The seeds of "The Chinmaya Movement" were laid in Vancouver
B.C., in 1972 when Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji was scheduled
to arrive for a series of three lectures at Simon Fraser University.
The organizer, Mrs. Menon suddenly had to fly to New York and
so Mr. and Mrs. Kapahi got the golden opportunity of hosting Gurudev.
This accidental incident proved to be a turning point in their
lives and of the Chinmaya movement in Vancouver.
Since then regular study classes have been conducted in Vancouver by various
Acharyas. Inspired by Pujya Gurudev, Robyn Thompson joined the two year
Brahmachari course in Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai. Brni Robyn
returned to Vancouver in 1986 and conducted regular study classes which
were held first at Mr. and Mrs Deshpande’s residence and later on at
Mr and Mrs Kapahi’s residence.
Brni Robyn now conducts regular classes in Victoria. Jaya Muzumdar conducts
weekly study groups for different levels and monthly adult study classes in
Vancouver and Seattle.
The mission has grown rapidly and we have at least two Jnana yagnas every year.
We also have classes running for children, youth and adults alike.
By Pujya Gurudev’s grace and the blessings of Swami Tejomayanandaji, the present
Spiritual Head of Chinmaya Mission, Worldwide, we have rented a property
where we hold all our regular classes. Address of our present center is 155
East 54th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.
By the grace of Pujya Gurudev, we envisage that Chinmaya Mission Vancouver will be
eventually having its own center to continue spreading this Vedantic knowledge
and play its part in fostering the culture of India in the minds of all the people
Inspired by Pujya Swami Tejomayanandaji's discourse on Chapter 12 of the Bhagwad Geeta
Jaya Muzumdar joined the Chinmaya Mission, Vancouver in 1988. She remained an active
listener for 11 years while her two children were growing up and in 1997 joined the board
as Treasurer. She took over as President in 2003 and since then has been managing the
administration of the Mission while continuing studies on her own.
In the year 2008 Jaya joined the 2 year Vedanta course in Mumbai. Having successfully
completed the course by the grace and blessings of Pujya Swami Tejomayanandaji, she returned to
Vancouver as President of the Mission.
In 2015, Jaya resigned as the President and has now been appointed as Acharya of Chinmaya Mission,
Vancouver by Pujya Guruji, Swami Tejomayanandaji.
Jaya now teaches spiritual texts at our centre in Vancouver. Classes are held on Wednesday
and Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings in Vancouver and Burnaby. Jaya also takes a class
on Skype every Monday evening for our Calgary mission Members.
For further information, please refer to our website or call her at 604 325 9390.
Thank you so much for the different classes that you took this year through Skype. We really enjoyed and learned a lot from your classes. Your method of teaching & life examples helped us to understand difficult concepts easily. You are leading us by example as well. Thank you. Our sincere gratitude and appreciation for your valuable time & knowledge.
We used to listen your classes from Ashok's house, we will continue that in the new year. We are travelling to India from Dec 25th to Jan 17th. We will join your class on Jan 19th.
Wish you Happy Holidays & a very bright & prosperous 2015!!
Genesh & Padmaja ( Calgary)
Bim Yadav:604 222 2383
Jaya Muzumdar:604 325 9390
Classes start from Sep 11th 2016