"I am waiting for the trained Brahmacharis to come up to give this message. Give them also 30-35 years, so that when I am gone, there will be not one but many more Chinmayanandas coming up, so that work will not stop but continue."
Our Guru Parampara
Adi Shankaracharya established the Dashanami Sannyasa Order, a monastic order with ten lineage names. Of these, Chinmaya
Mission belongs to the lineage and traditions of the ‘Sringeri Matha’ in Karnataka, India. The first acharya of this noble institution was none other than Shri Sureshvaracharya.
In the Sringeri Matha tradition, the Lord is worshipped as Deva in the form of Lord Adi Varaha, and as Devi in the forms of Puri Devi, Bharati Devi, and Kamakshi Devi. The main pilgrimage centre, or dhama, is Rameshvaram and the worshipped holy river, or tirtha, is Tungabhadra.
In this Bhurivara lineage, or sampradaya, the primary Veda is Yajur Veda, which reveals the Mahavakya: “Aham Brahmasmi”. Sannyasis initiated into this lineage are bestowed with the title, or padavi, of “Saraswati” after their name (e.g., Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati).
Acharyas of Chinmaya Mission
The ochre robe is bestowed upon the initiates of sannyasa, who are either brahmacharins in yellow cloth or senior devotees who have served the Mission throughout their lives. Initiates into the holy order of sannyasa are selected by the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, whose decision is based on numerous factors. To enter this last stage of human life according to the Vedas, the initiates perform vraja homa, and therein renounce their tuft (brahmacharis only) and sacred thread. In this ceremonial and symbolic end of all worldly attachments and duties, is a far-reaching inner transformation. Upon receiving their personal sannyasa mantra, the spiritual seekers are blessed with the ochre robe, the title of Swami or Swamini, a new first name (ending in “ananda”), and the last name of “Saraswati.”