Chinmaya Mission San Jose
Chinmaya Mission San Jose conducts cultural classes for school children (K-12), study of Vedanta for youth and adults at many locations in the Bay Area.
Throughout the year, we celebrate all the major Hindu festivals and events, conduct various Yajnas and camps.
Swami Chinmayananda, affectionately addressed as “Pujya Gurudev” blessed our effort when we acquired the property on Park Avenue in San Jose in 1987. He named it Sandeepany San Jose. Pujya Gurudev sent us the best teacher he then had in India, Swami Tejomayananda, to be the first Acharya of Sandeepany San Jose from 1989 – 1993. Swami Chinmayananda also formally named the organization, Chinmaya Mission San Jose (CMSJ) in 1992.
Brahmachari Soham Chaitanya was born in a spiritual family devoted to Chinmaya Mission. The opportunity to listen to satsangs from various Swamins and Brahmacharins introduced him to spirituality from a very young age. An engineer by background, Sohamji worked as a Research Engineer in Colorado after graduating with a Masters degree from the University of California Berkeley.
Listening to the Bhagavad Gita discourses by Poojya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji and Ramayana discourses by Poojya Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji brought him to Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai.
He completed the 17th Vedanta Course under the guidance of Poojya Swami Swaroopanandaji and under the tutelage of Poojya Swami Bodhatmanandaji.
Prior to joining Sandeepany in 2017, Sohamji served at Chinmaya Mission centers in San Jose, CA and Los Angeles, CA for five years, facilitating youth and adult study groups.
Sohamji loves playing the harmonium, singing bhajans and dwelling on the scriptures which talk about the nature of happiness.
Sohamji can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org