Born on 8th May 1916 Yug Purusha H.H. Swami Chinmayanandaji Maharaj bloomed forth as a great saint, philosopher and guide to the millions and the greatest exponent of Geeta of his times. With a glorious record of education Mr Balakrishna Menon obtained post graduation degree in English from Lucknow University. His Holiness took Sanyas on the Mahashivratri day in 1947 from his Deeksha Guru, Swami Shivananda of Anand Kutir, ishikesh. In May 1951, he descended to the plains from the heights of Gangotri with primary objectives of regeneration of Dharma and respiritualisation in India. Without any outside support, he organised the first GyanYagna in Pune in December 1951. From a few participants at the time, hundreds of Yagnas later, the number of devotees mounted to millions. Indeed, he was a movement in himself and a legend in his own life. His Geeta Gyan Yagnas brought the wisdom of Vedanta to millions who became his ardent devotees looking up to him as a Yug Purusha. He became Pujya Gurudev of countless people in India and abroad. It was his love for mankind and vision of man's relationship with God which brought about many centres of higher learning in the Vedantic knowledge in this country and other parts of the world. In a short span of about 60 years, more than 300 Chinmaya Mission Centres have been established in addition to various academic institutions imparting quality education, hospitals, welfare and vocational centres and clinics etc. for the benefit of the society.
Discourses of Geeta by Yug Purusha, the nectar of life, are much sought after the world over. Gurudev's commentaries on Geeta and other Hindu scriptures are acclaimed as master-pieces all over the world. Gurudev’s audio and video cassettes on these scriptures are used in many institutions and homes for gaining the eternal knowledge of this subtle subject.
Pujya Gurudev attained Maha Samadhi on 3rd August 1993 passing the torch to the next generation led by H.H. Swami Tejomayananda ji and further by Swami Swaroopananda ji. College Parivar offers Shradhanjali by rededicating itselt to the noble cause of true knowledge.