Chinmaya Mission Niagara - Who We Are

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Sevaks and sevikas have been serving the Niagara Region through/with the teachings of Pujya Swami Chinmayananda since the late 1980s. Weekly classes were held from home to home until 1999 when Pujya Swami Tejomayananda created another chapter to Chinmaya Mission Worldwide.

Classes for Bala Vihar, Yuva Kendra and Adults shifted to schools for the next few years. However in 2006, the Chinmaya Mission Niagara (CMN) committee felt the time had come to have their own home...and CMN moved 'home' in August of 2007! Pujya Swami Tejomayananda named the 16,000 sq. ft. facility as Chinmaya Dhara (Flow of Consciousness).

Just as there was demand for a centre in Niagara so too was there demand for a teacher. And the Guru-shishya-parampara has supplied the community with both. Born and raised in Niagara, Vivek turned away from the ordinary pursuits of life and took up the extraordinary path within. Having studied Vedanta at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai, India for over two years under the guidance of Pujya Swami Tejomayananda, Vivekji returned to Niagara to share this ancient wisdom with one and all.

Today, all activities are taking place at Dhara and are growing both in quality and quantity! Through Gita discourses and Vedanta discussions, Bala Vihar classes and celebrations, Bhagavan's Puja and Bharata Natya, CMN's volunteers continue to earnestly serve the community. And the regional community! CMN has established a chapter in London and is actively supporting the chapter in Cleveland.

Pujya Swami Tejomayananda has divinized Dhara at the Inauguration in 2009, the Murti Sthapana in 2010, a visit in 2011, a Jnana Yajna in 2013 and Satsanga in 2016!

Niagara has been fortunate to have many Chinmaya Mission Acharyas bless the centre and community with their presence and teachings over the years including our own Shriman Vijay and Shrimati Madhu.


Our Committee:

Shri Vivek Gupta, President
Shri Vijay Gupta, Teacher
Smt Madhu Gupta, Teacher
Shri Krishan Sarin, Treasurer
Smt Kamal Sarin, Secretary
Shri Jyotiprakash Desai, Sevaka
Shri Sudesh Gupta, Sevaka
Smt Sarita Jain, Sevika
Shri Madhav Khurana, Sevaka

 

 

 

 


Vivek

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Vivekji

Having experienced much of what the world has to offer, from traveling to fifty countries to managing a multimillion dollar business, Vivek still sought more.

For over two years, Vivek lived and studied as a monk under the guidance of Spiritual Master, Swami Tejomayananda in Chinmaya Mission's monastery in India.

Discovering the only purpose of life is to be independently joyous, Vivek continues to explore this purpose by sharing the same with others.

His unifying and universal vision has led him to communities and organizations all around the world, including The Pentagon, Amazon, Cognizant, Des Moines University, Parkwood Institute and more. He was even recruited to be the first Hindu Chaplain of the United States Department of Defense, a position he declined in order to serve Chinmaya Mission fully.

Vivek is the Resident Teacher of Chinmaya Mission Niagara and Deputy Director of Chinmaya Yuva Kendra West, a wing of the organization dedicated to empowering youth and young adults.

With a speaking style of insight and inspiration, Vivek makes philosophy relevant and reachable to people across cultures and generations. He uniquely weaves the sacred into the secular, revealing that a life of independent joy is possible.


Shriman Vijay

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Born and raised in India, Shriman Vijay completed a degree in Science from Kanpur University.  Moving to Canada in 1974 he slowly established himself as a successful entrepreneur.  His life changed after attending a Chinmaya Mission Camp in 1995, particularly listening to Pujya Swami Tejomayananda.  Soon after Shriman Vijay began attending Dharma Sevaka Courses and inspired to share his inspiration, initiated Study Groups and Bala Vihar in his home.

In 2010 Shriman Vijay partially attended the Residential Vedanta Course in Piercy.  And in 2014 joined the Residential Vedanta Course in Sidhabari.  Studying in Hindi for 2 1/2 years under Pujya Swami Tejomayananda, Pujya Swami Subodhananda and Pujya Swami Gangeshananda, Shriman Vijay is now posted at CM Niagara's Centre in London.


Shrimati Madhu

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Born and raised in India, Shrimati Madhu completed a degree in Science from Delhi University.  Moving to Canada in 1976 she slowly established herself as a successful entrepreneur.  Her life changed after attending a Chinmaya Mission Camp in 1998, particularly listening to Pujya Swami Shantananda.  Soon after Shrimati Madhu began assisting the Study Groups and Bala Vihar in her home.

In 2010 Shrimati Madhu partially attended the Residential Vedanta Course in Piercy.  And in 2014 joined the Residential Vedanta Course in Sidhabari.  Studying in Hindi for 2 1/2 years under Pujya Swami Tejomayananda, Pujya Swami Subodhananda and Pujya Swami Gangeshananda, Shrimati Madhu is now posted at CM Niagara's Centre in Niagara.