Love For Guru

Pujya Gurudev revered, adored and worshipped his Guru, Parama Pujya Swami Tapovan Maharaj. “All my life is a story of my love for him,” said he in a moment of quiet reverie.

Master Manager

The spectacular growth of the Chinmaya Mission was in no small measure the result of Pujya Gurudev's acumen in understanding human nature and bringing out the full potential of every individual.

How to work

In all his actions Pujya Gurudev set an example of how one should work. His letters on how work should be done, and how he himself worked, give us the recipe for success.

Organising Events

Pujya Gurudev taught many people how to organize a jnana yajna and trained them so well that they would be the envy of professionals in event management. In this collection of letters he teaches how…

Letter Index

An index of all letters in this module, across topics, with the ability to filter by topic. Simply click on a thumbnail to view the actual page containing the letters. A full selection of letters is…

Sketches for Children

Pujya Gurudev could see the world through the eyes of a child, full of innocent wonder and the joy of discovery. In many of his letters to children he would hand-draw a sketch, a diagram or even a…

Friend and Mentor for Youth

Swami Chinmayananda had a special affinity with the youth. He said that the future of our country lies in their hands. He had a way of connecting with them directly.

A Child among Children

Children loved Gurudev and Gurudev loved children. He made each child feel very special. He treated them as individuals and talked to them at their level, while sharing the spontaneous joy of the…

Youth Life Skills

This collection of letters from Pujya Gurudev offer advice to youngsters on a broad range of topics from life's goals to stage fright to what success means. They were drawn to him because he could…

Youth Education

Here we present a collection of letters from Pujya Gurudev to youth, especially teenagers concerned about their academic performance. Many of these youngsters grew up to be highly responsible…

Guidance for Householders

In his extensive travels Pujya Gurudev stayed with many householders. This gave him the opportunity to keenly observe people in their home settings. His keen eye would not miss a single detail.

Advice for Balavihar

Pujya Gurudev encouraged people to start Balavihars so that children would imbibe the Indian culture and values. He gave them clear guidelines about how to handle the children.

Love for Children

Pujya Gurudev shared the spontaneous and uninhibited joy of children, responding to them in the same way with a dance of joy. Writing at a level that the child can understand.

Advice for Children

Gurudev made it a point to appreciate and encourage children. Sometimes a line of advice from the Swami could have a great impact on a child.

My Coming soon

Children loved Gurudev and Gurudev loved children. He made each child feel very special. He treated them as individuals and talked to them at their level.

New Home

A Home can be a heaven, says Gurudev and it is for us to make it so. It becomes a Temple when we discipline ourselves to grow in our inner purity and balance.

Work Life Balance

Often we are faced with decisions around balancing work with home and life in general. Through these letters Gurudev guides us on how to achieve the right balance.


Thumbnails of selected photographs of Swami Tapovanam, Swami Chinmayananda, his family, Swami Tejomayananda and Swami Swaroopananda.

From Gurudev’s Pen

Swami Chinmayananda brought joy wherever he went. So did his letters. He was a prolific writer, known to write hundreds of letters in a week. The Chinmaya Archives is fortunate to house a collection…


The challenges of being a good parent were very well known to Gurudev. When asked for advice he tailored it to the situation and needs of the concerned person.


The strength of matrimonial togetherness in handling the challenges in life is appreciated and highlighted by Pujya Gurudev.

Reliving The First Jnana Yagna – Part 2

The story of how Pujya Gurudev successfully conducted the first Jnana Yajna, a 100-day event that transformed the lives of the attendees.

Let Us Be Hindus

Swami Chinmayananda on 23rd December 1951 delivered a talk in Pune, just days before the launch of the 1st Jnana Yagna. This talk was titled Let us be Hindus.

Reliving The First Jnana Yagna – Part 1

It was December 1951. A young Swami Chinmayananda was ready to launch the first Jnana Yagna, the forerunner of many more to come.

Story Behind The First Jnana Yajna

The fascinating effort of a young Swami Chinmayananda, to launch the Jnana Yajna program, with the help of a young Madrasi boy from Pune.

Universal Prayer by Sri Swami Chinmayanada

May all at all times be fully aware of Thy presence in East and West, North and South!

Cover Photos of the Chief Priest

Photos of Sri Swami Chinmayananda from the covers of Yagna Prasad during the 1st Gyana Yagna in Pune.

Running out of funds

If and when we are blessed by the voluntary cooperation of any LAKSHMINARAYAN, we shall at once resume our publication. So, till then goodbye. The committee shall be contacting you the moment they…

Golden chance – A souvenir volume of all the Yagna Prasads so far is being got ready

This volume is sent with Sree Swamiji Maharaj’s autograph to those persons who will first reach us with a love offering of Rs. 10 in the Sewa of the Upanishad Rishies.

The volume of correspondence that Sree Swamiji has been receiving

is so heavy that if he were to reply to them all immediately, no other constructive work would be possible. Sree Swamiji informs all his devotees how to clear their doubts...

Swamiji falls ill

On Mahashivarathri day Sri Swamiji Maharaj fell ill and it was diagnosed as Para Typhoid. Sri Swamiji Maharaj cheerfully went through the term of the fever and revived soon. The discourses had to be…

A city-wide procession

The Akhanda Kirtan that has been going on unbroken, will terminate on April 6th where it will be sung in a city-wide procession of a caravan of trucks and cars with devotees chanting the Maha Mantra.

Upanishad Homa

As per the wishes of our Chief Priest (Gurudev), we have decided to perform a 7 day Upanishad Homa from March 31 – April 6th (Sunday) when five Maharashtrian pundits would be doing one Ahuuti each of…

Ganga Kalasa Pooja

Two brass pots of holy Ganges water from Haridwar have arrived. They are being installed in the Yagna Sala. At the conclusion of the 100 days Yagna, this prasad will be distributed by Swamiji to the…

Common meditation class

Some 400 to 500 persons daily assemble in the Yagna Sala and they in breathless silence sit in meditation.

Akhanda Kirtan – Guess who would chant past midnight?

24 hours non-stop chanting of the Mahamantra has been started by devotees taking turns by the hour. Past midnight, when no one was available, Swamiji himself would chant.

Oil for the Akhanda light

A vessel is kept in the sanctorum. Bhaktas are to contribute one chattak of oil each time they visit the sanitorium, more than a chhatak will not be accepted at a time. Swamiji Maharaj has planned it…

Akhanda light was lit at Brahmamuhurtha, 4.30 AM

An Akhanda Light was lit on the 19th Feb. 1952 at Brahmamuhurtha, 4:30 A.M.; and it is proposed to maintain it burning all the time by the devotees who visit the Meditation Sanctorum.

Arudha Pooja – Performed during the 1st Gyana Yagna

The pulpit where from Sree Swami Chinmayandaji has been distributing the Ambrosia of Upanishads during the past 50 days, not only to the public of Poona but to the entire devotee-class of the world,…

I am using a black-board and chalk today

Swamiji by drawing a beautiful diagram explains how we ‘seemingly’ fall from the Supreme Reality to the present state and how we can come out of this delusion.

Unprecedented in the annals of Indian History

Swami Sivananda said, of the Upanishad Yagna, lectures and immediate reproduction it in print.

Guru Aarthi to be started

From today, as per the wish of Sree Swamiji, after the daily meditation, we will have an Arathi performed to the Gurus.

Due to growing crowds Swamiji drops the orthodox way

Due to the large crowds, Sree Swamiji is compelled to drop the old orthodox way of Upanishad study, and to give more general discussions in the morning classes also. These introductory talks are till…

A permanent microphone is now setup, to ease the strain on Swamiji

We are confident to declare that never before was the Sri Harihara Bhajana Samajam precinct so gloriously full with Satsangies. The crowd has been growing so large that we are now compelled to fix a…

This booklet was with Swami Tapovanam for some years

Gurudev mailed the first Yagna Prasad to Swami Tapovanam, with the words “Thy knowledge broadcasted through thy own Voice-box” handwritten on it.

He came to our house again, this time for a train ticket.

Smt. Laxmi Reddy narrates how Gurudev visited her house just prior to the 1st Yagna.

Sri Naidu recalls the day of the very 1st Yagna.

A must-see interview with someone who attended the very first Yagna from day one.


No funds to print the Kathopanishad talks.


Austerity, restraint and dedicated work; these are the foundations of It.


The Idol is the means. Self-Discovery is the goal. Confusing the two leads to sorrow.


We must continue our pursuit expecting nothing, hoping nothing…


Man can rise to God-hood even while he is in the body. Here and Now.


Learn to see the one Truth that lies self-evident in all names and forms.


This achievement is within the scope of every mortal; the real fulfillment of life's journey.


The Intellect throws a pool of reflected Atmic Glory called the Ego.


You can only meditate yourself into it. The merger of "I" and "you" is possible.


We outcasts in the Atma Loka cannot be given a direct darshan of Reality.


This light that illumines the mind giving a semblance of Reality is ‘Chit’.


The Knower knows the Known and it equally knows the Unknown.


Mind and intellect are to be considered as Chappals to keep away.


Where can this land of Truth be? What is the world beyond the horizon?


Stop the mind! Then there is no world, Samsara. Wake yourself up. That's all.


To a seeker, a Guru is as absolutely an unavoidable necessity.


Suppose a few of you and this Sadhu go for a walk on a moonlit night...


The Upanishads are revelations; not the products of mind & intellect.


I am using today a board and chalk since the subject is not easy.


Each moment we are preparing ourselves for the lives yet to come.


Without Ishwara Bhakthi no progress is possible. It is an absolute necessity.

Calm over the horizon

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We are here today to seek a source for all life, the one Reality behind all appearances.


Let us see for ourselves what is our relationship with the Absolute.


Each one of you now please ask this question to yourself ”Who is this I?”


The science of all sciences, it guides us to the Knowledge Absolute.


Swamiji’s very first address to the Poona audience at the 1st Gnana Yagna.