Chinmaya Mission San Jose
10160 Clayton Rd
San Jose, California 95127
E-mail :sanjose [a|t] chinmayamission [d|o|t] org
Web Site: http://www.cmsj.org/
Uma Jeyarasasingham met Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda in 1965. She says, â€œPujya Gurudev began to use me as his worker in 1971 when he came to the U.S. on his annual jnana yajna tour. I lived in San Francisco at that time with my husband and daughter, and was working at the University of California Medical Center.
â€œIn 1972, Gurudev introduced me to, and started my service on, the Chinmaya Study Groups in the San Francisisco area, along with other sevaks. This work continued till 1978, thrice a week, at my home."
Umaji also served as director and treasurer of CMW, 1975-1990, while attending to Mission activities in the Bay Area.
In June 1978, under Gurudevâ€™s direction, Umaji moved to Los Altos and began conducting two new weekly study groups. In 1981, Gurudev told her to begin Chinmaya Bala Vihar in Los Altos. The program was immediately set up under his guidance, and began with six children. â€œThis is the program that I still follow. It was set up and guided every step of the way by Gurudev. In 2008, we had grown to have 1,660 students at three locations in the Bay Area.â€
In 1981, Umaji decided to quit her professional job. The number of Chinmaya Study Groups had increased significantly and the Chinmaya Bala Vihar programs had gained momentum.
In 1987, Gurudev said to proceed with the purchase of the property at 1050 Park Avenue, San Jose. He formalized the Mission center, naming it â€œChinmaya Mission San Jose,â€ and named the new ashram â€œSandeepany San Jose.â€
Swami Tejomayananda (Pujya Guruji) was appointed as the centerâ€™s first resident acharya. Gurudev requested Umaji to study with Guruji for the next three years. Guruji taught all the texts studied during Mumbaiâ€™s two-year residential Vedanta Course. â€œSo I took the San Jose â€˜courseâ€™ and enjoyed every bit of it. By 1992, the course was almost complete and I resumed the Study Groups I was conducting and attended Gurujiâ€™s classes.â€
In 1993, Pujya Gurudev attained mahasamadhi. Pujya Guruji was called to lead Chinmaya Mission worldwide.
â€œI considered myself most blessed indeed to have had the opportunity to study under Pujya Gurudev and Guruji. In the first round, I studied the major Upanishads, including Mandukya Karika, Bhagavad Gita (twice), and Vivekachoodamani from Pujya Gurudev. In the second round, I studied the major Upanishads, Ramana Maharishiâ€™s texts, Tulasi Ramayana, and Shrimad Bhagavatam from Pujya Guruji.â€
Guruji bestowed the title of â€œChinmaya Mission Acharyaâ€ on Umaji in 2008, recognizing her dedicated service to the Mission, which she continues to date.
Swami Bodhatmananda received sannyasa diksha on the auspicious occasion of Dipavali on Nov. 4, 2013 at the Chinmaya International Foundation in Kerala, India.
Formerly known as Brahmachari Prabodh Chaitanya, he is the appointed acharya for the 2014-16 residential Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanayala in Mumbai, India, as well as the acharya of CM San Jose.
A precocious student of spirituality, Swamiji combines his vast scriptural knowledge with his insatiable thirst to further enhance and articulate this knowledge.
An MIS and software consultant trained in financial planning from the University of Central Florida, Swamiji's spiritual call came when he read Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda's commentary on Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. His spiritual curiosity aroused, he learned about Chinmaya Mission, its mission and activities, and eventually met Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda.
Not long thereafter, he decided to dedicate his life to scriptural studies and the service of humanity. He served for six years at CM Orlando in various capacities and subsequently playing an active role in the planning and execution of the Chinmaya Vishva Sammelan, Chinmaya Mission's 50-year celebrations.
After studying Vedanta for two years under the grace and guidance of Pujya Guruji and under the tutelage of Swami Ishwarananda, he was initiated as Brahmachari Prabodh Chaitanya.
Swamiji is fluent in English, Hindi, Gujarati, and Sanskrit. He is devoted to Vedanta and revels in teaching all Vedantic texts, as well as devotional texts such as Ramayana and Shrimad Bhagavatam.
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