Source: Hindu Press International
On July 9, 2006 Hindu Press International reported, "The Chinmaya Mission Worldwide celebrated another milestone on July 9, 2006 with the opening of Chinmaya Mission Bakersfield. It now has 243 mission centers around the globe. The mission activities were originally started in India in 1951 by Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. After attaining his Mahasamadhi in 1993, the mission has been carried forward by Gurudev Swami Tejomayananda. The inauguration of the new center in Bakersfield was graced with an opening address by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji who gave upadesh on two topics, 'Instead of trying to improve the world, change yourself. When you change, the world around you will change,' and 'Serve others - that is the only way to make this world a better place.'"