Acharya Sharada Kumar
Sharada Kumar met Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda at a Gita jnana yajna at Shivaji Park, Mumbai, in 1963, during her college years. She was totally mesmerized by his teachings and persona. She chanted "Bhagavad Gita" verses during his lectures in Bhopal in 1969 and continued to until he attained mahasamadhi in 1993. He would jokingly refer to her as “HMV,” or “Her Master’s Voice.” She also chanted the verses on the professionally recorded DVDs of his talks on "Bhagavad Gita" and "Vivekachudamani."

As instructed by Pujya Gurudev, she went to Mumbai, India to get special training in teaching Bala Vihars in 1973. Thereafter, she began the first Chinmaya Bala Vihar on the East Coast in Long Island, New York.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, she and her husband, Viswa Kumar, organized several CM national camps and yajnas in and around New York. During the Humboldt Camp in 1974, some of her bhajans were recorded for the first time with Brahmacharini Pavitra Chaitanya.

Invited by Pujya Gurudev, she traveled with him all over India from 1989 to 1990, getting direct tutelage from him in conducting Bhagavad Gita/Vedanta classes. She recalls this year as the best period of her entire life. Pujya Gurudev also gave her an opportunity to serve him by inviting her to chant and cook for him at his last camp in Washington D.C.

Sharada Kumar was conferred the title of Acharya of Chinmaya Mission in 2008 by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda. She is also CMW’s National Bala Vihar Coordinator and on CMW’s Board of Directors. With Pujya Guruji’s blessings, when CM Ann Arbor’s “Chinmaya Avantika” ashram was inaugurated in 2000, she became the president of Chinmaya Mission Ann Arbor.

She now conducts five Bala Vihars in the Southeast Michigan area, and has trained hundreds of Chinmaya Bala Vihar teachers and Study Group sevaks throughout the country. She also conducts Chinmaya Study Groups, Devi Groups, and various classes on Bhagavad Gita, Vivekachudamani, Bhagavatam, Valmiki Ramayana on a daily basis. She is also the official pujari for CM Ann Arbor, conducting all the pujas year-round. She also teaches bhajan classes and is an accomplished student and teacher of Carnatic music, which she learned from great masters while growing up in India.

Sharadaji is a coordinating committee member of the Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County, and serves on the Ethics Committee of Science and Religion at the University of Michigan. She was given the “Woman of the Year” award by the Asian-Indian Women’s Association in 2007. She retired from the University of Michigan's biophysics research division a couple of years ago.

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