The inner transformation of individuals through knowledge of Vedanta, spiritual practices and service to society resulting in a happy world around them.
To provide to individuals from any background the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to society.
About Global Chinmaya Mission
Chinmaya Mission, founded by Swami Chinmayananda in 1953, has grown into a significant and influential spiritual and educational organization with a global reach. Its impact is profound and far-reaching:
Global Presence: Chinmaya Mission has a vast global presence, with centers and activities in numerous countries around the world. These centers serve as hubs for spiritual learning, meditation, and community engagement, allowing people from diverse backgrounds to access the teachings of Vedanta.
Spiritual Education: One of the organization’s primary focuses is spiritual education. It runs schools, colleges, and educational institutions that offer a blend of modern education and traditional values, emphasizing character development, ethics, and spirituality.
Philosophical Discourses: Chinmaya Mission conducts regular discourses, seminars, and workshops on Vedanta, Hindu philosophy, and spiritual topics. Swamis and teachers associated with the mission have delivered countless talks, inspiring individuals to explore their inner selves and seek spiritual growth.
Social and Humanitarian Initiatives: The organization is involved in various social and humanitarian activities, including healthcare services, disaster relief efforts, and initiatives to alleviate poverty and suffering. These activities reflect the mission’s commitment to serving society and fostering a sense of compassion and responsibility among its members.
Cultural Preservation: Chinmaya Mission plays a significant role in preserving and promoting India’s cultural heritage, including music, dance, and art forms. It organizes cultural events, festivals, and exhibitions to celebrate and showcase India’s rich cultural traditions.
Youth and Family Programs: Special programs and activities are organized for youth and families to instill moral and ethical values, spiritual awareness, and a sense of purpose in young minds. These initiatives aim to empower the next generation with the tools to lead balanced and meaningful lives.
Interfaith Dialogue: The mission actively engages in interfaith dialogue and promotes understanding and harmony among different religious and spiritual traditions. This contributes to a broader sense of unity and tolerance in a diverse world.
Chinmaya Mission has inspired countless people to lead more spiritually oriented lives, cultivate a sense of purpose and inner peace, and contribute positively to society.
There are over 300 centers in India, over 50 centers in North America and the Caribbean, and one or more centers in over 20 other countries, including Australia, Bahrain, France (and Reunion Island), Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Mauritius, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Sultanate of Oman, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
About Chinmaya Mission leaders
Swami Tapovan Maharaj
Born as P.V. Subramanian on February 16, 1889, in Palakkad, Kerala, India, Swami Tapovan Maharaj would go on to become one of the most influential figures in the realm of spirituality.
Tapovan Maharaj was renowned for his austere and simple way of life. He chose to live in the remote and pristine caves of the Himalayas, primarily in the Uttarakhand region, where he dedicated his entire existence to meditation, contemplation, and the pursuit of spiritual wisdom. His abode, the Dhyan Mandir, nestled in the Garhwal Himalayas, became a sanctuary for seekers from all corners of the world who came to learn from his profound teachings.
One of the distinctive aspects of Swami Tapovan Maharaj’s teachings was his emphasis on the practice of Vedanta, particularly Advaita Vedanta. He exposed the profound concepts of the Upanishads, emphasizing the unity of the individual soul (Atman) with the ultimate reality (Brahman). His teachings were marked by clarity and simplicity, making them accessible to both seasoned spiritual aspirants and novices alike.
Swami Tapovan Maharaj’s mode of instruction was not merely verbal but embodied. He led by example, demonstrating the power of a life dedicated to self-realization and the pursuit of truth. His daily routine was disciplined and rigorous, involving meditation, scriptural study, and selfless service. He often said, “Silence is the most powerful form of speech.”
Swami Tapovan Maharaj’s legacy lives on through the numerous books and writings that capture his teachings, primarily in the form of letters, dialogues, and discourses. These texts include “Ishvara Darshan,” “Upadesha Sara,” and “Swami Tapovan Maharaj: A Sage of the Himalayas.” Through these writings, his timeless wisdom continues to touch the hearts and minds of seekers worldwide.
Swami Tejomayananda, the former Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, assumed this role in 1993 following the Mahasamadhi of Swami Chinmayananda. Affectionately known as Guruji, he led the growth of Chinmaya Mission chapters and established many schools, hospitals and centers.
Swami Tejomayananda’s original Vedantic texts include Bhakti Sudha, Jnana Sarah, Manah Shodhanam, Dhyanasvarupam and Jivanasutrani. His acclaimed commentaries include Kapila Gita, Yoga Vasistha Sara Sangraha, Svetasvatara Upanishad, Adi Sankaracharya’s Drg-Drshya Viveka, and Ramana Maharshi’s Upadesha Sara.
He has also translated Swami Chinmayananda’s English commentaries on Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads” into Hindi. His book Hindu Culture: an Introduction has been adopted as an academic text by some American schools. He has recorded several albums with original music and lyrics as a laudable devotional singer.
Swami Swaroopananda, the Global Head of Chinmaya Mission, assumed this pivotal role on January 19, 2017, succeeding Swami Tejomayananda.
He holds the position of Chairman of the Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (CCMT), the highest governing body overseeing Chinmaya Mission Centers and Trusts worldwide, and the Chancellor of Chinmaya University (Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth) and the Chairman of the Chinmaya International Residential School in Coimbatore.
His exceptional administrative skills and dynamic leadership are instrumental in overseeing the extensive network of over 300 Centers. Guided by an unwavering devotion to his Guru, Swami Chinmayananda and a deep commitment to his philosophy, Swami Swaroopananda’s decision-making and governance reflect his spiritual convictions.