Chinmaya Mission Dallas-Fort Worth
'Chinmaya Saaket' 17701 Davenport Rd.
Dallas, Texas 75252
Phone: (972) 250-2470
E-mail : dallas [a|t] chinmayamission [d|o|t] org
Web Site: http://www.chinmayamission.org/dallas-fortworth
Swami Sarveshananda hails from Andhra Pradesh, India. He grew up in different cities across India and is fluent in English, Sanskrit, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, and several other regional languages of India.
As a youth, his first meeting with Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda was by accident: "Galti se mistake ho gayaa." Inspired by Gurudev, he joined CHYK (Chinmaya Yuva Kendra) in 1989 and was the founder vice-president of the CHYK chapter in Serilingampally, a suburb of Hyderabad. As a CHYK, he initiated and headed many service projects, and never missed an opportunity to attend spiritual camps conducted by Pujya Gurudev.
Pujya Gurudev's powerful influence and teachings inspired him to join the mIssion's two-year, residential Vedanta course at 'Sandeepany Sadhanalaya' in Mumbai, in 1993. He says, "Those two years at the ashram are the most memorable years of my life. I am still chewing the cud in an effort to digest everything I learned there."
After completing the course in 1995, he was initiated as Brahmachari Uddhav Chaitanya and posted as the resident acharya of CM Vijayawada, where he served until June 2002.
During his tenure in CM Vijayawada, Swamiji's regular schedule included conducting 6-7 yajnas per month, managing 35-40 Bala Vihars, 14 Devi groups, 7 study groups, and a CHYK group of 200-300. Under his leadership, CHYK Vijayawada was recognized as All-India CHYK's "#1 CHYK Group" for three years. In addition to all these activities, Swamiji also opened a Mission center in rural Manikonda (40 km. from Vijayawada) and was active in several social service projects, including relief efforts for Orissa's cyclone victims.
Swamiji says one of his most memorable experiences to date is his 45-day pada yatra in South India, in 1998. "This was an eyeopening experience that helped me feel the pulse of India, to see the love offered by people in spite of their poverty. It was truly an experience that displayed the grace of the Almighty and Pujya Gurudev."
In June 2002, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda posted Swamiji as the resident acharya of Chinmaya Mission Dallas-Fort Worth in Texas. To date, he conducts Vedanta classes and activities for all age groups. He has been instrumental in the center's exponential growth, including the classes at the Fort Worth and Flower Mound locations, the expansion of the current Dallas ashram of "Chinmaya Saaket," the establishment and development of the new ashram, "Chinmaya Chitrakoot," in Flower Mound, and the purchase of the "Chinmaya Mangalam: ashram in Melissa, Texas.
Swamiji is currently the National Director of CHYK West. He has also initiated the construction of a Mission center in rural Andhra Pradesh.
Swamiji's love, infectious laugh, and genuine interest in people have endeared him to young and old alike throughout North America. He is an accomplished speaker who can make complex subjects simple. He enjoys painting, sports, gardening, cooking, and music.
Prabhakar B. Ghate, known to many as â€œPBG," hails from Dharwad, Karnataka (India). He came to the U.S. in 1958 as a Fulbright Scholar after graduating from Karnataka University with high honors. After completing his Ph.D. in 1962, he joined Cornell University, where he pursued a career in research and teaching until the summer of 1966, after which, he moved to Dallas, Texas to begin his 28-year distinguished career with Texas Instruments.
When PBG first came to Dallas, there were hardly 50-60 people of Indian origin in the area. He soon began serving on the board of the local Indian cultural organizationâ€”delivering presentations on sanatana dharma at churches, educational institutions, and interfaith gatheringsâ€”and became a founding member of the local temple.
PBGâ€™s long association with Chinmaya Mission began in 1982 after hearing Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaâ€™s discourses at a CM Houston camp. PBG met Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda in 1989, when the local temple hosted his discourses on Navavidha Bhakti. In 1991, PBG attended Gurudevâ€™s marathon camp on Shrimad Bhagavad Gita in Piercy, California. From 1998-2000, he was involved with the building of CM Dallas Fort-Worthâ€™s â€˜Chinmaya Saaketâ€™ ashram.
Over the years, PBG attended several camps and courses conducted by Guruji, and in 2005, he joined the two-year, residential Vedanta Course under Gurujiâ€™s tutelage, at â€˜Sandeepany Sadhanalayaâ€™ in Mumbai, India. During the course, he passed with distinction Bharatiya Vidya Bhavanâ€™s Kovid Sanskrit examination. After the course ended in 2007, he returned to the U.S. as a Chinmaya Mission Acharya and continues to serve at CM Dallas Forth-Worth
Asha Ghate was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. After completing a masterâ€™s degree in economics from Osmania University, she got married and moved to Ithaca, NY in 1964. Since 1966, she has been living in Dallas, Texas. She earned a masterâ€™s degree in library science from North Texas State University and worked at the Richardson Public Library for a brief period. For more than a decade, she worked as a leisure travel consultant and traveled all around the world.
Ashaji began volunteering in social services with local Indian cultural organizations in the late 1960s and continued to do so for decades. She also served as president of the local Maharashtra Mandal, 1993-1994, was a founding member of the local temple, and organized several pujas and discourses over the years.
Ashajiâ€™s long association with Chinmaya Mission began in 1982 after hearing Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaâ€™s discourses at a CM Houston camp. She first met Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda in 1989, when the local temple hosted his discourses on Navavidha Bhakti. In 1991, she attended Gurudevâ€™s marathon camp on Shrimad Bhagavad Gita in Piercy, California. Thereafter, she attended several camps and courses conducted by Guruji in India and the U.S.
When CM Dallas Fort-Worth was officially formed in 1994, Guruji appointed Ashaji as its vice president. She served as president from 1997 to 2005. With the enthusiastic cooperation of several devotees and generous donors, in 1998, CM Dallas Fort-Worth purchased land on Davenport Road and construction began for the â€˜Chinmaya Saaketâ€™ ashram. Guruji inaugurated on December 26, 1999 and presided over the idol installation on January 1, 2000.
In 2005, Ashaji joined the two-year, residential Vedanta Course under Gurujiâ€™s tutelage, at â€˜Sandeepany Sadhanalayaâ€™ in Mumbai, India. Here, she studied introductory Vedanta texts, various Upanishads, Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Shrimad Bhagavatam, Ramayana, and Sanskrit. During the course, she passed with distinction Bharatiya Vidya Bhavanâ€™s Madhyama Sanskrit examination. After the course ended in 2007, she returned to the U.S. as a Chinmaya Mission Acharya and continues to serve at CM Dallas Forth-Worth.
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