Formerly known as Bramhachari Uddhav Chaitanya, our acharya Swami Sarveshananda was bestowed Sanyasa Diksha (order of renunciation) by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivaratri (March 02, 2011).

Inspired by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Sarveshananda joined the Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai in 1993. After completing the course in 1995, he was initiated as a Brahmachari and posted as the Resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Vijayawada where he served until June, 2002. In June 2002, by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda posted him as the Resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission in Dallas, Texas.

Swami Sarveshananda is also the National Director of Chinmaya Mission Yuva Kendra (CHYK) West, the youth wing of Chinmaya Mission West. Swami Sarveshananda was himself a CHYK while growing up in India, and received direct guidance from Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Swami Sarveshananda works tirelessly to spread the wisdom of Vedanta through retreats, workshops, camps and innovative youth programs that inspire young people. Swami Sarveshananda has touched many lives through his service, dedication and loving presence. He is popular with children and youth because of his ability to connect with young minds.

Br. Girish is the resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Austin. He graduated from the University of California at Davis with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon completing his degree he worked as an environmental chemist and as an electrical engineer for more than 10 years in Northern California.

In 2002 Br. Girish left for Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai to join the 12th brahmachari batch. He studied under the guidance of Swami Tejomayananda and under the tutelage of Swami Ishwarananda. Upon completing the brahmachari course he served Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles for more than four years, after which he was asked by Guruji to serve in Austin. He is fluent in Gujarati, Hindi, and English. He enjoys giving discourses on Vedanta.

Having experienced much of what the world has to offer, from studying at the Ivey School of Business, to traveling to over 45 countries, Vivek Gupta sought more. Tired of the inconsistent peace attached to extroverted pursuits, he decided to say enough and turned his journey within.

In 2005, the young college graduate was accepted to the intensive two-year Vedanta Course at Chinmaya Mission Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai, India. Under the guidance of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, he studied the Upanishads, Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Ramacharitramanasa, Sanskrit, Vedic chanting, and much more. Blessed to have joined the group of ‘Sandeepany’ graduates, Acharya Vivekji says now his only purpose in life is to make others aware of what is the purpose of life: to be unconditionally happy.

Through his innovative and passionate style, Vivekji makes the ancient wisdom of Vedanta relevant, reachable, and applicable. Inspired by the fact that he is a young adult, and that he was born and raised in Canada, Vivekji has been invited to share his insights, and conduct classes and camps, by Mission centers and other organizations throughout North America. In 2011, Vivekji was appointed as the Deputy Director of CHYK West.