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Swami Advayananda, Acharya-in-charge of the Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), began his spiritual journey with the Chinmaya Mission at the young age of 18. Inspired by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, he joined Sandeepany Sadhanalaya* and was bestowed dīkṣā by Pujya Gurudev himself in 1992. He was initiated into the holy order of sannyāsa in 2003 by Pujya Guruji, Swami Tejomayananda, the Head of the Chinmaya Mission.

While he served the Mission initially at their Centres at Kodaikanal and Trichy, Swami Advayananda took charge of Spiritual and Cultural Education at the Chinmaya International Residential School (CIRS), Coimbatore in 1996.

After sculpting the lives of a generation of young adults, he became Acharya of the Sandeepany Vidyamandir** in 2000 and conducted the Vedanta Course in Tamil and English for young monks.

Since 2003, as Acharya-in-charge at CIF, the Research Wing of the Global Chinmaya Mission, Swami Advayananda has overseen a significant expansion in the research publications and Home Study Courses of CIF. An accomplished teacher of Vedānta, with many Gītā and Upaniṣad JñānaYajñas to his credit, Swamiji has authored several books such as the Holy Gītā Ready Reference, a course in Advanced Vedānta, and research articles titled ‘Vedanta Unveiled’, a series of articlesin Tapovan Prasad. He has also edited Vedāntic works in English and Sanskrit including the Foundation Vedānta Course, a course in Bhagavad-gītā, Īśvara-darśanam and Sūktisudhā.

Swami Advayananda was part of the team that researched and coordinated the Upanishad Ganga (a Doordarshan teleserial) produced by Chinmaya Creations. He also served as Ācārya of the 15th Vedānta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai.

Most recently, Swamiji has overseen and co-redacted the publication of the 2-volume Brahmasūtra-catussūtrī-śāṅkarabhāṣyam, a profound and student-friendly English translation of the Ādi Śaṅkarācārya’s commentary on the Brahmasūtra with a detailed exposition that is extensively footnoted from 10 sub-commentaries.

Swami Advayananda also serves as Trustee of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, a one of the kind University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions established by the Chinmaya University in 2016. He is the member of the Board of Management and President of the Executive Council of the University.

* Sandeepany Sadhanalaya is the premier Institute of Vedantic Learning of the Chinmaya Mission in Mumbai,

** Sandeepany Vidyamandir is the Gurukula of the Chinmaya Mission at Coimbatore



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Swami Sharadananda joined the 2002 batch of the Vedanta Course under Swami Iswarananda at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai. Prior to joining the Chinmaya Mission, Swamiji studied various Indian spiritual disciplines including Vedanta & Yoga from different ashrams and institutions like Ramakrishna Mission,  Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh; Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, etc. A post graduate in Advaita Vedanta, Swamiji ranked first at the All India level and was awarded a gold medal from the prestigious Sanskrit University, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi.

Swamiji assisted Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda as the Sanskrit Acharya in the 13th Vedanta Course Batch at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya. A year after this batch, Swamiji was the Acharya for the Purohit Course (batch of 2010) at Chinmaya Gardens, Coimbatore. This eloquent, erudite and versatile Acharya was again appointed Upacharya for the 15th Sandeepany Vedanta Course (Batch of 2013), where he mesmerized his students with his evening classes on the Srimad Bhagvatam and also gave them excellent grounding in Sanskrit and Vedic Chanting. Formerly known as Br. Samvid Chaitanya, Swamiji received Sannyasa-diksha from Pujya Guruji on Sivaratri, 2014. Swami Sharadananda joined Chinmaya International Foundation in March 2014.



Acharya, Chinmaya International Foundation

A senior monk of the Chinmaya Mission, she was a teacher by profession having served at the Chinmaya Vidyalayas in Chennai and Bangalore as the Principal for more than ten years. She completed her Vedanta Studies at the Sandeepany Sadhanlaya, Powai in 1993, and was bestowed 'Brahmacharya Deeksha' with the name Brni. Tapasya Chaitanya by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji, whereafter she went on to render yeomen service as Acharya of Chinmaya Mission, Chennai till 2001.

During this time, in 1996, she was initiated into the holy order of Sannyas by Pujya Swami Tejomayanandaji with the name Swamini Niranjanananda. Her immense academic abilities were realized by the Mission under her editorship of Tapovan Prasad, the international monthly journal of the Chinmaya Mission. Now amma, as she is called lovingly, is at CIF serving as the resident Acharya.



Acharya, Chinmaya International Foundation

Swami Shabarishananda joined the second batch of the Malayalam Vedanta Course under Acharya Atma Chaitanya at Chinmaya International Foundation, 1994-1997. He served at centres of Chinmaya Mission at Alappuzha, Kalladathur, Mancherry and Palakkad.

He did Purohit Course at Chinmaya Gardens, Coimbatore under Swami Sharadananda from the first batch of Purohit Course, 2008-2010.

From 2010 onwards, he is serving at Chinmaya International Foundation.



Acharya, Foundation Vedanta Course

Br. Sagar Chaitanya was deeply interested in spirituality right from his childhood. He joined the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Powai (Mumbai) where he completed his Vedanta Course in 1998. Bestowed the 'Brahmacharya Deeksha' by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji in 1998, he served at the Noida and Sidhabari centres till 1999.

In 2000 he took over as the In-charge of the Vedanta Home Study Course at the Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Mumbai. Today, Br. Sagar Chaitanya serves at the Chinmaya International Foundation adding a new fillip and inspiration to the Postal and E-Vedanta Courses.



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He started his service as an evaluator (examiner) of the CIF Home Study Courses (for the students of online Bhagavad Gita and Foundation Vedanta course) stationed at Trichy (Tamilnadu) since 2011. In October 2013, he joined the CIF publication team under the leadership of Swami Advayananda in assisting and editing various books includes Brahmasutra, Advaita Amrtam, Naishkarmyasiddhi, Sri Ramanuja, the annual CIF Newsletters, the Upanishad Course material, and the book titled ‘LEEP’ (Life Empowerment and Enrichment Program – based on Bhagavad Gita for college students) published by Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (CCMT).

He is one among the Acharya in conducting the Webinar classes of CIF Home Study Courses (Foundation Vedanta and Bhagavad Gita). He also facilitates the sales and promotion of CCMT and CIF publications during Book Fairs and other occasions.

As an enthusiastic educator and inspiring faculty in implementing the Chinmaya Vision Program (CVP) of CCMT’s Chinmaya Education Cell (CEC), he has been involved in conducting Value Education weekly once classes for the senior students and teachers of Chinmaya Vidyalayas (Srirangam, Kochi-Kannamali, Thirupunithura and Ernakulam-Vaduthala) since 2010. He also assists and conducts the Value based spiritual camps for all age groups under the guidance of Senior Acharyas of Chinmaya Mission.

Brahmachari SUNDAR Chaitanya completed the two year residential Vedanta Course (13th batch, 2005-2007) under the guidance of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Powai, Mumbai. From 2007 onwards, he has been serving as an Acharya in facilitating the Chinmaya Mission activities and programs (Vedanta classes for adults and senior citizens, Yuva Kendra classes for CHYKs, Balvihars for children, Jnana yagnas, Geeta chanting competitions, etc.) in various cities (Salem, Coimbatore and Trichy under the guidance of senior Acharyas including Swami Shridharananda, Regional Head of Tamilnadu). He also served at Mumbai for a year in assisting Swamini Amitananda to proof-read and edit (various books) and establish the recent guidelines of the Chinmaya Prakashan, the Publication wing of CCMT. Earlier he gets introduced to the Chinmaya Mission in 2003 while he was working as Junior Research Fellow and for Doctorate degree (Ph.D) at Dept. of Microbiology, University of Delhi after his completion of graduation and postgraduation from University of Madras with first class.



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Br. Chirantan Chaitanya did his Vedanta study during year 2014-2016 (16th Vedanta Course) at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Powai Mumbai under Pujya Swami Bodhatmanandji. Bestowed the 'Brahmacharya Deeksha' by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji in 2016.

After completion of Vedanta Course Br. Chirantan Chaitanya is posed to serve at Chinmaya International Foundation. Presently he is offering his seva to the department of Home Study Course and CIF Publications.


Brni. Devaki Chaitanya

Acharya, Chinmaya International Foundation

Devakiji was posted to CIF after she completed her Vedanta Course at the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in September 2013. Devakiji has been vested with the responsibility of spearheading grass root activities of the Mission (Balavihar, CHYK classes, Devi group, Study group, Yajnas on Bhagvatam and the Bhagavad-gita) in the villages and hamlets neighbouring Veliyanad.


Br. Sudheer Chaitanya

Chinmaya International Foundation

Br. Sudheer Chaitanya, did the Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Mumbai under Swami Advayananda and Swami Sharadananda from the 15th Batch of Vedanta Course, 2011-2013.

He is presently managing the CIF Annex at Kottayam and serving as the Acharya at Chinmaya Mission Kottayam and the State Coordinator for Chinmaya Yuvakendra, Kerala.


Br. Sanath

Chinmaya International Foundation

Br. Sanath completed Vedanta Course in Sandeepany Sadhanalaya under Pujya Swami Bodhatmananda. After completion of the Vedanta course he has been serving in Vedanta Home Study Course, publication and involved in several seva activities at Chinmaya International Foundation.

Girija amma

Acharya Girija

Chinmaya International Foundation

Acharya Girija joined the 15th batch (2011-2013) of the Vedanta Course under Pujya Swami Advayanandaji and Pujya Swami Sharadanandaji at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai. From 1996-2011 she served Chinmaya Mission, Chennai where she was conducting Balvihar classes and Devi groups, visiting schools and training children for Bhagavad Gita competitions. She was training above 50,000 children every year under Pujya Swami Mitranandaji.

In 2013 December she joined Chinmaya International Foundation. She is presently serving at Home Study courses and CIF Publications and coordinating various camps at Chinmaya International Foundation.

In 2016, she was bestowed dīkṣā by HH Pujya Guruji,Swami Tejomayananda,the Head of the Chinmaya Mission.From 2016 onwards, she is visiting various villages in Karnataka and Bangalore every month and teaching at schools and colleges about values and Bhagavad Gita. She also conducts Balvihar classes, satsangs and Devi groups and teaches Narayaneeyam at many places. She is taking classes for Chinmaya International Foundation workers on a regular basis.


Acharya Rammohan

Chinmaya International Foundation

Acharya Rammohan did his Vedanta Course 2012-2013 at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Mumbai. From 2009-2012 and 2013-2014 he served at Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta, Georgia USA where he was coordinating and conducting Balvihar Classes, Spiritual Classes, Personality Development classes for youngsters and Gnana Yagnas.

From 2014 onwards he is the IT Head at Chinmaya International Foundation and serving as Acharya at Chinmaya International Foundation. He conducts and coordinates various activities at Chinmaya International Foundation such as Vedanta Course & Bhagavad Gita Webinar sessions, Home Study courses answer submissions corrections, Bhagavad Gita & Vedic Chanting, Pujas and Rites.

Acharya Shanthi Rammohan

Acharya Shanthi Rammohan

Chinmaya International Foundation

Acharya Shanthi Rammohan did her Vedanta Course 2012-2013 at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Mumbai. From 2009-2012 and 2013-2014 she served at Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta, Georgia USA where she was coordinating and conducting Balvihar Classes, Spiritual Classes and Gnana Yagnas.

From 2014 onwards she is the administrator of Home Study Courses at Chinmaya International Foundation and serving as Acharya at Chinmaya International Foundation. She conducts and coordinates various activities at Chinmaya International Foundation such as Vedanta Course & Bhagavad Gita Webinar sessions, Home Study courses answer submissions corrections, Bhagavad Gita & Vedic Chanting, Pujas and Rites.