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 : Attending talks by various visiting CM Swamijis as well as being a regular participant of the various sessions conducted by Sushmaji & Sivaji 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:
Kalaa Seva creates avenues for CMA members to offer their seva to CMA thru the medium of art.
Their aim is to have fundraisers for original art done by CMA sevaks using topics conducive to CM.

Options for various mediums (canvas paintings, clay modeling, handicrafts etc.) will be explored for each year
Plan is also include talented Bala vihar kids & JCHYKs and have them use their creativity to explore CM topics relevant to their age group.


First Silent art auction fundraiser Kalaa seva did their first silent canvas art auction fundraiser just for CMA families in April. More than 50% of the paintings got sold with 100% of proceeds being donated to CMA

CMA Summer Art Exhibition & fundraiser
Open to all within & outside CMA
Date: Sat July 21st & July 22nd
Venue: Chinmaya Gurukul
  • Participants - Open to all CMA artists (as well as their friends & relatives)
  • Art - Original, Creative & framed canvas art paintings only
  • Dates to submit Artwork - Sun June 30th & Sun July 7th (9:00 - 11:30 am)
  • Submitted art work to be displayed at auction will be finalized by the kalaa seva coordinators
  • Participant artists need to email their name & contact info to Kalaa seva
Please look out for the updates as we get closer to the fundraiser dates.

Enrichment classes for adults at CMA

CMA offers yoga and dance classes for adults at SFMS. These classes are charged separately unless mentioned otherwise. Please contact instructor for all details.

Yoga Classes :
Sundays 9:45 - 10:45 am at the South Forsyth Middle school gym.
Fee - No charge
Bring a yoga mat
Walk ins welcome

Kathak Classes (for kids (9+) & adults):
Sundays 9:30 - 10:00 am at the South Forsyth Middle school gym.
Teacher - Leera Rawal Leeraji having trained under Kumudiben Lakhia & Birju Maharaj has been practicing and performing for over 30 years. Leeraji is a long time CM devotee and sevak. Contact Leera Rawal at for all details.

Enrichment Classes at Chinmaya Gurukul, 4980 Pittman Rd, Cumming, GA

Sessions at SFMS

Day Time Study Group/Session Facilitator Location
Sunday 10  – 10:50 am Upadesha Sara Sushmaji Rm 148
Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm Bhagavad Gita Sushmaji Gym
Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm Mukundamala and Shiva-Sankalpa Suktam Sivaji Cafeteria
Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm Upanishad Ganga Kumar & Piyush Rm 148
Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm Bhajagovindam Study group BV Sevaks Room 506

Sessions at Marietta

Day Time Study Group/Session Facilitator Location
Sunday 4:30 -5:30 pm Self Unfoldment study group Sudharsan Marietta

Sessions by Sivaji/Sushmaji at our Ashram & online

Read more about these sessions...
Day Time Activity Venue Facilitator
Tuesdays 10:00 -10:30 am Vedic chanting online Sushmaji
Wednesdays 10-11:30am Devi class Ashram Sushmaji
Wednesdays 8-9 pm Bhagavad Gita Ch 3 - Karma Yoga online Sushmaji
Fridays 10:30 -11:00 am Vedic chanting online Sushmaji
Fridays 8- 9 pm Narayaneeyam class Ashram Sushmaji
Saturdays 8:00 – 8:30 am Vedic Chanting class (Rudram) Ashram Sushmaji
Saturdays 8:30 – 9:30 am Panchadasi Chapter 5 Ashram Sivaji
Saturdays 5-6 pm Talk on Vivekachudamani Ashram Sushmaji

Study groups & Swaranjali sessions

Contact us to join one of these at
Day Time Text/Actvity Venue Facilitator
Tuesdays 8:00 – 9:00 pm Self Unfoldment online Bhavana & KS
Thursdays 8:00-9:00 pm Kindle Life online Gauri & Shalaka
Thursdays 8:00 – 9:00 pm Swaranjali 3422 Cape York trace, Alpharetta Lalitha
Sundays 6:30-7:30 pm Atma bodha 5390 Lexington Woods Ln., Alpharetta Kumar & Sameer
Sundays 6:30 - 7:30 pm Bhaja Govindam 1030 Buxton way, Alpharetta Shekhar

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.
    Contact us at

  • Fundraisers - Navarathri Mela, Ashram Building, Amazon Smile, Kroger Community awards,Mega shows,Banquets,Corporate donors,Company Matches, Other donations/avenues for fund collection

    Contact us at

  • Community Service - Puja Seva, Community Seva, CORD Walkathon.
    Contact us at

  • 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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  • Upcoming events

    Regular pujas/classes online

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

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