Acharya – Swami Anukoolananda

Years ago, a talented and dynamic young boy realized that there is a higher purpose to his ordinary life. His quest for the higher led him to join Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, where he discovered platforms to know and express himself. The boy soon found his calling in the study of Vedanta.

Tutored for 2 years at the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya by reputed scholars in Vedanta, and inspired by Swami Chinmayanandaji’s life and vision, he decided to dedicate his life to serve Pujya Gurudev. Swami Anukoolananda was posted to strengthen the Chinmaya Mission centres in Nagapattinam and Pondicherry. Through his various classes and activities that catered to the interests of children, youngsters, and adults; both centers emerged as vibrant. During his tenure at Nagapattinam, Swamiji took up extensive work during the Tsunami crisis; supporting the victims morally, emotionally and financially.

An example to youngsters, Swamiji became one of the directors of AICHYK and was part of the core team to organize a Nation-wide quiz on Indian glories and its achievements in the field of science, arts and technology – garnering the participation of 2.85 million school and college students across India.

Since 2005, Swamiji has been serving as the Resident Director at the Chinmaya International Residential School at Coimbatore, which has been announced as the best residential school in Tamil Nadu, and the 2nd best residential school all over India by the Education World magazine. Swamiji is a pillar of strength and support to the school staff and students alike.

Be it organizing camps for youngsters, training teachers in the vision of education, singing and playing instruments in his lively bhajan sessions, or be it his stimulating talks on Vedanta, we see in Swamiji the unbroken smile of childlike cheer and enthusiasm, the extensive and intricate planning of a dedicated worker, and the resolute execution of an adept manager.

His vivacious smile lightens the hearts of everyone. His simple living and high thinking inspires all those who come into his contact. His conviction in knowledge, and daringness to live it, inspires young seekers to walk the path. A gifted artist and an innovative playwright, Swamiji is a role model to young and old alike, in all aspects of life.