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.
Sathyaji has been serving Mission for more than 20 years and is one of the founding member of the Frederick chapter.
He completed his Vedanta under Swami Bodhatmanandaji and is returning to serve CMWRC with his wife Sukanya Sathyaji is a retired scientist from NCI/NIH Bethesda. Lives in Frederick MD.
Sukanya Sathyanarayana, retired as research associate from Leidos scientific inc at Fort Detrick Frederick MD. Has been instrumental in developing the Chapter for more than 20 years teaching Balavihar and stotram class. Returning to serve CMWRC after attending 17th Vedanta course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Mumbai.
Anant Sarma was initiated as a Vedanta teacher of Chinmaya Mission after completing the Mission’s two-year, residential Vedanta course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai, in 2007. He was then posted to the Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center (CMWRC).
Anantji’s association with the Mission began when he attended Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda jnana yajna in 1981, in Houston, Texas. When he moved to the Washington D.C. area in 1989, he pioneered Mission activities in Baltimore, Maryland. As a serious student of Vedanta and a key sevak, Anantji has also served as a member of theCMWRC executive committee and board of trustees. He has played a leading role in
building a strong foundation for CMWRC growth in finance and administration and has organized some of Gurudev’s camps and yajnas in the D.C. area. Anant ji also served at Chinmaya International Foundation (Kerala, India) and helped in the launching of its e-Vedanta course. Now a resident of Ohio, he continues to conduct Vedanta classes virtually for the study group in Salisbury MD, in addition to seekers in the greater Cleveland area.
Arvind joined the Chinmaya Family after his wedding to Medha and they have been actively serving CMWRC since they moved to Maryland in 1988. They made it a priority to attend Pujya Gurudev’s camps from 1989-1993 and have continued their spiritual development with Guruji Swami Tejomayananada and other spiritual masters. Under the guidance of Swami Dheeranandaji and Vilasiniji, Medha and Arvind have been actively involved in
various activities of CMWRC. Medha and Arvind took early retirement from their active scientific careers in 2017 and embarked on the next phase in their life by moving to Sandeepnay Sadhanlaya, Powai, Mumbai, and get formal systematic Vedanta training in the 2-year long residential course. They return to us this year to continue to serve Gurudev at CMWRC.
Dr. K. Sadananda
Sadananda ji, a retired scientist by profession (US Naval Research Lab), is a disciple of Swami Chinmayananda, and one of the founding members of Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center . He was a former Trustee of CMWRC and was responsible for starting and guiding several major activities, including organizing Spiritual Camps with Pujya Gurudev and Swami Tejomayananda. Dr. Sadananda has been one of the spiritual guides of the Northern Virginia Chapter of Chinmaya Mission for the past decade. He has conducted weekend Spiritual Camps at Chinmayam over the past many years on various Upanishadic texts and prakarana granthas (Upadesasara, Dakshinamurthy Stotram, Saddarshanam, Advaita Makaranda, Mandukya aagama prakarana and Sadvidya of Chandogya). He continues to conduct Vedanta classes on weekends in Northern Virginia .
Medha was introduced to Chinmaya Mission by her parents who are devotees of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda since the 1970s. Arvind joined the Chinmaya Family after his wedding to Medha and they have been actively serving CMWRC since they moved to Maryland in 1988. They made it a priority to attend Pujya Gurudev’s camps from 1989-1993 and have continued their spiritual development with Guruji Swami Tejomayananada and other spiritual masters. Under the guidance of Swami Dheeranandaji and Vilasiniji, Medha
and Arvind have been actively involved in various activities of CMWRC. Medha and Arvind took early retirement from their active scientific careers in 2017 and embarked on the next phase in their life by moving to Sandeepnay Sadhanlaya, Powai, Mumbai, and get formal systematic Vedanta training in the 2-year long residential course. They return to us this year to continue to serve Gurudev at CMWRC.
Medha Ji is also is member of the Board of Trustees for the Chinmaya Blossoms Pre-School program. She has recently started the Shishu Vihar program.
One of the founding members of the Dulles chapter. He helped it grow to 200+ Families when it merged with the Springfield chapter to form Chinmaya Somnath. Taught Geeta at Chinmaya Somnath and Frederick chapters and conducted and seeded many Study Group classes in Virginia and Maryland. He is a longtime Sevak, a devotee of Sri Gurudev, and a teacher who returns from formal training to serve CMWRC
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Phone: (301) 384-5009
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46 Norwood Road,
Silver Spring, MD 20905
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Chantilly, VA 20151
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46 Norwood Road,
Silver Spring, MD 20905