The spiritual leader Swami Chinmayananda Saraswati is famous across the world as someone who brought the essence of Hinduism.
Now a new film explores the extraordinary life of the man.
‘On A Quest’ had its UK premier this week and relates the remarkable story of self-discovery of the man born Balakrishna Menon in Kerala, south India.
The film masterfully depicts the remarkable transformation of a young college student and staunch atheist, from a fiery freedom fighter to a successful journalist, then to an ardent but rational seeker of truth and, finally, to the revered master of Vedanta – one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy.
The mission of his life was simple – to bring the powerful Vedantic knowledge contained in ancient texts such as the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita down from the peaks of the Himalayas and make them accessible to all in order to bring “..maximum happiness to the maximum number of people for maximum time”.
It was a mantra that would become the motto of the Chinmaya Mission, the non-profit organization founded by Swami Chinmayananda in 1953 and which continues to disseminate Vedanta knowledge around the world.
‘On A Quest’ was produced by the Mission to mark the birth centenary of Swami Chinmayananda.
In keeping with the collaborative ethos of the Mission, the film’s cast and crew were drawn from among Swami Chinmayananda followers from around the world – including cinematographer Siddartha Nuni and London-based writer Natasha Chawla.
Further screenings are planned around the UK, details of which will be posted on www.facebook.com/ChinmayaUK.