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Center Name: HOUSTON

Chinmaya Mission Houston
Chinmaya Prabha

10353 Synott Rd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77478
Phone: (281) 568-9520
E-mail : houston [a|t] chinmayamission [d|o|t] org
Web Site: http://www.chinmayahouston.org/



Acharya Darshana Nanavaty is the resident acarya and founder of Chinmaya Mission Houston. She was inspired to study Vedanta after attending satsangas and spiritual camps conducted by Pujya Gurudeva Swami Chinmayananda. In 1979, she and her husband joined the two-and-a-half year intensive Vedanta residential course in Piercy, California, where they immersed themselves in scriptural studies.

In accordance with Pujya Gurudeva's instructions, after completing their Vedantika studies in 1982, the Nanavatys embarked on a life dedicated to spreading spiritual knowledge.

Acarya Darshanaji, also lovingly called "Darshanaben" or "Aunty," serves as Director of CM Houston's Bala Vihar and Yuva Kendra programs. With her calm and caring attitude, she has nurtured the Bala Vihar classes from a handful of children in 1982, to an organized program of 875 students and over 50 dedicated teachers. She has developed a distinctive, creative, and dynamic curriculum that teaches Hindu values and culture at every grade level, from KG-12. The curriculum provides an innovative way to jump start a value based education program for our children. It is a structured, age appropriate program which runs from KG - 12th grade.  The program makes use of  well developed teachers’ handbooks. All books have 40 lessons (estimated one per week) and each lesson runs for 60 minutes.

The multi-dimensional approach of looking at scriptures as they apply to our daily lives makes spirituality more relevant for children. We want our children to lead truly happy, peaceful, and successful lives. There is no better way but to introduce them to the science of living through this Bala Vihar program. The program has been tried and tested for last twenty five years and has proved to be extremely helpful.

Acarya Darshanaji regularly conducts Chinmaya Bala Vihar teachers' training programs in the U.S. and India.

She has been instrumental in publishing prayer books, such as Prarthana Piyusa, Slokathon, Bon Voyage, and My Prayer Book to complement the Bala Vihar curriculum. One of her most lauded publications is the  multimedia CD-ROM on "Bhagavad Gita," called Journey to the Truth that brilliantly expresses her talent and creativity. With its mix of animation, folk art, traditional and classical styles of chants, games, and stories Journey to the Truth uniquely presents the profound messages of the "Bhagavad Gita" to adults, youth, and children alike.


Acharya Gaurang Nanavaty is the resident acarya and founder of Chinmaya Mission Houston. He was inspired to study Vedanta after attending satsangs and spiritual camps conducted by Pujya Gurudeva Swami Chinmayananda. Inspired by Swami Chinmayananda, he and his wife, Smt. Darshnaben Nanavaty left their professional careers and joined Sandeepany West, Piercy, California in 1979.

After completing their Vedanta studies in 1982, they moved to Houston and began imparting knowledge of Vedanta to the community.

Acarya Gaurangji, lovingly called "Gaurangbhai" or "Uncle," dedicates his time and energy in conducting Satsanga-s, leading Vedanta study groups, and organizing and managing CMH activities. Being one of us, he understands the challenges faced by householders and aptly guides us on our spiritual path.

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