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, Chinmaya Mission Niagara’s (CMN) committee felt the time had come to have their own home. With the blessings and a puja performed by Pujya Swami Shantananda, 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, Acharya 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 satellite Centres in Kitchener and London and is actively supporting the Cleveland and Pittsburgh Centres.

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.


Our Committee:

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

 

 

 

 


Acharya Vivek

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Acharya Vivek is a spiritual teacher and public speaker with Chinmaya Mission, an international non-profit organization working to transform individuals through the knowledge of Vedanta.  In 2007 he graduated from the intensive residential Vedanta course, taught by Pujya Swami Tejomayananda at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in India and has continued to serve Chinmaya Mission in various capacities since.  Through his inspiring, innovative, and insightful style, Acharya Vivek makes Vedanta relevant, relatable and reachable to audiences across generations and cultures.  An array of community groups, academic forums, professional associations, medical departments and religious organizations around the world, such as The Office of the Pentagon in Washington and the Regional Mental Health Care Hospital in London, have invited Acharya Vivek to share his wisdom on life and living.  He was even invited to become the first Hindu Chaplain of the United States Department of Defense, a position he ultimately declined in order to serve Chinmaya Mission fully.  Acharya Vivek currently serves as the resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Niagara and Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh as well as the Deputy Director of Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK) West, the youth wing of Chinmaya Mission in North America.


Acharya Vijay

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Born and raised in India, Acharya 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 Vijayji began attending Dharma Sevaka Courses and inspired to share his inspiration, initiated Study Groups and Bala Vihar in his home.

In 2010 Acharya 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, Vijayji is now posted at CM Niagara's Centre in London.


Acharya Madhu

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Born and raised in India, Acharya Madhuji 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 Madhuji began assisting the Study Groups and Bala Vihar in her home.

In 2010 Acharya 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, Madhuji is now posted at CM Niagara's Centre in Niagara.