Mission Statement

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 society.

Mission Motto

To give maximum happiness to the maximum number for the maximum time is our religion.


Chinmaya Mission was established in India in 1953 by devotees of the world-renowned Vedanta teacher, His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda. Under his guidance, these devotees formed the nucleus of a spiritual renaissance movement that now encompasses a wide range of spiritual, educational, and charitable activities, ennobling the lives of thousands in India and outside its borders. Administered by Central Chinmaya Mission Trust in Mumbai, India, the Mission is now headed by His Holiness Swami Tejomayananda. In North America, the centers are centrally guided by Chinmaya Mission West.
Following the Vedic teacher-taught tradition (guru-shishya parampara), Chinmaya Mission makes available the ageless wisdom of Vedanta, the knowledge of the one Reality, and provides the tools to realize that wisdom in one's life. "To give maximum happiness to the maximum number for the maximum time" is the tenet that drives Mission workers to uplift humanity beyond selfish and sectarian attitudes and activities. Each person's gain is manifold: personal growth, heightened efficiency, contentment, and the ability to live with others.
There are over 250 Chinmaya Mission centers in India, and almost 50 outside of India. The Mission's various activities and projects include:
  • Jnana Yajnas (Vedanta lecture series, seminars, workshops)
  • Bala Vihar (Vedanta forum for children and youth)
  • Yuva Kendra (Vedanta forum for university students and young professionals)
  • Study Group (Vedanta forum for adults)
  • Devi Group (Vedanta study and discussion forum for housewives)
  • Spiritual Retreats and Camps
  • Intensive Vedanta Courses (training for Chinmaya Mission's order of monks: swamis and brahmacharis)
  • Publications
  • Regional Centers
  • Temples and Shrines
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Medical Services and Training
  • Rural Village Development Projects
  • Pitamaha Sadans (senior citizens homes)