Chinmaya Mission Australia
Chinmaya Mission Australia
Chinmaya Mission is a global spiritual organisation that was founded in 1953 by devotees of Swami Chinmayananda in India. They formed the nucleus of a movement of spiritual renaissance that now encompasses a wide range of spiritual, educational and charitable activities, ennobling the lives of thousands in India and outside its shores. The Mission is administered by Central Chinmaya Mission Trust , Mumbai, headed by Swami Tejomayananda.
Following the teacher-taught tradition (guru-sisya parampara) since time immemorial, Chinmaya Mission makes available the ageless wisdom of Vedanta, the knowledge of the One Reality, and provides the tools to realize that wisdom in one's own life. To give maximum happiness to the maximum number for the maximum time is the tenet that drives members to uplift humanity beyond selfish and sectarian attitudes and activities. Each person's gain is manifold: personal growth, heightened efficiency, contentment, and living in peace and harmony.
Our Mission Statement tries to convey what we do in a brief sentence:
"To provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to society."
The purpose of CHYK as stated by Gurudev is to harness dynamic potential and to create a positive self-image and identity. The program provides spiritual and cultural orientation to modern day youths. Gurudev founded CHYK with the vision of helping youth realise their latent and infinite inner potential. CHYK strives to unite youth and young adults by providing a forum to explore, discuss, and practice Vedanta while strengthening their lives in every endeavour. He quoted that, “today’s youth are not useless; they are used less. They are not careless; they are cared for less than they should be.” As a result, modern day CHYKS are utilising their potential and are taking up leadership positions of various community projects. They are involved in organising a number of camps and creating innovative activities for workshops within the mission.
Formerly the Regional Head of Chinmaya Mission Australia, United Kingdom, Middle East, Africa and Far East, and presently Chairman of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth Trust (University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions) and Director of the Chinmaya International Residential School in Coimbatore, Swami Swaroopananda has now been bestowed by Swami Tejomayananda (Guruji) the honour of serving as the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide.
Born and brought up in a bustling commercial capital of India, Swamiji had always been convinced that beyond life’s superficial, everyday joys and sorrows, there was something more enduring and satisfying. As a child he heard from his grandmother many religious stories based on the great Indian epics and the history of saints. These stories suddenly came to life, acquiring new meaning and depth, when as an adolescent he encountered the preeminent Master of Vedanta, Swami Chinmayananda (Gurudev).
In 1984 Swami Swaroopananda gave up his family’s thriving business in Hong Kong to undergo intensive training under Gurdev and Guruji at Sandeepany, Mumbai. He was initiated into Sannyaas in 1992. Since then, he has touched thousands of lives worldwide and his tremendous work in bringing out the essential wisdom and underlying unity of all religions has garnered him a place among the vanguards of self-development philosophy.
In an era ripe with scepticism and confusion about spiritual matters, Swamiji is a rare voice in this world that blends authenticity with accessibility; theory with self-practice; logic with heart.
Swami Shrikarananda is the resident teacher (acharya) for Chinmaya Mission in NSW, ACT, QLD and S. Swamiji grew up in as an active CHYK in Melbourne, Australia. Swamiji completed his secondary education at Syndal High School and Bachelor of Business (Major in Accounting & Information Systems) at Swinburne University.
As a youngster in Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK), Swamiji learnt under the tutelage of Swami Swaroopananda (Head of Chinmaya Mission Australia, U.K. and Far East) and served in the mission for many years. Swamiji was a dynamic leader for the youth and organised many events and programs. In doing so, Swamiji was inspired to take up the life of Brahmacharya, and undertook the Chinmaya Mission Residential Vedanta Course in Sandeepany Sadhanalaya (Powai, Maharashtra, India). Upon becoming a Brahmacharya in 2004, he began serving in Sydney, Australia. Since then, he has helped many unleash their true potential, by being a skilled teacher, devoted mentor and dedicated friend. His humble and loving nature, dedicated and dynamic attitude, and wealth of knowledge are an ideal for all to learn from and follow.
He was given Sannyaasa Deeksha on Mahashivaratri 2016, by Swami Tejomayananda (Head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide).
We are indebted to Swamiji for his constant love and dedicated service. We have gained so much knowledge and devotion through his guidance and example.
Swami Aparokshananda is the resident teacher for Chinmaya Mission in Melbourne. Raised in Australia, Swamiji completed his schooling at Melbourne High School and his tertiary education at The University of Melbourne where he obtained a physiotherapy degree.
Eager to discover his cultural roots and after being prompted by his mother, Swamiji started attending Chinmaya Mission adult study classes where he was introduced to the Bhagavad Geeta. The turning point in his life was listening to Swami Swaroopananda speak about pursuing permanent happiness at one of the National CHYK camps in Australia. Swamiji enrolled in a two-year intensive course studying Hindu scriptures in Mumbai, India.
Since then, he has helped many unfold their true potential, by being a skilled teacher and a devoted mentor. His humble nature, dynamic attitude and wealth of knowledge make him an ideal for the youth to follow.