Who Are We?

In 1953 in Chennai, India, devotees of the world-renowned Vedanta teacher, Swami Chinmayananda (Gurudev) established Chinmaya Mission to spread the life-changing teachings of the Bhagavad Geeta and the Upanishads. Building on Gurudev’s service and vision, Chinmaya Mission has grown to be a worldwide organisation, dedicated to transformational spiritual, educational and charitable activities. Chinmaya Mission has benefitted millions within India and abroad, creating a community of devotees inspired and empowered by Gurudev’s mission to bring peace and happiness to all.

Our Impact Globally

Chinmaya Mission has impacted millions of devotees worldwide. To understand the extent of Gurudev's grand vision, here are some facts and figures:
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1000+ Balvihar, Yuva Kendras and Adult study groups

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Books and publications in dozens of languages

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The Mission

What is Chinmaya? ‘Chinmaya’ is the Sanskrit term, meaning ‘pure consciousness’. That is: pure awareness unaffected by likes and dislikes and with no sense of difference. Vedanta says this ever-blissful ‘Chinmaya’ is within us all. Chinmaya Mission seeks to illumine, demystify and share knowledge of this pure consciousness, as our essential nature, with the world. Chinmaya Mission teaching follows the Vedic teacher-student tradition (Guru-Shishya Parampara) calling on the time-tested authority of the scriptural texts to unfold the ageless wisdom of Advaita Vedanta (the vision of non-dual truth).
What Is Vedanta?
Vedanta is, in essence, the science of the Self. Just as we scientifically inquire into and explore the objective world, the ancient Rishis of India developed a logical science of our subjective world of emotions and thoughts. Their discoveries, called Vedanta, are formalised in the philosophical teachings of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Geeta. Vedanta is as relavent today as ever, because it deals with our subjective experience. This knowledge can calm the mind, help us to discover our right path in life, and give us the tools and ability to follow this path to happiness and success.  

What We Do

Chinmaya Mission is a spiritual, charitable, and educational non-profit organisation, aiming to facilitate inner growth through dedicated work and holistic study. The Mission offers a wide array of Vedanta study forums for all ages, connects people to our timeless culture and undertakes countless social service endeavours for global benefit. Millions worldwide have been positively impacted by Chinmaya Mission and Pujya Gurudev’s work.

Classes and Activities in Australia

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History of Chinmaya Mission Australia

1978

Chinmaya Mission Vedanta classes and Balavihar Classes commenced in Sydney

1981

Chinmaya Mission Vedanta classes commenced by Dr K T Ganapathy on 8 May at Templestowe, Melbourne in the home of Chandran and Chitra.

1984

Swami Chinmayananda visited Australia for the first time to deliver a yagna at Melbourne University.

1985

Swami Chinmayananda lead a residential retreat at Launching Place outside Melbourne and public lecture in Canberra

1987

Swami Chinmayananda visited Australia for the third time, presenting a lecture series at Melbourne University

1988

Swami Chinmayananda visited Australia for the fourth time, presenting a Lecture series in Sydney.

1989

Swami Chinmayananada visited Australia for the fifth time, presenting a lecture series at Melbourne University. Additional Balvihar classes commenced formally in Sydney.

1990

Swami Chinmayananada visited Australia for the fifth time, presenting a lecture series at Melbourne University. Additional Balvihar classes commenced formally in Sydney.

1991

Swami Chinmayananda conducted yagnas in Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

1993

Swami Chinmayananda conducted yagna in Sydney and last yagna in Australia. Swami Swaroopananda also attended and took morning class. Swami Swaroopananda conducts first lecture series in Melbourne.

1994

Swami Tejomayananda visited Australia for the first time and conducted lecture series in Melbourne and Sydney.