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Chinmaya Mission Houston

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Chinmaya Mission Houston (CMH) was established in 1982 and has since evolved into a dynamic organization serving several hundred families. The Mission is dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Vedanta and other Hindu scriptures.

CMH conducts weekly discourses (Satsanga-s) and study groups for adults, and classes for youth (Yuvakendra) and children (Bala Vihar).

Chinmaya Mission strongly believes that spirituality is a family activity. Special care is taken to conduct spiritual and cultural programs that interest all members of the family.

Our Mission is to provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to the society.

Our Aspiration is to provide maximum happiness to the maximum number of people for the maximum time.

CMH Photo Directory Update 2017

Every few years CMH updates its Members’ photo directory. This directory is a great resource for all members to connect. We are excited to announce that we will be updating our Photo directory this year.

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Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth


Chinmaya University
  

Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth fulfills Pujya Gurudeva Swami Chinmayananda's vision to establish a one-of-a-kind university for learning and preserving Sanskrit and Indic culture. It is a university uniquely positioned in blending Indian Knowledge Traditions (IKT) with modern  curricula providing higher education with world-class pedagogy and reinforced by the beauty of the Gurukula traditions of yore. Starting July 2017, the University is offering courses in Sanskrit, Vedanta, Philosophy, Hindustani Classical Music, Bharatanatyam,

Business Administration, Commerce, and Arts.


Establishing and operating the university requires considerable financial resources. We look forward to your support in making this a successful endeavor that will serve future generations for years to come.

Please click here for online donation

You can also donate with check payable to Chinmaya Mission Houston.  In the memo field write "Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth" and mail to:

Chinmaya Mission Houston
P.O. Box 521
Sugar Land, TX 77487

If you have any questions, please email CMH Contributions


Bala Vihar nurtures ideals from childhood

By Subhashree Hariharan

Photo by Jayesh Mistry

“Happiness depends on what you can give, not on what you can get,” said Pujya Gurudeva Swami Chinmayananda who inspired the Chinmaya Mission, an organization where the subtle art of doing Seva is fervently embodied by all the teachers and volunteers and where service is not a sacrifice of time or effort but a natural way of worship. Such a committed work to inspire members and children to stay on the path to finding true happiness is a challenging task that requires immeasurable time, effort and total dedication.

At Chinmaya Mission Houston, the path to happiness is identified and connected to spirituality as explained in the ancient Vedic scriptures. This spiritual essence is taught to both adults and children as a means of discovering themselves and their connection to all around them. Love and compassion are taught as necessities to save and protect the fragile world we live in as voiced by Dalai Lama: “The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.”

Bala Vihar at Chinmaya Mission is a weekly Sunday gathering of children between the ages of five and seventeen years. Children are taught the fundamentals of Vedanta, the culture and traditions of India as well as moral values to evaluate right vs wrong through stories, arts and crafts, bhajanas, discussions, and music,. The teachers undergo careful training to develop skills to help children introspect, connect to real time situations, as well as to constantly have a thirst for learning.

What makes Bala Vihar Houston especially successful is the guidance of its founding Acaryas – Sri Gaurang Nanavaty, who conducts a satsanga for adults, and Srimati Darshana Nanavaty, who has led Houston’s Bala Vihar since 1982 and has developed its curriculum which is now used worldwide. Understanding the true significance of what is taught in each grade, children learn about the role-models from the Hindu epics, about practical applications of moral values, and the meaning behind Hindu symbolism. Children also participate in pujas at Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya, and learn how to live life with an attitude of gratitude. As they enter high school and begin to transition into young adulthood, they have a forum to understand the nuances of Hindu philosophy and, through a discussion of the Bhagavad Gita, understand how it pertains to their daily lives.

In addition to these Bala Vihar classes, there are extracurricular activities to further the children’s interest in Indian languages and culture. Students can learn a variety of Indian languages including Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, and Telugu. Through such classes, they learn to communicate and share cultural experiences with their parents and their extended families in India.

Balavihar  
Bhajana and slokathon classes allow children to develop their talents and express their devotion through music and chanting. Between shared memories made in the Indian-American melting pot of Sunday school, class lock-ins and picnics, and celebrations of various Indian festivals, students form lifelong friendships that last well into adulthood.

It is important for our children to be successful in all endeavors in life, to become model citizens, to overcome challenges with grace and humility, and above all to always be happy. Chinmaya Bala Vihar sows the seeds to these ideals in the children’s formative years.

Houstonians who would like their children to join CM Bala Vihar:

  • CMH Bala Vihar will start on Sunday September 24th, 2017 for this school year. Classes are held in two sessions each Sunday. First session: 8:35 to 10:15 AM and the second session: 11:20 AM to 1:00 PM.

For more information, including about registrations, contact Bharati Sutaria at 281-933-0233 or Jay Deshmukh at 281-565-1108.

One Infinite Truth – Deep reflections at Chinmaya Prabha

By Padmashree Rao

Photos by Jayesh Mistry and Rajesh Thatte

HOUSTON. The search for that Truth which carries with it the sense of everlasting happiness is an endless preoccupation of mankind. That universal search has gifted us with profound scriptures which have quintessential verses of deep import.

At Chinmaya Prabha, for five days from Aug.11-15, 2017, the audience was propelled through one such meditative search by Pujya Mukhya Swami Swaroopananda, on his first visit to Houston after becoming the global head of Chinmaya Mission. With a powerful, multi-layered analysis of each word of “Ik Onkaar,” the opening verse of Japji Sahib which is the first chapter of Guru Granth Sahib, the revered Sikh scripture, Swamiji made the audience recognize, reflect, and rejoice in the absolute beauty of the One Truth.

The atmosphere at Chinmaya Prabha was ready and waiting for such a unifying contemplation from the first evening when Mukhya Swamiji was welcomed with Texan enthusiasm and Indian festive spirit. Kerala drums and Kannada cymbals set the rhythm for a resounding welcome and, as Swamiji entered the courtyard with Acaryas Gaurangbhai and Darshanaben, he was greeted with colorful and energetic regional dances – Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, and Telugu – to showcase the one joy behind the diverse gathering.

  
Purnakumbha

At Chinmaya Prabha, for five days from Aug.11-15, 2017, the audience was propelled through one such meditative search by Pujya Mukhya Swami Swaroopananda, on his first visit to Houston after becoming the global head of Chinmaya Mission. With a powerful, multi-layered analysis of each word of “Ik Onkaar,” the opening verse of Japji Sahib which is the first chapter of Guru Granth Sahib, the revered Sikh scripture, Swamiji made the audience recognize, reflect, and rejoice in the absolute beauty of the One Truth.

The atmosphere at Chinmaya Prabha was ready and waiting for such a unifying contemplation from the first evening when Mukhya Swamiji was welcomed with Texan enthusiasm and Indian festive spirit. Kerala drums and Kannada cymbals set the rhythm for a resounding welcome and, as Swamiji entered the courtyard with Acaryas Gaurangbhai and Darshanaben, he was greeted with colorful and energetic regional dances – Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, and Telugu – to showcase the one joy behind the diverse gathering.

Ik Onkar  
After Mukhya Swamiji offered his prayers to the resplendent deities of Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya and his pranams at the pratima of Pujya Gurudeva Swami Chinmayananda, the auspicious yajna began. Swami Swaroopanandaji skillfully described the backdrop of Guru Nanakji’s inspiration at the much-needed time of India’s religious crisis. With a humorous yet thought-provoking anecdote of a ‘cat-tied to-a rope,’ he brought attention to how the pomp and show of mindless practices often eclipse the essential Truth that is the real substratum of all faiths. Thereon, Swamiji held the attention of a rapt audience throughout his five days of pravachans; as he explained the deeper meanings of each word of the Mool Mantra, more vistas of thought opened up. The significance of Ik using the logic of One in the multiplicity; the great sweeping symbolism of Om; the countless expressions of That Real Existence; the glory of the Highest Cause and true Creator; the awe of connecting to the Source of fearless strength and unconditional love; the mind-shattering indication of the Timeless, eternal, Self-luminous Existence; and the depth of surrender that gains the supreme Grace of the Guru – as every word came alive in the descriptive eloquence of Swamiji, the audience was immersed in the mantra and inspired to continue the chant (jap) all through the yajna and beyond.

Chinmaya Houston was also blessed by Swamiji’s guidance in the morning meditation sessions during that weekend. Using different techniques that included powerful guided imagery, Swamiji gently led the audience into a deep silence that energized wordlessly.

Equally joyful in satsang, Swamiji endeared himself to also his youngest listeners during his special Bala Vihar weekend satsang when he narrated and dramatized a story about Sri Hanuman’s devotion for Lord Rama. The children and adults alike were spellbound with Swamiji’s story-telling skills. Seamlessly, Swamiji could then engage in a thoughtful satsang with the youth of Chinmaya Yuvakendra (CHYK) where he answered questions and encouraged the youth to probe deeper into life’s lessons.

This 2017 summer yajna leaves behind many memories along with great indicators as the many at Chinmaya Prabha continue the search toward that blissful One Truth. For more information contact Bharati Sutaria at 281-933-0233 or Jay Deshmukh at 281-565-1108.

A beautiful Diksha at Chinmaya Prabha

By Padmashree Rao

Photos by: Rajesh Thatte

HOUSTON. On this auspicious morning of August 12, 2017, just after 8 am, the audience in Chinmaya Smrti hall were witness to a most profound and moving Diksha ceremony.

Aditi Deshmukh, a child of Chinmaya Balavihar Houston, born to two blessed parents, Jay and Rohini Deshmukh, and raised with a great love for spirituality, received her Brahmacarini Diksa from Pujya Mukhya Swami Swaroopanandaji, the global head of Chinmaya Mission who is presently at Houston for an awe-inspiring jnana yajna on “Ik Onkaar.”

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Diksha

Giving her the new name of Brni. Shweta Chaitanya chosen by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, Mukhya Swamiji inspired her to brilliant purity of purpose as her new name suggests. He blessed her to carry the message of the scriptures (pravacana) and reminded her to be steadfast in her self-study (swadhyaya).

Aditi’s spiritual journey began from childhood at Balavihar nurtured by the loving guidance of the Acaryas, Sri Gaurangbhai and Smt. Darshanaben. After graduating from University of Texas, Austin, she followed a deeper calling and completed her Vedanta Course at Sandeepany, Mumbai, under the great tutelage of Swami Bodhatmananda. Just a few months back, Aditi finished her secular commitment of earning a post-graduate degree from Columbia University. The decision became very firm in her mind about dedicating herself to uninterrupted Chinmaya sadhana.

Her transformational journey found its first momentous milestone this morning when she offered herself to the Chinmaya monastic order and donned her yellow clothes.

Overwhelmed by the sheer and sublime power of the Chinmaya Guru Parampara that has transformed an earnest and inspired Aditi into a serene and dedicated Brahmacarini Shweta Chaitanya, the audience was overjoyed, moved, proud, and also humbled by the uplifting ceremony. There were eyes moist with tears of joy and hearts full with a sense of great love.

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Diksha

The entire Chinmaya family of Houston is honored to be part of her noble journey and pray for the new Brahmacarini’s spiritual fulfillment. Hari Om!