A Guru is not a person; it is a dynamic presence, expressing through one’s own preceptor. Just as light is necessary to show us the way, knowledge is essential to come out of the darkness of ignorance. Guru is the very embodiment of knowledge in whose presence the disciple discovers that light which surpasses all lights.
– Swami Ishwarananda
In his work of propagating the great philosophical truths of the Upanishads, Acharya Sankara employed a number of weapons in his armory. He alone was capable of undertaking this task as the guardian angel of rishi culture.
Chinmaya Mission closely follows the teachings of Acharya Shankara, as envisioned by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, the founder of Chinmaya Mission.
He taught Pujya Gurudev virtues enumerated in the Seventeenth Chapter of the Bhagavad Gita constituting the three forms of tapas – physical, verbal, and mental. He was a virakta mahatma, an embodiment of sanyasa, with supreme renunciation, wisdom, divine dignity and compassion.
His legacy remains in the form of books, audio and video tapes, schools, and social service projects; Vedanta teachers whom he taught and inspired; and Chinmaya Mission centers around the world serving the spiritual and cultural needs of local communities.
Depiction of his quest for Truth is made as a feature film in 2015 and is available in DVD format.
Pujya Guruji excels in expounding a wide spectrum of Hindu scriptures, from Ramayana to the Bhagavad Gita to the Upanishads. He conducts jnana yajnas on Vedanta as he moves around the world. His easy manner and devotional rendering of Vedanta texts has drawn many newcomers into the spiritual fold.
Swamiji has authored several commentaries on such important spiritual classics as Ik Onkar, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, and Sankat Mochan, besides numerous books on contemporary lifestyle subjects such as Simplicity and Meditation, Storm to Perform, Avatar, Managing the Manager, and Journey into Health.