Chinmaya Mission - Washington DC
Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center (CMWRC®) was established in the late 1980’s to serve communities in the Washington DC Metropolitan area, Maryland, and Virginia. It is an affiliated center under Chinmaya Mission West (CMW) and Central Chinmaya Mission Trust (CCMT‐India).
CMWRC® is registered as a non‐profit organization and is overseen by a Board of Trustees. The day‐to‐day operations are run by dedicated volunteers and managed by an Executive Committee.
Swami Dheerananda hails from Hyderabad, India. Responding to the call of the Master he underwent the Brahmachari Training Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Powai, Mumbai, India during the year 1984-1986 under the instruction of Swami Tejomayananda. With the Divine guidance of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda he underwent austere Tapas at Uttarakasi, Himalayas, the abode of Parama Pujya Swami Tapovan Maharaj, the Guru of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. Swami Dheerananda is the last disciple directly initiated by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda into Sannyas on May 23, 1993. Swami Dheerananda served in Chinmaya Mission in India conducting Jnana Yajnas and then in the year 1989 Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda placed him as Resident Acharya in Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center. Since 1989 Swami Dheerananda has been serving the United States and Canada. By the Divine Grace and Blessings of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda and Swami Tejomayananda, Swami Dheerananda addressed the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in the year 1993 and was given a standing ovation by the distinguished audience. Today, Swamiji oversees and guides all the activities of CMWRC, and personally presides over 3 Bala Vihar® sessions and Adult Gita Classes at Silver Spring chapter (Chinmayam), conducts Thursday Vedanta classes, and CMWRC Children Summer Camps in Maryland and Northern Virginia.
Link to Geeta Jnana Yajna – December 2019 – Chapter 9 Verses 1-17 at Chinmaya Somnath, Chantilly VA. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ePbyBs5pXvSS4PPkRLci9zZfHHC6jWQp
Other links are on CMWRC website (www.chinmayadc.org) under ‘guru parampara’ and select Swami Dheerananda.