Chinmaya Mission Atlanta
5511 Williams Road
Norcross, GA 30093
Phone: (678) 615-7088
E-mail : atlanta [a|t] chinmayamission [d|o|t] org
Web Site: http://www.chinmaya-atlanta.com/
Dr. G.V. Raghu came into the spiritual fold of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda in 1989, when he and his family attended their first Chinmaya family camp in Orlando, Florida. Thereafter, he and his wife, Geetha (now also an acharya), attended Chinmaya family camps every year. Their spiritual pilgrimage continued, and continues, to grow under the guidance of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda.
Raghuji attended his first month-long Dharma Sevak Course in Piercy, California in 1997. Since then, he has been conducting regular, weekly study groups in his home in Georgia. During his ten years of service at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, he came in contact with, and was deeply influenced by, many Chinmaya Mission acharyas and other spiritual teachers.
In 2006, Raghuji retired from his medical practice and attended the two-year, residential Vedanta course conducted by Pujya Guruji at â€˜Sandeepany Sadhanalayaâ€™ in Mumbai, India. During this period, he was further influenced by the idea of sannyasa (renunciation) and inspired by the other Vedanta course students. In the 18 months that he attended the course, he studied Bhagavad Gita, 10 Upanishads, Vivekachudamani, Ramacharitamanasa, and many other smaller but important spiritual works. He completed the course in 2007 and came back to his Atlanta home as Acharya Raghu.
Raghuji moved to central Atlanta so he could more easily reach out and spread Vedantic knowledge to the community at large. He continues his spiritual sadhana to date and conducts Chinmaya Study Groups in the Atlanta area and its suburbs.
Geetha Raghu's spiritual journey began when she attended Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda's family camp in Orlando, Florida, in 1989. She has been attending family camps since then. In 1992, she had the fortune of meeting Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda.
Having attended various Dharma Sevak Courses conducted by Pujya Guruji, Geethaji eventually enrolled in the two-year, residential Vedanta Course in Mumbai, India, conducted by Pujya Guruji, from 2005 to 2007. Having completed the course successfully, she now resides near Atlanta, Georgia and serves as a Chinmaya Mission Acharya, spreading Vedantic teachings in the local community.
Acharya Geethaji has been conducting and coordinating Chinmaya Bala Vihar classes since 1990 and actively participating in Chinmaya Study Groups since 1994. After attending her first Dharma Sevak course in 1997, in Piercy, California, she began a Chinmaya Devi Group in Warner Robins, Georgia that remains active to date. Geethaji presently teaches weekly chanting classes, as well as a weekly class for a local Devi Group, Study Group, and Bala Vihar.