Sadguru Chinmayanand Maharaj, was born on May 8th, 1916. He was given the name of Balakrishna by Chattambi Swami, a great yogi of those times.
Balakrishnan would sit for prayer with his family where he was attracted by the idol of Shri. Chandrakaladhara (Lord Shiva) and started practicing upasana of concentrating on His form.
He continued the habit of mentally visualizing the form of Lord Chandrakaladhara and chanting Om Namah Shivaya before going to bed every night.
In course of time he graduated from Lucknow University in Arts and joined the Indian freedom struggle. He was even arrested and sent to jail.
After coming out of jail he entered into journalism and worked for a publication in Delhi. He always wondered why saints who cared about mankind chose to stay away from people and did not enter mainstream life.
To get his doubts answered, In 1947 he went to Rishikesh to the Ashram of Swami Sivananda. His interaction with Swami Shivananda changed him.
He extended his supposed stay of two days into three months and eventually started living at Swami Shivananda's ashram. In 1949 he was initiated in the order of Sannyasa by Swamiji and was named as Swami Chinmayananda Saraswathi.
Swami Chinmayananda was further directed to Swami Tapovanam by Swami Sivananda to master the scriptures. Swami Chinmayananda then spread the eternal message to the masses.
Thus from 1951 Swamiji has been incessantly working very hard to educate people.Hundreds of Chinmaya Mission centers exist today all over the world run by his able disciples, continuing the noble work started by him.
Swamiji attained Mahasamadhi in 1993 after beautifully satisfying the noble mission for which God had sent this exalted soul to Earth.
Swami Samadhi at Kangra
Swami Chinmayananda was one of the greatest preachers of spiritual knowledge in recent times. He is the founder of the institute of international repute called Chinmaya Mission.
It is performing wonderful service in inculcating spiritual, cultural and social values into children and adults alike all over the world.
Quotes of Ramkrishna Paramahans
01- What we have is a gift from Him. What we do with what we have is our gift to him.
02- Happiness depends on what you can give, not on what you can get.
03- Man can change his destiny-not by wishing for it, but by working for it.
04- Leave aside your regrets of the past and anxieties of the future. And focus intelligently on the present. This is the best way of ensuring a positive future.
05- Children are not vessels to be filled but lamps to be lit.
06- Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket.
07- Silently hear everyone. Accept what is good. Reject and forget what is not. This is intelligent living.
08- As the thoughts so the mind. If thoughts are good, mind is good. If thoughts are bad, the mind is called bad.
09- The results of action depends upon the very quality of the action.
10- The Present is the womb of the future. A greater future happiness can be had only by investing in the present correctly. Look after the present and the future will look after itself.
11- The real guru is the pure intellect within; and the purified, deeply aspiring mind is the disciple.
12- In all adversities there is always in its depth, a treasure of spiritual blessings secretly hidden.
13- Expose yourself to aloneness. When a person is left alone, he starts thinking of higher reality - about death, life, soul, God and the mystery of all.
14- The future is carved out of the present moment. Tomorrow's harvest depends upon today's ploughing and sowing.
15- The tragedy of human history is decreasing happiness in the midst of increasing comforts.
16- Remember, 'Even this will pass away.
17- Never complain, about the number of hours you have put in, to do a job, Your nobility must estimate how much of you Was put into each hour of your daily work.
18- The really poor man is not the one who lacks money, but the one who lacks the joy of the heart.
19- Love is a consistent passion to give, not a meek persistent hope to receive. The only demand of life is the privilege to love all.
20- Prayer,in its truest sense,is an attempt to invoke the mightier potential that is already in us,through mental integration.
21- Taste goodness before you recommend it.
22- The spirit of advaita is not to keep away from anything, but to keep in tune with everything.
23- Tranquility is the Truth, Truth is beauty beauty is happiness and bliss is divine.
24- To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness.