The Chinmaya Mission is a Hindu religious and spiritual organization engaged in the dissemination of Vedanta, the science of the self as expounded in the Vedas, particularly the Upanishads, and other Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita. Head office of Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (CCMT) located in powai, Mumbai.
The Chinmaya Mission was established in India in 1953 by devotees of the renowned Vedanta teacher Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati.
Administered by the Central Chinmaya Mission Trust in Mumbai, India, the mission was later headed by Swami Tejomayananda and is now headed by Swami Swaroopananda.
There are over 313 mission centres all over India and abroad. North America had more than 30 centres.
The motto of Chinmaya Mission is "to give maximum happiness to maximum people for maximum time."
Motto: To give maximum happiness to the maximum number for the maximum time
Founder: Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati
Type Spiritual organization
Legal Status: Trust
Purpose: Spirituality, Vedanta
Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Location: 300 Centres
Area served: Worldwide
Headed By: Swami Swaroopananda
Main organ: Central Chinmaya Mission Trust
History of Central Chinmaya Mission Trust
Foundation: Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati, the founder of Chinmaya Mission, taught spirituality as the art of living.
Through jnana yoga (the Vedantic path of spiritual knowledge), he emphasized the balance of head and heart, pointing out selfless work, study, and meditation as the cornerstones of spiritual practice.
Doubting the teachings of the sages in the Himalayas, Balakrishna Menon met Swami Sivananda (Divine Life Society), who initially guided him in spiritual studies and then placed him under the tutelage of Swami Tapovanam (Tapovan Maharaj), with whom he pursued spiritual studies for nine years. He eventually came to share this Vedantic knowledge with the masses, in the form of the dynamic teacher known as Swami Chinmayananda.
Swamiji is a teacher of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. He is often credited with the renaissance of spirituality and cultural values in India, and with the spreading of Advaita Vedanta, as expounded by Adi Shankaracharya, throughout the world.
After Chinmayananda: After Chinmayananda attained mahasamadhi in 1993, his disciple Swami Tejomayananda (known as Guruji) became the global head of Chinmaya Mission.
Under Guruji, projects such as the Chinmaya International Foundation and the Chinmaya International Residential School were taken up.
In January 2017, Swami Tejomayananda assigned the headship of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide to sri Swami Swaroopananda.
The following activities are conducted at mission centers on a weekly basis:
Bala Vihar: Bala Vihar is a program in which children from age five to eighteen meet on a weekly basis to learn about Hindu culture, customs, and philosophy.
Bala Vihar is a program that is conducted throughout the world, not just in India, from countries such as the United States, UK, and Australia.
Some centers also have a version called Sishu Vihar, which is meant for children aged 2 to 4.
Chinmaya Yuva Kendra: CHYK – Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, known as CHYK, is the global youth arm of Chinmaya Mission. It is meant for youth aged 18–30 and its motto is, "Harnessing Youth Potential through Dynamic Spirituality".
CHYK conducts many camps and sessions throughout the world. CHYK West is a similar organization that operates in the West (United States, UK, etc.).
- Study groups for adults:
- Chinmaya Vanprastha Sansthan for senior citizens (India and UK)
- Hospital – 1
- Nurses Training Centre – 1
- Diagnostic Centre – 14
- Eye camp in the rural areas – 1
- Adoption of villages for providing social and medical relief – 120
- Senior Citizen Homes – 8
- Income generating schemes for downtrodden women – 1
- Children Welfare Centre – 1
- Goshalas – 4
- Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth
- Schools (Regular) – 70
- Chinmaya International Residential School – 1
- Harihar Schools (Free education & vocational training for downtrodden children for self-sufficiency) – 3
- Colleges – 4
- Degree College – 1
- Chinmaya Institute of Higher Learning – 1
- Chinmaya Heritage Centre – 1
- Value based Vision Programme for schools (Regularly conducted in various parts of India)
- Institute of Management – 1
- Chinmaya Academy for Civil Services
Rural Development: Chinmaya Mission undertakes activities of Rural Development via its wing Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD)
Environment related: Chinmaya Mission, Sikkim Centre has established CHINMAYA SMRITI VANAM at Bulbuley, Gangtok, Sikkim, India in 1995 and have planted till now more than 10,000 ( ten thousand ) trees sapling most of which have grown now into full trees.
Studies in Indology: Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF),
List of Ashrams of Central Chinmaya Mission Trust
- Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai
- Chinmaya Tapovan Trust, Sidhbari
- Chinmaya Sandeepany, Karnataka
- Chinmaya Sandeepany, Kolhapur, Maharashtra
- Chinmaya Gardens, Coimbatore
- Tapovan Kuti, Uttarkashi
- Chinmaya Vibhooti, Kolwan, Pune
- Chinmaya Krishnalaya, Piercy, CA, USA
- SharadaSannidhi, Mangalore, Karnataka
- Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Chinmayaranyam, Andhra Pradesh
- Chinmaya Mission, Sikkim Centre Ashram at Saramsa, Near Jalipool, near Gangtok, Sikkim, India
- Chinmaya Mission at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
- Paramdham Ashram at Ahmedabad, Gujarat
- Chinmaya Mission Avantika. Ann Arbor, MI. USA
- Chinmaya Vrindavan. Cranbury, NJ, USA.