Swami Shantananda and Swami Siddhananda
Swami Shantananda of Chinmaya Mission Cranbury, NJ and Swami Siddhananda of Chinmaya Mission Langhorne,PA will grace the occasion of 10th Biennial Global Hindu convention to be held at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ. The convention will see spiritual talks delivered by both Swamijis.
Swami Shantananda: Mesmerized by Pujya Gurudev, Swami Shantananda in sixties, then Br. Raghavan, went to serve the Master for almost two years as his traveling secretary. After completing his Vedanta course in Mumbai, Swamiji traveled to Taiwan where he successfully managed his own business while teaching Vedanta part-time. Since 1992, when he was given Sannyas by Pujya Gurudev, Swamiji has dedicated his life to the full time teaching of Vedanta in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York area.
While in Taiwan Swamiji was instrumental in building Chinmaya Mission in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Later in the US, Swamiji led the creation of Chinmaya Kedar in Langhorn PA, and then Chinmaya Vrindavan in Cranbury NJ. He has over years traveled all across the North America doing Gnana Yagna on Upanishads and the Bhagwad Geeta. In 2001, Swamiji undertook and completed 50 Geeta Gnana Yagnas all around the world as his personal tribute to Param Pujya Gurudev, during that Golden Jubilee year.Swamiji is also the President of Chinmaya Mission West which in turn oversees the activities of over 50 Mission centers in the US and Canada. Swamiji has authored a book titled "Sadhana" and was instrumental in bringing out the yearly publication "Mananam", a collection of articles from well known authors. Swamiji conducts weekend retreats on a number of topics such as power of prayer, sadhana and meditation.
Swami Siddhananda: Swami Siddhananda joined Chinmaya Mission in 1972 at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai and studied Vedanta under Swami Chinmayananda. He served at Chinmaya Mission Chennai for several years and at the Chinmaya International Foundation Cochin for a few years. He made significant contributions to the monthly magazines Tapovan Prasad and Balvihar. He was in charge of Madras Chinmaya Seva Trust in Chennai and worked for many Mission projects such as Publications, Temples, Schools, Pitha Maha Sadan, etc. He has inspired generations of youngsters through his love and dynamic active association with the Chinmaya Yuva Kendra and worked with them in many spiritual and social projects in Chennai.
Swamiji is the resident Acharya at Chinmaya Kedar at Langhorne from 1994 and is the in-charge of Chinmaya Publications West. He is also the acharya of the other Mission centers in Pennsylvania, such as Chinmaya Madhuvan, Chinmaya Sudarshan, Chinmaya Ramalaya, and Harrisburg. Swamiji is an artist and a singer, has composed many Bhajans and has brought out CD albums such as Hari Om Bhajans, Hari Om Smaran, Shivoham, Sivam Sivakaram Shantam, Chinmayam Krishna, Premamuditam, and Chinmaya Jinka naam hei.
Both swamijis regularly conducts Satsang, Youth/Balavihar classes in Tri-State areas and also visits other centers during the weekends.