|The Chinmaya Mission was founded in 1953 by Swami Chinmayananda, with the primary aim to spread the wisdom of Vedanta to any seeker, of any nationality, caste or group, to enrich and enable them become positive contributors to society.|
The genesis of this mission itself lay in the turbulent conditions of a materialistic world, where Swamiji observed that despite scientific and material progress, man remained insecure and incomplete, while happiness continued to be elusive. Such a paradox was the subject of deep investigation by the rishis (seers) even in ancient India. It was this revelation of man’s perennial quest that led the ancient rishis to encapsulate their vision of the art of living and the science of life in the philosophy called Vedanta.
However, in the early 1950s, Vedanta was the preserve of a small group of orthodox priests. Swami Chinmayananda, who had learned Vedanta from his guru, Swami Tapovanam, decided that this priceless knowledge must be spread amongst the masses if society must be uplifted and bettered. Thus was born the Chinmaya Mission in 1953, to pioneer the spreading of the wisdom of Vedanta through public pulpits.
The Chinmaya Mission today, through its numerous centers worldwide, is spreading the knowledge of Vedanta, thus contributing substantially to the rejuvenation of India’s ancient philosophy, while simultaneously nourishing the minds of people in society.
Being a Hindu spiritual organization, as it is, the Mission does not seek to change or convert anyone’s beliefs. Vedanta is universal science of life, a science, which is relevant to all people everywhere, whatever their faith. In fact understanding Vedanta should inspire people to understand their own specific, chosen faith better.
As an extension of its basic mission, the Chinmaya Mission also extends its scope to social services, focusing specially on the disadvantaged and underprivileged. Thousands of people benefit from the Mission’s numerous projects in education, health, village upliftment and environment regeneration.
After his Mahasamadhi in 1993, Pujya Gurudev, as Swami Chinmayananda is fondly known passed the torch of his mission and dream to Swami Tejomayananda. As head of the Chinmaya Mission, Swami Tejomayananda is also the Chairman of Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (CCMT), which is headquartered in Mumbai.
The Chinmaya movement now encompasses a wide range of spiritual, educational, medical, social and charitable activities enriching the lives of thousands of people in India and abroad. TO GIVE MAXIMUM HAPPINESS TO MAXIMUM PEOPLE FOR MAXIMUM TIME is the motto of Chinmaya Mission, which aims at uplifting people beyond selfish sectarian and parochial attitudes and activities, thus weaving them all into a seamless world nourished by the tenets of Vedantic wisdom.