Source: News Bharati English06 Jan 2015 12:50:08

Nagpur, Jan. 6: The Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) Kerala has plans to organize an International Conference on “Contribution of Advaita to humanity” to commemorate the birth centenary of Swami Chinmayananda, founder of Chinmaya Mission.

This conference will be held at Chinmay Vibhooti, near Pune in Maharashtra from November 18-21, 2015. The conference is being hosted by the Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) and its wing the CIF Shodha Sansthan to commemorate two memorable occasions: Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda's Centenary year and CIF's 25th year since inception. Swami Chinmayananda is the founder of the Chinmaya Mission – an international organisation that has been sharing the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta for over six decades.

The three-day Conference will devote a day each to the three principles while also table and detail the life-long work and contributions of Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, and thereby pay him the richest tributes for his contributions to Advaita Vedanta.

This event is the initiative of Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), the research arm of the Chinmaya Mission. CIF, is the brainchild of Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda whose desire was to set up a serious Sanskrit research institution that would bring Vedanta and Sanskrit into centre-stage and also build bridges between the past and present, east and west, science and spirituality, the pundit and the public.

Distinguished academicians, researchers, writers, social scientists, philosophers, representatives of corporate and civil society, and spiritual leaders will deliberate on various topics related to Advaita. Many international speakers and resource persons are being specially invited. Swami Tejomayananda, Head of the Chinmaya Mission worldwide, and senior Acharyas of Chinmaya Mission will also participate as speakers and discussants.

Swami Chinmayananda, is the disciple of Swami Tapovanam of Uttarkashi and a world-renowned teacher of Advaita Vedanta. Seeing the widespread spiritual and social degradation in India, Swamiji decided to come down from the hills and plant the knowledge of Advaita among the people in the cities and towns, for it was Advaita that had brought fulfilment in his own life.

This dissemination of knowledge was done through the medium of 'Jnana Yajna' - a series of discourses on the sacred texts ranging across the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and other texts from the knowledge tradition to which Advaita belongs. The first such Yajna was held in December 1951, at a small temple in Pune, Maharashtra. Swamiji's teachings were based on the authority of the Vedas and his direct experience. But he delivered them in the English language – a near taboo for those times, and packaged in wit. This went down extremely well with the people.

Over the next 42 years, Swamiji conducted 576 such Jnana Yajnas and innumerable spiritual camps, reaching millions of people all over the world. And to reach those he could not, he authored ninety-seven books in his lifetime. The Bhagavad Gita was the spine of his yagnas from which emanated all other camps and lectures. His commentary on the Bhagavad Gita in English created a revolution of sorts worldwide, resonating with the need of the times. The Holy Gita as he titled it, is spoken of as one of history's best in English. Saints, sages, intellectuals and critics of the 20th century have not yet found enough superlatives to describe his work.

Conference Venue: Chinmaya Vibhooti is the celebration of the life of Swami Chinmayananda, whose extraordinary vision took him on a journey that transformed and inspired lives, societies and cultures all around the world. Situated between Mumbai and Pune, in India's Kolwan Village. Flanked by the Sahyadri mountains, this ode to Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda stands on a 70 acre stretch of poetic landscaped expanse. The vision of Chinmaya Vibhooti is to promote the inner transformation of spiritual seekers and a garden where inspiration is nurtured, towards creating of a harmonious and holistic world.