Chinmaya Mission

Chinmaya Mission is a Hindu spiritual organisation engaged in the dissemination of Vedanta, the science of the Self as expounded in the Vedas, particularly the Upanishads, and other important Hindu scriptures including the Bhagavad Gita. Chinmaya Mission was established in India in 1953 by devotees of the world-renowned Vedanta teacher, Swami Chinmayananda. Under his guidance, these devotees formed the nucleus of a spiritual renaissance movement that now encompasses a wide range of spiritual, educational, and charitable activities, touching the lives of thousands in India and outside its borders. Administered by Central Chinmaya Mission Trust in Mumbai, India, the Mission is now headed by Swami Tejomayananda. There are over 300 mission centres all over India and Abroad. North America itself had more than 30 centres.

Chinmaya Mission

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Motto To give maximum happiness to the maximum number for the maximum time
Formation 1953
Type Non-Profit Organisation
Legal status Trust
Purpose/focus Spirituality, Vedanta
Headquarters Mumbai
Location India
Headed By Swami Swaroopananda
Main organ Central Chinmaya Mission Trust
Remarks Founded by Swami Chinmayananda

The Chinmaya ‘Om’.

signSwami Chinmayananda, founder of Chinmaya Mission, taught spirituality as the art of living. Through jnana yoga (the Vedantic path of spiritual knowledge), he emphasized the balance of head and heart, pointing out selfless work, study, and meditation as the cornerstones of spiritual practice.

Not satisfied by worldly aspirations or his degrees in literature and law, Balakrishna Menon pursued spiritual studies for nine years in the Himalayas, under the guidance of Swami Sivananda(Divine Life Society) and the tutelage of Swami Tapovanam (Tapovan Maharaj). He eventually came to share this Vedantic knowledge with the masses, in the form of the dynamic teacher known as Swami Chinmayananda.

Swamiji is renowned worldwide as a spiritual master and one of the foremost teachers of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. He is credited with the renaissance of spirituality and cultural values in India, and with the spreading of the ageless wisdom of Advaita Vedanta, as expounded by Adi Shankaracharya, throughout the world.

Mission statement

To provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta and practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become a positive contributor to society.


The following activities are conducted at mission centers on a weekly basis:

  • Shishu Vihar for children 2 to 4
  • Balvihar for children 5 to 12
  • CHYK – Chinmaya Yuva Kendra
    • Junior CHYK for teenagers 13–15
    • CHYK for the age group of 16 to 24
    • Senior CHYK for youth aged 25–30
  • Study Groups for Adults
  • Chinmaya Vanprastha Sansthan for Senior Citizens (India and UK)

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