Swami Chinmayananda is one of the great spiritual saints of India. He had extraordinary authority over the knowledge of Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads. He was the founder of Chinmayananda Mission and also the author of books based on religion and philosophical thinking. He wrote about 30 books.
Swami Chinmayananda was born in 1916 in Ernakulam district of Kerala. There he was known as Balakrishna Menon. After graduating from Lucknow University, he came in the field of journalism. Swami Chinmayananda wanted to influence politics, economic and social reform movements through this medium. In Rishikesh, he met Swami Shivanand Ji and that changed the direction of his life.
Balakrishna took sannyasa and started being called Swami Chinmayananda. The Guru sent him to Swami Tapovan Maharaj to study in the Himalayas. After learning for eight years, Swamiji fasted for public welfare. He continued to serve others for forty years. He opened many ashrams, schools, hospital nursing homes and clinics.
In the year 1993, he was elected “Hindu Religion President” by the Hindu Host Committee. He was awarded this honor at the Parliamentary of the World Division in Chicago. He was also honored with the World Vision 2000 Conference. On August 3, 1993, in San Diego, California, his soul became absorbed in the divine. He founded the Chinmayananda Mission to introduce Vedanta. This mission also paves the way for spiritual progress and satisfaction.