Paramahansa YoganandaMahatma Gandhi Swami ChidanandaJ. Krishnamurti
The Mother of PondicherrySwami RamdasSwami SivanandaDaya Mata
Sitaramdas Omkarnath Mahesh Yogi Swami GangeshwaranandaSri Mohanananda BrahmachariSwami Chinmayananda




Swami Chinmayananda

Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati (born as Balakrishna Menon on 8th May 1916)  inspired the formation of Chinmaya Mission in 1953, which is a worldwide non-profit organisation, to spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, the essence of the teachings of the Vedas.

He had close links with Sri Ma Anandamayi right from his stay in Rishikesh, where he was with his sannyas guru Swami Sivananda. He later studied under Tapovan Maharaj in Uttar Kashi.

He taught the  Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other ancient Hindu scriptures in English across India and the world.

The Chinmaya Mission has more than 300 centres world-wide. He wrote many books  including commentaries on the major Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita.

His work continues to provide cultural and spiritual instruction globally;  he left the body on 3rd August 1993.

Swami  Swaroopananda has now taken over the reins of the Mission from Swami Tejomayananda.

Below are some photos taken during Sri Ma’s visit to the Sandeepany  Sadhanalaya, the Mumbai Ashram in mid 1970s .