Anant Sarma, a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras came to the US in 1975 to pursue graduate studies. His post-graduate work includes masters and doctoral studies in Engineering and Business administration in Texas. He has extensive academic experience in several US universities and financial administration experience with non-profit organizations such as universities and hospitals.
Anant’s association with the Mission began when he attended Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda jnana yajna in 1981, in Houston, Texas. When he moved to the Washington D.C. area in 1989, he pioneered Mission activities in Baltimore, Maryland. As a serious student of Vedanta and a key Sevak, Anant has also served as a member of the CMWRC executive committee and Board of Trustees. He has played a leading role in building a strong foundation for CMWRC growth in finance and administration. He has organized Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s camps and yajnas in the D.C. area.
In 2005 Anant after taking early retirement, joined the Chinmaya Mission’s two-year, residential Vedanta course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai where he received rigorous training in scriptural studies under the guidance of Swami Tejomayananda.
After completing the course in 2007 he was posted to the Chinmaya Mission Washington Regional Center (CMWRC) to serve in Northern Virginia. During his ten-year tenure in Virginia, he was the resident Acharya for the Northern Virginia chapter of Chinmaya Mission Washington. He served as the project director for the $12M, 33,000 sq ft building on a 10-acre campus of Chinmaya Somnath in Chantilly, VA. He was instrumental in the growth of the chapter where over 650 children attend Bala Vihar classes every week. He was instrumental in the opening of Chinmaya Blossoms, a preschool for sowing the seeds of Hindu Culture today in the minds of children who are our future of tomorrow. He has also conducted Vedanta classes in Frederick, and Salisbury in Maryland, as well as Ashburn and Fairfax in Virginia. Anant also served at Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) in Kerala, India, and helped in the launching of its e-Vedanta course. He continues his support to the Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, a new University near Ernakulam, Kerala in India.
In 2017 Anant moved to Delaware and continued to teach Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and prakarana granthas of Vedanta in Salisbury, MD, and other parts of Delmarva. Now he has moved to Cleveland, OH, and continues his spiritual teaching in this area. In September 2020, he has started the series of lectures with the title Vedanta Varshini and the first set of 15 talks in this series is called Vedanta 20/20 will be an Introduction to Vedanta. This will be followed by other Vedantic texts, both prakarana granthas, and Upanishads. Please contact Chinmaya Mission Cleveland to find out how you can participate in these lectures and listen to and read past talks by going to the Vedanta Varshini portion of the website.