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Swami Chinmayanandaji



BornMay 8, 1916, Ernakulam

DiedAugust 3, 1993, San Diego, California, United States

BooksThe Art of Man-making: Talks on the Bhagavad Geeta,

EducationMaharaja's CollegeUniversity of LucknowUniversity of Madras


Swami Chinmayananda (born Balakrishna Menon; 8 May 1916 – 3 August 1993) was a Hindu spiritual leader and teacher who inspired the formation of Chinmaya Mission, a worldwide nonprofit organization, to spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, the nondual system of thought found in the Upanishads, which epitomize the philosophical teachings of the Vedas.

Swami Chinmayananda is renowned for teaching Bhagavad-gītā, the Upanishads, and other ancient Hindu scriptures in a logical and scientific manner.From 1951 onward, he spearheaded a global Hindu spiritual and cultural renaissance that popularized the religion’s esoteric scriptural texts, teaching them in English all across India and abroad. His wit and erudition made him a dynamic orator, captivating crowds of up to several thousand in free discourses twice a day for nearly 40 years.

Swami Chinmayananda inspired the formation of Chinmaya Mission in 1953. Founded by his disciples and led by him, Chinmaya Mission is a spiritual, educational, and charitable nonprofit organization that encompasses more than 300 centers in India and internationally. Swami Chinmayananda set its mission statement as follows: "To provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta and practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to society." Chinmaya Mission is administered by the apex body of Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, in Mumbai, India, now under the leadership of Swami Chinmayananda’s successor, Swami Tejomayananda, the present head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide.

Swami Chinmayananda authored 95 publications in his lifetime, including commentaries on the major Upanishads and Bhagavad-gītā. He served several American and Asian universities as a visiting professor of Indian philosophy and conducted university lecture tours in many countries.Through his Vedantic teachings, publications, centers, ashrams, temples, and social service projects around the globe, his work continues to provide cultural and spiritual instruction to members of the Hindu diaspora. He died on August 3, 1993,which his followers mark as the occasion when he attained Mahasamadhi.


Swami Tejomayanandaji


Tejomayananda (Sanskrit:) (30 June 1950 - ), also known as Swami Tejomayananda and Guruji and born Sudhakar Kaitwade, is an Indian spiritual leader and head of Chinmaya Mission. He is a living portrait of simplicity with depth, humility with courage, and wisdom with devotion. Always jovial, smiling, and welcoming, he is readily accessible and approachable to all who seek the knowledge of Vedanta from him.

Initiation and Disciplehood

After attending couple of talks of Swami Chinmayananda on Bhagavad Gita, Sudhakar Kaitwade was inspired to join Chinmaya Mission's residential Vedanta course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai. Upon completing the course in 1975, he was initiated as Brahmachari Vivek Chaitanya.

On October 21, 1983, Swami Chinmayananda initiated him into sannyasa, bestowing upon him the name, Swami Tejomayananda.

The Missionary

As the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, Swami Tejomayananda – now known in the Mission as Pujya Guruji – has continuously and dynamically pursued his guru's grand spiritual and organizational vision. Progressive in thinking and precise in decision-making, he has inspired and executed many notable, innovative projects, including the Chinmaya International Residential School in Coimbatore, the Chinmaya Centre of World Understanding in New Delhi, the Chinmaya International Foundation near Cochin, the Chinmaya Heritage Centre in Chennai, the expansion of the Chinmaya Mission Hospital in Bangalore and the Chinmaya Vibhooti Vision Centre near Pune which is at present and still in progress. In overseeing the Mission's global activities and projects, Swami Tejomayananda's tours around the world are extensive and continuous. Throughout his travels, he conducts jnana yajnas (3-7 day Vedanta lecture series) in different cities and various countries every week. His gentle manner, devotional heart, intellectual clarity, joyful wit, and open availability have earned him intergenerational appeal and endeared him to millions across the globe.


Swami Tejomayananda has served several roles in Chinmaya Mission, including

  • Acharya of the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya ashram in Mumbai, India
  • Acharya of Chinmaya Mission's center at San Jose, California, USA
  • Head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide


Swami Tejomayananda has published more than 100 books on Vedanta.



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