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SWAMI CHINMAYANANDA

                  
Swami-Chinmayananda


life period : 1916 - 1993 |   place of birth : Ernakulam, Kerala, INDIA

parents : Kuttan Menon, Parakutti

nationality :  Indian  |  occupation : Spiritual Leader.. Teacher.. Led Chinmaya Mission

teacher/guru : Sivananda Saraswati   

education : Maharaja's College, Ernakulam,  St. Thomas College, Thrissur,  Madras University, Lucknow University 

websites : www.chinmayamission.com 

Mind can make a hell of heaven. Or a heaven of hell. ”   

    

  If I rest, I rust. ”   

 

“ Out of purity and silence come the words of power. ”  

   

BOOKS BY THE MASTER

" The Holy Geeta " ... " Kindle Life " ... " Discourses on Kenopanisad " ... " Talks On Sankara's Vivekachoodamani " ... " Discourses on Taittiriya Upanisad " ... " Discourses on Astavakra Gita " ... " The Art of Man Making - 114 Short Talks on The Bhagwad Geeta " ... " A Manual of Self Unfoldment " ... " Meditation & Life " ... " He Did It- Swami Chinmayanda, A Legacy " ... " Vedanta: His Words, His Legacy " ...  " Self-Unfoldment (The Self-Discovery Series) " ... " I love You " ... " Maneesha Panchakam " ... " Sankara - The Missionary " ... " Bala Ramayana " ... " On Wings and Wheels - A Dialogue on Moral Conflict " ..." Mundakopanishad - Discourses " ... " Kathopanishad - A Dialogue with Death " ... " Hanuman - Ever In Service " ... " The Bhagawad Geeta - A Bird's Eye View " ... " Mandukya Upanishad with Karika " ... " Say Cheese - Witty Wisdom " ... " Pursuit of Happiness " ... " Vishnu Sahasranama/thousand ways to transcendental " ... " Geeta For Children " ... " Isavasya Upanishad " ... " The Art Of Man Making/Part-II " ...  " We must: twenty-two notes on self perfection " ... " Glory of Ganesha " ... " Evergreen Messages/Quotes " ... " Atma Bodha of Bhagawan Sri Sankaracharya " ... " Manifesting Divinity (The Mananam Series) " ... " Know What You Have " ... " Glory of Krishna " ... " The Essential Teacher " ... " Tarangini " ... " Parables " ... " Sri Ram Gita (Sanskrit Text with Roman Transliteration) " ... " The Logic of Spirituality " ...  " Immortality Is Your Birthright " ... " Love-Divine Narada Bhakti Sutra Discourses " ... " Hasten Slowly " ... " As I Think " ...  " Aparoksanubhuti: Intimate Experience of the Reality " ... " Hinduism: Frequently Asked Questions " ... " The Highest Truth " ... " Hymn to Sri Daksinamurty " ... " The Balvihar Book Of Hanuman Chalisa " ...  " Swami Chinmayananda On Lord Krishna " ... " Aadi Sankaracharya's Bhaja Govindam " ... " At Every Breath a Teaching " ... " Art of Contemplation: Abhyas Vidhi, Way to do in Six Exercises " ... " Vakya Vritti of Adi Sankara " ... " Art of God Symbolism " ... " The Glory of Brahma Vidya " ...   " The Bhagawad Geeta part (1- 9 )" ... " Secret of Action " ... " Chinmaya Uvacha Collection of Quotes " ... " Discourses on Prasnopanisad " ...  " Glory of the Mother " ...  " Aitareya Upanishad " ...  " Chinmaya Vidyalaya: Tarangini( series 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11) " ...  " Discourses on Kaivalyopanishad " ...  " Meditation The Gateway to Freedom " ... " Practice of Vedanta " ... " Sweeping Look at Vedanta " ... " Vedanta through Letters - Vol I & II " ...  " Vedanta: A Self Study "

Chinmayananda Saraswati also known as Swami Chinmayananda and born Balakrishnan Menon, was an Indian spiritual leader and teacher who inspired the formation of Chinmaya Mission in 1953 to spread the message of Vedanta. The organization, which was founded by his disciples and led by him, has over 300 centres in India and internationally. And he is the Co Founder of Vishva Hindu Parishad Largest Hindu Origination.

Soon after his high school final exams were over, Menon embarked on a tour of South India with a package railway ticket. When the steam train passed the Tiruvannamalai Temple his fellow travellers bowed towards it and talk in the carriage turned to the personage of Ramana Maharshi. He became intrigued enough to take the next available train to Tiruvannamalai to see the Rishi.

While working at the The National Herald, Menon went to meet Sivananda Saraswati at his ashram at Ananda Kutir,in Rishikesh because he wanted to write an article criticizing Hindu monks. But instead, Menon's life was changed forever as he became interested in the Hindu spiritual path. Balakrishnan Menon took sanyas deeksha (monkhood) from Sivananda on Mahashivratri day on February 25, 1949, and was thus given the name Chinmayananda Saraswati - the one who is saturated in Bliss and pure Consciousness. He stayed at Sivanada Ashram, Rishikesh for several years, and subsequently Sivananda saw further potential in Chinmayananda and sent him to study under a guru in the Himalayas - Tapovan Maharaj under whom he studied for the following years.

Chinmayananda started the tradition of Jnana Yagnas, in an effort to spread the message of the Gita and the Upanishads. Thus the first such Gita Gyana Yagna was held in Pune between December 31, 1951 and April 1952. In his whole lifetime, he performed almost 690 Jnana Yagna.

In 1953, his closest disciples founded the Chinmaya Mission, named so to indicate that the goal of its followers was infinite bliss. During his forty years of travelling and teaching, Chinmayananda opened numerous centres and ashrams worldwide. He also built many schools, hospitals, nursing homes and clinics. His interest in helping the villagers with basic necessities lead to the eventual creation of a rural development project, known as the Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development or CORD. Its National Director, Dr. Kshama Metre was recently awarded the Padma Shree National award in Social Work.

Today, his legacy remains in the form of the vibrant international organization called the Chinmaya Mission. This mission serves Chinmayananda's vision of reinvigorating India's rich cultural heritage, and making Vedanta accessible to everybody regardless of age, nationality, or religious background. Over 10,000 members of the Chinmaya Mission from over the world gathered in Mumbai in December 2001 to commemorate 50 years of the first Gyana Yagna at Pune. Two years later in 2003, the Chinmaya Movement celebrated its golden jubilee.

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