Jnana Yajna by Pujya Swami Chidatmananda
Pujya Swami Chidatmananda, Regional Coordinator of Chinmaya Mission, Andhra Pradesh conducted a Jnana Yajna in English entitled “BE FEARLESS” based on Vedanta Sangraha from 31/12/2017 to 07/01/2018 at Sripaadakshetra, J P Nagar. The Yajna was inaugurated by Pujya Swamini Samatananda, Resident Acharya of Sripaadakshetra.
Pujya Swamiji stressed that only delusion and ignorance creates and multiplies fear which can only be removed through right knowledge under the guidance of a Sadguru and total surrender at the feet of the Lord. The real vision is seeing the one imperishable Lord in all when we become free from anxiety, stress and fear with the firm understanding that the entire perishable world is supported by the changeless consciousness. The knower of Brahman becomes Brahman Himself which is an integral experience of all pervasiveness which is Sat Chit Ananda. The world of plurality projected on Brahman will not affect Him just as the screen is never bothered about the movies played on it. This clarity in understanding removes all sense of duality and fear of all kinds gets totally destroyed.
The yajna was a grand success with several sadhaks deriving benefit from Pujya Swamiji’s thoughts.
Pujya Swamiji also conducted a Satsang in Telugu on “Vemana Padyalu” on Sunday, 7th January, 2018 which was attended by over 200 members of the Telugu Community. A Youth Meet on “Modern Model Mentor” on Saturday, 6th January, 2018 was attended by 150 youngsters from different parts of the city.
Gita Jnana Yajna by Pujya Swami Gahanananda
Pujya Swami Gahanananda of Tumkur centre conducted a Gita Jnana Yajna in Kannada on Bhagavad Gita Chapter – 17 from 10/01/2018 to 16/01/2018 at Dwaraka Convention Hall, Vidyaranyapuram. The Yajna was inaugurated by Sri Shamanna, senior member of the Mission.
Pujya Swamiji stressed the need to study the scriptures with sincere faith and dedication to lead a peaceful and contended life. It is of utmost importance to lead a calm life without getting disturbed by the dualities in life through right knowledge of the Self. One should strive to develop positive tendencies diluting all negative thoughts. This is possible only through surrender to a Guru and grace of the Lord.
Pujya Swamiji also took “Swaroopanusandhanashtakam” in the mornings. Both the sessions were well attended.
Annual Balavihar Competition
The annual Balavihar competition for the Junior (Class 5-7) and Senior (Class 8-10) age group took place on 7th January 2018 at Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Koramangala with a record participation of over 500 children. Pujya Swami Chidatmananda, Regional Coordinator of Chinmaya Mission, Andhra Pradesh inaugurated the competition by lighting the lamp. He spoke to the children on how winning was not all about coming first or second but it was about participating. Competitions were held in Bhagawad Geeta Chapter 8, Matrustavanam, Meenakshi Pancharatnam and Kalabhairavashtakam for the juniors and Bhagawad Geeta Chapter 8, Ganapati Atharvasheersham, Rajarajeshwari Stotram and Mankutimmana Kagga for the seniors. An impromptu speech competition was also held followed by the prize distribution in the holy Presence of Pujya Swami Brahmananda. Sri Purandhara Sharma, President, Chinmaya Mission gave away the prizes.
Chinmaya Yuva Kendra organised a workshop under the banner ‘Train Thy Mind’ on 26th of January 2018 at Chinmaya Mission, Malleshwaram. The one-day workshop was aimed at inculcating the paramount values of time management and stress management through fun-filled activities – Mannequin Challenge showcasing performance skills, Jigsaw Puzzle of famous personalities, ‘X and Y’, a game involving fortunes, convincing & mental prowess, Lateral Thinking aimed to arrive at various solutions for a question at hand which were then broken down to one single solution and Reverse Pictionary bringing out quick-thinking and artistic skills.
Sri Shivakumar, Mentor, CHYK elucidated about the importance of keeping a calm mind using interesting scenarios and spoke in length about the need to understand the importance of shlokas and cultural values in life.
The workshop drew more than 75 youngsters who appreciated the activities with the general sentiment being that they can be used in daily actions to improve performance quality.
Inauguration of New Complex in Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kolar
The new complex of Kolar Chinmaya Vidyalaya along with Smt Mani Shadakshari auditorium was inaugurated by Sri S Shadakshari, chairman of Ramanshree Group of Companies on 20th January, 2018 in the holy presence of Pujya Swami Brahmananda. Sri Shadakshari stressed the need to develop positive tendencies and remove all negative tendencies if one has to succeed in life. Pujya Swami Brahmananda urged the parents to set an example of right moral values so that the children automatically emulate them.
Gita Chanting Competition – 2018
Gita Chanting Competition with Bhagavad Gita Chapter 8 as the subject was conducted in Chinmaya Sandeepany, Chokkahalli on 21st January and Kengeri Satellite Town on 28th January, 2018. Out of 6000 participants from the districts of Kolar and Chikkaballapur 950 children could make it to the district level at Chokkahalli. Sri Hiremagalur Kannan who was the chief guest urged active interaction between children and teachers to ensure inculcating of our rich cultural heritage amongst the children. Kengeri Satellite Town also saw participation of 600 children with Sri Purandhara Sharma, president of Chinmaya Mission as the chief guest.