami Swaroopananda had been assigned to Australia, and his first visit heralded the next leap of growth in the Mission in Sydney. Swamiji\\\'s sharp mind, energy, enthusiasm, and cheerful fun-loving spirit match the energy of the harbour city, and activities have multiplied under his guidance. The arrivals of Brahmacharini Sujata in 1998 and Brahmachari Gopal in 2004 to further spread the teachings have heralded the next period of expansion and especially the establishment of the Sydney Centre, Chinmaya Sannidhi. In Mid 2004 the blessings of Swami Chinmayananda reached fulfilment when the Mission acquired a property situated in the northeast of the city, with a large building for a Centre from which activities could be coordinated across Sydney. The Sydney Centre has been named Chinmaya Sannidhi which means \\\"in the close presence of Chinmaya (pure consciousness)\\\". A heartland of the Mission\\\'s work and purpose, Chinmaya Sannidhi is also the home of idols of Sri Rama Parivar, who bless the efforts of the Brahmacharis and keep the flame of selfless service ignited by Gurudev burning there without cease. It is a lovely place with a large peaceful garden and cosy dwellings for the Swamis and Brahmacharis from where they go out to spread Vedantic knowledge. The library makes the teachings accessible to all seekers. The Sannidhi has the express purpose of being a Centre where cultural, spiritual and community values may grow. Children are encouraged to participate in social service and environmental improvement activities as well as traditional Hindu cultural activities. It is intended that the Sannidhi will be a haven of peace and a blessing for the entire community. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Sydney [post_type] => page ) 775Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda had been blessing the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1970s. Finally, on April 2, 1988, Gurudev approved and blessed the property purchase of the rapidly growing center of Chinmaya Mission San Jose (CMSJ). The new ashram on Park Avenue was thus inaugurated by Gurudev in the presence of numerous devotees and supporters. Gurudev named the new CM ashram, \\\'Sandeepany San Jose.\\\' In 1989, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, now the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, was posted as the resident acharya of CMSJ. Gurudev was quoted as saying, \\\\\\\'He will conduct a Vedanta Course for householders\\\\\\\' This came to pass, and in its passing came a newfound, energized expansion and blossoming of CMSJ classes, activities, and local chapters. Seeped in devotion and wisdom, the CMSJ ashram saw countless come through its doors, ready to serve and spiritually grow. This growth continues to date under the guidance and teachings of CMSJ\\\\\\\'s present resident Acharya Uma Jeyarasasingam. Chinmaya Bala Vihar in the Bay Area expanded over the years to cover the areas of Fremont, Danville, San Jose, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale. CMSJ\\\\\\\'s \\\\\\\'Chinmaya Swaranjali\\\\\\\' is a dedicated, talented choir that features Indian classical and devotional music. Choir practices are well-attended in all te satellite and ashram locations. Weekly classes in Indian classical dance, Sanskrit, Gita chanting, and Indian regional languages are also offered at all locations. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission San Jose [post_type] => page ) 773Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => CM Raleigh-Durham (CM RDU) officially formed in November 2001, after a group of families began Chinmaya Bala Vihar (BV) and Study Group activities. What began as one Study Group and two BV classes with 20 students in each, has mushroomed over five years with new BV families, Study Group members, and sevaks coming under the CM umbrella. Many CM Acharyas have helped inspire CM RDU’s members over these years. Jnana yajnas and satsang activities have been held with Swami Chidatmananda, Brahmacharini Sumati Chaitanya, Brahmacharini Aparna Chaitanya, Brahmacharini Arpita Chaitanya, and Brahmacharini Bhamati Chaitanya. In 2004 and 2006, weekend family camps were conducted in the North Carolina mountains by Swami Chidatmananda. The influence of these acharyas has helped greatly in increasing awareness of CM activities, attracting new aspirants, and accelerating the spiritual growth of CM RDU’s sevaks. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham [post_type] => page ) 770Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh (CMP) was started in 1978 with the inspiration and blessings of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, after his very first Gita jnana yajna in Pittsburgh. Gurudev loved the city’s green, rolling hills and said the merging of the three rivers—Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio—reminded him of Prayag. In all, Gurudev conducted two spiritual camps and three Gita jnana yajnas in Pittsburgh. The sounds of the grand Vishnu Sahasranama Puja that was conducted under his guidance, still rings in our ears. At the CM National Camp held at Slippery Rock University in 1984, CMP collaborated with Sri Venkateswara Temple’s Youth Center to organize various practical discussions for young Indians to voice their concerns. The attendees got highly motivated by CM activities. In 1988, CMP organized another family spiritual camp at Seton Hill College at Greensburg. As always, it was quite a rewarding experience just to be with Gurudev. A retreat in Butler, PA in the early 90s greatly moved a couple from Washington DC to start their own CM center in the DC area right away. Soon after, CM Washington DC and CM Pittsburgh hosted a joint yajna in Frostburg, MD. In 2004, CMP organized a field trip to the Lotus Temple in Yogaville. In 2005, CMP organized a video yajna in Bridgeville, PA. In 2007, the center attended a retreat at Cook Forest, PA, where the main class was by Gurudev on video: Bhagavad Gita, Ch. 7. CMP also organizes festival celebrations (such as Mahashivaratri, Rama Navami, Guru Purnima, Janmashtami, and Dipavali) and regularly invites CMW acharyas to conduct talks in local areas. Swami Shantananda is the Acharya of CM Tri-State (NY, NJ, PA) and conducts talks for CMP devotees at least twice a year. Over the years, he has spoken on a variety of interesting topics and texts, including Rama Gita and Vibhishana Gita. Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, has visited Pittsburgh several times to speak on Ramayana or Bhagavad Gita. In 1988, Guruji enthralled a huge audience when he spoke at the local temple on Sundara Kanda from Tulasi Ramayana. In 2005, Guruji named the CMP center as “Chinmaya Sarveshvara.” Other CM acharyas who have conducted jnana yajnas at CMP in the past include Pujya Swami Purushottamananda, Swamini Pavitrananda, Swami Dheerananda, Brahmachari Krishna Moorthy, Acharya Gaurang Nanavaty, Swami Sharanananda, and Pujya Swamini Saradapriyananda. CMP currently conducts weekly children’s classes at various local temples, where CMP jnana yajnas are also held. Festival celebrations unite all the families from all the venues. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh [post_type] => page ) 769Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Chinmaya Mission Phoenix began in 2005 with the blessings and guidance of Swami Shantananda (CM Princeton) and Swami Ishwarananda (CM Tustin). Initial activities included Bala Vihar and Study Group. Today, various programs are conducted during the week and the weekend for children and adults. Programs include Bala Vihar, Gita chanting, Hindi class, Gita video class for adults, and Study Group. Also celebrated are various festivals, Mother\'s Day, and an annual cultural program. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Phoenix [post_type] => page ) 760Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] =>

Chinmaya Mission Houston (CMH) began with four families in 1982 and has grown into a premier Hindu organization in the Houston area. From its humble beginnings in the living room of our present acharyas, Gaurang and Darshana Nanavaty, CMH expanded exponentially and is currently housed on an 18-acre tract of land in southwest Houston. The expansion, from living room to land, began with acquisition of a seven-acre lot that included a satsanga hall and hosted Bala Vihar classes. The center was inaugurated by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, who blessed it as “Chinmaya Prabha.” The spring of Vedantic knowledge was initiated by our acharyas and it rapidly expanded into a large river that today, nurtures over 880 families in this corner of Texas. The campus currently has a large satsanga hall (“Chinmaya Smrti”) and an adjoining Bala Vihar building (“Amrta Balamandira”) that houses over 17 classrooms. The campus also includes a library, bookstore, kitchen, and dining area. CMH strongly believes that spirituality is a family activity. Special care is taken to conduct spiritual and cultural programs that interest all members of the family. CMH has thus become a beacon for Hindu spiritual studies and has nurtured India’s cultural heritage in the Houston area. The center provides a much needed religious foundation for children born and raised outside of India.

Ashram:10353 Synott Rd., Sugar Land, TX 77498, 281-568-9520

[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Houston [post_type] => page ) 759Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Chinmaya Mission Flint (“Chinmaya Seva Samiti\\\\\\\") and its ashram, “Tapovan,” were inaugurated by Pujya Gurudev on July 20, 1990. Since then, CM Flint has been committed to conducting spiritual, cultural, educational, and humanitarian activities. CM Flint presently conducts Study Group and Bala Vihar every Sunday, and celebrates various religious and cultural festivals. CM Flint’s popular highlights and special events have included operating free medical clinics for uninsured patients, “Peace Day” celebrations on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday to educate children about non-violence, and seva projects to clean and beautify Downtown Flint. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Flint [post_type] => page ) 752Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] =>

CM Boston, in keeping with the Chinmaya Pledge, integrates seva, or community service, by conducting various charitable drives to help the homeless and needy, organizing frequent visits to local old age homes, and hosting similar activities. Art and cultural heritage are promoted through Indian regional language classes, yoga classes, and music, dance, and drama classes that enhance the divine presence at Chinmaya Maruti. These weekly classes are offered between the Sunday Bal Vihar and adult group sessions. Bhamati Chaitanya is the resident acharya. Today, with a membership of over 250 families and almost 350 children in Chinmaya Bala Vihar, CM Boston is buzzing with a multitude of classes and activities. Satsangs and Bala Vihar are also conducted in the CM Boston satellites of Framingham, MA and Nashua, NH. Chinmaya Maruti has a well-designed parking lot for 120 cars amidst rows of colorful flowers. CM Boston continues to grow through the support of devotees and offers its service and gratitude to its sacred Guru-parampara.

Ashram:1 Union St., Andover, MA 01810,Ph: 978-749-0876

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Chinmaya Mission Beaumont covers Texas’ Golden Triangle, which is comprised of three small cities: Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Rajaram Patil started attending Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s talks and introduced Chinmaya Mission to several families in the area. He soon invited Acharyas Gaurang and Darshana Nanavaty to conduct satsangs and Bala Vihar classes in his residence. With the continuing rise in the Indian population, an Indian association was soon formed in southeast Texas, and a community center was built by 1995. When Subrah and Shyamala Cheruvu moved into the Golden Triangle in 1996, with Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda’s blessings and the support of various community members (Rajaram Patil, Rajendra Singh, Yugal Maheshwari, Lavanya Srinivasan, Tammareddi, Bharati Aiyanadar, Radha Lal, and Sudhir Kaza), regular, weekly classes for children and teens (Chinmaya Bala Vihar), and adults, began under the formal name of “Chinmaya Mission Golden Triangle” (CMGT). To date, classes continue throughout the year except in summer. A formal working committee was formed and approved by Pujya Guruji in 2006. CMGT hosts two or three jnana yajnas every year by various CM acharyas. To date, CM acharyas who have visited and blessed the community are Pujya Guruji; Swamini Saradapriyananda; Acharya Gaurang Nanavaty; Swamis Ishwarananda, Shanatananda, Nikhilananda, Sharanananda, and Prakashananda; and recently, Brahmacharis Uddhav and Prabodh Chaitanya. Over the years, CMGT has funded the construction of a CM orphanage in Andhra Pradesh, CORD’s Rural Development Project in Sidhabari, the new Chinmaya Vibhuti Project, and the new Bala Vihar Curriculum Project for CM worldwide. Currently, there are over 35 children in Bala Vihar and over 20 adults in Study Group. A Sanskrit Chanting class was added in 1996, and Hindi and Telugu language classes were added in 2006. Over 75% of the Bala Vihar students participate in CMGT’s annual Gita Chanting competition and perform in various cultural events (bhajan sessions, dances, and dramas). In addition to annual festivals, CMGT also celebrates Gita Jayanti, Mother’s Day and Chinmaya Jayanti.

Ashram address:9615 College St., Beaumont, TX 77707

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In the mid-1980s, a few Indian families in Bakersfield, CA began meeting periodically to tell religious stories to their children. This changed dramatically when Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda first visited Bakersfield in January 1991. As the then Acharya of CM San Jose, Guruji planted the seeds of Chinmaya Mission. After Guruji became the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, the seeds were nurtured and through the teachings and service of different CM acharyas over the years. Swami Ishwarananda (CM Tustin) has been a guiding light and the main driving force of CM Bakersfield’s classes and activities. Bala Vihar has been the main focus of CM Bakersfield. From a handful of children, it has now grown to 150. Weekly study classes, festival celebrations, summer camps, and Gita Chanting Competitions are some Bala Vihar activities in Bakersfield. Various adult classes and Study Groups are also conducted on a weekly basis. Monthly visits by various acharyas of Chinmaya Mission continue to provide the center with inspiration and guidance. We conduct an annual seminar in collaboration with Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. These seminars are dedicated to mind-body integration through spirituality and psychology, and attract a large number attendees. Construction of the ashram, “Chinmaya Gokul,” began in July 2005 with bhumi puja in the presence Pujya Guruji. In July 2006, Guruji inaugurated CM Bakersfield’s 10,000 sq. ft. center, consisting of an assembly hall, eight classrooms, acharya’s quarters, kitchen, and dining area. We celebrated our first anniversary with a successful charity golf tournament and banquet fundraiser. With the Lord’s grace and Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s blessings, our center continues to grow.

Ashram at Ashram: 1723 Country Breeze Pl., Bakersfield, CA 93312

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Hari Om. Alpharetta, a suburb approximately 20 miles from downtown Atlanta, Georgia, saw the birth of Chinmaya Bala Vihar in March 2001. Sudha Malhotra, an active sevak who had moved from CM Ann Arbor, was inspired to start CM activities in the area. She soon met Bhavana Subramanian, a 15-year Atlanta resident, who was enthusiastic about starting CM classes and offered to help. Through the guidance and support of CM Ann Arbors, Key Sevak, Sharada Kumar, Chinmaya Bala Vihar classes began in Sudha’s basement with 25 kids in two classes, on the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri 2001. At the same time, Sudha also started her first Study Group for parents, with 10 participants. By the time the next session started in Sep. 2001, Bala Vihar in Alpharetta had grown to 100 kids. Space was being rented at a day care facility. The numbers grew every year and in 2006-2007, two sessions had to be held to accommodate 350 kids—not to mention, there was a long waiting list of eager families. In 2007, CM Alpharetta became an official unincorporated center of CMW. CM Alpharetta’s Bala Vihar classes are now held in a middle school, with 400 kids in 22 classes divided by grade. While there is no resident acharya at this center, many dedicated sevaks take on various tasks and help organize all the CM activities and regular classes. Sudha Malhotra is the key coordinator of Bala Vihar (curriculum, teachers), Study Group, yajnas, and camps. Bhavana Subramanian is the key coordinator of administration, publications, and language classes. Both are aided by a strong team of sevaks and their spouses. Study Groups: Group 1 has 18 participants; Group 2 has 6 participants; Group 3 will start soon with 16 participants. Gita Video Study Group: 60 participants Language Classes: Hindi (60), Tamil (30), Telugu (30), Kannada (25) Yoga: 30-40 kids A chanting and bhajan class will begin in Sep. 2007, as well as a Junior CHYK class for high schoolers. CM Alpharetta conducts two jnana yajnas every year. By June 2007, the center had been visited and blessed by Swami Chidatmananda, Brahmachari Prabodh Chaitanya, and Swami Prakashananda. The center hosted its first out-of-state camp over Memorial Day Weekend at Amelia Island Resort in Florida, with Acharya Vilasini (CM Washington DC) and Brahmacharini Arpita (CM St. Augustine). CM Alpharetta has held three Gita chanting competitions so far. The competition was held within CM Alpharetta’s BV and then with CM Atlanta’s BV. While certain festivals are held as special events—Holi Picnic at the park, Navaratri Ras-Garba, and Mahashivaratri Puja—others are celebrated as part of the regular class schedule. Four successful years of annual BV cultural programs have passed. In 2006, the event had to be held in two parts because of time constraints and the volume of participation. The thematic event incorporates yet extends beyond the BV curriculum, in order to enhance the learning process in a fun and a creative way. Teachers and parents work together, guided by an event team, to stage an enjoyable and memorable show. Hari Om. (As of July 2007)

[post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta [post_type] => page ) 830Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Chinmaya Mission Portland (CMP) is a satellite of CM San Jose. CMP activities began in 1989 when Rajesh Giri invited Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda (then Acharya of CM San Jose) for a jnana yajna on “Bhaja Govindam.” Pujya Guruji sparked in the listeners a thirst for Vedantic knowledge and a core group of CM devotees soon decided to meet weekly to study Hinduism through the videos of and books authored by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. These CM Study Groups continue to date, having stemmed from the seeds planted by our Chinmaya Mission guru lineage. In 1996, on Vijayadashami, a handful of parents began Chinmaya Bala Vihar in Portland. The classes moved from devotees’ homes to the Beaverton Community Center, and thereafter the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, where Sunday classes continue to date. Swami Shantananda (Acharya of CM Princeton) has been instrumental in guiding and structuring CMP and its activities. CMP’s activities include community service. CMP is a volunteer organization that offers throughout the year social services like food drives for the needy, neighborhood cleanups, nature conservation projects, etc. CMP also participates annually in the local community’s India Day Festival with a bookstall, outreach booth, and children's Bhagavad Gita chanting presentations. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission Portland [post_type] => page ) 840Array ( [menu_order] => 1 [post_author] => 1 [post_content] => Center : Navi Mumbai Ashram: Chinmaya Prerana Ashram. Temple: Shri Mahalakshmi Temple. [post_parent] => 7862 [post_status] => publish [post_title] => Chinmaya Mission kharghar [post_type] => page )