Our Acharya – Brahmacharini Anupama Chaitanya

"I am waiting for the trained Brahmacharis to come up to give this message. Give them also 30-35 years, so that when I am gone, there will be not one but many more Chinmayanandas coming up, so that work will not stop but continue."

-Swami Chinmayananda

Our Guru Parampara


Adi Shankaracharya established the Dashanami Sannyasa Order, a monastic order with ten lineage names. Of these, Chinmaya

Mission belongs to the lineage and traditions of the ‘Sringeri Matha’ in Karnataka, India. The first acharya of this noble institution was none other than Shri Sureshvaracharya.

In the Sringeri Matha tradition, the Lord is worshipped as Deva in the form of Lord Adi Varaha, and as Devi in the forms of Puri Devi, Bharati Devi, and Kamakshi Devi. The main pilgrimage centre, or dhama, is Rameshvaram and the worshipped holy river, or tirtha, is Tungabhadra.

In this Bhurivara lineage, or sampradaya, the primary Veda is Yajur Veda, which reveals the Mahavakya: “Aham Brahmasmi”. Sannyasis initiated into this lineage are bestowed with the title, or padavi, of “Saraswati” after their name (e.g., Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati).

Chief Acharyas

Swami Tejomayananda

Swami Tejomayananda is the former Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, a position he held since 1993 after Swami Chinmayananda attained Mahasamadhi. If Swami Chinmayananda served the cause of Vedanta with his service, knowledge and pioneering qualities, Swami Tejomayananda - fondly addressed as Guruji – completed that with his natural attitude of devotion. This is richly and abundantly evident in his talks, his singing, and his demeanour. But the gentleness of devotion arrived riding on the back of an intense education in physics, going up to a Master’s degree. Born, Sudhakar Kaitwade to a Maharashtrian family in Madhya Pradesh, this physicist had a close encounter that changed the velocity, direction and path of his life. Read More..

Swami Swaroopananda

Swami Swaroopananda is the Global Head of Chinmaya Mission. The mantle of this important responsibility draped his shoulders from 19 January 2017, when Swami Tejomayananda passed on the baton to him. He chairs Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (CCMT), the apex governing body of Chinmaya Mission Centres and Trusts the world over. He is the Chancellor of Chinmaya University (Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth) and Chairman of Chinmaya International Residential School in Coimbatore, one of the most well-respected and well-performing residential schools of India. An able administrator and a dynamic leader, his watchful eye and acumen keeps him abreast with developments of any consequence in the over 300 Centres under his guard. Devotion to his Guru, Swami Chinmayananda, and obeisance to his philosophy, guides his decision making and governance. Read More..

Our Acharya

Chinmaya Mission is a spiritual organization established in 1953 by devotees of the world-renowned Vedanta teacher, Pujya Gurudev - His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda. Starting off as a spiritual renaissance movement, driven by Gurudev’s vision to impart the knowledge of Vedanta and its applicability across all spheres of life, Chinmaya Mission today has over 300 centers globally, transforming and inspiring millions of people with its educational, spiritual, and charitable programs. The Mission is dedicated to the motto of giving maximum amount of happiness to maximum number of people for the maximum amount of time.

Realizing the need and importance of disseminating the knowledge of Vedanta in society, Pujya Gurudev dedicated His life in taking the wisdom of Indian scriptures to the society facilitating individual and cultural upliftment. He traveled extensively across the world, conducting various Jnana yajnas, camps, workshops, and study classes day after day for more than 40 years! Thereafter, the legacy of Chinmaya Mission was spearheaded by His dear student and a humble devotee Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda for more than two decades. Under the inspiration and guidance of Pujya Guruji, the Mission is now led by Pujya Swami Swaroopananda – the head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide.

Pujya Gurudev had a special affection for the youth; with hardly any discourses, where he would not stress upon the importance of the youth in nation building. With the vision of “Harnessing Youth Potential through Dynamic Spirituality”, Swamiji started spiritual forums for the youth across the globe, today popularly known as the Chinmaya Yuva Kendra or ChYk. These study discussions have touched and transformed millions of youth by providing them with direction. One of those is Swami Avyayananda Saraswati – the resident Swami of Chinmaya Mission, Ahmedabad.

The resident spiritual guide at Chinmaya Mission, Ahmedabad is Brahmacharini Anupama Chaitanya ji. She has been associated with Chinmaya Mission since 2002, when she was inspired to join the Chinmaya Yuva Kendra. She has a Masters degree in Philosophy and Fashion Designing and has also served in Mahatma Gandhi International School, Ahmedabad. She has special interest in art, history and Bharatiya Sanskrti. As a sevika in Chinmaya Mission, Ahmedabad initially, she conducted various camps and classes for Balvihar children, imparting knowledge about Hindu culture, traditions and philosophy – in a manner that can be assimilated effortlessly by young minds. Her long association with the mission inspired her to dive deeper into the philosophy of Sanatana Dharma and study our scriptures further. She enrolled for the Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya from 2011 to 2013 and studied under the able guidance of Swami Advayananda. Under the guidance of Brahmacharini Anupama Chaitanya Ji, the Chinmaya Mission, Ahmedabad regularly conducts various activities including regular Satsang on Srimad Bhagavad Geeta , Classes for the young and old on Hindu Scriptures and Itihasas, Balavihar classes for children, etc and celebrates various festivals with pomp, gaiety and spiritual fervour. She recently conducted a Gyan Yagna on Ishavasya Upanishad, which was very well received. Her calm demeanour and style of explaining profound principles of the scriptures in a simple manner, with relevant examples from daily life which can be related to by all – have earned her a special place in hearts of all seekers – young and old. Brahamacharini Anupama Chaitanya Ji is committed to walk the path shown by Poojya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda and serve humanity by spreading the knowledge of the scriptures.

Contact Details of Swami Avyayananda:

Cell / WA: +91 98242 35577

E: ahmedabad@chinmayamission.com

Address: Chinmaya Mission Ahmedabad, ParamDham, Jodhpur Tekra, Opp ISRO, Ahmedabad 380015, Tel: +91 79 2674 1527.

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