Chinmaya Gurukul - Alpharetta
With His grace & the blessings of Pujya Gurudev & Pujya Guruji, on the auspicious day of Mahashivratri in 2001, a small bala vihar of 25 kids was started at Alpharetta in the home of Sudha Malhotra, (a sevika who had moved from CM Ann Arbor, MI). The closest center at that time was an unincorporated one at Warner Robbins, GA (120 miles away). By Aug 2001, the bala vihar moved to a day care facility.
With Pujya Guruji’s consent and blessings, CM Alpharetta became an unincorporated center of CM West in July 2007 and got incorporated as a independent center in 2008.
CM Alpharetta has since then purchased a 11.5 acre property. Pujya Guruji blessed the ashram property with the name of “Chinmaya Gurukul” choosing “Sundar Krishna” to be the main deity at the ashram with the message “Krishnam Vande Jagad gurum”!
Sivaji successfuly completed the 16th Batch Vedanta course (2014- 2016) at Sandeepany, Mumbai where he studied under Resident Acharya Swami Bodhatmanandaji and Chief-Acharya Swami Tejomayanandaji. Having worked as a senior executive in the American Corporate world for several years, Sivaji is one of those who took the “Exit #60” to pursue the spiritual path full time. He had served at Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor for nearly twenty years, having trained under Sharada Kumarji. During that period, he gradually increased his involvement in study group discussions, satsangs and Bala Vihar teachings. Inspired by the Teachings, Sivaji left the Corporate world to learn Vedanta at Sandeepany. Sivaji was assigned as resident Teacher at CMA in 2016. Sivaji conducts classes on texts like Saddarshanam, Mukundamala, Jnanasara, Upadesha Sara and Vishnu Sahasranamam at CMA
Sushmaji has been actively involved as sevak with the Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor for over twenty years. She did her Vedanta course in 2011 at Piercy CA held by Swami Bodhatmanandaji, Swami Ishwaranandaji and Sharada Kumarji. She took early retirement from her Engineering profession to focus more on her spiritual studies and had been serving the mission full time ever since. She has been conducting study groups and teaching at the various Bala vihar centers of CM Ann Arbor. In Aug 2016 she was assigned to be resident Teacher at CMA. Sushmaji conducts classes on Bhagavad Gita, Vivekachoodamani, Narayaneeyam, Vedic chantings and Vishnu Sahasranamam at CMA. Sushmaji conducts regular pujas at the Ashram which include weekly Rudrabhishekam and Krishna Puja.