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‘Tapovan Prasad’ Magazine Now in All-Colour!
Tapovan Prasad is the international monthly magazine of Chinmaya Mission. It provides in-depth reading, points for quiet reflection, anecdotes and stories of Masters, answers to nagging questions and doubts – in short a regular monthly dose for spiritual introspection and growth. It also keeps members abreast of the diverse events and activities of Chinmaya Mission all around the world, providing them with details of forthcoming yajnas, camps, and so on.
At ‘Tapovan Prasad’, it is a constant endeavour to improve and upgrade the magazine. We are delighted to announce the new all-colour ‘Tapovan Prasad’ from the August 2022 issue onwards!
Artistic Expression – Bala Vihar Sikkim
Recently, 30 children who attend Bala Vihar in Sikkim were given a project to work on an artistic depiction of negative energy and positive energy, as well as what is out of our control and what is within our control.
They also pondered on the topics, to understand them well and to negate or substitute them in their daily lives.
We present a collage of the images of some of the submissions.
Chinmaya Mentorship Program – Mentors’ Note
Under the guidance of Shri Vivek Gupta, 18 months have been completed in the Chinmaya Mentorship Program. Currently, there are 126 participants across 85 cities in 4 countries. Participants (mentees) comprise members of Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK) and Junior Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (JCHYK) aged 15-28, who are individually matched with mentors who are members of Chinmaya Setukari (CSK) aged 29-45.
Mentor-mentee pairs meet virtually twice a month to provide mutual friendship, guidance and support, resting on a Vedantic foundation. Mentors are seekers, not counselors, so any clinical issues are escalated to the Advisory Committee – a group of sevaks professionally trained in youth wellbeing. Additionally, participants come together monthly for interactive wellness workshops on relevant topics such as ‘Grounding Stress and Anxiety’ or ‘Aligning your Career with Swadharma.’
This year, participants collaborated with other communities for special initiatives. With Prithvi Sevasanga, the communities achieved a sankalpa (intention or pledge) to plant 1000 trees and raised over $26,000 for “One Tree Planted”. With Vanaprasthas (senior citizens), ‘High Chai’ was launched, where mentor-mentee pairs meet a Vanaprastha to inspire one another in an exchange of youthful vitality and age-old wisdom.
Seekers have expressed immense gratitude for this dynamic mentorship community characterized by meaningful relationships in a judgment-free space. One mentee said: “I’ve found someone I connect with on a deeper level who inspires me in so many ways.” Several mentors shared how much they wished such a program existed while they were growing up.
To learn more, please visit: www.chinmayaniagara.com/communities/mentorship/
Registration remains open.
Talk by Swami Avyayananda at Lambagaon, Himachal Pradesh
On 10 July 2022, a Satsang with Swami Avyayananda was organized at Lambagaon, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. With the help of words from ‘The Holy Geeta’, Swami Avyayananda explained how we may progress towards infinite bliss and lasting peace with many practical examples often given by Swami Chinmayananda.
This talk was organized under the initiative and leadership of Shri Satish Soni of Palampur. Lambagaon is about 4 hours drive from Sidhbari. Some Chinmaya Mission devotees live in this village and organized the event well. Attendees were of all age groups.
After the talk, Swami Avyayananda visited a few homes and met with family members. All were invited to Tapovan Ashram, Sidhbari, for upcoming events.
To conclude the day, a visit and Puja at the nearby Kunjeshwar Mahadev Mandir was organized, a place of historical importance and spiritual significance.
New Release for Kids!
While focusing on the power of thoughts, the book ‘Body-Mind Connection for Kids’ by Swamini Supriyananda, guides children on how to recognize the different types of thoughts we have and consequently, their effect on us as individuals. This book is for children aged 4 years and above.
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Chinmaya Bala Vidya is an educational series of books introducing simple Vedantic concepts in a child-friendly way. The knowledge of the Vedas shapes the young minds and in turn, their personality and actions so they can blossom into balanced and well-adjusted individuals who make their future world a better place.
Prthvi Sevasanga by Chinmaya Mission Niagara
One who is living Sanatana Dharma thinks, lives and acts in harmony with nature and their lifestyle naturally cares and protects Prthvi (Mother Earth). Envisioned and led by Shri Vivek Gupta, Chinmaya Mission Niagara launched the Prthvi Sevasanga initiative in January 2022.
The tragedy of human history is decreasing happiness in the midst of increasing comforts.
– Swami Chinmayananda.
Human selfishness, greed and apathy have led to:
● The wildlife population plummeting by more than two thirds in the past 50 years
● Unsustainable living conditions and food insecurity due to weather extremes
● Excessive food waste that can feed about 2 billion people while approximately 690 million people go hungry.
The next 10 years are critical to addressing the climate crisis.
Through the Prthvi Sevasanga initiative, seekers serve individually and collectively to restore the health of our Universal Mother Earth. To date, a community of over 200 seekers across the globe are learning, engaging and supporting environmental efforts through Prthvi Sevasanga.
Every month, seekers meet to learn, discuss, and reflect on topics related to environmental issues. The monthly workshops are led by seekers who are professionals in the field and advocates for protecting the environment. Topics covered in the last 6 months include:
● Climate Change 101 – a beginner’s guide
● Planetary Health – our interaction with the Earth
● Sustainability – living in tune with Nature
● Sustainable Eating Practices – evolving how we eat
● Food Waste – changing how we purchase and consume food
Additionally, every month seekers engage in practices called AIMs (Action to Implement of the Month) to help change individual habits with daily actions such as:
● finding alternatives to the most common type of trash
● choosing local and seasonal foods
● reducing food wastage
● planting trees
● using cold water for laundry and line drying
● unplugging chargers when not in use
● using energy saving mode on electronics
In countless ways, seekers have started living a greener lifestyle in all aspects of life. At a local level, seekers collectively planted over 1000 trees in the span of one month and have begun Prthvi seva projects at their Chinmaya Mission Centres and communities.
Projects include book drives, tree planting, composting, buying biodegradable cleaning and kitchen supplies, developing Prthvi ambassador programmes and generating awareness. At a global level, in under 100 days, the community raised more than $100,000 to support organizations committed to the care of the environment. Support for other organizations working globally to protect our Air, Water, and Earth is ongoing.
With consistent learning and efforts, seekers are inspired to bridge the gap between philosophy and practice, and transition to an ecocentric lifestyle. With this lived inspiration, Prthvi Sevasanga has created a Prthvi Seva Guide to help all Chinmaya Mission Centres and communities take action and incorporate this most important seva into their classrooms and daily operations. The guide will be released on Guru Purnima, 13 July 2022, and will be available at:
(By Juie Deo)
Value Camp for The TVS School
Under the guidance of Swami Sivayogananda, Chinmaya Mission Madurai conducted a value camp for ‘The TVS School’ on 7 July and 8 July 2022. More than 300 students studying in the 8th grade participated with great enthusiasm.
Swami Sivayogananda inaugurated the camp and took value sessions for the students on both days. The session based on a shloka from Bhaja Govindham was well received by the students and the importance of learning Bhagavad Gita from a young age was stressed upon. The story telling sessions, bhajans, activities and video sessions of the value camp were based on topics such as “World Created by Parents”, “Surrendering to the Almighty”, and “Culture and Legacy of Bharat”.
The children also played team games with exuberance. A special video session on patriotism was conducted by Brahmachari Jitesh Chaitanya from Chinmaya Mission Tirunelveli. Pattimandram Sri. Raja, a famous speaker from Tamil Nadu, gave a motivational talk to the students. Refreshments and lunch were provided to all the campers.
Very good feedback was received from the school management and they have requested for more such value camps for their students. Such programmes sow important seeds in young minds and hearts during their formative years.
‘Shvetashvatara Upanishad’ Camp at Sidhbari
From 11 June to 17 June 2022, a Sadhana Camp in Hindi took place at Chinmaya Tapovan Ashram, Sidhbari, on the text ‘Shvetashvatara Upanishad’, with talks by Swami Advaitananda, Chinmaya Mission Nashik.
The Sadhana Camp, which was attended by 210 Sadhaks from all over India, covered the first three chapters of ‘Shvetashvatara Upanishad’. Each day commenced with morning meditation and concluded with blissful evening Satsang, including divine Bhajans and selected portions from Shri Ramacharitmanas.
Seekers enjoyed participation in the sacred invocations and daily prayers at Shri Ram Mandir, Shri Veer Hanuman and the Samadhi Shrine of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda.
It was a memorable and spiritually uplifting experience for all.
International Yoga Day at Chinmaya Mission Madurai
Chinmaya Mission Madurai observed and celebrated International Yoga Day on 21 June 2022. More than 50 participants including children and senior citizens performed Yoga Asanas, Pranayama and Dhyana according to the Yoga protocol released by the Govt of India “Ayush”. The members had been practicing Yoga for a month.
Former Principal of Thiagarajar College of Arts & Science, District Governor Nominee Designate Dr. Raja Govindaswamy and Managing Director of SVS Foods Dr. Sooraj Sundara Shankar were the Chief Guests for the occasion. They shared that for world peace, individual peace and morality were essential and that it should be practiced through Yoga given by our forefathers and Rishis.
Under the guidance of Swami Sivayogananda, Yoga Instructor and Chinmaya Devi Group Member Smt. Jyothi Venkatesh (Seethalakshmi) trained the participants and coordinated the event. Participants were provided with t-shirts, tracksuits, breakfast and refreshments. The Tamil news dailies Dinamalar and Dinamani gave good coverage of this memorable event.
‘Master Gita Master Life’ Now in Malayalam & Tamil
Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) brings you an opportunity like never before to study the Bhagavad Gita in great detail through its ‘Master Gita Master Life Course’. This online course covers all the 18 chapters of the Gita with an in-depth verse by verse analysis by expert teachers. Also, to break the language barrier and to spread the light of knowledge far and wide, this course is available in English, Malayalam and Tamil. You can start it at your convenience.
✓ Detailed explanation of each verse
✓ Discourses by expert faculty
✓ Doubt clarification sessions
✓ Guided meditation based on the Gita
✓ Gita chanting sessions
✓ Self-assessment questionnaire
✓ Access to Discussion Forum
– Learn the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita from expert teachers.
– Practically apply the universal message offered by the Gita in real-life situations.
– Read, study and contemplate on the concepts explained in the Gita and tread towards the path of Self-realisation.
– Understand the key tips to lead a happy and peaceful life.
What’s keeping you waiting?
Master Bhagavad Gita, master your life, mind, and the world!
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