Why Vedanta forums?
  • Vedanta is the spiritual philosophy component of the Vedas
  • It is timeless; very practically applicable & effective even in today’s world
  • Empowers individuals to live a dynamic and fulfilled life
  • Regular education teaches one to make a living, whereas Vedanta teaches one to make a ‘life’
  • Seva done with the right thinking brings deeper fulfillment
  • Helps eliminates blind faith & superstition
  • Helps develop & strengthen bhakti (true devotion)
Shravanam or attentive listening to scriptures (Acharya Sessions): Attending talks by various visiting CM Acharyas as well as being a regular participant of the various Acharya conducted sessions helps introduce & reinforce concepts of Vedanta.
Mananam or contemplating on the knowledge heard (Study Groups): Concepts are best understood when discussed in a interactive forum, which is what study groups provide.

What is a study group? A group of 5-15 adults engaged in the discussion of Vedantic topics based on the curriculum of books as prescribed by our masters

Why does one need to attend a study group?
  • Regular dose of ‘correct thinking’ & inspiration based on scriptures is essential for efficient living
  • Ideas & concepts get better understood and assimilated when discussed in a group
  • Encourages group bonding in holistic manner
  • Forum not available elsewhere
  • Helps one reach one's higher potential

Mere listening does not help. These ideas are to be reflected upon deeply and digested slowly. This process is hastened only when you discuss what you have studied with others. This is not a Chinmaya methodology; it is the most ancient Vedantic tradition of study.
- Swami Chinmayanandaji
Swaranjali CMA Swaranjali is a bhajan group. Different bhajans are practised and learnt in this group. There are 2 Swaranjali sessions currently.

Current Swaranjali sessions: Thursday Evenings 8-9 pm – Coordinator – Lalitha Yellumraju

Links to Balavihar Slokas and Bhajans:

Volunteer opportunities

We have many Seva groups the parents can get involved:

  • Yagnas and Retreats - Retreats : Family & youth retreats, Summer Camps for kids,Coordination with visiting Acharya, venue booking,Ordering & Selling books & CDs,Guru Dakshina collection, Tax receipts,Setup & decoration, Prasad / potluck,Recording.
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  • Community Service - Puja Seva, Community Seva, CORD Walkathon.
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  • Celebrations - Republic day celebration, Guru Paduka Puja, Holi, Diwali, Navratri, Dussera, Mother’s day, Gurudev Jayanti, Tapovan Jayanti, Annual Day, picnic.
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  • Sessions at SFMS

    Day Time Study Group/Session Facilitator Location
    Sunday 9:45am – 11:00 am Satsang for BV teaching sevaks Sudha Rm 148
    Sunday 11:30am – 12:30am Bhagavad Gita Sushmaji Gym
    Sunday 11:30am – 12:30am Jnanasara Sivaji Cafeteria
    Sunday 11:30am – 12:30am Self Unfoldment study group Sudha Rm 148

    Weekly Sessions at Ashram & other locations

    Day Time Activity Venue Facilitator
    Mondays 8:00 –9:00 pm Rudraabhisekam; Rudram Chamakam chanting Ashram Acharyas
    Mondays 8:15 – 9:15 pm Tattva Bodh study group 3800 grey abbey dr, Alpharetta Sudha
    Tuesdays 11 am-12 pm Bhaja Govindam study group 3850 grey abbey dr, Alpharetta Anjali & Sudha
    Tuesdays 8:00 – 9:00 pm Hanuman Chalisa; Kanakadhara stotram chanting Ashram Acharyas
    Tuesdays 8:00 – 9:00 pm Self Unfoldment study group 205 Harrogate way, Alpharetta Bhavana
    Wednesdays 9:30 – 10:30 am Krishna puja; Mukundamala class Ashram Acharyas
    Thurs (1st) 8:00 – 9:00 pm Guru paduka puja; Stotrams on Guru & bhajans Ashram Acharyas
    Thurs(2nd-4th) 8:00 – 9:00 pm Swaranjali 3422 Cape York trace, Alpharetta Lalitha
    Fridays 10-11 am Upadesha Sara study group 3800 Grey abbey dr, Alpharetta Sudha
    Fridays 8:00 – 9:00 pm Saundaryalahiri; Narayaneeyam study Ashram Acharyas
    Saturdays 8:00 – 8:30 am Vedic Chanting class Ashram Sushmaji
    Saturdays 8:30 – 9:30 am Talk on Saddarshanam Ashram Sivaji
    Saturdays 6:00 - 7:00 pm Vivekachudamani Ashram Acharyas
    Sundays 6:00 – 7:00 pm Bhaja Govindam study group 5390 Lexington woods ln, Alpharetta Sameer
    Sundays 5:00 – 6:00 pm Self Unfoldment study group 1030 Buxton way, Alpharetta (4 miles from ashram) Shekhar

    Enrichment Class Schedule

    Day Time Session Instructor Location
    Sundays 9:45 – 10:45 am Yoga class SFMS(Gym)
    Sundays 9:45 – 10:45 am Kathak class (for kids and adults) Leera Rawal SFMS(Gym)
    Sundays 9:45 – 10:45 am Kuchipudi (for kids and adults) Ramya Kidambi SFMS(Drama Room)
    Saturdays 5:00 – 6:00 pm Yoga & Pranayam Anjali Malhotra Ashram
    Saturdays 9:40 - 10:40 am Tabla class Shiv Kotagal Ashram

    Upcoming events

    Ram Navami puja - Ashram

    March 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Ram navami puja at ashram
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    Regular BV Session

    March 25 @ 11:00 am

    4th, 11th, 18th, 25th - Regular sessions at SFMS
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    Hanuman Jayanti puja & Sundarkand Path

    March 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Hanuman Jayanti puja & Sunderkand Path
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    Spring Break - No classes

    April 1

    Spring break holiday
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    Regular BV Session

    April 8 @ 11:00 am

    8th, 15th, 22nd - Regular sessions at SFMS
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    Chinmaya Tej Walkathon for CORD

    April 14 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

    Chinmaya Tej walkathon for CORD
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    Regular BV Session

    April 15 @ 11:00 am

    8th, 15th, 22nd - Regular sessions at SFMS
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    BV Seniors

    April 15 @ 11:00 am

    BV Seniors take blessings from teachers in assembly
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    Regular BV Session

    April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

    8th, 15th, 22nd - Regular sessions at SFMS
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    BV Seniors - Grad Cermony at Ashram

    April 22 @ 5:00 pm

    BV seniors Graduation ceremony at ashram (5:00 – 7:00 pm)
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