President, Chinmaya International Foundation
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 Sadhanalaya1 and was bestowed d?k?? by Pujya Gurudev himself in 1992. He was initiated into the holy order of sanny?sa 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 Vidyamandir2 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 Ved?nta, with many G?t? and Upani?ad Jñ?naYajñas to his credit, Swamiji has authored several books such as the Holy G?t? Ready Reference, a course in Advanced Ved?nta, and research articles titled‘Vedanta Unveiled’, a series of articlesin Tapovan Prasad. He has also edited Ved?ntic works in English and Sanskrit including the Foundation Ved?nta Course, a course in Bhagavad-g?t?, ??vara-dar?anam and S?ktisudh?.
Swami Advayananda was part of the team that researched and coordinated the Upanishad GangaDoordarshanteleserial produced by Chinmaya Creations. He also served as ?c?rya of the 15thVed?nta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai.
Most recently, Swamiji has overseen and co-redacted the publication of the 2-volume Brahmas?tra-catuss?tr?-???karabh??yam, a profound and student-friendly English translation of the ?di?a?kar?c?rya’s commentary on the Brahmas?tra with a detailed exposition that is extensively footnoted from 10 sub-commentaries.
1 Sandeepany Sadhanalaya is the premier Institute of Vedantic Learning of the Chinmaya Mission in Mumbai,
2 Sandeepany Vidyamandir is the Gurukula of the Chinmaya Mission at Coimbatore
Acharya, Chinmaya International Foundation
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 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. 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.
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 Bhagavatam and the Bhagavad-gita) in the villages and hamlets neighboring Veliyanad.
Acharya Rammohan was associated with Chinmaya Missions at Los Angeles and San Jose serving as a member. Later posted at Coca-cola in Atlanta, Rammohan continued to serve as Bhagvad Gita & Vedanta Satsang coordinator at Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta. Acharya Rammohan joined the two year residential Vedanta Course at Chinmaya Mission Mumbai under the tutelage of Swami Advayananda. On completion at the behest of Pujya Gurji Swami Tejomayananda head of Chinmaya Mission – He took up the responsibility of serving as Acharya at Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta. From 2014 Rammohan serves the Chinmaya International Foundation under Swami Advayanada as Acharya of Home study courses and also as Head of IT initiatives at the centre, one of the major achievements being online audio video Satsang.
Known for his good command of the English language and crisp clarity in explaining concepts of Vedanta, Acharya Rammohan has conducted many Webinars sessions in Bhagavad Gita, Foundation Vedanta and Advanced Vedanta. Close to 150 serious Vedanta students have been guided by Acharya Rammohan through online classes, Satsang and course assessment reviews.
Rammohan has taught & conducted satsangs covering a number of spiritual texts such as Bhagavad Gita, Prakarana Granthas , Spiritual wisdom extracts from Shrimad Bhagavatam and Bhakti texts covering key topics in Advaita Vedanta in a systematic manner, using advanced power point presentation techniques with examples and illustrations bringing greater clarity to concepts.
Acharya Rammohan is also available to guide individual seekers on specific queries through contact sessions.
Acharya Shanthi Rammohan
Acharya Shanthi Rammohan was associated with Chinmaya Missions at Los Angeles and San Jose serving as a member. Later moving to Atlanta, Shanthi continued to serve as Bhagavad Gita & Vedanta Satsang coordinator at Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta. Acharya Shanthi joined the two year residential Vedanta Course at Chinmaya Mission Mumbai under the tutelage of Swami Advayananda. On completion of the two year course at the behest of Pujya Gurji Swami Tejomayananda head of Chinmaya Mission – she took up the responsibility of serving as Acharya at Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta.
From 2014 Acharya Srimathi Shanthi Rammohan serves the Chinmaya International Foundation under Swami Advayanada as Acharya of Home study courses and Administrator Home study course at the centre, one of the major achievements being online Webinar Satsang.
Known for her good command of the English language and crisp clarity in explaining concepts of Vedanta, Acharya Shanthi has conducted many Webinars sessions in Bhagavad Gita, Foundation Vedanta and Advanced Vedanta. Close to 300 serious Vedanta students have been guided by Acharya Shanthi through online classes, Satsang and course assessment reviews.
Shanthi has taught & conducted Satsang covering a number of spiritual texts such as Bhagavad Gita, Prkarana Granthas , Spiritual wisdom extracts from Shrimad Bhagavatham and Bhakti texts covering key topics in Advaita Vedanta in a systematic manner, using advanced power point presentation techniques with examples and illustrations bringing greater clarity to concepts.
Acharya Shanthi Rammohan is also available to guide individual seekers on specific queries through contact sessions.
Br. Sudheer Chaitanya
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.
Acharya Girija has been associated with Chinmaya Mission for a long time and has served at Chennai centre from 1996-2011.where Acharya Girija was conducting Balavihar classes, Devi group satsangs, visiting schools and training children for Bhagavad Gita competitions. She has trained thousands of children under the guidance of Pujya Swami Mitranandaji.
Acharya Girija joined the 15th batch (2011-2013) of the Vedanta Course under Pujya Swami Advayanandaji and Pujya Swami Sharadanandaji at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai. She joined Chinmaya International Foundation in December 2013.
Well versed in Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and English, Acharya Girija has composed many songs in several languages. She is actively supporting Home Study Courses and CIF by evaluating answer sheets of Foundation Vedanta, Advanced Vedanta, Bhagavad Gita and Upanishad courses, serving CIF Publications and coordinating various promotion activities and camps. Acharya Girija has been training CIF staff members in chanting Bhagavad Gita and many Stotrams every day during the lunch hour and they are able to chant with correct pronunciation under her tutelage.
Acharya Girija travels and conducts classes in Bhagavadgita and Narayaneeyam for Devi groups outside of CIF in places like Bengaluru, Tumkur and in her native town every month. .She also imparts value based education in many schools and colleges apart from taking classes for teachers in different schools.