Swami Chinmayananda

Swami Chinmayananda

Prostrations to the holy lotus feet of Pujya Swami Chinmayananda Saraswathi.

Swami Chinmayananda was one of the greatest preachers of spiritual knowledge in recent times. He is the founder of the institute of international repute called Chinmaya Mission, which is performing wonderful service in inculcating spiritual, cultural and social values into children and adults alike all over the world.

Swami Chinmayananda was born on May 8th, 1916 as Balakrishnan Menon. He was given the name of Balakrishna by none other than revered Chattambi Swamigal, a great master yogi of those times. Association with saints is infallible in its impact, as seen from the life of Swami Chinmayananda himself who had the love and affection of Chattambi Swamigal often during his childhood.

Balakrishnan was very attractive as a boy and was very active in sports at school. He would sit for prayer with his family where he was attracted to the image of Sri Chandrakaladhara (Lord Shiva) and inadvertently started practicing upasana of concentrating on His form. However he did not see any logic behind the rituals and traditional forms of worshipping practiced at home. Even as a youth he would stay away from religion and was even an atheist. He however continued the habit of mentally visualizing the form of Lord Chandrakaladhara and repeating Om Namah Shivaya before going to bed every night.

In course of time he graduated from Lucknow University in Arts and joined the Indian freedom struggle. He was even arrested and sent to jail. After coming out of jail he entered into journalism and worked for a publication in Delhi.

He always wondered why saints who cared about mankind chose to stay away from people and did not enter mainstream life. To get his doubts answered, in 1947 he went to Rishikesh to the Ashram of Swami Sivananda. His interaction with Swami Sivananda changed him. He extended his supposed stay of two days into three months and eventually started living at Ananda Kutir (Swami Sivananda’s ashram). In 1949 he was initiated in the order of Sannyasa by Swamiji and was named as Swami Chinmayananda Saraswathi.

Swami Chinmayananda was further directed to Swami Tapovanam by Swami Sivananda to master the scriptures. Swami Chinmayananda studied under Swami Tapovanam for some years and with all the knowledge of scriptures came down to the plains, resolved to spread the eternal message to the masses. Thus from 1951 Swamiji has been incessantly working very hard to educate people in the principal texts of Vedanta and setup the reputed Chinmaya Mission, with its various programmes viz Bal Vihar, Devi Groups, Youth programmes, Jnana Yagnas, Sandeepani Sadhanalaya. Hundreds of Chinmaya Mission centers exist today all over the world run by his able disciples, continuing the noble work started by him.

Swamiji attained Mahasamadhi in 1993 after beautifully satisfying the noble mission for which God had sent this exalted soul to Earth.

9 thoughts on “Swami Chinmayananda

  1. It is a noble work of swamji and pranams to his disciples who are carrying out this noble work with relentless efforts.

    I wish them all the best to them and their folks

  2. Gurudev is a wonder among wonders; Being HIS child ,as a Yuva Kendra Member and after having the rare previlage of seeing this GREAT MASTER in my own eyes , just once in 1993 when He came for his LAST GEETA Gyana Yagna in Bangalore at Vyalikaval.It was Love at first sight and I cannot forget HIM in my LIFE ; I suggest each one of his admirers should read the JOURNEY OF A MASTER by Nancy Patchen which is marvellous and spledid.

    We are lucky to see Adi Shankaracharya himself who came down again to this world in the form of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, to Spread the messgae of Vedas and Scrpitures in the English language of the so-called Educated and has uplifted the whole of the humanity in to a divine plane of eternity and Subtle Knowledge of the Scriptures. We cannot repay for the Great work this Great Matser has done in 1 Life even if we take 100s of births.

  3. Gurudev, used to be at his best at Siddabhari, i was one of the blessesd few who attended the Hanuman installation. I remember that evening, the time was around 9 pm after dinner we started to sing hymns to ganga, believe it or not, one particular line” JAI JAI GANGAE JAI HARI GANGAE, JAI JAI GANGAE JAI YA HARI GANGAE” was chanted for an hour with devotees singing and dancing in joy…. Tears were rolling out of every sadhak’s eyes, as we were dancing in circles enjoying every bit… it was almost 10:30 pm… Gurudev quietly left.. to his room. He was an excellent time keeper and no watch could match him…. cos he is beyond time.

  4. I was having one cassette No. 301 containing Swami chinmayananda’s geetha talks viz. “its need in everyday life” earlier distributed by India Book House (P) Ltd. Mumbai.

    As bad luck would have it, some portions have been erased. I would now like to get this one. Who will help me and how to send money.

  5. Saints to this world are quiet rare, and they are very very needed today. to destroy the veil of deep darkness prevailing in the world all spiritual forces should be united and worked out intensively.
    I am a follower of yoga and meditation since long time and i am still waiting the supreme grace of my spiritual guru, whose is in the shape of eternal and pure bliss.
    Godd may bless all those who have a sicnere wish for inner liberation

  6. Saints like Pujya Gurudev represent the same Ultimate Spirit that comes again & again in human form to guide us. Sometimes they come in several forms & reside in this world simultaneously. It is all His (God’s) Leela. They inspire us through their teachings, through their service, through their urging. Blessed is Bharathavarsha for in Her divine lap the Lord’s Avatars & also such saints come again & again.

    Jai Jai Jagadeeshwara

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