“Let every person be taught that the Divine is within and every person will work out his own salvation”. So wrote Swami Vivekananda. Swami Chinmayananda has highlighted this eternal message of the Vedas almost all his life.
Inspired by Sri Ramana Maharshi, initiated by Swami Sivananda and trained by the great sage Swami Tapovanam, Swami Chinmayananda takes Advaita Vedanta and molds it into contemporary terms so that every person can understand and live it. The Chinmaya Mission started by His inspiration has branches all over the world, to help adults as well as children into understanding and practising true spirituality while dispelling myths about Hinduism.
His books, commentaries and talks on the Bhagavad Geeta, the Upanishads etc. are immensely useful. They are very interesting at the same time because of His oratory and writing skills along with a great sense of humor.
If you are skeptic about the so-called Hinduism, and confused about its symbolic Gods, Goddesses, and Deities, or its Gurus and Sages, or about the erroneous view of the caste system which was meant to be a structure of society seen everywhere in the world, or the vastness of the Vedas, the Upanishads, or the seemingly conflicting philosophies, rituals and modes of worship and meditation, you would be wise to go through all the works of Swami Chinmayananda. You will feel like a person who was lost in the desert parching with thirst but who has just discovered an oasis. You will experience the happiness of someone who was wandering through caves and caverns searching for a few coins, but has just found a treasure chest of valuable Gems. You will feel like you found someone, who you thought was your enemy, to be actually a very good friend.
Swami Chinmayananda was the first Great Guru who came into my life through his Works, and gave a whole new perspective of what true Hinduism is, that it was not founded by a prophet but was passed on for generations from Master to Disciple who researched and realized the Self for the sake of it. He revealed that it is the Sanatana Dharma, “an ancient everlasting way of righteous living”. He introduced Bhagavad Geeta and the Upanishads to me. His commentaries to the Geeta, the Upanishads as well as His other Works have been immensely useful to me. I am eternally indebted to Him.