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
Kalaa seva contact :

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 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 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 (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 (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 (cell: 678 677 3975) to register

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

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( SFMS(Gym)
Saturdays 9:40 - 10:40 am Tabla class Shiv Kotagal ( Ashram

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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  • 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

    SFMS Balavihar Open house at Ashram

    August 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Balavihar Open House: August 3rd, 5 PM @4980 Pittman Rd, Cumming
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    Swaroopanandaji Lectures (Aug 10th (Sat) thru Aug 12th (Mon)

    August 10 @ 7:30 pm - August 12 @ 9:00 pm

    The fundamental truth of life - and all of us are aware of it, though we conveniently keep forgetting it…
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    First day of Balavihar (SFMS & Marietta locations)

    August 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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