Chinmaya Niketan - Atlanta
Chinmaya Mission Atlanta was formally established in January 1994 by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda. When Pujya Guruji conducted a three-day jnana yajna during his 1994 visit, inspired CM devotees requested Pujya Guruji to bless Georgia with a CM center, and thus, CM Atlanta was formed as an unincorporated center of Central Chinmaya Mission® West. The center began with 25 families.
CM activities had commenced in 1992 with Chinmaya Bala Vihar® classes at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta. Acharya Darshana Nanavaty (CM Houston) conducted a weekend training workshop for Bala Vihar teachers. Under the banner of CM Atlanta, Bala Vihar classes continue at the temple to date, benefiting over 200 families.
Brahmachārinī Jyoti Chaitanya
Brahmachārinī Jyoti Chaitanya is a graduate of the 17th batch Vedānta Course, Sāndeepany Mumbai, conducted under the loving guidance of Pūjya Swāmi Swaroopānandajī and under the masterful tutelage of Pūjya Swāmi Bodhātmānadajī.
It became apparent to Jyotijī at an early age, that we had become ‘patients of life’, faced with the seemingly incurable ‘disease of the mind’. In her investigation of this condition, she was lead to the halls of Chinmaya Mission where, in the company of fellow CHYKs and under the guidance of Pūjya Swāmi Prakashānandajī, via various books and discourses of Parama Pūjya Gurudev, she came to discover that a possible cure might exist.
The conclusion was drawn that, if there was a spiritual science which could master this plague of the mind, then good sense dictated that efforts be redirected into this pursuit. Thus this initial curiosity rapidly grew into an outright mission to discover ‘The Truth’, and a willingness to do whatever it took to do so.
Migrating to Bhārata Mātā in mid-2017, and having been exposed to the Masters of Advaita philosophy for 2 years at Sāndeepany, the humbling experience translated into an unwavering and immeasurable gratitude to Paramparā which could only be fulfilled by a dedicated life of service, in the spirit of sannyāsa. And so, Brahmacharia Dīksa was bestowed by Mukhya Swāmijī, in the presence of Pūjya Gurujī on Mahatma Gāndhi Jayanti 2019.
Thus began the, now formally sanctified, journey of this spiritual sādhaka. Having left behind one life of service to the people through karma yoga as a medical practitioner with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, to now embrace a life of seva to humanity through jñāna mārga, Jyotijī’s spiritual evolution continues to unfold through her passion for sharing and living our ancient and sacred śāstras.
Jyotijī currently serves at Chinmaya Mission Trinidad & Tobago, conducting satsangs and study groups, as well as assisting in the formulation of a standardized Value Education Syllabus to be implemented across all the Chinmaya Vidyālaya High Schools. She also facilitates online study groups and training for other centers in the USA and global initiatives through CMW.
Ever at His feet, in service and humility.