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Published May 2nd 2014
Chinmaya Mission is a global spiritual organisation founded in 1953 in India by the devotees of Swami Chinmayananda also known as Gurudev. This began a spiritual renaissance movement encompassing spiritual, educational, and charitable activities, enabling one and all access to the ageless wisdom of Vedanta, the knowledge of the one reality.
The aim of Chinmaya mission is to give maximum happiness to the maximum number for the maximum time, and to uplift humanity beyond selfish and sectarian attitudes. Chinmaya mission statement is "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."
My personal experience with Chinmaya mission includes attending many of their weekly classes- there are classes for all ages and groups of people on various aspects of Vedanta, and the best part is the discussion groups allow you to reflect, ask questions, learn and overall gain many practical life skills that develops ones character, enables efficiency and clear thinking and to be content and happy.
I also have experience in attending free discourses and public talks over many years, with multiple teachers of the mission including Swami Swaroopanada, Guruji or Swami Tejomayananda, who is the global head of Chinmaya mission, where one not only gains much knowledge of Vedanta and various scriptures but also learns about various aspects of spirituality and its applicability in our day to day lives, to live in peace and harmony.
Not only do I find I have learnt so much, but the yearly local camps (usually in a Sydney or Melbourne), as well as global camps at the main Chinmaya mission school in Coimbatore, South India; set amongst the Indian mountains, where one spends time with like minded individuals in relaxation and peace as well as many spiritual teachers, extremely enjoyable and fulfilling.
Recently, I attended a weekend retreat meditation camp at Vision Valley in Arcadia, where participants learnt the art of meditation, through guided meditation classes, self reflection time, and other activities including chanting, which I found extremely relaxing, peaceful and enlightening.
Lookout on the website for other such activities, camps, classes and find one that suits you. There are weekly classes all over Sydney including at the main ashram in Castle hill, Baulkham hills, Mt. Colah, Wattlegrove, Central coast, the city as well as Canberra, and other states too.
They are free to join- the best things are for free; however the guru-
Sisya para para or tradition, involves making a donation that one can afford and deems fit to pay gratitude to ones teacher or Guru.
There are classes for children, youth and adults so I'm positive you will find one to suit you.. So what are you waiting for? I've benefited tremendously, I'm sure you will too...