Swami Tejomayananda

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Swami Tejomayananda stands out as a teacher who is eloquent yet humble, putting into practice what he teaches as the right way of living. The spiritual call came to him in 1970 when he heard a Geeta discourse given by Swami Chinmayananda. He was inspired to join the Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Bombay. On graduating as Brahmachari Vivek Chaitanya, he served the cause in the field for a few years. Then he was posted at Sandeepany Himalayas as Acharya and conducted a Brahmachari Training Course in Hindi. In 1983, he was initiated into Sannyasa by Pujya Gurudev and came to be known as Swami Tejomayananda.

Swamiji has conducted over 200 yajnas in English, Hindi and Marathi. He has written commentaries on a few Vedanta text books and translated Gurudev’s writings to Hindi. He trained two groups of resident students at Sandeepany Mumbai between ’84 and ’88.

He was assigned as Acharya to Sandeepany San Jose in 1988. While he was in San Jose, Swamiji toured all over the United States and Canada giving Yajna-s and camps. He also conducted Vedanta Courses covering all the major Upanishad-s, Bhagavad Geeta, Tulsi Ramayana and Srimad Bhagavatam. Pujya Gurudev attained Maha-samadhi on August 3rd, 1993. Swamiji was then appointed the Head of Chinmaya Mission. He has since enhanced all the programs Gurudev had set in motion. Gurudev’s vision to start a residential school in India that combines the best of the East and the West, has been brought to fruition by Swamiji on June 6th, 1996, when the Chinmaya International Residential School opened in Coimbatore. Swamiji conducted the first Bhagavad Saptah in English in the United States. It was organized by Chinmaya Mission San Jose and held in San Francisco in August, 1997.

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