Chinmaya London - Canada
Chinmaya Mission brought their quality program to London, ON and commenced its activities in September 2011, under the guidance and leadership of our spiritual leader Vivek . Today we have grown to about 150 students, who attend classes every Sunday afternoon , attend monthly Devi Satsangas and attend other weekly classes.
In London, the program is run by volunteers, many of whom are active professionals (Doctors, Engineers and other Professionals in daily lives) who undergo on-site teacher training (at a Chinmaya Regional Centre) twice a year by Acharya Vivek, and have to engage in continuous studies of the scriptures through the year, via online sessions engage in reflection and answer knowledge questionnaires fortnightly. All of them are also involved in serving our community, in various voluntary roles and projects – giving them an opportunity to learn, serve and grow.
Having experienced much of what the world has to offer, from studying at the Ivey School of Business to traveling to almost fifty countries, Vivekji still sought more. Tired of the inconsistent peace associated with extrovert pursuits, he decided to turn his journey within.
In 2005 Vivekji was accepted to the intensive residential Vedanta Course at Chinmaya Mission’s Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in India. There he studied and lived under the guidance of Pujya Swami Tejomayananda for over two years!
Discovering that the only purpose of life is to be infinitely, constantly and unconditionally happy, Vivekji continues to explore this purpose by sharing the same with others.
Through his inspiring, innovative and insightful style, Vivekji makes Vedanta relevant, relatable and reachable. Intrigued that a young-adult born and raised in Canada would walk such an untraveled path, an array of community groups, academic forums, professional associations, medical departments and religious organizations around the world (i.e. The Office of the Pentagon in Washington, Regional Mental Health Care Hospital in London, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Carnegie Melonm, London Police etc.) have invited Vivekji to share his wisdom on Life and living. Acharya Vivek ji also speaks regularly at Corporations like Microsoft, Intel, Walmart etc.
Amidst all his efforts, Pujya Swami Tejomayananda has continuously blessed Vivekji with greater responsibilities: in 2008 as the Resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Niagara, in 2011 as the Deputy Director of Chinmaya Yuva Kendra West and in 2013 as the Visiting Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh.