Chinmaya Mission Kansas City
Chinmaya Mission Kansas City began in 2009 under the guidance of Acharya Sharada Kumar, CM Ann Arbor.
Chinmaya Bala Vihar has been the main focus of CM Kansas City. From a handful of children, it has now grown to over 225 students. Currently there are over 130 families who benefit from the various activities of the mission. After the Bala Vihar classes, students regroup to learn a language of their choice. Currently Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages are offered.
In addition to Bala Vihar and language classes, more than three study groups meet on a weekly basis to learn and discuss various vedantic texts. Chinmaya Mission Kansas City invites various Acharyas from Chinmaya Mission to deliver discourses on Vedanta literature.
Several community outreach projects like CORD are held every year.
Sharada Kumar is the Resident Teacher of Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor. Inspired by the teachings of Pujya Gurudev, she joined Chinmaya Mission during her college years in Mumbai. Instructed by Pujya Gurudev, she received special training in teaching Bala Vihars in Mumbai in 1974. Furthermore, she traveled with Pujya Gurudev in 1989-1990, getting direct tutelage from Him in conducting Bhagavad Gita/Vedanta classes. She now conducts four Bala Vihars in the Southeast Michigan area, and several classes on Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Bhagavatam, Valmiki Ramayanam, Devi Group, and Bhajan classes. Sharada Kumar is the National Coordinator for Chinmaya Balavihars and is on the Board of Directors of Chinmaya Mission West. She is a coordinating committee member of the Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County. She serves in the executive committee of the Association of Religious Counselors, closely connected with the students at the University of Michigan. She also serves in the Ethics committee of Science and Religion at the University of Michigan.
Sharadaji taught a one year Vedanta course at Krishnalaya in Piercy from 2010 to 2011.