About CMA

Pujya Swami Tapovan Maharaj

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.”

Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

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.

Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda

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.”  

Swami Swaroopananda

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.  

Resident teachers

Siva Velu


Sivaji successfuly completed the 16th Batch Vedanta course (2014- 2016) at Sandeepany, Mumbai where he studied under Resident Acharya Swami Bodhatmanandaji and Chief-Acharya Swami Tejomayanandaji. Having worked as a senior executive in the American Corporate world for several years, Sivaji is one of those who took the “Exit #60” to pursue the spiritual path full time. He had served at Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor for nearly twenty years, having trained under Sharada Kumarji. During that period, he gradually increased his involvement in study group discussions, satsangs and Bala Vihar teachings. Inspired by the Teachings, Sivaji left the Corporate world to learn Vedanta at Sandeepany.
Sivaji was assigned as resident Teacher at CMA in 2016.

Sivaji conducts classes (including on-line sessions) on texts like Living Vedanta, Vivekachoodamani, Vishnu Sahasranamam, Stotrams and Upanishads (Kenopanishad). Sivaji also facilitates a study group for the study-group moderators.

Sushma Siva



Sushmaji has been actively involved as sevak with the Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor for over twenty years. She did her Vedanta course in 2011 at Piercy CA held by Swami Bodhatmanandaji, Swami Ishwaranandaji and Sharada Kumarji. 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. She has been conducting study groups and teaching at the various Bala vihar centers of CM Ann Arbor.
In Aug 2016 she was assigned to be resident Teacher at CMA.

Sushmaji conducts classes (including on-line sessions) on Bhagavad Gita, Vivekachoodamani, Narayaneeyam, Vedic chantings, Upadesha Sara, Vishnu Sahasranamam and Stotrams. She teaches the Devi Group in which texts like Devi Mahatmyam, chantings of Soundarya Lahari and Lalitha Sahasranamam etc., are learnt. Sushmaji also conducts regular pujas at the Ashram which include Krishna Puja and Shiva Puja.

Bala Vihar teachers at SFMS and Marietta

CMA has 2 locations for Bala vihar classes - in Cumming at the South Forsyth Middle School (SFMS) and in Marietta at the Powers Ferry Elementary School. The classes are organized by grade for kids PreK-12th grade.

Details for the Bala vihar teachers: Bala Vihar teachers list

Our Study group facilitators and enrichment class teachers

In addition to the classes conducted by our Spiritual teachers Sivaji and Sushmaji, many facilitators conduct study groups on texts like Self Unfoldment, Tattva bodha, Bhaja Govindam etc. Study groups are conducted in a discussion format and are very helpful to clear the doubts that arise in our minds about the text being studied.
CMA also has several enrichment (dance, yoga) classes for adults and kids at SFMS, taught by teachers highly skilled in their art.
Additionally there are 6 language classes for Bala vihar kids at SFMS.
Find all details here : Study groups list
Chinmaya Mission was established in India in 1953 by devotees of the world-renowned Vedanta teacher, His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda.
Guided by His vision, devotees all around the world formed the nucleus of a spiritual renaissance movement that now encompasses a wide range of spiritual, educational, and charitable activities, ennobling the lives of thousands in India and across its borders.
After pujya Swami Chinmayananda's mahasamadhi in Aug 1993, pujya Swami Tejomayananda spearheaded the mission. Under His guidance, the mission continued mushrooming across the globe with over 300 centres worldwide. Many new programs like the Chinmaya Naad Bindu, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth etc. that were envisioned by Pujya Swami Chinmayananda, were started successfully under the leadership of pujya Swami Tejomayananda. In Jan 2017, Swami Swaroopananda, took over the administrative leadership of the mission

More information about CM Worldwide

Chinmaya Mission West (CMW) is the administrative head for all the centers in the US.
More information about CM West

Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. With the grace and blessings of Pujya Gurudev and Pujya Guruji, on the auspicious Mahashivratri day of 2001, a Balavihar of 25 kids was started at Alpharetta. Over the years the the enrollment kept growing and in 2007 all the Balavihar activities moved to South Forsyth Middle school in Cumming GA. CM Alpharetta became an unincorporated center of CM West in July 2007 and got incorporated as an independent center in 2008. CM Alpharetta purchased a property on 11.5 acres suitable for its Ashram which was inaugurated by Pujya Guruji in May 2015 who named it 'Chinmaya Gurukul'.

CM Alpharetta Board:
Chairman:  Swami Swaroopananda
President:  Shekhar Kanetkar 
Secretary:  Bhavana Subramanian
Treasurer:  Girish Mhaskar 
 
Board Members
Kumar Raman
Piyush Pandya
Shalaka Pateria
Utpal Pandya 
Lalitha Yellaraju 
Suri Anantharama


CMA Seva Groups All the tasks and events at CMA are carried out by Seva groups (or committees).
Seva Group Activity/Event Lead Board Sponsor Primary
Adult Classes Study Group Lalitha Yellamraju Lalitha Yellamraju
Adult Classes Indepth text Lalitha Yellamraju Lalitha Yellamraju
Adult Swaranjali Adult Swaranjali Haritha Badri Lalitha Yellamraju
Ashram Maintenance Ashram Maintenance Kavil Subramanian Piyush Pandya
Ashram Maintenance Usage Management Santosh Chandrashekar Piyush Pandya
Ashram Events Music Concerts Lalitha Yellamraju Lalitha Yellamraju
Ashram Events Music Classes Lalitha Yellamraju Lalitha Yellamraju
Bookstore Management Bookstore Management Santosh Chandrashekar Shekhar Kanetkar
BV Competition Gita Chanting Competition Kavil Subramanian Bhavana Subramanian
BV Competition Other Competitions Suri Anantharama Bhavana Subramanian
BV Management - Marietta BV Coordination Neha Pandya Bhavana Subramanian
BV Management - SFMS Facility Management & Safety Hari Rao Bhavana Subramanian
BV Management - SFMS Assembly setup and organizing Arsu Veluswami Bhavana Subramanian
BV Management - SFMS Open House Bhavana Subramanian Bhavana Subramanian
BV Management - SFMS Publicity Arsu Veluswami Bhavana Subramanian
BV Management - SFMS NON BV activities at SFMS Language Classes - Vasudev Vanam Yoga - Dance - Leera Rawal Bhavana Subramanian
BV Registration - Marietta Registration Seetha Sarangapani Bhavana Subramanian
BV Registration -SFMS Registration Kavil Subramanian Bhavana Subramanian
BV Teaching - Marietta Arts & Crafts Neha Pandya Shalaka Pateria
BV Teaching - Marietta Students & Teachers Books Seetha Sarangapani Bhavana Subramanian
BV Teaching - SFMS Arts & Crafts Anitha Thutupalli Shalaka Pateria
BV Teaching - SFMS BV Coordination Gauri Mhaskar Shalaka Pateria
BV Teaching - SFMS Students & Teachers Books Bhavana Subramanian Shalaka Pateria
BV Teaching - SFMS Teachers Training Kalyani Sankaranarayanan Shalaka Pateria
BV Teaching - SFMS Teachers Resources & Teaching Minutes Gauri Mhaskar Shalaka Pateria
BV Teaching - SFMS Sevak appreciation & Award ceremony Gauri Mhaskar Shalaka Pateria
Communications & Publicity Collaboration, Quality Assurance Ram Narayanan Suri Anantharama
Communications & Publicity Social Media (including fb) Arsu Veluswami Suri Anantharama
Communications & Publicity Flyers, Videos, brochures Aparna Pateria Suri Anantharama
Festivals & Events Festivals & Events - Krishna Mela Gauri Mhaskar Kumar Raman
Festivals & Events Festivals & Events - Republic Day Parade Raji Iyer Kumar Raman
Festivals & Events Festivals & Events - Holi Raji Iyer Kumar Raman
Festivals & Events Cord Walkathon Himani Shah Kumar Raman
Festivals & Events Navratri Mela Santosh Chandrashekar Kumar Raman
Fundraiser Fund Raising Girish Mhaskar Girish Mhaskar
Fundraiser Misc pgms - Company Match, Kroger, Amazon Girish Mhaskar Girish Mhaskar
IT Platform IT Platform Sameer Pateria Piyush Pandya
IT Platform Web Content mgmt Kalyani Sankaranarayanan Piyush Pandya
JCHYK Yuva Connect Guru Kashyap Suri Anantharama
JCHYK Graduation Ceremony Gauri Mhaskar Suri Anantharama
JCHYK JCHYK activities Suri Anantharama Suri Anantharama
Newsletter Newsletter Vicki Modi Bhavana Subramanian
Parking Parking Rajesh Daddi Kumar Raman
Puja & Celebrations Pujas at SFMS and Marietta Shalaka Pateria Shalaka Pateria
Puja & Celebrations Ashram Puja & Celebrations Shalaka Pateria Shalaka Pateria
Puja & Celebrations Diwali Celebration Himani Shah Shalaka Pateria
Yagna Planning Vandna Pandya Shekhar Kanetkar
Yagna Flyers Vandna Pandya Shekhar Kanetkar
Yagna Setup & Bookstore Vandna Pandya Shekhar Kanetkar
Yagna Food boxes/potluck, Prasad Vandna Pandya Shekhar Kanetkar
Yagna Bhiksha Vandna Pandya Shekhar Kanetkar
Yagna Gurudakshina Sameer Shekhar Kanetkar
 

Bala Vihar and Language classes: A team of specially trained, experienced, and dedicated teachers conduct the Bala Vihar program. Through games, arts, crafts, stories, and other unique techniques, the Bala Vihar program teaches and reinforces Hindu spiritual and cultural values. The classes are for kids from PreK-12th with Curriculum for each grade that is developed by CM West. Currently we have 7 Indian Language classes (Hindi, Marathi,Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Sanskrit) Balvihar Teachers list
Swami Swaroopanandaji Yagna 2019

Swami Swaroopanandaji Yagna 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

CORD Walkathon 2019

CORD Walkathon 2019

Sunday, May 5, 2019

KrishnaMela 2019

KrishnaMela 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Marietta BV - Holi 2019

Marietta BV - Holi 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Republic Day 2019

Republic Day 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Marietta Balavihar Lakshmi Puja 2018

Marietta Balavihar Lakshmi Puja 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Marietta Balavihar Garba 2018

Marietta Balavihar Garba 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Krishna Mela - 2018

Krishna Mela - 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018

Yagna -
 Concepts of Advaita Vedanta

Yagna - Concepts of Advaita Vedanta

Friday, August 18, 2017

Krishnashatami celebrations at Gurukul

Krishnashatami celebrations at Gurukul

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Walkathon - 2017

Walkathon - 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Balavihar Graduation Day - 2017

Balavihar Graduation Day - 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

2017 Yearbook - Activities

2017 Yearbook - Activities

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Yuva Connect - 2017

Yuva Connect - 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Holi Celebrations - 2017

Holi Celebrations - 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Gita Chanting - 2017

Gita Chanting - 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mahashivaratri Puja

Mahashivaratri Puja

Friday, February 24, 2017

Life of I

Life of I

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Republic Day Parade

Republic Day Parade

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bodhatmanandaji Yagna

Bodhatmanandaji Yagna

Friday, January 27, 2017

Meditation Demystified Retreat

Meditation Demystified Retreat

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Navaratri Mela 2016

Navaratri Mela 2016

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Upcoming events

Regular session

October 20 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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October 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Lakshmi pooja at BV, Regular Session

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Lakshmi pooja at BV, Regular Session
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Diwali Celebration at Ashram

October 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Get ready for a fun and exciting Diwali celebration at the ashram with Lakshmi & Kuber Puja Rangoli Competition Annakoot…
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Regular session

November 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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November 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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November 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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November 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thanksgiving Holiday
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Gita Jayanti celebration at Ashram

December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gita Jayanti celebration at Ashram
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Regular pujas/classes online and at ashram

Enrich yourself, take advantage of the sessions conducted by Sivaji and Sushmaji throughout the week. Read more