Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles
'Chinmaya Rameshwaram' 14451 Franklin Ave.
Tustin, California 92780
Phone: (714) 832-7669
E-mail : losangeles [a|t] chinmayamission [d|o|t] org
Web Site: http://www.chinmayamission.org/losangeles
Dr. Mahadev Parameswaran retired in 2004 from the aerospace profession with a degree in Physics. Having joined Chinmaya Mission in 1978, with the blessings of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, Mahadevanji began Chinmaya Bala Vihar classes for children and teens in Southern California in 1982. The center of CM Los Angeles (CM LA) now has over 1,100 children.
In addition to conducting Chinmaya Bala Vihar for over 25 years, Mahadevanji also teaches a music and bhajans, having founded CM LA’s Chinmaya Shruti Choir for children.
In the summer of 2008, he was blessed by Pujya Guruji to serve as a Chinmaya Mission Acharya for CM LA. He continues to conduct Vedanta classes and talks on various introductory texts, as well as Bhagavad Gita, Rama Gita, and Yoga Vasishtha. He presently conducts classes at CM LA’s Chinmaya Rameshwaram ashram, as well as its satellite chapters in Brea, San Gabriel, Torrance, Agoura Hills, and Cerritos. He also continues to give Vedanta talks in Southern California’s schools and colleges.
Acharya Mahadevan is also the Secretary of CM Los Angeles
Swami Ishwarananda served as secretary of Chinmaya Mission Bangalore in India. Inspired by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, and with the guidance of Swami Brahmananda, he left his field of software engineering and joined the Mission's two-year Vedanta course at 'Sandeepany Sadhanalaya' in Mumbai in 1991.
Upon completing his brahmachari training in 1993 as Brahmachari Someshwar Chaitanya, he served Chinmaya Mission centers in Bangalore and Calcutta. He was then posted as the resident acharya of CM Los Angeles, and in March 2000, he received sannyasa diksha from Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda.
Swamiji was appointed to be the Acharya of the 2002-2004 Vedanta Course at 'Sandeepany Sadhanalaya' in 2001.
Swamiji has been lauded as a dynamic speaker. His talks on Vedanta, stress and mind management, management techniques, and related fields have been acclaimed worldwide. His workshop topics have included Medication and Meditation, Spirituality in the Workplace, Game of Life, Human Approach to Management, Profession with Principle, Surfing Above Sorrows, Value-based Management, Mindfulness, Vedanta in Daily Life, Vedanta for Householders, and Destiny vs. Free Will.
Swamiji's lucid discourses are filled with wit and practical tips to better comprehend the subtle and profound teachings of Vedanta. To date, he has authored various books that provide a deeper insight into spiritual life. These include Conscious Living, Silent Search, Dewdrops, Mukunda Mala, and Pathways to Peace.
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