SWAMI CHINMAYANANDA Biography - Religious Figures & Icons


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One of the greatest saints who became a legend during his lifetime was Swami Chinmayanada. He was born on May 8, 1916 as bala Krishna Menon in Ernakulam, Kerala , in a religious family.


From his young days he was very good in studies. He excelled in his education, graduating in science, political science, and English literature from Lucknow University. A man of strong idealism, he entered the field of journalism with the aim to sway political, economic and social Shivananda. Since then, he was known as Swami Chinmayananda - the one who is saturated in bliss and conscriousness. His 12 years study under the guidance of Tapovan made him a man of wisdom.


After That, he started delivering lectures at different places to spread his teachings. He was the founder of many schools, hospitals, nursing homes and clinics. On august 3, 1993, in San Diego, U.S.A., he attained ‘Mahasamadhi’ (death).