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Chinmaya Mission Johannesburg – Initial Years

In its initial years, Chinmaya Mission Johannesburg had a humble beginning with devotees getting together and organizing study groups at their homes. With Swami Abhedanandaji’s arrival in 2006, there was a dynamic turn in the activities in Johannesburg, resulting in immense enthusiasm among the devotees. 

With their devoted and committed efforts, mission members started organizing Swamiji’s gyan yagnas and retreats on a regular basis. Since then Swamiji has been visiting Johannesburg center regularly and has presided various events like Mahashivratri, Youth camps and Gyan Yagnas to inspire more and more seekers.  Pujya Swami Tejomayanandaji has also blessed Chinmaya Mission Johannesburg with his divine presence during stop overs on his visits to Chinmaya Mission Durban.

Growth is the hallmark of success for any organization. In 2015, Chinmaya Mission Johannesburg for the first time established a center by acquiring a rented property in Midrands.

After completing the 16th Vedanta Course in Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Mumbai, Br. Param Chaitanya was posted to the Johannesburg centre of Chinmaya Mission South Africa in the year 2017. Later during that year, the center welcomed the arrival of Brni. Gauri Chaitanya and Brni. Keertida Chaitanya who studied and went through the exhaustive 2 year Vedanta course conducted by Swami Abhedanandaji at Chinmaya Mission Durban.

Since then, Chinmaya Mission has become the hub of spiritual activities in Johannesburg due to the tenacious efforts of Swamiji, Brahmacharins and numerous dedicated devotees. From Balavihar, to Study group, from Monthly yagnas to Regular classes and talks, every activity is carried out with extreme zeal and fervor in Johannesburg. Abhishek Maharaj, who also completed the 2 year Vedanta course under Swami Abhedanandaji, is taking weekly Sanskrit classes and conducts Gayatri Havan and Vishnu Sahasranaam.

 

 

New Chinmaya Mission Centre in Johannesburg

The grace of Lord Shiva and blessings of our sacred Guru Parampara fructified! Even in the midst of a pandemic situation, 26th November 2020, was the day when our rejoicing hearts were overwhelmed with gratitude to our worshipful Pujya Gurudev, to Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji and Mukhya Swami Pujya Swaroopanandaji.

It was in June 2006 when Pujya Swami Abhedanandaji first landed in Johannesburg. Swamiji thought that he would be taken to the Johannesburg center, but much to his surprise, he was taken to a devotee’s home as there was no Johannesburg center.

Swamiji thought, that a city so big with so many Indians should have a well-established Chinmaya Mission center which could become a center of Learning, Loving and Serving for one and all. And it was at that moment, that the Sankalp for CMSA Johannesburg, was born!!!

Fourteen years later, after building of the most glorious Chinmaya Shivam temple in Durban, and emergence of several Brahmacharins from the land of South Africa, that the permanent abode of Pujya Gurudev, in Johannesburg, was found!

On the auspicious day of 26th November 2020, amid great joy and celebration, Chinmaya Mission Johannesburg’s sprawling new ashram property in the heartland of the city was officially inaugurated by Swami Abhedanandaji.

Brni. Keertida Chaitanya who completed her 2-year Vedanta Course in 2017 under the tutelage of Swami Abhedanandaji, resides in Joburg ashram and takes care of all the activities. From the new Ashram Building, may Pujya Gurudev’s glory be spread far and wide!

Gyan Yagnas at Chinmaya Mission Johannesburg

The Mission centre has been blessed by the satsangs of our worldwide head, Pujya Swami Tejomayananda, whenever he has visited the country.

In the last decade, many Yagnas of Swami Abhedananda have been enthusiastically organised by the Johannesburg Mission. Swamiji has expounded beautifully on various topics from the sacred text of Shri Ramcharitmanas, Bhagavad Geeta and Shrimad Bhagawatam.

Regular activities at Chinmaya Mission Johannesburg

Numerous activities and classes are taking place on a regular basis at Chinmaya Mission Johannesburg centre conducted by Brni. Keertida Chaitanya.

With the ongoing activities, and the newly established ashram, Chinmaya Mission Johannesburg has taken a major leap towards steering the next phase of growth for the Mission’s expansion in South Africa. Please join us to be a part of this wonderful phase, and soak yourself in the divine bliss of knowledge, devotion and service! 

Please refer to the list of all the regular classes conducted by Brni. Keertida Chaitanya here. After the pandemic most of these classes are continued online by Brni.Keertida Chaitanya. 

 

Social Media Presence 

Devotees can stay connected with the centre activities through various Social Media platforms.

 

Yagnas, Special Events & other activities at the Ashram

Guiding the centre, Swami Abhedanandaji has frequently conducted various yagnas in Chinmaya Mission Johannesburg since 2016. The tradition of Monthly Gyan Yagnas is being successfully carried on in the Johannesburg ashram as well, with Brni. Keertidaji conducting the yagnas each month.

Various special events like Bhajan Sandhyas, Holi program for Balavihar Children etc. are conducted by the Mission which are deeply cherished by the devotees. Due to the pandemic the yagnas are halted, but the devotees continue to stay connected to the ashram via classes taken through Zoom & Google meet platforms. Here is the list of Yagnas conducted in past 2 years. *There are no yagnas, events that are currently scheduled for the year. 

Glimpses from Chinmaya Mission Johannesburg 


Chinmaya Mission Johannesburg 

Address: Unit 34, 2 David Place, 2195 Sandton, South Africa
Email: cmjhb108@gmail.com
For further queries, please contact –
Nundhini Maharaj at 072 575 4543
Brni. Keertida Chaitanya at 082 059 2744