Fifteenth Vedanta Course of the Chinamaya Mission Announced

INDIA, December 19, 2010: In 1947, a young writer with the National Herald, jailed several times by the British for his scorching pro-freedom articles, sat by and wondered, why it was that saints and sages claimed they cared about mankind, yet chose to retreat into the mountains. In his quest, he decided to meet the sannyasis in Rishikesh, especially Swami Sivananda of the Divine Life Society. The original two-day plan extended to two years, and finally an initiation into monkhood under the name Swami Chinmayananda. For more intensive studies, he went to Swami Tapovan Maharaj at Uttarkasi, higher up in the Himalayas.

As he got established in scriptural knowledge and spiritual vision, he felt a great urge to share it with the people in the towns and cities, who had no idea of what they were missing. So, like the flow of the river Ganga, he also brought the knowledge of Vedanta from the Himalayas to the plains and valleys. Thus was born the series of Gita Jnana Yajnas conducted in cities all over India and abroad.

For the benefit of those who wanted an in-depth study of Vedanta, he started Sandeepany Sadhanalayas, first in Mumbai, India, then in Sidhabari (Himachal), and other places. These are the very heart of the Chinmaya Mission.

Tthese institutes where the knowledge of Vedanta is transmitted in a systematic and structured way to suit the modern day aspirant.

At Sandeepany, the seeker student lives for two full years with the Acharya (revered teacher), who guides him in a lifestyle that is conducive for a disciplined mind, and which channels all the energy thus conserved into single-pointed study of the scriptures. There are regular sessions on Vedic chanting, Sanskrit language, and meditation which are essential preparations for an understanding of the texts. The course entails a detailed and exhaustive study of the Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, texts authored by Adi Sankara, Swami Vidyaranya and others, the six darshanas and devotional works like the Ramayana and Bhagavata.

The Acharyas of the Sandeepany share a close bond with the students, donning the mantle of parent, friend and guide, nurturing them in the right direction throughout the two-year residential course. They take special care to ensure that the students internalise the knowledge. They also train the students in the art of public speaking and transmission of their knowledge to others of all ages in appropriate ways. Further, the knowledge is made available in English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil or Malayalam, depending on where the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya is situated.

This unique course that opens up the treasure of our ancient knowledge is entirely free of cost. Candidates who wish to join must be graduates under the age of 30, with a keen desire to study Vedanta. It is essential to have proficiency in English, which is the medium of instruction in the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai, where the next course is due to begin. Good health and physical stamina are required to go through this rigorous course of study. After completing the course, students have the choice to continue to assist Chinmaya Mission in spiritual and community work, thus spiritually unfolding themselves, while functioning as dynamic agents of positive change in the society.
The Sandeepany system does not seek to iconize its founder. Its sole purpose is to propound the Vedantic Wisdom, which was the life-long mission of Swami Chinmayananda.

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