Swami Chidatmananda has finished a tour of Chinmaya Missions across the USA. He is permanently stationed at one of the Chinmayananda Missions in India.
He was able to fulfill a long held wish to visit Kauai Aadheenam when his program came to a close. He met with Palaniswami and the publications team to see the progress on turning Gurudeva’s books into ebook format for iPad, Kindle, etc. He also toured Iraivan Temple and met with Bodhinatha.
Swami Chidatmananda is a Law graduate from Osmania University. Inspired by Swami Chinmayananda, he joined Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai in 1989 under the tutelage of Swami Purushottamananda.
In 1993 he was initiated into Brahmacharya Deeksha by Pujya Gurudev and posted as the Acharya of the mission center at Hyderabad. He was initiated into Sanyasa Deeksha by Swami Tejomayananda, in 1999. He is presently Acharya (Teacher in Charge) of Chinmaya Mission Hyderabad and Regional Head of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Swami Chidatmananda is popular for his talks on India’s widely viewed cable TV channels (Gemini,Teja and Doordarshan), where he covers topics such as the Bhagavad Gita and Vemana padyamulu (poems by the Yogi Vemana). He also speaks on Vedanta (Upanishads), Ramayana and Mahabharata.
He has conducted many Spiritual, Meditation, Management and Personality Development camps for Youth and Elders. Apart from these activities, Swamiji has conducted many sessions for government organizations, management schools and politicians in India with discussions on stress and mind management, self-management, ethics, and morals. Swamiji is acclaimed for his ability to unfold very complex concepts from Upanishads with ease. He is fluent in English and couple of Indian languages.
Swamiji has toured widely internationally for the past several years -- USA, Canada, UK, France, Oman -- and has endeared himself to a variety of audiences with his, lectures on vedanta philosophy and meditation sessions.
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"Temples with multiple deities can be confusing, especially for today's Hindu youth. For clarity, we need to bring forward a more precise understanding of the different Hindu denominations and how the different Gods are viewed from within each denomination. For spiritual advancement it is best to focus on one deity and get to the vibration that deity. When we hear teachings from various Hindus, it is important to understand and identify which denomination they are speaking from. This will avert confusion when that teaching gets contradicted in a different context where someone is talking about the same subject but from a different philosophical background."
Bodhinatha reviews the main characteristic of Saivite philosophy and practice with an indepth focus on the four stages of religions evolution, chariya, kriya, yoga and jnana. He highlights how this shows that Saiva Siddhanta is unique and quite from the modern practice of Hinduism as Vedanta