During international visits to deliver discourses around the world, Swami Chinmayananda inspired and transformed the lives of many living in Europe, drawn to the sheer logic and universal relevance of Vedanta. Many such devotees have studied the scriptures extensively and started grassroots Chinmaya Mission classes and activities in their communities.
Chinmaya Mission today exists in pockets across Europe fulfilling the primary aim of the global organisation to provide individuals from any background, the universal wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for personal growth and development, enabling them to become positive contributors to society.
Many Chinmaya Mission publications, including commentaries on the Bhagavad Geeta and Upanishads have been translated from English into different European languages. The majority are in French, translated by Swamini Umananda of Chinmaya Mission France, the largest European centre outside the UK. Chinmaya Mission France (CMF) Chinmaya Mission France
is a unique and distinctive branch of Chinmaya Mission, founded in 1992 by resident Acharya (spiritual teacher) Swamini Umananda
in her home city of Paris.
As with all Chinmaya Mission worldwide centres, CMF spreads the universal and dynamic message of Vedanta to all who seek it through Vedantic texts translated into French, discourses, seminars, retreats and online teaching in French. In 2004, Chinmaya Mission France acquired a centre in the form of ‘Chinmaya Shakti’. The centre was established as a base for all of CMF’s activities as well as a place where Swami Chinmayananda’s profound literature can continue to be translated and published in the French language. The Global Head of Chinmaya Mission, Swami Tejomayananda, has conducted many spiritual retreats (camps) in France. Swami Swaroopananda, Swamini Vimalananda and Swami Chidatmananda have also conducted Gyana Yagnas in Paris over the years.
Seven Chinmaya Mission publications have been translated into the French language to date and are available for online purchase here, these include:
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- Bhagavad Geeta with commentary by Swami Chinmayananda
- Meditation and Life by Swami Chinmayananda
- Self Unfoldment by Swami Chinmayananda
- Adi Sankaracharya’s Tattva Bodha with commentary by Swami Chinmayananda
- Adi Sankaracharya’s Sadhana Panchakam with commentary by Swami Chinmayananda
- Sri Ramana Maharsi’s Upadesa Sara with commentary by Swami Tejomayananda
- Dhyanaswarupam (principles and practice of meditation) by Swami Tejomayananda
- Commentary on Kathopanishad by Swami Chinmayananda (to be published in 2014)
More information on the work of Chinmaya Mission France is available on the website: http://chinmayafrance.fr
Chinmaya Mission France Address
: 7 Square Desaix, 75015 Paris (M° Dupleix)
Chinmaya Mission France Phone
: +33 1 43 73 37 94