Actively engaged in Chinmaya Mission activities since 1986, Vimal Chaitanya received Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s blessings to spend time at the Mission’s 'Sandeepany Sadhanalaya' ashram in Mumbai absorbing and contemplating on Vedantic truths.
After his return to the U.S. in 1992, he taught Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other Vedantic texts at Chinmaya Mission Orlando for 14 years. In 2008, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda conferred on Vimal Chaitanya the title of Acharya of Chinmaya Mission. In the same year, Vimalji founded the new center of Chinmaya Mission Rio Grande. He is presently conducting weekly Vedanta classes for adults and youth in the New Mexico and El Paso areas.
Over the years, Vimalji has offered discourses in English, Hindi, and Gujarati at many Mission centers in the U.S., and has extensive experience in conducting Vedanta classes for adults and youth. His humor and day-to-day examples in explaining subtle truths, and his blend of Vedantic declarations with modern science principles, help bring a more vivid and logical understanding of Vedanta in modern day context.
Vimalji has a doctorate in engineering from Johns Hopkins University and has been in academia for over 24 years. He currently serves as vice president of research, graduate studies, and international programs at New Mexico State University.