Adults

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:

Enrichment classes for adults at CMA

CMA offers yoga, music & dance classes for adults at SFMS and at the ashram. 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 9:45 - 10:45 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 leera.rawal@gmail.com for all details.

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


Tabla Classes (for kids & adults):
  • Sat 8:30 am - Kids class 1
  • Sat 9:40 am - Adults class
  • Sat 10:45 am - Kids class 2

The course content though based on the syllabus recommended by Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai.
Instructor: Shri Shivprasad Kotagal from Param-Shikhar Academy of Tabla (disciple of Pt. K. Paramjyoti). Email Shivji at paramshikhar@gmail.com to register.

Veena Classes (for kids & adults):
Saturdays 3-5 pm at Chinmaya Gurukul
Instructor : Jaya Kottamasu, student of Sri Chavali Sarveswra Sarma has been teaching Veena for the past 10 years. She holds a veena certification from Ghantasala Music College in Vijaywada Contact Jayaji at jayaveena@gmail.com (678 361 0487) for all details

North Indian classical (Hindustani) instrumental music classes
Group Sitar Classes (Beginner to Advanced) for kids & adults:
Saturdays - 11 am -12:30 pm

Group Instrumental music classes (guitar, voilin, voila, keyboard, oboe, flute etc):
Saturdays 9:30 - 11 am
Learn to play Hindustani music form on any instrument of your choice, improvisation & composition techniques and more.
Eligibility: Student to be able to play a scale on the instrument

Start date for both classes - Sept 16th
Instructor: Kakali Bandyapadhyay Kakaliji began study of the sitar at the age of 7, with lessons from Pandit Kalyani Roy, a disciple of Ustad Vilayat Khan. She later studied with Pandit Indranil Bhattacharyya, disciple of Ustad Allauddin Khan. She attended master classes with Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and earned a bachelor’s degree in music with top distinction in India.
She is an artist affiliate at Emory University, and has been teaching sitar and Hindustani music in metro Atlanta area for the past 18 years.
Contact Kakali Bandyopadhyay at sitarkb@gmail.com (cell: 678 677 3975) for all details

Workshop on North Indian classical (Hindustani) & semi classical instrumental music
  • Date - Sept 9th, 2018
  • Time - 2-5 pm
  • Fee: $40
  • Venue - Chinmaya Gurukul, 4980 Pittman rd, Cumming
Eligibility: Student to be able to play any instrument (guitar, voilin, flute, cello, oboe, keyboard, etc) at a basic level
Workshop includes- Introduction to Hindustani Music, Ragas and Talas. Attendees learn compositions on ragas, basic concept of improvisation and perform together at the end of the workshop.
Conducted by Kakali Bandyopadhyay. Contact Kakaliji at sitarkb@gmail.com (cell: 678 677 3975) to register

Signups for all enrichment classes on Aug 19th, 9:45 - 10:45 am at SFMS rotunda

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 yagnasandcamps@chinmayamissionalpharetta.org

  • 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 fundraiser@chinmayamissionalpharetta.org


  • Community Service - Puja Seva, Community Seva, CORD Walkathon.
    Contact us at communityservice@chinmayamissionalpharetta.org

  • Celebrations - Republic day celebration, Guru Paduka Puja, Holi, Diwali, Navratri, Dussera, Mother’s day, Gurudev Jayanti, Tapovan Jayanti, Annual Day, picnic.
    Contact us at cmacelebrations@chinmayamissionalpharetta.org
  • Sessions at SFMS

    Day Time Study Group/Session Facilitator Location
    Sunday 9:30  – 10:00 am Shiva Manasa Puja (for BV teachers) Sivaji Rm 148
    Sunday 10  – 10:50 am BV teaching sevaks session Sudha Rm 148
    Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm Bhagavad Gita Sushmaji Gym
    Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm Vivekachudamani Sivaji Cafeteria
    Sunday 11:30am – 12:30pm Tattva bodh study group Sudha Rm 148

    Sessions at Marietta Location

    Day Time Study Group/Session Facilitator Location
    Sunday 4:30 -5:30 pm Self Unfoldment study group Sudershan Marietta
      Ashram & online Sessions 
    Day Time Activity Venue Facilitator
    Mondays 10-11:30 am Shiva puja & Stotram class Ashram Sivaji, Sushmaji
    Wednesdays 10-11:30am Krishna puja; devi class Ashram Sushmaji
    Wednesdays 8-9 pm JnanaSara (class for BV teachers) online Sivaji
    1st Thurs 8-9 pm Guru paduka puja Ashram Sivaji, Sushmaji
    Fridays 8- 9 pm Narayaneeyam class Ashram Sushmaji
    Saturdays 8:00 – 8:30 am Vedic Chanting class Ashram Sushmaji
    Saturdays 8:30 – 9:30 am Talk on Hastamalaka stotram Ashram Sivaji
    Saturdays 5-6 pm Talk on Vivekachudamani Ashram Sushmaji
    Tue 10:00 -10:30 am Vedic chanting (Max participants- 3 ) online Sushmaji
    Fri 10:30 -11:00 am Vedic chanting (Max participants- 3 ) online Sushmaji
    Study groups & Swaranjali sessions
    Day Time Text/Actvity Venue Facilitator
    Mondays 8:15 – 9:15 pm Upadesha Sara 3800 grey abbey dr, Alpharetta * Sudha
    Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 am Bhagavad Gita 3800 grey abbey dr, Alpharetta Sudha
    Tuesdays 8:00 – 9:00 pm Self Unfoldment 205 harrogate way, Alpharetta * Bhavana
    Wednesdays 12:30 - 1:30 pm Swaranjali Cumming Haritha
    Thursdays 8:00 – 9:00 pm Self Unfoldment Zoom session (online) Sudha
    Thursdays 8:00 – 9:00 pm Swaranjali 3422 Cape York trace, Alpharetta Lalitha
    Fridays 11:15 am - 12:15 pm Self Unfoldment 4625 Springale Ct, Cumming Sudha
    Sundays 6:30-7:30 pm Tattva bodh 5390 Lexington woods ln, Alpharetta Sameer/Kumar
    Sundays 6:30 - 7:30 pm Bhaja Govindam 1030 Buxton way, Alpharetta Shekhar
    * Online participation available Enrichment classes
    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(leera.rawal@gmail.com) SFMS(Gym)
    Saturdays 9:40 - 10:40 am Tabla class Shiv Kotagal (shiv.kotagal@gmail.com) Ashram

    Upcoming events

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    April 28 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

    28th – Krishna Mela
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    CORD Walkathon

    May 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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    Guru Paduka Puja at Ashram

    May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Gurudev paduka puja at ashram
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    Shankara Jayanti at ashram at 7 pm

    May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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    Regular sessions at SFMS (11:00 am - 12:30 pm) & Marietta (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM) ; JCHYK session

    May 12 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

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    Matru/pitru puja in assembly

    May 12 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

    12th – Matru/pitru puja in assembly
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    Last day of session at SFMS (11:00 am - 12:30 pm) & Marietta (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM)

    May 19 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

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    Competition acknowledgement ceremony; Last day of session

    May 19 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

    19th – Competition acknowledgement ceremony; Last day of session
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