Swami Tapovan (*1889 †1957)
Swami Tapovan was of a very pure and spiritual nature. At a young age he already had to take over the family responsibilities because of the death of his father but his heart was always in the spiritual and his life was filled with spiritual studies and meditation. When his brother, after completing his studies, could take over the family affairs, the young ascetic took leave of the worldly wealth of his family. As a monk he travelled to the Himalayas where he stayed for the rest of his life and where he met many Vedantic Masters. He fulfilled his Sadhana (spiritual practices) and wandered as a living Vedanta icon in the mountains. In faith he surrendered his practical life. Inside he was, in all Bliss, always one with the One. When they built a hut for him in Uttarkashi a few students came to study the Vedanta Scriptures. Most of them stayed only shortly because of the difficult circumstances but Swami Chinmayananda stayed for seven years.
Swami Chinmayananda did not, after his studies, stay in the mountains like his beloved teacher, but went down to the planes to share his spiritual wealth with others. The life of Swami Tapovan was a mantra without interruption, a meditation without disturbance. In his humble and simple life he was a true sovereign Vedantin.
Swami Chinmayananda (*1916 †1993)
Swami Chinmayananda is very important for the modern interpretation of Advaita Vedanta. His commentaries on the traditional Vedanta texts, based on Adi Shankara, are an excellent translation of an ancient tradition into the modern time. He authored many own works which are very valuable on the spiritual path of the modern man. His study in English Literature and his background as a journalist gave him the verbal virtuosity to paint the subtle themes of Advaita Vedanta in a beautifully nuanced way. He was a great public speaker and gave lectures all over the world. For the many thousands of people who had the fortune to meet Him he was a great inspiration. His wisdom is not only based on the vast knowledge of the Scriptures but also on the realization of its content in his life. Swami Chinmayananda is the figurehead of the Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, an international nonprofit spiritual organization.
Swami Tejomayananda (*1950)
Swami Tejomayananda is the former Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, a position he held since 1993 after Swami Chinmayananda attained Mahasamadhi.
If Swami Chinmayananda served the cause of Vedanta with his service, knowledge and pioneering qualities, Swami Tejomayananda completed that with his natural attitude of devotion.
This is richly and abundantly evident in his talks, his singing, and his demeanour.
An outstanding teacher of Vedanta, he carries forward the vision of his teacher, Swami Chinmayananda.
He conveys the profound knowledge of the scriptures with clarity, devotion simplicity and humour.
Swami Tejomayananda is a versatile author and has written commentaries on many texts of Vedanta and authored original compositions on various aspects of life, notably on Vedanta.
His books are very suited for the new generation.
His devotion for his teacher and also his beautiful devotional music ornament his continuous work.
present head of the mission
In an era rife with scepticism and confusion about matters spiritual, Swami Swaroopananda is a rare voice that blends authenticity
with accessibility; theory with self- practice; logic with heart.
Formerly the Regional Head of Chinmaya Mission Australia, United Kingdom, Middle East, Africa and Far East, and presently Chairman of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth Trust
(University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions) and Director of the Chinmaya International Residential School in Coimbatore, South India, Swami Swaroopananda has now been bestowed by Swami Tejomayananda the privilege to also serve as the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide.