Pujya Swami Tapovan Maharaj was the very embodiment of the ideals of sannyāsa, endowed with supreme renunciation, deep wisdom, saintliness, austerity, and compassion, a true virakta mahātma.
Swamiji was born in 1886, in the village of Mudappalur in Palghat district to Balamba and Achutan Nair. His parents named him Subramanyan, but they lovingly called him Chippu Kutty. After the untimely death of his father, Swamiji left his home at the age of 28 to heed the call of the divine, eventually taking up residence in a one-room thatched hut in Uttarkashi, which came to be known as Tapovan Kutir. It was here that Gurudev sat at the feet of the great master for a total of seven years absorbing Vedantic knowledge.
Swamiji attained mahāsamādhi on the 16th of January 1957 on the full moon day; in the Brahma-muhūrta at 4:30 a.m. “He came from nowhere, existed everywhere, and ultimately went to be everywhere.”
Swami Chinmayananda was born on May 8, 1916 as Balakrishna Menon in Ernakulam, Kerala. Chattambi Swamigal a saint known for his yogic powers predicted a great spiritual future for the boy.
A major turning point of his life was his meeting with Swami Sivananda. On February 25th, 1949, along with five other students, Balakrishna was initiated into sannyāsa. Swami Sivananda gave him the name “Chinmayananda Saraswati,” Chinmayananda meaning “filled with the bliss of pure Consciousness.
Swami Sivananda then sent him to Uttarkashi to study under Swami Tapovan Maharaj. Seven years later, brimming with Vedantic knowledge, with a heart overflowing with love for his countrymen, Swami Chinmayananda was ready to execute what he called the “Gangotri Plan” to spread the message of Vedanta to the masses. By the time he attained mahāsamādhiin August 1993, Gurudev as he is known affectionately by his followers, had conducted 576 jnana yajnas and scores of family oriented spiritual family camps, logging thousands of miles as he traveled across the globe. “If I rest, I rust,” he quipped when asked to slow down.
Gurudev is credited with the renaissance of spiritual and cultural values in India and with awakening the rest of the world to the ageless wisdom of Advaita Vedanta as expounded by Adi Shankaracharya. His legacy remains in the form of books, audio and video tapes, schools, and social service projects, Vedanta teachers whom he taught and inspired, and Chinmaya Mission centers around the world serving the spiritual and cultural needs of local communities. He has authored more than 250 books and written commentaries on various scriptural texts.
Gurudev attained mahasamadhi on August 3, 1993.
Swami Tejomayananda, the former head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide is fluent in English, Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit. He has written commentaries on many scriptural texts, translated Swami Chinmayananda’s commentaries into Hindi, and authored a number of original works in Sanskrit. Swamiji excels in expounding upon a wide spectrum of Hindu scriptures, from Ramayāna to the Shrīmad Bhagavad Gīta and the Upanishads. As Gurudev did before him, Guruji, as he is known affectionately, moves around the world at a bewildering pace conducting jnāna yajnas.
Sudhakar Kaitwade (as he was previously called) was born in Madhya Pradesh on 30th June 1950. As a student he took a keen interest in music and drama. The spiritual call came to him in 1970 when he heard a Gita discourse given by Swami Chinmayananda. He was inspired to join the Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai. After graduation in 1975, he served in the field for a few years as Brahmachari Vivek Chaitanya and was initiated into sannyāsa by Pujya Gurudev in 1983.
Swamiji became the head of the Chinmaya Mission upon Swami Chinmayananda’s mahāsamādhi in August 1993. He assumed his new role with ease and humility, and is working tirelessly to fulfill the vision of his guru. As he puts it, “I am not in Swamiji’s shoes, I am at his feet.”
Formerly the Regional Head of Chinmaya Mission Australia, United Kingdom, Middle East, Africa and Far East, and presently Chairman of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth Trust (University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions) and Director of the Chinmaya International Residential School in Coimbatore, South India, Swami Swaroopananda has now been bestowed by Swami Tejomayananda the privilege to also serve as the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide.
Acharya Siva successfully completed the 16th Batch Vedanta course (2014- 2016) at Sandeepany, Mumbai where he studied under Resident Acharya Swami Bodatmananda and Chief-Acharya Swami Tejomayananda. Having worked as a senior executive in the American Corporate world for several years, Acharya Siva is one of those who took the “Exit #60” to pursue the spiritual path full time. From the time he was first introduced to Chinmaya Mission in 1995 when his son started Bala Vihar, he made gradual progress in increased involvement with study groups, satsangs and teachings. Close association with the serious seekers at Ann Arbor and the guidance from Acharya Sharada Kumar helped to strengthen the foundation. Having felt the positive impacts of the application of the learnings in both personal and on other Bala Vihar families, he started planting the seed in favor of seeking this Knowledge full time. It was when his wife, Sushma Siva, completed her Vedanta course in 2011 at Piercy CA, he made the decision to take the next possible “Exit” to come to Sandeepany.Acharya Sushma
Acharya Sushma has been actively involved as sevak with the Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor for nearly twenty-five years. She did her Vedanta course in 2011 at Piercy CA held by Acharyas Swami Bodhatmananda, Swami Ishwarananda and Resident Acharya Sharada Kumar. She took early retirement from her Engineering profession to focus more on her spiritual studies and had been serving the mission full time ever since. Her association with Chinmaya Mission also started along with Acharya Siva when their son started Bala Vihar. It did not take too long to understand what the mission stood for. Thanks to inspiration from Acharya Sharada Kumar, she knew that she was in the right path to fill in the vacuum she had been carrying in her heart. She has been conducting study groups in Michigan before moving to Georgia.Acharya Siva and Acharya Sushma are based in Chinmaya Mission, Alpharetta, Georgia effective from January 2017.
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