Chinmayananda Saraswati

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Birthday
8, 1916
Birthplace
India
Death Date
Aug 3, 1993 (77)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
8, 1916
Birthplace
India
Death Date
Aug 3, 1993 (77)

About

Famous as the founder of the Chinmaya Mission, an organization created to incite global interest in an ancient Hindu scripture-based philosophy known as Advaita Vedanta, Saraswati published nearly 100 books and articles on the topic of ancient Hindu texts.

Before Fame

After earning his bachelor's degree from St. Thomas College, Trichur, and his graduate degrees in law and literature from Lucknow University, he pursued a career in journalism and was also involved in the Indian Independence Movement.

Trivia

It was not until the late 1940s that he abandoned his previously skeptical stance and embraced both the Hindu faith and a life as a spiritual leader.

Family Life

Born Balakrishna Menon, he grew up in Kerala, India, as the son of Paru Kutty and judge Kutta Menon.

Associated With

A century apart, he and fellow Hindu religious leader Swami Vivekananda both delivered key note speeches at a religious conference known as the Parliament of the World's Religions.