Unbelievable as it may sound, Chinmaya Mission has been showing presence in Nigeria for the past 30 years. In 1972/73, Swami Chinmayananda made his maiden visit to Lagos at the request of a number of his ardent devotees. His visit had received an appreciable response from both the Indian and Nigerian communities alike.
Subsequently he made a number of visits between 1973 and 1990, giving lecturers and spiritual discourses at different venues like the city hall and Victoria Island law school auditorium, he also granted some radio interviews and effectively laid the foundation for the later visits of H.H Swami Swaroopananda. Swami Swaroopananda's first visit was in 1993. Thereafter it had become an annual event, which has gained a tremendous followership. Swamiji's yagnas have in the course of time extended beyond Lagos to Kano where he also has a large number of devotees.
What exactly has made Swamiji's spiritual discourse so unique and much sought after? It is in his unique style of effectively expounding the sublime teachings of the scriptures in simple and easy to understand language, which is relevant to the way of the modern man and woman. In this way he has captured the hearts of many during the last 8 years with his practical wisdom, logic and humour.
Swamiji remains an accomplished master of the act of effective communication. The culmination of swamiji's selfless service in Nigeria came in 1998 when a Nigerian Mr. Philip Iweanoge got inspired by his talks and opted to study more about the sublime teachings of Vedanta. Under the blessing of swamiji , he proceeded to the Chinmaya ashram (spiritual /educational monastery) in Bombay, India, for a two year residential course. After successfully completing the course, he was assigned to Nigeria to assist in continuing the noble work started by Swami Chinmayananda and sustained by Swami Swaroopananda. He is presently the Acharya of the Chinmaya foundation.Trust, Lagos -Nigeria and extends his services to all Mission devotees. His services are complement by the able assistance of a number of Mission workers who had started the good work even before his arrival. Notable is Mr. T.G.S. Rau, the spiritual adviser of the Lagos Trust.
With the active presence of a Chinmaya Mission centre in Nigeria, there is no doubt that the country will also benefit from these social services in the near future.
Brief On Brahmachari:
Brahmachari Dilip in his purva ashrama was Philip Iweanoge. A M.Sc hydrobiologist, he was greatly influenced by Paramahansa Yogananda's "Autobiography of a Yogi" and the "Complete works of Swami Vivekananda". Both books had been recommended to him by his father.
An honest quest for truth was kindled in him after reading these books, eventually leading him to his preceptor Swami Swaroopananda. He met Swamiji in 1996 during one of his popular Gita gyan yagnas in Lagos. Swamiji in his infinite grace encouraged him to enrol for the two and half years Vedanta course in Sandeepany sadhanalaya, Mumbai. Chinmaya mission Sandeepanys are citadels for profound scriptural studies in the traditional Gurukula system.
Brahmachari Dilip completed his training in September 2000 and was subsequently posted to Lagos, Nigeria for his voluntary assignment of disseminating the wealth of spiritual knowledge passed down to us through the lineage of teachers - Guru parampara.
He is presently the resident Acharya of the Chinmaya Mission Nigeria, and assists in conducting Balvihar and study - group classes. His main area of interest is advaita Vedanta.
- Gayatri Homa
Every Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
- Vishnu Sahasranama Chanting
Fortnightly 1st and 3rd Saturday of every Month 05:30 p.m. to 06:30 p.m.
- Hanuman Chalisa
Fortnightly 2nd and 4th Saturday of every Month 05:30 p.m. to 06:30 p.m.
- Yoga Classes
Every Sunday 08:00 a.m. to 09:30 a.m.
- Brahmachari Pravachan
First Sunday of the Month 05:30 p.m. to 06:30 p.m.
No 18, Sere Close,
Ilupeju, Lagos, Nigeria.
Phone: (+234) (0) 7027706259
Head of Centre: Br Dileep: c f t @ l a g o S m a r t . n e t