Sampoorna Bhagavad Gita Camp in Hindi at Chinmaya Vibhooti

January 16 – February 5, 2018

Bhagwan Shri Krishna has said in Bhagavad Gita 18:69 that the one who distributes knowledge to devotees is most dear to Him and in doing so offers the ultimate service. Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, out of divine compassion, conducted a 21-day jnana yajna of the complete Bhagavad Gita at Chinmaya Vibhooti. 300 seekers attended the full camp and an additional 75-100 attended at least for one week if not more. Guruji paved the way by starting with the background of Mahabharat leading into the explanation of Gita Dhyanam, shlokas that were chanted at the commencement of every class. Guruji pointed out how blessed we are to study the ancient knowledge that the Lord gave to Surya (Sun), only because of Pujya Gurudev’s tireless work. The objective of the study as enumerated by Guruji throughout the camp was to improve our life by self effort: Uddharet atmnaatmanam…6:5

Guruji said, “Gita is a manual of self unfoldment and how to live life to rise higher, inviting each and everyone at whatever stage of spiritual evolution one may be.” Through Karma yoga, by offering every action to the Lord and accepting all results as prasad (His gift) one purifies the mind and that allows vichaar (reflection), tyaga (sacrifice) and sannyasa (renunciation) leading to jnana (knowledge) with the realisation that I am the Atma. Guruji said, “The wise man lives in the body, the ignorant live as the body.”

During the course of the three-week camp, there were bhikshas, Paduka Pujas, aartis as well as many special celebrations. On January 21, the day started very early to celebrate Shri Ganesh Jayanti at Pranav Ganesh Mandir, with homa, abhishek, puja and archana. Chanting of the Ganapati Atharvashirsha 11 times created a most divine environment. Pujya Guruji’s presence showered all devotees with the love and blessings of Pranav Ganesh Bhagwan. Republic Day, January 26 was also celebrated with flag hoisting by Guruji and singing of his patriotic composition – Dhanya Dhanya Bharat Maata as well as the national anthem and Vande Mataram.

The camp successfully concluded on February 5 with Guru Paduka Puja and ashtottara namavali of Gitaji. Guruji has composed Gita Kavita, a condensed composition in Hindi of the teachings of each chapter. He sang each chapter of Gita Kavita and released the book by handing a copy personally to all attendees as prasad. Many of us had heard discourses on the Bhagavad Gita in the past but Guruji methodically gave us a way of life, where all the pieces glided beautifully into the whole. Guruji commented, “Some were informed, others were transformed while a few were enlightened!” Jai Bhagavad Gita! Jai Gurudev!

 

Maha Shivratri 2018 at CM Vasai

MahaShivratri Mahotsav has been growing bigger & bigger every year since last 13 years in Vasai.

This year under the guidance of Swami Nirbhayananda Ji has seen yet another milestone at Shivratri Mahotsav by the grace of Lord Jagadeeshwara.

From Poojas to Lectures, Treks to social-service activities Chinmaya Mission Vasai is visualising the Vision of Poojya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda.

Activities in Bengaluru during January 2018

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.

Youth Workshop

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.

Sannyasa Deeksha 2018

Chinmaya Mission Acharyas

Chinmaya Mission Centres & Members

Blessed Chinmaya Family,

Hari Om!

Wishing all our Chinmaya Family members a blessed and blissful Mahashivaratri!

Today, on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivaratri, Chinmaya Mission obtained 9 more precious gems. I am glad to announce the initiation of yellow-clothed Brahmacharins into the flaming orange Sannyasa ashrama as Swamis and Swaminis on this auspicious morning at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai.

Swamis

  1. Br Atharvana Chaitanya – Swami Avyayananda (CM Ahmedabad, Gujarat)
  2. Br Darshan Chaitanya – Swami Gunatitananda (CM Colombo, Sri Lanka)
  3. Br Dhruva Chaitanya – Swami Abhayananda (CM Trivandrum, Kerala)
  4. Br Jagrat Chaitanya – Swami Chidakashananda (CM Jaffna, Sri Lanka)
  5. Br Shaunak Chaitanya – Swami Turiyananda (CM Cudappah, Andhra Pradesh)
  6. Br Sujay Chaitanya – Swami Aparajitananda (CM Mangalore, Karnataka)

Swaminis

  1. Brni Poorvi Chaitanya – Swamini Poorvajananda (CM Eluru, Andhra Pradesh)
  2. Brni Sandhya Chaitanya – Swamini Nishkalananda (CM Kalyan, Maharashtra)
  3. Brni Sulabha Chaitanya – Swamini Svayamprabhananda (CM Hyderabad, Telengana)

May Lord Jagadeeshwara and Pujya Gurudev’s grace and blessings be upon one and all!

A small video of the announcement of their new names can be viewed on the youtube channel of Chinmaya Mission at:

https://youtu.be/QFUP1WvGma4

I am also glad to inform that arrangements have been made to do a live webcast of some of the celebrations of Mahashivaratri at Jagadeeshwara Temple. The timings of the webcast would be:

1800-1900 hours IST – this includes the evening Aarati

From around 2200 to just past midnight IST covering the Maha Aarati

The link for the live webcast will be:

 www.chinmayamission.com/live

Love,

At His Feet,

Swaroopananda

TO DO or NOT TO DO

Arjuna floundered on the battlefield…
But Krishna was by his side
to point him in the right direction…
ALL ARE NOT SO BLESSED…
most have no advisers…
OR they are not dependable.
To take correct decisions…
first be clear and know your identity.
SUPPOSE: The boss asks you to do
something morally incorrect
What should you do?
One thought may be:
He is my boss I am only a SUBORDINATE…
Why should I think?
He has asked me…so I will do.
Another thought may be:
If I resist…my boss will…
appraise me poorly…even sack me
I am a HOUSEHOLDER with
Family…loans…EMIs…
What is YOUR identity?
Subordinate? Householder?
If you think:
I am a SUBORDINATE…a HOUSEHOLDER
Then you will do as ordered.
However IF YOU identify with…I am:
 a responsible citizen
 a spiritual seeker
Then you will not do a wrong action
even if it costs you the job.

The action will depend on:
 Understanding…maturity…identity
 Clarity of right versus wrong
 Readiness to learn from experience
IF there is Total Confusion…
With sincerety seek the Lord…Ask for HIS Guidance…
He will never fail us…
From where He is seated in our hearts…
HE will always gives right counsel…

– – Swami Tejomayananda

VOICE OF MIND OR CONSCIENCE?

How can we distinguish…

the chatter of Mind…

from the urging of Conscience?

It is difficult to tell…

BECAUSE our desires are ever…

trying to get the better of us.

WHAT WE WANT

is not always good for us.

WHAT IS BEST FOR US

is not what we always want.

RESULT…

when a desire arises

Both voices can be heard ….

HOWEVER if we are honest

we can tell the DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN Mind and Inner Voice.

We are told that…

the inner voice or Conscience…

which most often alerts us…

is the VOICE OF GOD.

BUT dragged by desire…

the mind contradicts…

the Conscience’s right decision.

THE CONSCIENCE CAUTIONS:

‘Don’t do this…it is unsafe.’

BUT the mind…egged on by the Ego

counters with…

‘No harm in tasting/enjoying

You are human after all…’

and so on.

When we shut up the Conscience

and indulge in wrong action…

We are later overcome with…

Regret…guilt…even shame or anxiety.

THIS IS A SURE SIGN

we did NOT heed the INNER VOICE

And submitted to desires of the Mind.

If we refuse to take heed…

the knocks and blows…

of the outside world will effectively

teach…the difference between…

Lure of Mind…

and Voice of Conscience!!!

Global CHYK Camp hosted by Pujya Swami Swaroopananda in CIRS.

GCC 10 – Outthinking Uncertainty (Bhaja Govindam)

 With the blessings of Puyja Gurudev, Guruji, Swamiji, family and friends, I was fortunate enough to be able to go to my 5th consecutive Global CHYK Camp (GCC) in 2017. That in itself is a reflection of how gripping these camps truly are. From my first camp in 2013 where we studied Kathopanishad, to my 5th in 2017 where we studied Bhaja Govindam, there has not been one dull moment. Our scriptures describe that the final goal for any spiritual seeker is Moksha, and I can honestly tell you that these camps are the closest experience I have ever gotten to the taste of that immortal nectar. Whether it is taking in the serene environment of being at the foot of giant mountain tops that seem to be at your doorstep, to the likeminded CHYKS from all over the world, to our loving and compassionate Acharyas, to finally, the presence of our beloved Master, Pujya Swami Swaroopananda, there is not a step in this camp where you are ever away from utter bliss. And this is all just describing the environment. Where do I even begin when it comes to the Knowledge?

 Bhaja Govindam is written by one of the greatest protectors and Gurus of Sanatan Dharma, Adi Shankaracharya. Before going to the camp, it was a text I had heard a lot about, but to be quite frank, knew pretty much nothing about. All I remembered and knew about it was the beautiful and melodious tune that we used to hear growing up and being taught in Balavihar. So the excitement was beyond measure when I knew I was finally getting the chance to learn about the depths of Knowledge and jewels of wisdom it contained, and that too, from our very own Swamiji.

 The theme of the camp was “Outthink Uncertainty”. Pujya Swamiji always has a way with making the title of camps perfectly reflect what exactly the text will contain and teach us. Going to camp, I had quite an overwhelming year at University and was really struggling about where I was going with my future prospects. There were a lot of self-doubts and insecurities within my personality that I was not willing to deal with properly. Swamiji’s first lecture itself exposed me completely. In His vivid and poetic ways, He used a metaphor of a dead rat unable to be found in our room to describe that we all have a dead, decaying rat within our personalities that is stinking up our entire being. Unless it is found and removed, the stink will never go. This rat was described to be “Moha” or delusion. The opening lecture itself taught us that delusion causes us to fall under the trap of the uncertainties in life, and anytime we fall into this trap, our lives feel like they are filled with the horrible stink of a dying rat when the solution is as simple as finding it and removing it.

 From here, the tone of the camp was set; it was going to be very reflective so that you could delve deep into your personality, find this decaying rat and remove it. The next 6 days were a journey through the inner-most parts of our personalities. Be it the yatras/activities, group discussions etc., everything at the camp was a reflection of our own inner journeys. For many of us, myself included, the stink within our personality was exposed. But this is the beautiful part about Bhaja Govindam. Not only is it a slap across the face of the spiritual seeker to wake up into the nature of Reality and get away from the nature of Maya, but it offers the solutions too. This is the beauty of our Gurus. They do not leave us hanging, feeling low and dejected about the nature of life being constant change and therefore leading to suffering. They offer us the very means to get to the state of permanent happiness.

 What I personally loved about this text is that it pointed out how important it is to discriminate between means to the goal and the goal itself. As seekers, we can often get trapped in the means, mistaking them to be the goal and thus our spiritual progress stagnates. We begin to treat money/wealth as a goal, relationships as a goal, fame as a goal, pleasures as a goal and we tend to forget that the nature of all these things is constant change. They go as quickly as they come. Therefore, Bhaja Govindam points out to us not to condemn wealth, pleasures etc., but rather condemn the greed for them which causes us to be attached and see them as goals rather than means. Wealth, pleasure, relationships themselves are not condemned but it is the attitude we have towards these things which are told to be carefully watched over.

 This inspired me because it blew away the ideas that to be spiritual means to live away from the material world. Rather, this text helps see the way we can be spiritual whilst living in the material world. So rather than thinking “why am I at university and what has this got to do with my spiritual growth”, I now understand that the very degree I’m pursuing is a means to achieving certain kinds of disciplines to help me grow both materially and spiritually. There is no longer a separation or divide seen between the material means and the spiritual goal.

 Shankara emphasises that as long as we have Govinda as our highest vision/goal, all these material things which are filled with uncertainties can never affect us. As humans, change and uncertainty are things that cause us fear and anxiety and so He makes us enquire into the irony of seeking permanent happiness from impermanent things. The ultimate pointer is that once Govinda is sought, all becomes One and the impermanence and uncertainties of life can never disturb us. The text really made me realise how stupidly big I was making my tiny problems. Now I look back at my year and laugh at the very problems and uncertainties that were bogging me down. Such is the power of this Knowledge; that in the space of being surrounded by it for just one week, I was able to overcome uncertainties that were bothering me all year.

 Being from NZ and growing up in a western world, I feel that these kinds of camps are very important to show us the power and value of our roots. It is therefore with great emphasis that I recommend whoever reads this to come along and experience the effects of this Knowledge yourself. Hope to see you there this year!

By Vaidik Raj, CHYK New Zealand.

   

Mukhya Swamiji’s Visit to Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Chinmaya Mission Jaffna and People of Jaffna were blessed by Pujya Mukhya Swami Swaroopanandaji’s visit to Jaffna – Northern part of Sri Lanka on the 9th of January 2018. Pujya Swamiji was cordially welcomed by the Resident Acharya Brahmachari Jagrat Chaitanya and Chinmaya family members at Chinmaya Mission Jaffna. Then Swamiji visited the Chinmaya Gnanavel Ashram premises, donated by a largehearted couple named Mr & Mrs. Amuthavalli Amma Kurunathan and planted a Mango tree and blessed to build a new centre very soon. The Varuna Bhagavan (Devata for rain) also blessed this by drizzling.

                                                Pujya Swamiji delivered a talk on “Life Management Techniques” on the 9th of January from 5.30 to 7.00pm at Durka Mani Mandapam, Nallur, Jaffna which was organized by Chinmaya Mission Jaffna. Pujya Swamiji released the special issue of Chinmaya Nadham quarterly issue of Chinmaya Mission Jaffna which marks the Mukhya Swamiji’s visit to Jaffna.  Nallai Athinam Swamiji has accepted the first copy. Nearly five hundred people were gathered at this function.  It was a good opportunity for Jaffna people to get darshan of a Mahathma and listening to his Satsang.

                                                Pujya Mukhya Swamiji blessed the devotees of Chinmaya Family Jaffna and answered their questions on 10th of January morning at the centre. Then the working committee of Chinmaya Mission Jaffna was met Pujya Swamiji and received blessings.

Choice is in the Moment

What we get in the present is DESTINY…
What we do with what we get is self-effort.
SELF EFFORT is action done out of…
our free will or choice

Each moment in life we face
…one situation or the other.
Even though we have…
no control over the situation…
we choose how to deal with it.

Sant Ekanath had a supportive wife…
So he thanked God for her.
Sant Tukaram had a cantankerous wife…
he too thanked God for her…
as this prevented him from getting too attached.

Each of them dealt with
their situation in a positive way.
It is best to know that in a given situation
we are only to the best
of our ability and knowledge…
WITH no expectation of the result.

At the end of the Bhagawad Gita…
Krishna says to Arjuna…“Do as you think fit.”
SOMETIMES we are not sure how to act…
the BEST then is to surrender
your free will to GOD as Arjuna did…

when he said “I shall do as you say!!!”

This kind of total surrender is
the greatest use of our choice
AND it is very difficult…!!!

– – SWAMI TEJOMAYANANDA

 

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