Chinmaya Birth Centenary Celebrations
Pujya Br Sujay Chaitanya of Mangalore centre conducted a Jnana Yajna at Jnana Jyoti Educational Trust, Yelahanka in English from 30/11/2015 to 06/12/2015 taking Sadhana Panchakam in the evenings. The Yajna was inaugurated by the children of Balvihar. Hunting for happiness in the wrong place man in his ignorance is seeking the same in the wrong places getting bound to the world again and again. There needs to be a perfect clarity in all our sadhanas which should purify the mind leading to destruction of self ignorance realising that the world is an illusion and ‘I’ am beyond the body. A realised master without kartrutva and bhoktrutva bhava rooted in the Atman with his Ego totally destroyed continues to work selflessly in the outer world for the benefit of society exhausting his prarabdha with a smile. The Yajna was well attended.
Pujya Swami Adityananda of Mandya centre conducted a Gita Jnana Yajna in Kannada from 30/11/2015 to 06/12/2015 at Prarthana Mandir, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Koramangala taking Bhagavad Gita chapter 9. The Yajna was inaugurated by Sri K M Rajagopal, senior member of the mission. Pujya Swamiji explained the importance of visualizing the Lord in all situations and surrender to His will to lead a meaningful life. A real sadhak should not get attracted by the outer world and strive to live beyond the realm of body, mind and intellect getting rooted firmly in the knowledge that there is nothing beyond the Self. The Yajna was well attended.
Pujya Swami Krutatmananda of Sripaadakshetra, J P Nagar conducted a Jnana Yajna in Kannada from 14/12/2015 to 20/12/2015 at Shirdi Sai Mandir, Tyagarajanagar taking the values as appearing in Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13. The Yajna was inaugurated by Sri Seshadri, president of Sai Adhyatma Centre. Swamiji took the values in detail explaining the importance of inculcating them in one’s life to lead a purposeful life. All Mahatmas inspite of having realised the supreme truth led a simple and humble life spreading joy and happiness all round them. It is the basic values which they practised that brought fragrance to their teachings. The Yajna was well attended.
Pujya Br. Sujay Chaitanya of Mangalore centre conducted a Gita Jnana Yajna in English on Meditation techniques based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6 f at Sri Vinayaka Temple, R T Nagar from 24/12/2015 to 30/12/2015. The Yajna was inaugurated by Sri Ananth Raj Padubidri, patron of the temple. Pujya Sujayji explained in detail how meditation helps the sadhak in taming not only the mind but also the senses so that the complex body, mind, intellect instrument available can be used for sadhana and evolution to develop an integrated personality. The techniques explained in the Bhagavad Gita represent the essence of detachment and attain the supreme truth that external objects of the world do not give peace of mind which is one’s own real nature. The Yajna was well attended.
Kartika Masa special puja was performed at Sripaadakshetra on 06/12/2015 with bhajans and Rudrabhisheka followed by satsang on Shiva Mahimna Stotram by Pujya Swami Brahmananda. Words cannot explain the glory of Lord Shiva who can be understood only when one transcends the BMI gaining perfect control over the senses and understands the true nature of Self with right knowledge and understanding. The entire month saw the temple decorated with lights every evening with regular Satsang, Bhajans and cultural programmes and attended by thousands of devotees from all over the city.
Sri G Aswathanarayan, IAS who served as Chief Executive of Chinmaya Mission Hospital for the past 15 years expressed desire to be relieved and a fitting warm and affectionate farewell was accorded to him on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Sripaadakshetra, J P Nagar in the holy presence of Pujya Swami Brahmananda and the trustees of Karnataka Chinmaya Seva Trust and witnessed by hundreds of Chinmaya family members. All trustees including Pujya Swami Brahmananda remembered the contribution of Sri Aswathanarayan in transforming a sick institution to unbelievable heights of glory through sheer dedication and hard work. A hard core administrator he did not leave any stone unturned in bringing out revolutionary reforms at all levels in administration, finance, personal, customer relations and modernisation. He was able to successfully weed out the negative forces and put the hospital on development phase converting a small 50 bed hospital into a multi specialty ultra modern 300 bed hospital with all ultra modern facilities under one roof.
Pujya Swami Brahmananda held a satsang on Essence of Bhagavad Gita at Sri Chandrashekara Bharathi Kalyan Mandir, Shankarapuram on 25/12/2015 in connection with Sri Rama Samrajya Pattabhisheka celeberations. All our epics including Ramayana revolve around basic moralities of life as preached in the Bhagavad Gita. The values observed by every character in the Ramayana stand testimony to the various yogas explained by the Lord in the Bhagavad Gita. The ultimate message is to realise the impermanence of the body and external world and dwell in the cosmic truth that Self alone prevails and all else is just a mirage.
Pujya Swami Ishwarananda, Director of Chinmaya Mission West overseeing the operations in North America conducted a satsang on Kulashekara Alwar’s Mukunda Mala on 31/12/2015 at Deenabandhu Kalia Mardhana Krishna temple, Indiranagar. The meaning of devotion as observed by Kulashekar Alwar is not just worship of an idol but total surrender to the will of the Lord not allowing the Ego to raise its hood under any circumstance. It is a total and clear understanding that Thy sankalpa will prevail and ‘I’ am just a flute in His hands.
Paduka Pujas in 1000 houses has picked up momemtum with almost 800 Paduka Pujas completed as on 31/12/2015.