| CENTER PROFILE
Chinmaya Mission Miami (CM Miami) is a satellite center of Chinmaya Mission Orlando.
Chinmaya Mission activities in South Florida began in the 1970s through the dedicated work of Laju Barucha and Daksha Vakharia, who conducted Study Groups and Chinmaya Bala Vihar, and organized various jnana yajnas for the South Florida community.
Around 1988, Pujya Gurudev had a three-hour stopover in Miami, during which time, he visited a devotee's home in South Miami, where many blessed devotees came to see him. This was Pujya Gurudev's first and last visit to Miami.
In the early 1990s, Chinmaya Bala Vihar and Study Group both started with 4-5 students and their subsequent growth was due to the efforts of three families. From one of these families, a young student, inspired by Pujya Gurudev's teachings, went to attend the Mission's intensive Vedanta training course in Mumbai, India, and came back initiated as brahmacharini. She was posted to CM Miami as the resident acharya in 1995 and continues to date, now as Swamini Akhilananda.
In 1996, CM Miami became an official CM satellite center and its activities, special events, and class numbers of children, youth, and adult participants have continued to blossom since then. Celebrations of 50 years of the Chinmaya Movement saw a special event every month throughout 2001.
CM Miami spread its activities into the Boca Raton and West Palm Beach areas in 2003-2004. Currently, classes are held in various locations across South Florida.
Over the years, CM Miami has seen the spiritual blossoming of many students, sevaks, and volunteers, who have continued to support and serve Pujya Gurudev's vision and Mission. Through their efforts and longing for spiritual studies, CM Miami has been blessed to host many jnana yajnas (spiritual discourses) over the years, welcoming Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda (Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide), and other acharyas, including Swami Shantananda, Swami Swaroopananda, and Swami Ishwarananda.