About Swami Chinmayananda
Swami Chinmayananda is counted amongst the most notable spiritual
leaders in India. He was considered as an authority on the ancient
Indian scriptures, especially the sacred Bhagwad Gita and the
Upanishads. He was the founder of the Chinmayananda Mission and also the
author of more than 30 books, dedicated to the philosophical belief
behind religion. Read this biography on Swami Chinmayananda further to
know more about the great leader, his life history, his mission, etc
His Early Life
Swami Chinmayananda was born as Balakrishna Menon (Balan) in Ernakulam
district of Kerala, in 1916. He completed his graduation from the
Lucknow University and thereafter entered the field of journalism. Till
that time, he felt that he could influence the political, economic and
social reform movement through journalism.
Meeting Swami Sivananda
Meeting Swami Sivananda at Rishikesh proved to be a turning point in
the life of Balakrishna. He developed an interest in the path of
spirituality. It was under Swami Sivananda only that Balakrishna took
Sanyas (asceticism) and became Swami Chinmayananda. Seeing the enormous
untapped potential of Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Sivananda sent him to
study under Swami Tapovan Maharaj in the Himalayas. After studying for
eight years under Swami Tapovan, Chinmayananda decided to spread his
knowledge amongst people.
Swami Chinmayananda spent forty years of his life in helping others. He
opened a number of ashrams, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and
clinics throughout the world.
Swami Chinmayananda was selected as the President of Hindu Religion by
the Hindu Host Committee in the year 1993. The honor was given to him at
the Meeting of the Parliament of World Religions in Chicago. He was also
honored for serving humanity selflessly throughout his life at "World
Vision 2000," a conference of religious leaders. Swami
Chinmayananda left this world on August 3, 1993 to become one with the
Supreme Lord. He died in San Diego, California.
Chinmayananda Mission was founded with an aim, to bring the timeless
knowledge of Vedanta closer to people. At the same time, it teaches them
to way to attain spiritual growth and contentment.