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Chinmaya Mission Thamaraipakkam Udates

Dated : 2020/01/02

  1. Maha Kumbabhishekam – Nov 2019

By the grace and blessings of PujyaGurudev and Sarveshwara Bhagavan, MAHA KUMBABHISHEKAM of Chinmaya Sarveshvara was performed on 21st November 2019 by Swami Mitrananda and Gurukkal GirishaShivam. The Kumbabhishekam pooja videos started on 18th November with Ganapati Pooja, Homam and Navagraha Homam. Ashtalakshmi Pooja & Homam and Vastu Shanti were performed elaborately on 19th November. First Kaala Kumba pooja and Homam for the deities Lord Ganapathi, Lord Karthikeyan, Lord Sarveshwara, Devi Manonmani, and Goddess Saraswathi were performed on the night of 20th November. The final Maha-kalasa-abhishekam was performed on 21st November. This was followed by abhishekam by the devotees to the sphatikalinga. Devi Saraswati was consecrated in a separate mandapam just outside the temple. The whole ashram and atmosphere were charged with divine fervor. Everyone felt immensely blessed.

  1. Surasamharam    – November 2, 2019

Kandhasashti worship and the celebration culminated in Surasamharam’s depiction at Chinmaya Mission Thamaraipakkam, Tiruvallur district on November 2nd, 2019. About 500 people from 20 villages participated in the kaavadi procession. Following the Surasamharam, abhishekam was performed to the victorious Chinmaya Arupadai Velan by devotees. The programs were organized in a grand manner by a huge team of volunteers. It was a divine sight to see Harihara Vidyalaya school kids dressed up as Lord Muruga, carrying a spear (Vel) in their hands and chanting the name of the Lord. The shiva-vaadhyam, Idukki and Urahara chants by devotees reverberated in the skies creating a devotional fervor. Witnessing the Surasamharam event, people felt that the distance to Tiruchendur, the abode of Lord Murugan was reduced.

  1.  Bharathi Yaar  Sound and Light show by Chyks

Bharathi Yaar? An insight into the life story of Bharathiyar was enacted by the Tamaraipakkam Chyks and pre-chyks, guided and directed by Shri Desikan and Shri Kartheesan. This was staged in Chinmaya Sarveshwara, Tmaraipakkam on 25th Dec 2019.  It was attended by 500+ people. Management, teachers, and students from various schools in and around Tiruvallur district thronged to the show. Swami Mitranandaji blessed the show with his audio recorded speech. The show was successful as a result of good teamwork. The message of the program was well-received by many students and youngsters. India’s Bharathi has been awakened in a few hearts and will be welcomed in many more hearts through future shows by CHYKs.

4. Chinmaya Chanting Competition 

Chinmaya Chanting Competition finals held at Chinmaya Sarveshwara, Thamaraipakkam on January 11th, Saturday. Out of 17 schools and 4200 participants, 230 participants appeared for district-level competition. The winners were given balavihar annual subscription as prizes. During the event, parents and teachers were screened On a Quest movie in Thamizh.


Activities in Bengaluru during Dec 2019

Dated : 2019/12/01

Gita Jnana Yajna in Tyagarajanagar

Pujya Swami Adityananda of Mandya conducted a Gita Jnana Yajna in Kannada from 1st to 7th December 2019 at Sri Shirdi Sai Mandir, Tyagarajanagar taking Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15. The Yajna was inaugurated by Pujya Swamiji himself in the presence of Sri Gopinath, secretary of the temple.

Pujya Swamiji explained that the main cause of all misery is our acceptance of the unreal as real and leading an impractical life full of delusion with attachment. It is necessary to severe this attachment with Self-knowledge and leads a life of peace under all circumstances with a vision of oneness. Only then we can transcend the world of plurality and appreciate the fact that nothing other than the Self exists.

The Yajna was well attended.

 

Gita Jayanti and Tapovan Jayanti

Gita Jayanti along with Tapovan Jayanti was observed all over Bengaluru on Saturday, 7th December 2019 with chanting of all the 18 chapters of Bhagavad Gita followed by Tapovan Shatkam and Paduka Puja. Mission members participated in all centers with Acharyas at respective centers conducting Satsang on the significance of the Bhagavad Geeta and contribution of Pujya Swami Tapovan Maharaj in propagating the message of our scriptures to sadhaks.

Gita Jnana Yajna in J P Nagar

Pujya Swami Brahmananda conducted a Jnana Yajna in Kannada from 22nd Dec 2019 to 2nd Jan 2020 at Sripaadakshetra, J P Nagar taking Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi’s Saddarshana. The Yajna was conducted as a part of the anniversary celebrations of Sripaadakshetra which was inaugurated 15 years ago by Pujya Guruji on 1st January 2005. The Yajna was given a devotional start by the Balavihar children offering flowers to Guru Paduka with the chanting of Guru Paduka Stotram.

Pujya Swamiji took the listeners to ecstatic heights of Ramana’s thoughts as he gave a vivid description of how the mind hijacks the sadhaks from reality into an ignorant world of plurality where peace of mind is expected from the finite impermanent ever-changing world. It is only when we go into the reality of the person seeking answers to all his questions that we realize that the questioner himself needs to be destroyed with right thinking when only the absolute Truth that enlivens the entire universe remains. The restless mind can never realize the Truth; the calm mind itself is an ocean of peace and joy where all questions cease to exist.

The Yajna was a grand success with several sadhaks attending daily.


Spiritual Parenting Retreat at CM Sacramento

Dated : 2019/11/09

Spiritual Parenting retreat by Vivek Ji and Vilasini Ji, November 9-10, 2019

On Nov 8 and 9 of 2019, families of Greater Sacramento had the fortune of being part of the first-ever weekend retreat at Triveni, Chinmaya Mission, Sacramento. During the weekend retreat, two dedicated Acharyas covered various aspects of parenthood from a spiritual perspective.  In one of his sessions, Vivek Ji presented the 6 sutras of social media usage.  This piece was developed and documented by Vivek Ji himself.  These sutras were written as a guiding principle to prevent overuse/misuse of phone/social media; a growing issue across several age groups in our times.

In another session, Vilasini Ji cross-examined in great detail a few examples from the book ‘How to Talk So That Children Listen…’ by Adele and Elaine.  In a rush to go through the entire book, sometimes parents rush and flip through the pages without immersing in the book.  This session was quite the opposite.  Vilasini Ji came prepared with her presentation slides listing a few of her carefully picked examples from the book.  She held conversations, directing parents to pause and reflect at the multiple ways to handle each scenario; and the possible gamut of feelings running in the minds of both parents and kids while simulating those scenarios.  These exercises facilitated parents to broaden their myopic view of parenting, to include kids’ perspectives into these real-life situations.

During the day, while parents were participating in guided meditation sessions or contributing to the group discussions, several Bala Vihar volunteers were working nonstop throughout the day; (a few since five in the morning); to provide a steady supply of nutritious meals and snacks.  Most items were cooked fresh at the venue.  Care was taken to serve families with dietary needs (such as vegan or other preferences) alternate yet equally super delicious dishes at each meal.

The afternoon soccer sessions were a look forward to as well!  It was an eye-opener how parents could throw a hundred percent of themselves into the strenuous game with no prior experience yet with all their enthusiasm, despite those heavy meals!  Vivek ji would constantly favor the losing team using a mixed bag of strategies.  When all other strategies failed, he would run at the speed of the wind, leap to kick the ball mid-air and make it fly across the entire field, close enough to strike a goal!

Each day would end with a beautiful garland of melodious bhajans strung by Indu Vashist Ji and several Bala Vihar students.

The parenting retreat at Chinmaya Mission Sacramento was extremely engaging and thought-provoking.  That weekend, as the parents immersed themselves in a flawlessly planned and executed memorable retreat; Bharati Ji and the Chinmaya Sacramento Team’s months of behind the scenes efforts to put this together clearly showed up in every aspect of the program.

Deepti Sharan is a parent, and sevika at Chinmaya Triveni, Sacramento.  Her family of five, parents and 3 children was active part of the Spiritual Retreat.

Spiritual Parenting retreat by Vivek ji and Vilasini ji, November 9-10, 2019

Parents, sevaks, few Sacramento families, and few families from out of California had the privilege to attend Parenting retreat at Chinmaya Triveni. It was an extraordinary experience to be part of this retreat. This retreat helped parents understand themselves better and what parenting approach work for their family.  There was something to learn for every parent and grandparent. It was an interactive family event, a different approach from Gnana Yajna. Every activity and discourse had a purpose to build this 2-day event. It was a good opportunity to learn from Vivek Ji and Vilasini Ji.

Parents’ Retreat started with an interesting ice breaker activity, which was important to come out of one’s comfort zone and make the sessions more interactive. Each session was timed well. Discourses reflected on parenting learnings from Ramayana. Real-life parenting lessons by Vilasini Ji could be easily related to day to day activities. Parents pondered how their words were interpreted by kids and how reframing of sentences and actions could help build stronger relationships with kids.

It was a perfect getaway with time planned for sports, breaks and all meals included so that everyone could relax, get best out of the retreat, and not worry about anything else. While parents were in sessions with Vivek Ji and Vilasini Ji, kids participated in Bala Vihar activities with Tejus and Megha. Tejus and Megha graciously offered to drive from the Bay area to teach the kids. It was special for the kids to interact with them. As one of the Bala Vihar students, Anmol Singhal shared his experience “This retreat was a wonderful experience and opportunity to learn the true meaning of friendship. In the two days at this retreat, I was able to enjoy talking with two guest sevaks, Tejus, and Megha. We had Bal vihar classes while the parents were listening to lectures by Vivekji and Valasiniji. In the afternoon, we would go to the park and play soccer together as one big family. I felt relaxed and didn’t think about anything else in those two days. I would definitely encourage everybody to come to the next one”. Anmol is a freshman and has attended Chinmaya Triveni, Sacramento since he was in KinderGarten.

This was Singhal’s family’s first parent retreat, they attended. Ranjana describes this as a calm, relaxing, intangible, and knowledge-penetrating experience.

Ranjana Singhal is a parent, sevika, and Bala Vihar Coordinator at Chinmaya Triveni, Sacramento.


Media Clippings of Geeta Chanting Competition held on 15th December

Dated : 2019/12/15


Sampoorna Bhagavat Geetha Havanam and Sree Seetha Rama kalyanam

Dated : 2019/12/07

On Geetha Jayanthi day performed “Sampoorna Bhagavat Geetha Havanam” at Vasavi temple at Karimnagar.

Sri Ram Charith Manas shravana sadhana yajna at Vasavi temple, ashoknagar, Karimnagar for 7 days and performed Sree Seetha Rama kalyanam on the last day of Jnana Yajna.


An Article “Duty or Service – Choice is Yours”

Dated : 2019/12/29


Activities in Bengaluru during Nov 2019

Dated : 2019/12/01

Activities in Bengaluru during Nov 2019

Gita Jnana Yajna in Jayanagar

Pujya Swami Krutatmananda of Hubli Dharwad centre conducted a Gita Jnana Yajna in Kannada from 17th to 23rd November, 2019 at Sri Rama Mandali, 9th Block, Jayanagar taking Bhagavad Gita Chapter 3. The Yajna was inaugurated by Smt Vishalakshi, Vice President of the temple.

Pujya Swamiji introduced Bhagavad Gita as an all time solution to problems of mankind where we are made aware of our wrong understanding as the root cause of all problems. So the solution lies in analyzing our wrong notions and overcoming them with right understanding. Actions performed with selfless attitude not expecting any result accepting the fruits in prasada bhava result in a pure calm mind that can take care of any situation in life. Further all actions performed with a cooperative endevour help in surrender of the Ego helping the sadhak overcome all negative tendencies like desire, anger, greed, delusion, etc., paving way for realising the ultimate.

The Yajna was attended well.

Kartika Masa Satsang

The special Kartika Masa Satsang in Sripaadakshetra, J P Nagar on Sunday, 24th November, 2019 started with Rudrabhisheka to the chanting of Rudra and various Vedic Suktas by students of Sadguru Veda Patashale headed by Sri Prashnat Sharma, disciples of the renowned Avadhoota of Sakkarayapattana followed by Satsang from Pujya Swami Brahmananda on Acharya Shankara’s Prashnottara Malika.

In a simple but power packed exposition Shankara takes up simple looking questions and answers them with deep practical and philosophical implications that need to be practised in our daily life. We need to prostrate and follow such persons who are embodiments of noble virtues like compassion, love, sacrifice and forgiveness following the strict codes of Dharma. The main causes of creating disturbance in the mind are sense of attachment, identification, ego, my and mine that destroy one’s personality completely. In this way Bhagawan Shankara has tried to drive home the fact with innocent looking queries that it is important to lead a satwic meaningful life serving society and at the same time intelligently seek answers to our existence by gaining Self knowledge through Satsang, Shravana, Manana and Nidhidhyasana.

The Satsang was attended by devotees and Mission members from all parts of the city.

Kartika Masa was observed daily in Sripaadakshetra, J P Nagar, Sharada Mandir, Koramangala centre and Deenabandhu Krishna Temple, Indiranagar with lighting and special puja on Mondays with classical music programme.

Kartika Masa Satsang

The special Kartika Masa Satsang in Sripaadakshetra, J P Nagar on Sunday, 24th November, 2019 started with Rudrabhisheka to the chanting of Rudra and various Vedic Suktas by students of Sadguru Veda Patashale headed by Sri Prashnat Sharma, disciples of the renowned Avadhoota of Sakkarayapattana followed by Satsang from Pujya Swami Brahmananda on Acharya Shankara’s Prashnottara Malika.

In a simple but power packed exposition Shankara takes up simple looking questions and answers them with deep practical and philosophical implications that need to be practised in our daily life. We need to prostrate and follow such persons who are embodiments of noble virtues like compassion, love, sacrifice and forgiveness following the strict codes of Dharma. The main causes of creating disturbance in the mind are sense of attachment, identification, ego, my and mine that destroy one’s personality completely. In this way Bhagawan Shankara has tried to drive home the fact with innocent looking queries that it is important to lead a satwic meaningful life serving society and at the same time intelligently seek answers to our existence by gaining Self knowledge through Satsang, Shravana, Manana and Nidhidhyasana.

The Satsang was attended by devotees and Mission members from all parts of the city.

Kartika Masa was observed daily in Sripaadakshetra, J P Nagar, Sharada Mandir, Koramangala centre and Deenabandhu Krishna Temple, Indiranagar with lighting and special puja on Mondays with classical music programme.

Annual Balavihar Competition – Sub-Junior group 2019

The Annual Balavihar competitions for the Subjunior group was held on Sunday, 24th November 2019 at Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Koramangala with nearly 650 children participating in the chanting of shlokas – Vidya Mahima, Shiva Panchakshara Stotram, Margabandhu stotram, Geeta Dhyana Shloka and Story-telling. In the holy presence of Pujya Swami Brahmanandaji, Smt Smita Pai, an ardent devotee handed over the prizes. In all 258 children were rewarded for all the hard work they had put in during the last few weeks.


BHAGWTA GYAN YAJNA AT JAIPUR

Dated : 2019/11/10

Chinmaya Mission Jaipur organized a Bhagwat Gyan Yajna by Swami Abhedananda Ji from 10th to 15th November at  Devrishi Nrada Sabhagrah at Malviya Nagar, Jaipur. Text for evening sessions was 10th Canto of Shrimad Bhagwat while for morning sessions were third valli of Kathopanishad.

Yajna started on 10th November 6.30 pm. Almost all executive members including president Sh. M. L. Gupta, Mrs. Malti Gupta, Sh. Sobhagya Chandra, Mrs. Prabha Srivastava, Sh. Ashok Sodhani, Mrs. Rekha Bhargava, Dr. R. K. Chaturvedi, Mrs. Vijay Khanna, Mrs. Madhuchanda Sen, Sh. Somesh Bhargava, Mrs. Manorama Anand and Dr. Manoj Khurana were present for inaugural session. About 200 seekers daily attended the evening sessions while morning sessions were attended by about 130 seekers.

Swami ji’s typical style of delivering discourses made the audience spell bound during the discourses. He explained in details how Gopis of Vrindavan expressed their love and devotion for Lord Krishna to Udhav. Simultaneously he explained and inspired the present seekers to intensify their devotion towards the Lord.

In morning sessions he very beautifully explained how Lord explained the queries of Nachiketa. Yajna concluded on 15th November with offering of Guru Dakshina by all the attendees and distribution of Prasad Pustika by Pujya Swami Ji.

 


Swami Siddheshananda attains Samadhi

Dated : 2019/12/09

Dear All,

Hari Om!

Swami Siddheshananda of Chinmaya Mission Pune, took final refuge at the feet of Pujya Gurudev, today, 9th December, 3:40 am, in the Maauli Ashram, at Pune.

An engineer by profession, Swami Siddheshananda’s deep interest in Vedanta brought him to the portals of Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai. An alumnus of the Vedanta Course Batch,1998 – 2000, he was given Brahmachari Deeksha in 2000. Posted to Chinmaya Mission Pune, from 2000, Swamiji worked with complete dedication, to spread Pujya Gurudev’s message. He received Sannyasa Deeksha from Pujya Guruji, Swami Tejomayanandaji on Shivaratri Day of 2012.

Swami Siddheshananda’s missionary zeal was instrumental in establishing Chinmaya Maauli and the Chinmaya Vitthal Rukmini Temple, in Pune. His contagious energy and enthusiasm inspired thousands to live the ‘Gita Way of Life’ and turned Pune into a vibrant Chinmaya Mission centre.

Known for his smiling demeanour and deep compassion, Swami Siddheshananda was always available to Mission members and devotees.

Our respectful homage to Swami Siddheshananda.

At His Feet,
Swami Swaroopananda

 


Tulasi Vivah at ParamDham

Dated : 2019/11/08

The two day divine wedding celebration of Lord Shri Krishna and Shri Vrunda Devi at ParamDham was full of grandeur, devotion, and bliss.

On 7th November, on the eve of the holy wedding, Chinmaya Swaranjali members organised a Sangeet Sandhya and sang various wedding songs for Lord Shri Krishna who was in the form of the divine groom and mother Tulasi as His bride. As a part of the Sangeet Sandhya, ceremonies like Haldi (nourishing beauty bath with turmeric) and Mameru (a ritual to offer gifts of love) were also performed. As known by all, any celebration in Gujarat is incomplete without Garba, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

On the evening of 8th November, devotees dressed up in their wedding finery, thronged the temple to witness the auspicious wedding ceremony of Tulasi Vivah. The baarat (Groom’s procession) led by the yajamaans from the groom’s side commenced with music and dance, and reached the main temple as the yajamaans from the bride’s side welcomed the Lord with Purna Kumbha. Wedding rituals accompanied by Vedic chanting and singing were followed by Shodashopachara Puja of the Divine couple and Bidaai samaroha (sending off of the newly married couple) into the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.  All the devotees carried the divine couple in their hearts as they proceeded for Preeti Bhojan (Dinner of love).


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