On the Occasion of Chinmaya Aradhana Day, this is an attempt to share important events in Pujya Gurudev's Life. We have tried to keep the narratives first hand. ;xNLx;;xNLx;This is an evolving project and as Chinmaya Archives grows more and more events and insights shall come to light. ;xNLx;;xNLx;We are very thankful to members and devotees who have preserved Gurudev's life work and to all departments of CCMT without whom compiling tese life events would not be possible. ;xNLx;;xNLx;- Chinmaya Archives Team
They have been my silent inspiration. They have helped me more often than I dare to confess. It cannot be explained; because it all happened when I was only three, or perhaps, four years old. I remember the unique smell of the long, white beard, the rough hairy chest, and the rounded soft belly. This I remember clearly of Sri Chattambi Swamigal, in the early twenties. - Swami Chinmayananda
Chinmaya Is Born
ON THAT SHIVRATRI DAY I WAS BORN
If I Exist It Is Only In Your Imagination!
Advaita boldly declares that the waking world is nothing but an endless dream. This declaration is reflected in the life and writings of Swami Chinmayananda. "Your kind letter of 1st May with all its load of greetings could come up the ghats and reach me only today. Thank you very much. Pune celebrated Birthday 5th in the series that I had to go through this year. Every centre seems to have definitive news that my date of birth was the one they have chosen! Clearly indicates it is a delusion since no human can be born on more than one date!" - Swami Chinmayananda
Balan the Graduate!
|1921 1928: Sree Rama Varma High School, Kochi Primary Schooling| |1928-1932: Vivekodayam School, Thrissur, Secondary Schooling| |1932-1934: Maharaja's College, Ernakulam - FA (Fellow of Arts)| |1935-1937: St. Thomas College, Trichur - BA (Bachelor of Arts)|
University of Lucknow
Balan went on to Lucknow University (1940-1943) to earn postgraduate degrees in literature and law, while completing courses in journalism. Varghese, of Vadakanchery, near Thrissur, recounts Lucknow University Days
In the summer of 1936, Balan had a chance darshan of the eminent sage, Shri Ramana Maharshi.
Days with Swami Shivananda
Days at Anand Kutir, Rishikesh
Days with Shri Swami Tapovanam
He is rather an Upavanam full of fragrance of the flowering of Vedanta and filled with the fruits of his mature realization. It is an Upavanam wherein countless bees in the form of seekers, sadhaks and sannayasins crowd to drink of the honey of true wisdom - Swami Shivananda
Let Hindus be Hindus
"My words shall be headed", said I in a lecture. And I added as an explanation, "I do not say, 'You shall heed my words' I say 'My words shall be heeded'. I address myself too! I too must heed my words." - Swami Chinmayananda, Scraps & Bits
"The evening discourses and the morning classes are going on smoothly and to the full satisfaction of the Swami. Although the attendances in the Satsang are sufficiently strong, to the unsatiable missionary zeal, Chinmaya feels dissatisfied. And this dissatisfaction shall be ever in this bosom until the last living human being also reaches us to listen to Vedanta and act up to it." - Swami Chinmayananda