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Swami Tejomayananda wins prestigious award in India

03/05/2014

Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communication Pvt Ltd (NBC) hosted the fifth annual 'Newsmakers Achievers Award 2014' on May 1, 2014 at the Trident Hotel, Nariman Point, Mumbai. NBC is an upcoming and independent media house dedicated to ‘unbiased journalism’.

It produces a number of print and electronic publications such as the Afternoon Voice, Mumbai Manoos, MeeMumbaikar and Beyond the News.  Beyond the News is an international magazine available across 12 nations and is recognised for its untarnished presentation of facts.

The Newsmakers Achievers Awards as stated by NBC, are held to recognise the efforts of persons from different walks of life who had made some difference to the society through their hard work and determination. Personalities from various walks of life are felicitated during the awards ceremony.

This year Pujya Guruji, Swami Tejomayananda received the award in the category of Lifetime Award, Spiritual Leader.  Some of the other Lifetime awardees were Shri Alyque Padamsee, Smt Saroj Khan and Shri Baliram Gaikwad. As Pujya Guruji was unable to attend the ceremony, Swami Bodhatmananda received the award on Pujya Guruji’s behalf. Swami Bodhatmananda was accompanied by Trustees and officials of Central Chinmaya Mission Trust and Chinmaya Seva Trust, Bombay.

Swami Bodhatmananda was the first to light the inaugural lamp as a fitting prelude to the awards ceremony.  After the lighting of the lamp there was a rendition of the popular nationalist song, ‘Maa tujhe salaam’. The Master of Ceremonies, Umesh Pherwani, highlighted that the awards were being held in honour of women in power.

The award ceremony commenced with introductions on each Awardee.  Pujya Guruji’s introduction was apt and reproduced on the certificate as follows:

He is an Indian spiritual leader and Head of Chinmaya Mission. He is a living portrait of simplicity with depth, humility with courage, and wisdom with devotion. Always jovial, smiling, and welcoming, he is readily accessible and approachable to all who seek the knowledge of Vedanta from him.  After attending a couple of talks of Swami Chinmayananda on the Bhagavad Gita, Sudhakar Kaitwade was inspired to join Chinmaya Mission’s residential Vedanta course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai. Upon completing the course in 1975, he was initiated as Brahmachari Vivek Chaitanya. On October 21, 1983, Swami Chinmayananda initiated him into sannyasa, bestowing upon him the name, Swami Tejomayananda. As the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, Swami Tejomayananda-now known in the Mission as Pujya Guruji-has continuously and dynamically pursued his guru’s grand spiritual and organisational vision.”

Having received the award on Pujya Guruji’s behalf, Swami Bodhatmananda said a few words.  Swamiji spoke about Pujya Gurudev, Pujya Guruji and the work of Chinmaya Mission.  Swamiji emphasised that he was only an instrument in receiving the award. Keeping in line with the theme of this year’s awards, Swamiji elucidated about the greatness of womanhood, particularly their exhalted status as mothers.  In conclusion, Swamiji thanked the organisers on Pujya Guruji’s behalf for their recognition of Chinmaya Mission’s work.

The ceremony was followed by a sumptuous dinner and left all with a feeling of fulfilment – spiritual, intellectual, mental and of course physical.

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