Mahasamadhi of Swami Chinmayananda observed

Monday, Aug 4, 2014,21:46 IST By metrovaartha A A A

A twoday programme of Mahasamadhi of Swami Chinmayanand was observed at Chinmayanand Mission regional Headquarters at Sandeepnee Himalayas in Tapovan which concluded this morning. Hundreds of devotees from all over the country converged at the Tapovan ashram and attended the celebration of Mahasamadhi of Swami Chinmayananda. The pooja was held with religious enthusiasm and fervour at the Samadhi of the great saint. Swami Sabhodanand Ji, Regional Chief of Chinmayanand Mission held pooja amid Vedic Chanting by Brahmchari Vedanta students, devotees and other saints of the mission at the Samadhi. Swami Chinmayananda was a Hindu spiritual leader and teacher who inspired the formation of Chinmaya Mission in 1953, a spiritual, educational, and charitable nonprofit organisation, that encompasses more than 300 centers in India and internationally to spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, the nondual system of thought found in the Upanishads, which epitomise the philosophical teachings of the Vedas. Swami Chinmayananda was renowned for teaching Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other ancient Hindu Scriptures in a logical and scientific manner. He was a dynamic orator, captivating crowds of up to several thousand in free discourses twice a day for nearly 40 years. Swami Sabhodananad said today that Swami Chinmayananda set its 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 positive contributors to society. Swami Chinmayananda authored 95 publications in his lifetime, including commentaries on the major Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita. He served several American and Asian universities as a visiting professor of Indian philosophy. He left his mortal remains on August 3, 1993, which is being marked as his Mahasamadhi.