This is Chinmaya Mission’s newest creative device to ‘catch them young’; a forum for anyone aged below 6 years. Shishu Vihar is an assemblage of infants, toddlers and young and new parents for early introduction to spiritual education.
Bala Vihar is a weekly gathering of children, between the ages of five to thirteen years that takes place in Chinmaya Mission Centres or in private homes, under the supervision of trained teachers. The aim of Bala Vihar is to help children bloom, grow, and inculcate values through fun-filled activities. Bala Vihar enhances the overall development of the personality of a child at all levels — physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual.
A platform where youngsters are chiseled to become dynamic leaders for tomorrow with a spiritual base and a national outlook through experiential learning of our ancient knowledge and wisdom.
Chinmaya Setukari serves as a bridge between the Yuva Kendra and mature age devotees of Chinmaya Mission, ‘building bonds’ between the young and the old in these fast-changing times.
Developing an inquiring, reflective mind is the first objective of the Study Group.
The objective of the Devi Group is to impart spiritual knowledge thus empowering women to disseminate the knowledge gathered to their family. Devi Group training enables women to equip themselves with the wherewithal to promote tradition with wisdom and understanding. They play an important role in raising the cultural standard in pockets of society becoming catalysts for family, community and societal transformation.
The Central Chinmaya Vanaprastha Sansthan (CCVS) is the senior citizens wing of Chinmaya Mission uniting people over sixty years of age. CCVS encourages senior citizens to pursue the final spiritual goal of life and shows them the means to achieve it. It assists and trains householders and near-retirees (vanaprasthis) to make a smoother and easier transition from life in grihasta ashram to life in vanaprastha ashram.
The musical wing of Chinmaya mission, aims at experiencing divinity through Bhajans. Swaranjali doesn't demand one to be a trained musician, all that is required is *'music from your heart'* and completely giving oneself to the Lord.
Swami Tapovan Maharaj was that pristine glacier of Self-knowledge through whom flowed the Ganga of Vedantic Wisdom of Swami Chinmayananda, the architect of the Chinmaya Movement.
Swami Chinmayananda was one of the 20th century's most world-renowned and revered exponents of Vedanta, the foundation of Hindu religion and culture.
Swami Tejomayananda 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.
"Fill the heart with the oil of love, place in it the wick of single-pointed mind. Light it with the knowledge of truth and remove the darkness of ignorance around you. Just as one lamp can light many lamps let each youth kindle this light in many hearts"
He is the Advisor of the All India Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (AICHYK) the global youth wing of Chinmaya Mission.
Brahmacharya Anand Chaitanya was a Business Programmer prior to being a full timer in Chinmaya Mission. Later, he has undergone the two year residential Vedanta Course in Sandeepany Sadhanayala, Mumbai and initiated as a monk to Chinmaya Mission.
Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Anna Nagar, was founded on 1st January 1989, under the able guidance of Swami Chinmayananda, with 11 students and four faculty members.
Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Taylors Road,the Vidyalaya marked its beginning with a meagre strength of 30 students at 13th Avenue Harrington Road, on 20th October 1968.
Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Virungambakkam, had its strong foundation laid by our Poojya Guruji H.H.Swami Tejomayananda, at Chittirai Street, Chinmaya Nagar Stage II, Chennai-92. Our Vidyalaya was given a benign beginning for the Higher Secondary in the Year 2002.
Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Tirupathi, a highly progressive school pledged to provide quality education with great emphasis on traditional values. We believe in moulding our students to be brave and courageous always, to face every experience in their life with a smile on their face.
Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Sri City, is a new chapter in the stream of Chinmaya Vidyalaya's run in Chennai. It was inaugurated on 20th June, 2011 by H.H.Swami Mitrananda. Located in Sri City which is an SEZ, FWTZ and DTZ, the school is located in a completely conducive environment for holistic education of a child.
Chinmaya Vidyalaya, VGN, is affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education. With the ultimate prospective of being the channel of wholesome education to the students. The Chinmaya Vidyalayas stand unique in intertwining education with values and their by hitting at the ultimatum- VALUE BASED EDUCATION.
About the Center:
Tamaripakkam is situated in Vengal village, in the Tiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu, about 40 kms away from Chennai city. Sarveshwara Dhyana Nilayam temple, situated at Tamaripakkam, has a massive Shiva Lingam which stands 90Ft tall. In fact it is one of the tallest Shiva Lingams in the world and is very unique. The temple is surrounded by 8 acres of land with facility for housing the aged, a Charitable medical centre, a free school, playgrounds, a go-shaala (cowshed), paddy fields, a meditation room, beautiful woods where people can walk in solitude and rooms for mission acharyas, a scintillating aquarium and an auditorium.
Two noble devotees of Gurudev, from Chennai, donated eight acres of land at Tamaripakkam on 27th June 1984, to be used for spiritual purposes at the discretion of Pujya Gurudev. Gurudev meticulously planned and gave the blueprints of the unique model of Dhyana Nilayam with a huge 65ft high Sivalinga-shaped dome, a spacious sprawling circular Satsang hall on the ground floor and the Dhyana Nilayam on the top-floor that was designed by M/s Vybogam Architects.
Gurudev laid the foundation on 29th September 1987. Swamiji also laid the foundation for a number of cottages intended for Senior citizens, called Pitamaha Sadan. The work of construction of the unique Dhyana Nilayam was entrusted to M/s ECC of Larsen & Toubro Limited, who executed the project as desired by Gurudev in record time.
On 15th October 1989, at 10:30am the Maha Kumbhabhishekam was performed at a solemn ceremony. A noteworthy feature of this place is that it is one of the rare places in the world with a "Spatika Lingam" – a precious linga – shaped crystal with a diamond studded crest – brought by Pujya Gurudev. There were great spiritual overtones touching the devotional chords of the devotees including the chief priest of the place, many of whom testified to the thrilling experience of a "Spiritual" shock they experienced as the holy waters collected from the eight famous rivers were being poured by Pujya Gurudev from a silver conch on the "Spatika Lingam".
The daily puja offerings, including the Abhishekam, are offered to the granite linga installed beside the "Spatika Linga". Abhishekam is done only once a year to the spatika Linga on Maha Sivaratri day. As we stand in the hall below the "Dhyana Nilayam" and chant mantras and shlokas, the entire hall reverberates, lifting us to ecstatic spiritual heights! This is indeed an unforgettable experience for many devotees. The huge, dark, Linga-shaped dome, rising high into the sky, can be easily mistaken for an atomic energy complex! A rumour legend has it that this dome, peering into the sky, roused the suspicion of the NASA, U.S.A. who, on verification, found that it was not a weapon of annihilation but a symbol of peace for human progress!
The Geeta Satsang Hall on the ground floor is a well-ventilated circular prayer hall neatly furnished with a dais, suitable for meditation, discourses, bhajans, satsangs etc.
A free Anant's Medical centre, to cater to the needs of inmates of the Ashram as well as for the villagers around, was declared open by Pujya Gurudev on the installation day. It is a tribute offered by the undiminished enthusiasm and interest of the dedicated team of doctors, as well as Chinmaya Yuva Kendra members, who travel 40kms from Chennai every Sunday morning to offer their services to the sick and the suffering. There is a proposal for an Intensive Care Unit to attend to emergencies, with two beds, and plans to develop the centre into a well-equipped hospital in due course of time.
The educational needs of the children of the locality, deserve the highest priority in any scheme of reconstruction. Pujya Gurudev, foresaw this need and on 22nd February 1990 inaugurated a Free Harihara school. The school is based on the ancient Gurukula system wherein not only education but also the other developmental needs such as food, clothing, medication etc. of the village children are taken care of. The dedicated teachers living with the children guide them and strive to develop the personalities of the children, giving them value-based education.
Thus, a sleepy, little-known village has been slowly transformed into a vigorously active and spiritually inspired place!