Ancient Indian culture has a very rich heritage of knowledge in literally all aspects of life. Entrenched in the uniquely precise language of Sanskrit, this knowledge bank covers various streams including the sciences, the arts, economics, politics, philosophy, psychology and even organisational leadership; in fact, no field of human endeavour remains untouched by this vast treasury of wisdom.
It is an unfortunate reality, however, that such an impressive body of well-tested knowledge has been ‘obscured’ from society, particularly in terms of its application potential, through the passage of time. Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth aims to reverse that trend by cultivating scholarship designed to rediscover, revive and restore such knowledge to its rightful place in our collective mind, in an innovative and practical manner that also enables this intellectual capital to grow and find new expression in the modern-day context.
Concretely, the university seeks to incrementally offer a wide range of programmes in the discipline of Sanskrit and Indic traditions, extending to even the performing arts, thereby serving the needs of a variety of students. Academic exploration here is enhanced by studies in character development, with the larger aim of empowering students not only for independent, critical thinking, but also holistic growth and self-unfoldment.
It is additionally a goal of the University to enable its students to become employable in whatever their chosen field. Imbued with a wider vision of the world and a deep knowledge of their innermost self, graduates can then, it is hoped, effectively participate in nation-building while embodying the noble spirit of service to humanity.
The dynamic rishi culture of ancient India – whose achievements influenced the history of Asia as we know it – left its hallmark of excellence on multiple fields of knowledge, many of these contributions still buried in the dust of indifference or prejudice, and awaiting rediscovery. But the task of reinterpreting them for a particular generation always falls to a truly extraordinary soul. In our times, that exceptional soul has been Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, whose demonstration of creativity and conviction, alone has been the inspiration for the remarkable nature of Chinmaya University and its mission to ‘exceed excellence’. We bow to that great exemplar of the highest possible knowledge, and solicit His blessings along with Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda’s, for the success of this most special institution.