संस्कृतेर्मानवा: संस्कृता भूरिदा:।। Cultured people share abundantly.
I am delighted to announce the launch of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, a University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions, envisioned by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji, with its twin campuses – the Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula for Indic Wisdom at Veliyanad, Kerala, and the Chinmaya Naada Bindu Gurukula for Performing Arts at Kolwan, Maharashtra. Both campuses have their unique significance: the one in Kerala is located at Adi Sankara Nilayam, the birth-home of Adi Shankaracharya, and the one in Maharashtra is located at the Chinmaya Vibhooti, the Vision Centre of Chinmaya Mission built in the memory of Pujya Gurudev. The headquarters of the University will be at Adi Sankara Nilayam, Veliyanad, Kerala.
Pujya Gurudev had averred that “Education based on our culture is necessary. Only then does it become education, otherwise it is only instruction.”
Chinmaya University has been established as a torchbearer for preservation of Indian cultural heritage and its knowledge traditions through higher education. The University, founded on the principles of purity, spirituality, applicability and innovation, has its core mission of blending the ancient and time-tested wisdom of India with present-day knowledge fields. The university will offer a wide range of programmes in the fields of Sanskrit and Indic traditions, including performing arts, thereby serving the needs of a variety of students. Students, through their studies here, will be empowered through holistic growth and inner self-unfoldment. Education at the Chinmaya University aims to bestow students with both a wider vision of the world and a deeper knowledge their own self, developing their capacity in nation building and instilling in them an ennobling spirit of service to humanity.
Speaking about performing arts, Pujya Gurudev had said: “Music is the ornamentation of silence”. The performing arts spectrum of education at the University will encourage students to learn, practice and advance towards becoming adept performing artistes, confidently showcasing their talent and learning. Rather than simply focusing on acquiring degrees or seeking employment, the students will be equipped to carry the light of their knowledge gained in the Chinmaya University to different parts of the globe with confidence and excellence.
The faculty will consist of experienced seniors and talented youngsters. They will also undertake extensive research into the hitherto uncovered facets from the knowledge pool of our traditions. These will prepare the students for meaningful and productive careers of benefit to our nation and the world.
I dedicate this magnificent Temple of Learning, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, at the feet of Pujya Gurudev, and invoke the Grace of the Lord and the Blessings of Pujya Gurudev for its growth and success.
Best wishes to one and all on this momentous occasion.
In the Service of the Nation,
Global Head, Chinmaya Mission