The following write up was prepared by Pujya Sarada Priyananda Amma on 26/1/2000 in Chennai
Sandeepany –Chinmayaryam functions in a different way from other Sandeepanies. It has no inauguration, no fuction. Actually speaking it began before the ashram came into existence. As I was running around during yagnas continuously, two or three brahmacharins were always accompanying me and I started the classes for them according to Bombay syllabus.
When the Ashram started in 1982 Swamini Bodhananda seny by Gurudev from Kerala, Br. Prasad
and Br. Gopinath were present. So for Bodhanada and Gopinath classes were in English and for Prasad classes in Telugu continued.
When I was a student in Bombay, we were given brahmacharya deeksha in the beginning of the course itself, and yellow cloth is also given. The same is continued for the first three batches in Chinmayaranyam but afterwards we started giving Upanayana deeksha in the beginning of the course and yellow dress after the completion of the course. The Upanayana deeksha for the students is necessary because some of them must have to supervise the performance of Sandhyavandana of our children and also do temple service.
Since 1996 we are conducting annual state level conference of all the representatives from Mission centres alongwith the Pracharaks. In one of the very first conference, the Brahmacharins expressed their need to come together for retreat so that they could spend some time exclusively in study, reflection and meditation, withdrawing themselves from the routine work. The details are as follows:
|Year||Duration||Place||Text Explained||Text discussed|
|1996||7 days||Chinmayaranyam, Ellayapalle||Nyaya Darshana||Mundaka Upanishad & Katha Upanishad|
|1997||1 month||-do-||i)Chandogya Upanishad|
ii) Sanskrit Grammar by Sw. Prasannatmananda
|1998||15 days||Santhi Ashram||Soumya Kasisa Stotram||Soumya Kasisa Stotram|
|1999||15 days||Juvvala Palem||Tripura Rahasyam||Tripura Rahasyam|