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Swami Advayananda, Acharya-in-charge of the Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), began his spiritual journey with the Chinmaya Mission at the young age of 18. Inspired by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, he joined Sandeepany Sadhanalaya1 and was bestowed dīkṣā by Pujya Gurudev himself in 1992. He was initiated into the holy order of sannyāsa in 2003 by Pujya Guruji, Swami Tejomayananda, the Head of the Chinmaya Mission.

While he served the Mission initially at their Centres at Kodaikanal and Trichy, Swami Advayananda took charge of Spiritual and Cultural Education at the Chinmaya International Residential School (CIRS), Coimbatore in 1996. After sculpting the lives of a generation of young adults, he became Acharya of the Sandeepany Vidyamandir2 in 2000 and conducted the Vedanta Course in Tamil and English for young monks.

Since 2003, as Acharya-in-charge at CIF, the Research Wing of the Global Chinmaya Mission, Swami Advayananda has overseen a significant expansion in the research publications and Home Study Courses of CIF. An accomplished teacher of Vedānta, with many Gītā and Upaniṣad JñānaYajñas to his credit, Swamiji has authored several books such as the Holy Gītā Ready Reference, a course in Advanced Vedānta, and research articles titled‘Vedanta Unveiled’, a series of articlesin Tapovan Prasad. He has also edited Vedāntic works in English and Sanskrit including the Foundation Vedānta Course, a course in Bhagavad-gītā, Īśvara-darśanam and Sūktisudhā.

Swami Advayananda was part of the team that researched and coordinated the Upanishad GangaDoordarshanteleserial produced by Chinmaya Creations. He also served as Ācārya of the 15th Vedānta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai.

Most recently, Swamiji has overseen and co-redacted the publication of the 2-volume Brahmasūtra-catussūtrī-śāṅkarabhāṣyam, a profound and student-friendly English translation of the ĀdiŚaṅkarācārya’s commentary on the Brahmasūtra with a detailed exposition that is extensively footnoted from 10 sub-commentaries.

* Sandeepany Sadhanalaya is the premier Institute of Vedantic Learning of the Chinmaya Mission in Mumbai,

** Sandeepany Vidyamandir is the Gurukula of the Chinmaya Mission at Coimbatore



Acharya, Chinmaya International Foundation

Swami Sharadananda joined the 2002 batch of the Vedanta Course under Swami Iswarananda at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai. Prior to joining the Chinmaya Mission, Swamiji studied various Indian spiritual disciplines including Vedanta & Yoga from different ashrams and institutions like Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh; Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, etc. A post graduate in Advaita Vedanta, Swamiji ranked first at the All India level and was awarded a gold medal from the prestigious Sanskrit University, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi.

Swamiji assisted Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda as the Sanskrit Acharya in the 13th Vedanta Course Batch at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya. A year after this batch, Swamiji was the Acharya for the Purohit Course (batch of 2010) at Chinmaya Gardens, Coimbatore. This eloquent, erudite and versatile Acharya was again appointed Upacharya for the 15th Sandeepany Vedanta Course (Batch of 2013), where he mesmerized his students with his evening classes on the Srimad Bhagvatam and also gave them excellent grounding in Sanskrit. Formerly known as Br. Samvid Chaitanya, Swamiji received Sannyasa-diksha from Pujya Guruji on Sivaratri, 2014. Swami Sharadananda joined Chinmaya International Foundation in March 2014.

Swamini Niranjananda


Acharya, Chinmaya International Foundation

A senior monk of the Chinmaya Mission, she was a teacher by profession having served at the Chinmaya Vidyalayas in Chennai and Bangalore as the Principal for more than ten years. She completed her Vedanta Studies at the Sandeepany Sadhanlaya, Powai in 1993, and was bestowed 'Brahmacharya Deeksha' with the name Brni. Tapasya Chaitanya by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji, whereafter she went on to render yeomen service as Acharya of Chinmaya Mission, Chennai till 2001.

During this time, in 1996, she was initiated into the holy order of Sannyas by Pujya Swami Tejomayanandaji with the name Swamini Niranjanananda. Her immense academic abilities were realized by the Mission under her editorship of Tapovan Prasad, the international monthly journal of the Chinmaya Mission. Now amma, as she is called lovingly, is at CIF serving as the resident Acharya.

Br.Sagar Chaitanya


Acharya, Foundation Vedanta Course

Br. Sagar Chaitanya was deeply interested in spirituality right from his childhood. He joined the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Powai (Mumbai) where he completed his Vedanta Course in 1998. Bestowed the 'Brahmacharya Deeksha' by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji in 1998, he served at the Noida and Sidhabari centres till 1999.

In 2000 he took over as the In-charge of the Vedanta Home Study Course at the Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Mumbai. Today, Br. Sagar Chaitanya serves at the Chinmaya International Foundation adding a new fillip and inspiration to the Postal and E-Vedanta Courses.

Br.Kutastha Chaitanya


Acharya, Advanced Vedanta Course

Br Kutastha Chaitanya did his Vedanta course 2000-2002 at Sandeepany Vidya Mandir, Chinmaya Gardens Coimbatore under Pujya Swami Advayananda ji. From 2003-2006 he served Chinmaya Mission Trichangode, Tamilnadu.

From 2006 onwards, he is looking after the Advanced Vedanta Course at Chinmaya International Foundation.


Brni. Devaki Chaitanya

Acharya, Chinmaya International Foundation

Devakiji was posted to CIF after she completed her Vedanta Course at the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in September 2013. Devakiji has been vested with the responsibility of spearheading grass root activities of the Mission (Balavihar, CHYK classes, Devi group, Study group, Yajnas on Bhagvatam and the Bhagavad-gita) in the villages and hamlets neighbouring Veliyanad.


Brahmachari Sudheer Chaitanya

Br. Sudheer Chaitanya, did the Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Mumbai under Swami Advayananda and Swami Sharadananda from the 15th Batch of Vedanta Course, 2011-2013.

He is presently managing the CIF Annex at Kottayam and serving as the Acharya at Chinmaya Mission Kottayam and the State Coordinator for Chinmaya Yuvakendra, Kerala.


Dr. D. K. RANA

Director, Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan

Dilip Kumar Rana was born in 1963 in a village of Rajnagar, district of Keonjhar in the state of Orissa. After schooling life in village, he studied Sanskrit and did his Master degree (Acharya) in Advaita Vedanta under the Rastriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi and M.A. in Sanskrit in Delhi Unversity in 1987. He has critically edited a commentary text of Bhasyaratnaprabha on Brahmasutrashankarabhasya on Vedanta and Ph. D. degree was awarded in 1992.

He has started his service career as a Research Assistant in an esteemed cultural institution of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Under the Ministry and Department of Culture. He has worked as an Assistant Director in the eminent project of Government of India, the National Mission for Manuscripts and many works has been done for the development of Manuscript studies. At present he is working as Director of Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan, Veliyanad under Adarsh Shodha Sansthan scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Education.