Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda
Gurudev was known as Balakrishna Menon in his pre-monastic life. He had actively taken part in the freedom struggle against the British rule. A journalist and an atheist, the transformation came when he met Swami Shivananda at Rishikesh. Realising that life has a higher purpose than merely earning a livelihood, he took sannyasa deeksha from Swami Shivananda and studied under Swami Tapovanam at Uttarkashi.
He realised that the wisdom of the Bhagavad Geeta and the Upanishads are not meant for the old or for the retired or for the dying, but it is meant for the young generation who is fighting the battle of life surrounded by problems and challenges in it. Hence, he decided to take the knowledge of the scriptures to the masses.
The movement which started with one man in 1951 has today expanded into a huge army of thousands of dedicated sevaks, brahmacharis and swamis serving the cause in more than 300 centres all around the world.
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