PERFORM TO POTENTIAL

SOME BELIEVE SUCCESS:

  • is not for all
  • needs connections in high places
  • is based on luck

Yet in the workplace…
if the company fares poorly
we blame it on poor management.

If a junior fails we ask him:

  • to own responsibility
  • to deliver success.

Humans have the freedom
to overcome their conditioning
Hence are all capable of success.
Their personalities:

physical…emotional…intellectual…spiritual

GIVE them infinite potential…

the freedom to progress.

This freedom of:
action…knowledge…desire…
enables us tap our potential.

Man’s accomplishments are incredible.
He has:

  • broken barriers of sound and space
  • built languages for machines to communicate
  • can adapt any environment for

growth and progress.
He exercises choice and resists:

  • Bondage
  • Slavery
  • Senseless regulation

‘Potential’ in man is a gift of God.
To be used for upliftment…not destruction.

YET…THIS IMMENSE POTENTIAL

remains hidden…unknown…wasted…even abused!
Most do not believe they have it…
Even though…the key to this treasure
                               is with us…within us

For potential:

  • to manifest
  • to enable performance

WE REQUIRE A GREAT GOAL.

Higher the goal…
the greater the ability
to overcome obstacles…within and without.
Everyone has different immediate goals.
But ultimately wants happiness.

Understand your goals:
immediate…ultimate.
Ensure harmony among roles:

  • present…future
  • professional…personal

THEN RISE TO PERFORM TO FULL POTENTIAL

– – Swami Tejomayananda.

The link to the show is as follows:
https://www.speakingtree.in/allslides/perform-to-potential

Chinmaya Hanuman Centre Inauguration London(Ontario)

The Inauguration Of Chinmaya Hanuman

On July 9, 2018, Pujya Swami Swaroopananda visited London, Ontario to inaugurate London’s ashram, Chinmaya Hanuman. Several Chinmaya Mission families along with community leaders attended the ceremony and had the opportunity to meet Swami ji. Among the community leaders were Harold Usher and Maureen Cassidy, two councilors for the City of London.  Swamiji gave a brief talk and unveiled a plaque mounted upon the wall in the shrine of the ashram. Swamiji took a walk around the ashram grounds and was very happy to see the enthusiastic and dedicated community. London is very grateful and humbled by Swamiji’s visit, and hope he visits again in the near future.

Camp Dhronacharya Bala Vihar Camp

During the week of July 23- 27, 2018, Camp Dhronacharaya was held at Chinmaya Hanuman in London Ontario. Fifty five Balavihar students ranging from the ages of 5 to 13 attended the camp. The students were grouped into classes, named after the five Pandavas. Three CHYKS, Swati, Ardra and Priya, devoted their time to teach the younger three classes at the camp and Vivekji taught the eldest class. During the course of the week the students learnt the Yamas and Niyamas how they can be practiced in their daily lives. The Balavihar students participated in classes in the morning and cultural activities and sports in the afternoon.

Vivekji facilitated both opening and closing sessions held every day where all the students got together. The campers participated in a variety of activities such as playing soccer with Vivekji, learning Bharatnatyam and Bollywood dancing and everyone’s favourite … archery!

Annual Youth Camp at Chinmaya Somnath

Chinmaya Somnath located in Virginia USA, successfully concluded the largest ever annual youth camp conducted by Vivekji from July 16 – 20, 2018.

This youth camp is a very unique opportunity for the youths not only in the DMV area, but also across the US and Canada to interact closely with undivided attention from Vivekji, one of the most highly respected and sought after Vedanta teachers, who instills Hindu spiritual knowledge by adapting more traditional Vedantic teaching techniques to better engage with the modern day youth.

This year Vivekji chose the yoga sutras by Pathanjali as the Vedantic topic of the camp, a topic that changes annually to better impart a wide spectrum of knowledge to the participants. Yoga is about asanas related to body, and entails controlling one’s mind before conquering the body. In this camp, campers learned how to quiet their minds and maintain focus on their tasks. Furthermore, campers learned that being an extrovert is not always good and is often conducive with acting due to FOMO (fear of missing out) rather than focusing on JOMO (joy of missing out). This is very relevant, as these days campers and adults alike are often found glued to their phones and other devices in order to keep up with the daily activities of their peers rather than simply enjoying time spent alone and in the moment.

Vivekji meticulously planned the camp activities with not just Vedantic talks but also included many aspects like physical and seva activities. Through their seva, the campers learned to inculcate the helping attitude without expectation, providing a permanent sense of joy. With physical work, the body is strengthened, allowing for the effective completion of one’s duties, whatever they may be.  During the camp, there were also numerous fun moments while the youth participated in athletics, which taught campers to team up and play in rain or shine, which they literally practiced by running in the pouring rain.

There are numerous ways that the campers got to focus their minds, such as learning about unit tasking while eating, in which they were told to focus on their eating rather than talking in order to appreciate their food and the Brahman in it. Campers were also taught about the 3 C’s that they must avoid in their lives, which includes Criticizing, Crying unnecessarily and Complaining. Instead they learned to maintain one basic C, which is Contentment.  One of the biggest highlights of this camp was that it was also a residential camp. Many Virginia families hosted almost 35 – 40 campers from out of state, with youth coming from places such as Georgia, Illinois, Canada, Maryland, and Fredrick. This created a very unique opportunities for the families to learn to be a real “aditi” and find joy in serving their guests. Local campers who hosted other kids also found friendship and like-mindedness amongst their out-of-state peers.

Spiritual Parenting retreat-2018 at Chinmaya Somnath

Spiritual parenting may bring to mind a multitude of thoughts. Some parents in the midst of life with young children may even think the term is an oxymoron! How does one meld the powerful teachings of the Vedas with the intense marathon of parenting, one of the most commonly shared experiences among humankind, and one of the biggest responsibilities embraced in adulthood. Answering this question was the purpose of the Spiritual Parenting retreat, held on July  13-15, 2018 at Chinmaya Somnath in Chantilly, Virginia.

With the theme of “Vision of Balance,” the weekend brought together approximately 60 people, both couples and families to enjoy a mix of discourses, participatory and practical sessions, individual reflection time and leisure activities. Dedicated Sevaks ran a parallel session for children, during the adult lectures, including sessions with Avinashji, yoga, and storytelling. The participants were grateful to have Vivekji and Vilasiniji to guide them through the topics covered.

Through Chapter 14 of the Bhagavad Gita on Gunas, Vivekji distilled the characteristics associated with the Gunas and translated them to simple and practical actions parents can take to invoke Vedantic philosophy in their parenting. Vilasiniji used entertaining comic strip images to illustrate the everyday challenges parents face, and sparked discussion on solutions for engaging cooperation from children and helping them manage their emotions. The weekend also included ideas on how to create a saathvic home, and a lively and participatory session on navigating technology and social media in children’s lives, where parents had an opportunity to learn from each other and discuss their shared challenges.

Overall, parents had an opportunity to reflect on not only their parenting style, but also their own journey of self-development, and how both are intimately tied together in having the potential to positively impact and influence their children.

“The retreat provided specific steps and workable actions which each parent could take to have more peaceful and positive atmosphere at home. It also helped in opening our eyes on how we as parents are equally responsible for a negative environment at home. The retreat was a testimony to how self-improvement of each individual is a must to have a happy home. It takes a village to raise a kid. Retreat provided the opportunity to build that village for your child,  as every parent were dealing with similar situations with their kids and together we could build a community to support each other and our families.”  ~ Testimonial from a participant.  

Activities in Bengaluru during July 2018

Gita Jnana Yajna by Pujya Swami Gahanananda

Pujya Swami Gahanananda of Tiptur center conducted a Jnana Yajna in Kannada taking Sadhana Panchakam at Sri Kabirnath Ashram, Kengeri from 30th June to 7th July, 2018. The Yajna was inaugurated by Sri Vasudev Chauhan, secretary of the Ashram.

Pujya Swamiji stressed the importance of following the injunction of scriptures by daily practice through Shravana, manana and Nidhidhyasana to transcend the body, mind and intellect for attaining the ultimate Truth. It is necessary to understand the fact that outer world can never give eternal happiness which is our true nature. This knowledge can only come through sincere study of the scriptures under the guidance of a Guru and inculcating the values therein in our daily life.

The Yajna was well attended.

Jnana Yajna by Pujya Swami Brahmananda

Pujya Swami Brahmananda conducted a Jnana Yajna in Kannada at Bunts Sangha, Vijayanagar from 16/07/2018 to 22/07/2018 speaking on Message of Bhagavad Gita in Daily life. The Yajna was inaugurated by Sri Pathi Sridhara, well known industrialist and trustee of the Mission.

Pujya Swamiji explained that only Self knowledge can give clarity to the concept of Jiva, Jagat, Ishwara and the connection between them removing all ignorance throwing light on the fact that ‘I’ am the all pervading universal Jyoti enlivening the entire universe. Forgetting this supreme Truth we are creating a world of disturbance around us and getting bound by our self created egocentric actions. The only method is to lead a purposeful life serving society with a calm mind and accepting life as it unfolds.

The Yajna was very well attended.

Guru Poornima Celebration

Guru Poornima was celebrated in Sripaadakshetra, J P Nagar on 29th July, 2018 in the holy presence of Pujya Swami Brahmananda with Bhajans, Paduka Puja with chanting of Vyasa & Chinmaya Ashtottara and Satsang by Pujya Swamiji.

Paying tributes to Bhagawan Veda Vyasa, Acharya Shankara and the entire Guru Parampara, Pujya Swamiji reminded that our scriptures have stressed the impermanence of body and preached the necessity to transcend the body, mind and intellect to get rooted in our real nature that is Satyam Jnanam Anantam Brahma. Our weakness has been the tendency to come out of our real nature that is Sat Chit Ananda and seek peace in the impermanent outer world. It is a pity that we who experience the bliss in our deep sleep when our mind is calm fail to realise that waking itself is an indication of turbulent mind which starts running behind the world of names and forms. We have to calm this turbulent mind through various sadhanas like puja, Japa, tapa, dhyana, etc., to experience the eternal peace and joy even in the waking state.

The function was well attended by hundreds of devotees from all over the city.

Guru Poornima in Tyagarajanagar

Pujya Swamini Samatananda conducted a Satsang in Shirdi Sai Mandir, Tyagaraja Nagar on 31/07/2018 in connection with the Guru Poornima celebrations. Pujya Amma explained the significance of Guru Poornima and how it came to be observed as our reverence and gratitude to the Guru Parampara who selflessly took upon themselves to remove the darkness of ignorance from the minds of devotes through the light of knowledge. Guru’s grace is essential to lift us from bondage and once the devotee tastes the benefit of Satsang he will crave to have more of it.

Several devotees participated in the Satsang.

Swami Swaroopanand’s visit to CM Niagara Falls

Early July 2018, Pujya Swami Swaroopananda visited Chinmaya Dhara in Niagara Falls for the first time ever. This small center, guided by Vivekji and located in a city that serves as a conduit between two great North American nations, was eagerly awaiting Swamiji’s visit.

The mood was festive, buzzing with excitement, yet calmness pervaded. Swamiji spoke for two nights, on the small yet profound Laxman Gita, where Laxmanji speaks to Nishad Raj on the importance of karma, and on how to find joy in daily living. With Bhagawan Krishna and Bhagawati Radha looking on, Swamiji expounded on great truths from our scriptures, in simple ways that resonated with all.

Learning from Swamiji is always a special experience, but even more so is the opportunity to spend time with Swamiji in intimate settings. Many such opportunities presented themselves for devotees, to be with Swamiji and take in the beauty and charm of Niagara Falls. Satsangas by the lake-front, visiting local businesses and other such moments touched us all deeply.

And like the fragrant flower that attracts bees, birds and other creatures, being around Swamiji meant being around other teachers and guides, who flock to Swamiji, like baby ducklings to their mother. Not only was our Vivekji present, but others such as Devji and Ginaji from Toronto, Sachinji from Kitchener, and Rahulji and Priyaji from Washington D.C also travelled to see Swamiji. At the end of the day, the benefit was ours, to be able to learn both in so many ways.

And although the experience was one that none will forget in a hurry, us humans are after all a greedy bunch. The main sentiment going through everyone’s mind as Swamiji left was, why only two days? Why not longer? Of-course, we want Swamiji to return, soon and for longer. In the mean-time, we will endeavor to be worthy of God and Guru’s grace and blessings, by reflecting on Swamiji’s message and living a simple and joyful life.

Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

SWAMI CHINMAYANANDA
worked for the joy of working…
immersed in the moment…
alive to the present.
No clinging attachments to any
labour…effort…people…place…past…future.

Often asked what would happen
to this huge Mission after he had gone?
With total lack of concern…he would say that
HE HAD DONE HIS WORK AND
DEDICATED IT TO THE LORD.
If his disciples and devotees wanted
to continue the work, they would do so.

HIS SURRENDER BEING TOTAL…
his detachment was also complete.
Gurudev had detachment even
toward his own body.

I have seen him sitting happily in
a chilled air-conditioned room.
A room so cold that I could not bear it.
I also have seen him in the sweltering heat
sweating on the railway platform
in Allahabad…
sitting patiently…without any complaint.

GURUDEV SAW ONLY
OUR AVAILABILITY.

It was his job to inspire…
empower…enlighten…educate.
He taught me each and everything.

His greatness lay in not only
identifying capability and entrusting
the right person to the right job…

but being able to encourage and inspire
even those who lacked adequate
capability or talent to produce amazing results.

SUCH WAS HIS GLORY!

ON 3rd AUGUST 2018 TO COMMEMORATE
PUJYA GURUDEV’S 25TH MAHASAMADHI DAY
DEVOTEES AND MEMBERS OF CHINMAYA MISSION WORLDWIDE
OFFER THEIR GRATITUDE AT THE FEET OF
THEIR GURU, THE FOUNDER OF CHINMAYA MISSION.

25th Chinmaya Aradhana at Chinmaya Vidyalaya Tripunithura

Poojya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji’s 25th Aradhana day was observed from 01st August 2018 with all its serenity in the Vidyalaya. Bhajans and mass chanting of 15th Chapter of Bhagwat Gita were conducted. This year being the 25th year of Gurudev’s Maha Samadhi, the Vidyalaya is undertaking 25 Seva projects.

In connection with 25th Aaradhana Day (03/08/18) of our Gurudev Swami Chinmayandaji, Seva activities started on 2nd August 2018. On the auspicious occasion Shri. Theruvoram Murugan was the chief guest. Shri Murugan aroused the students of the need for sharing and caring in human life, the quality which makes an individual a real human being. He also inspired students to respect one’s parents as they are working hard for their upbringing. Students from L.K.G to 12th donated many necessary items including clothes, pulses, grains, and sanitary items for the needy. Students of Std XII contributed an amount to Master Arun Sanu, a chronic kidney patient.

Mahasamadhi Day was observed on 03rd August, 2018 with great reverence. Chinmaya Ashtakam was chanted along with the usual prayers. Sri .K R Nambiar, Former President, Chinmaya Mission, Ernakulam was the Chief Guest. Through his simple and lucid words, he motivated the students and teachers, to spend quality time to learn scriptures and make life a better and pleasant experience. He also shared his fond memories with Gurudev and expressed his immense pleasure to step in the Vidyalaya on this great day. An exhibition of the News Letters, based on the life, works and contributions of Gurudev, prepared by students of various classes were inaugurated by the Chief Guest. Students of various classes spoke on the mission and vision of Swami Chinmayananda.

A seminar on the topic ‘ The Incomparable Contributions of Swami Chinmayananda on Indian Culture and Spirituality’ was conducted. Selected students from classes V- XII participated in it. Students of the KG, Primary and Middle sections offered their Pranams at the lotus feet of Gurudev by presenting skits and bhajans. A student of class VII declaimed Swamiji’s famous speech ‘ Service Above Self’. The Principal Mrs.Priya C. Pillai addressed the students. All the students of the Vidyalaya offered their humble Pranams to Gurudev and received Prasadam. Bulletin boards were adorned by beautiful charts highlighting his quotes.

25th Chinmaya Aradhana at ParamDham

Marking 25th year of Pujya Gurudev’s Mahasamadhi, Chinmaya Mission Ahmedabad family took up a Sankalpa of offering 25 minutes of Sadhana every day for 25 days starting from 10th July to 3rd August 2018. The Sadhana involved performing Surya Namaskar or Likhita Japa for the physical level, chanting of Pujya Gurudev’s 108 names for the mental level and reading and reflection on a suggested portion of Pujya Gurudev’s commentary on the Bhagavad Geeta for intellectual level of one’s personality. Thus many Sadhakas from Ahmedabad and other cities while expressing their love and gratitude rededicated themselves on the path shown by Pujya Gurudev.

The Sadhana culminated on 3rd August, when all the Sadhakas gathered at ParamDham and performed Pujya Gurudev’s Paduka Puja which included a reading of the last portion of the Holy Geeta as a part of the Rajopachara. All these tiny rivulets of sadhana merged with the ocean that is Pujya Gurudev Himself through an uplifting video Satsang with Him. Ready to serve with a newly found dynamism, the devotees dispersed with the prasad of lofty thoughts in their heads and deep fulfillment in their hearts.