from Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development (CORD)
Hari Om! Greetings from CORD!
It is a matter of great joy and privilege for me to share
this news with you regarding our own Dr. Kshama Metre's (Didiji)
short listing for the Guardian International Development Achievement
As you know the Guardian UK is one of the leaders in development
and mainstream sector press globally.
She is selected across the globe in development sector people
as one of the five potential winners which in itself is a
great recognition for CORD.
Let us do our best in making world to recognise our Dr. Didiji's
and CORD's contribution internationally in the development
sector as our offering at the lotus feet of our Param Pujya
Gurudev and our Pujya Guruji.
I am sure that you will share this news with your friends
and relatives across the globe to vote for her at the following
Voting lines are open from 7th September 2012 till 8th October
2012. Thank you.
Office of the National Director
CORD Training Centre,
Himachal Pradesh - 176 057
Ph: +91-1892-234322, 236987
CIRS ranks no.1 boarding school in TN and Top 10 in
Education World conducted a survey among some 4000 parents
and students and their September issue is all about the national
rankings of Schools.
This year Chinmaya
International Residential School (CIRS) has been placed
as 1st among the Boarding schools in Tamil Nadu and 9th among
the schools all over India.
Please see the links below:
Best Boarding Schools
"We were 18th last year and it is good we are among the
top ten best boarding schools of India this time" says
Mrs.Shanti Krishnamurthy, Principal.
The award ceremony is going to be held in Delhi on the 30th
Great news for the entire Chinmaya Family.
Congratulations to the team effort of all concerned.
Chinmaya Mission UK
Chinmaya Mission Centres and Acharyas Worldwide
Hari Om! Greetings from Krishnalaya, USA!
Here I would like to share with you all a very important and
interesting development taking place in our organization.
today's modern world and life, most activities require the
support of technology. With the modern life's requirements,
Mission centres, Acharyas and devotees today expect very quick
turnaround times. Currently, there are a lot of good initiatives
going at various locations around the world in Chinmaya Mission.
address these requirements a Chinmaya Mission Global Information
Technology (IT) initiative, Chinmaya Vishwa Sutra, has been
launched. A new Global IT team has been formed. It has a wide
geographical representation from all over the world. Chinmaya
Vishwa Sutra will manage our internet presence, information
technology policies, digital rights and redistribution rights.
us work together to bring together the wonderful talents,
abilities and dedication of our devotees, and sevaks to bring
this to fruition. Using modern technology, we can continue
to grow the glorious work that our Gurudev started and bring
Maximum Happiness to the Maximum number of people around the
With Prem & Om,
guidance assistance of Chinmaya Seva Trust Hyderabad, we have
launched Free Tailoring Centre under women
empowernment programme for economically weaker sections there
were candidates from other religions also.
was started on 12/11/09 by enrolling 46 candidates. Camp acharya
being Brni.Sulabha Chaitanyaji took the classes for two batches.
One from morning 10am to 12pm and the other from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
could purchase 11 sewing machines with financial assistance
from CST Hyderabad. Feedback from the participants is that Brni.Sulabha
Chaitanyaji explained the techniques of tailoring in a very
lucid and simple manner with utmost patience. This made them
feel free and learn better.Brahmacharini ji also conducted classes
on the Spiritual way of Living and this made the participants
get exposed to the Chinmaya way of Living in peace and harmony.
under guidance of Brni.Sulabha Chaitanyaji had a spiritual picnic
programme on 17/12/09 to a nearby holy place called Dhamagundam,
a holy shrine of lord Shiva amidst of hills which is 15kms away.
Valediction of the programme took shape on 20/12/09 with the
august presence of Swami Chidatmanada ji as chief guest. Participants
expressed their views amidst of 150 people who attended the
ceremony. Swamji appreciated the hard work of Brni. Sulabhaji
by seeing the colourful display of the dresses stitched by participants.
He also advised to send the products to orphanage centre at
of programme is that Sulabhaji could able to inspire two of
the trainees to be the tutors of next batch. 30 Candidates have
been registered on spot for the next batch which commenced from
GURUJI'S DESCRIPTION OF HIS VISIT TO CHINA
1986, Sri K.P. Daswani of Hong Kong organised Pujya Gurudevs
visit to China.Access to the country was difficult because of
the restrictions of the Bamboo Curtain,and Gurudev was not too
keen to visit the country. But he relented at the persistent
request of Sri Daswani to give a talk at the University of Beijing.
process visa formalities, the Chinese authorities wanted a copy
of Gurudevs speech Gurudev, however, insisted that he
would speak extempore or not at all! Sri Daswani was resourceful
and circumvented the impasse by sending the University a copy
of the Holy Geeta, stating that Gurudev would speak on that
text. As this was acceptable, Gurudev arrived in Beijing where
he addressed a small group of faculty members of the university.
In addition, the Indian embassy organised a talk for members
of the diplomatic community. The seeds of satsang were thus
sown in this closed land.
Twenty-three years later, in 2009, I planned a four-day
visit to mainland China. The moving spirit behind this visit
was, once again, Sri Daswani. I had always cherished the desire
to visit China. There was a curiosity to see for myself and
experience this ancient country which is now opening up to the
10th April, accompanied by the Daswanis and Lakshmi Harish of
Indonesia, I took off for Shanghai, the commercial and financial
capital of China. Chandru and Nirmala Bharwani from Singapore
also joined us here. Our hosts Jagdish and Lajoo Punjabi and
their daughter Isheeta warmly welcomed us into their home. Shanghai
is an impressive city. The Chinese have spared no effort to
create a world class infrastructure - the airport, roads, trains
and highways are all of an extraordinary level of excellence.
the evening, Sri Jagdish Punjabi had organised a talk, where
I addressed about 100 people in an Indian restaurant. The gathering
included members of the Indian business community and expatriates
working for multinationals and also a few Chinese people. The
general talk was followed by a long question-answer session
and dinner. I was pleased to find that several people had connections
with Chinmaya Mission, having studied in a Chinmaya Vidyalaya
or attended Balavihar classes. There was even a study group
in action. My hosts, though new to Chinmaya Mission, enthusiastically
voiced the need for strengthening these and wanted me to repeat
my visit to Shanghai.
next day we visited Yiwu, a large trading hub for the wholesale
market. It was an interesting visit. Whereas Shanghai is ultra
modern, like any Western city, Yiwu reminded me of India. Our
host in Yiwu was another very charming family Ramesh
and Shallu Daswani (K.P. Daswanis brother and sister-in-law),
their son and daughter-in-law Prem and Reshma, and their four
year old daughter Hansika.
in Shanghai, here too, we had an informal satsang followed by
dinner at one of the Indian restaurants, where about sixty people
attended. The next morning I was flooded with queries and we
had a lively interaction
we drove to Hwangzhou city (between Shanghai and Yiwu), a very
beautiful tourist picnic spot, and took our flight back to Hong
Kong. It was a short but memorable visit. The love I was showered
with was the best part of my visit to China
to Sri K.P. Daswani and Vindu Daswani, I was able to interact
with various people, get a glimpse of the country and understand
the current situation. Change is very evident, with promise
of more to come. The country is slowly and cautiously opening
its doors to the world. I learnt that many of the local restrictions
do not apply to foreigners. Although public religious discourses
are not permitted, it is feasible to have informal satsangs
and other grass root activities like Balavihar, study groups
etc. Swami Swaroopananda and Brni. Nishita Chaitanya had already
activated groups of children and adults during their visits.
Gurudevs single visit to China twenty-three years ago
has paved the way for a greater Mission presence in the country
today. There is every possibility of its growing in the new
Chinese environment. The power of satsang is indeed infallible!
SANSKRIT ONLINE STUDY COURSE
International Foundation (CIF), the Center for Sanskrit Research
and Indology, takes delight in introducing the Easy Sanskrit
Online Study Course. This course covers the salient aspects
of Sanskrit Grammar and learning without unduly burdening the
students with many details.
is truly Sanskrit made easy! You do not have to know the Sanskrit
Script or even for that matter any Indian language. For details
of the Course click
Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji, the Head of the Chinmaya Mission
Worldwide, will be launching this course on 26th January 09,
the Indian Republic Day, at Palakkad, Kerala, India. Rush in
your registration online and become the very first students
to begin this Easy Sanskrit Course.
can start right away studying the Course on the 26th Jan itself!
Address your queries to the Administrator, Easy Sanskrit Online
Course at firstname.lastname@example.org
GURUJI'S APPEAL FOR PUROHIT COURSE
Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji desired the Hindus to be 'true
practicing Hindus'. In order to do so, he started Gurukulas
to train Acharyas who in turn could spread the message of Vedanta.
In line with his vision, the Chinmaya Mission now proposes to
start a Purohit Course to train 'Purohits' (Hindu Priests) with
knowledge of Puja Vidhis, Shodasha Samskaaras, Vaidik Chanting,
Sanskrit and Hindu Culture.
course will be conducted in the sylvan surroundings at the foothills
of the Nilgiris at Chinmaya Vaidik Vidyapeeth, Chinmaya Gardens,
One and a half year's residential course.
v Starting on Vijayadashami, Oct. 9th 2008
v Inauguration by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji
v No Course Fee. Free accommodation, food, clothes, medical
care and books will be provided by Chinmaya Garden Trust.
Appeal: To educate a person is great. To provide education
and livelihood is greater still. To impart education, livelihood,
culture and religion to those who will in turn spread our religion
and culture and aid our worship (the Purohit) is truly noble.
Do join us in this noble seva by sponsoring the eductaion of
here to download Purohit Sponsorship Form
here to download details on joining the Purohit course.
SHRI AWARDED TO DR. KSHAMA METRE
heartily congratulates Dr Kshama Metre, Director of CORD (Chinmaya
Organisation for Rural Development) and the driving force of
CM's Sidhabari Project, for being awarded India's prestigious
Padma Shri Award for Social Service.
Padma Shri is awarded by the Government of India in recognition
of the distinguished contributions of Indian citizens in various
spheres of activity, including the Arts, Education, Industry,
Literature, Science, Sports, Social Service and public life.
The Padma Shri award stands fourth in the hierarchy of India's
civilian awards, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan,
and the Padma Bhushan. The Padma awards were announced in January
25, 2008 by the President of India, who approved the 119 award
on-going social, economic and spiritual work in the Himalayan
foothills of CORD's Sidhabari project is vast and unique. Dr
Metre and her team have been serving entire villages through
innovative, vocational, micro-banking, medical, educational,
and social programs for over 15 years.
inspiration and blessings from Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji
in the 1980's, Dr.Kshama Metre became the driving force and
dedicated herself to the service of the community. It is further
enhanced by the formation of CORD (Chinmaya Organisation for
Rural Development) under the holy guidance of Pujya Guruji Swami
Started as a small effort in Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh,
it has now expanded to Orissa, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh with
aim to expand gradually to other states in India.
The work of CORD has been possible only through the generous
contribution of individuals and institutions continuously. Dr.
Didi, National Director for CORD, has given her life in dedicated
service to this vision, and relentlessly continues to do so.
the desk of Swami Tejomayananda
Om! I am extremely happy to inform you that our own Dr Kshama
Metre has been awarded the Padma Shri for her social work.
We are proud of her and congratulate her.
Prem and Om,
from Dr Kshama Metre
Chinmaya Mission Members,
Om! Thank you for your kind greetings and message to Pujya
Swamiji for the Padma Shri award.
is with gratitude and humility that I acknowledge your wishes.
The award is the grace and blessings of Pujya Gurudev and
our Pujya Swamiji. They have made CORD what it is today, and
by their grace, it will continue to bless many more people
in our country.
award also acknowledges the many thousands of people who have
contributed to the work in many diverse ways. My salutations
all of you in Chinmaya Mission, I extend my congratulations,
as you are an essential part of this honour.
GURUJI INITIATES FOUR INTO SANYAS ASHRAM
year Puyja Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, Head of Chinmaya Mission
Worldwide, confers Sannyas Deeksha (order of renunciation) to
on the auspicious Mahâshivarâtri day, Pujya Guruji
initiated Brni Bhakti Chaitanya (Acharya of Chinmaya Mission
France) along with three others. Their new names, and location
of their centre appear below :
Krishnâtmananda (Tamil Nadu)
PRODUCES TV SERIAL "UPANISHAD GANGA"
impact of televised media is tremendous, as seen by the success
of the TV serials on Ramayana & Mahabharata. The theme of
the Upanishads, however, is unique and has never been telecast
as a serial to date. Chinmaya Mission is privileged to take
up this project under its new wing, "Chinmaya Creations."
Ganga is made for television serial that will be dedicated
to Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji, who began his spiritual
work with teachings on the Upanishads.
each episode the main Upanishad concepts will be explained
through a blend of traditional and contemporary approaches,
through drama, dance, music and captivating stories. Each
episode is aimed at depicting teachings that have practical
implications in daily life and that inspire individual,
episode will address both:1) the lay audience or the general
public, who know little about the Upanishads and 2) the
scholars who are already exposed to this knowledge.
serial will emphasize the Upanishadic message that "All
problems are due to lack of right thinking. Human life is
rare and precious. Its main purpose is to enquire into and
realize the supreme Truth, which is the support of this
world and the Self of all beings. This Realization can be
gained through purity of mind and the Upanishadic wisdom
learned from enlightened Master. The Realized Master ever
remains engaged in the welfare of all beings."
core of Chinmaya Mission acharyas and scholars will do the
research and conceptualisation of each episode.
Mission has selected and appointed Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi
(of Chankya fame) as the Creative Director of this serial.
serial will be in Hindi, as its largest audience will be
Hindi-speaking. Eventually DVDs with subtitles and/or dubbing
will be released in various languages.
serial will consist of a total of 52 episodes.
cost of each episode is approximately $35,000.
date over 13 episodes have been completed and previewed
by the creators as well as people from various backgrounds.
Their high acclaim and positive feedback has been greatly
invite all those who value this project to donate generously.
All donations are tax-deductible.
donors who wish to donate in US$ may contact their local Chinmaya
Mission centres and specify the purpose of their donations.
Donors who wish to donate in Indian rupees may contact Central
Chinmaya Mission Trust at email@example.com
is one of Central Chinmaya Mission Trust's most enterprising
and visionary ventures. Its conception was based on the same
premises as of Chinmaya Mission's many educational institutes
for Vedantic studies, academics, nursing and management. It
is therefore of no small significance that a new educational
institute, one fully dedicated to Indian classical music and
dance will soon be added under the Chinmaya Mission banner.
on the Chinmaya Vibhooti site in Kolwan near Pune, India,
Chinmaya Naada Bindu, a residential school of Indian classical
music and dance, will invite and welcome students from all
over the world. The main subjects will be vocal music, instrumental
music and all major Indian dance forms. Affiliated to a reputed
university, Chinmaya Naada Bindu, will house appointed, highly
qualified faculty and visiting faculty of celebrated contemporary
artists. The school will be an ideal place of inspiration
for musicians and music lovers to follow in the music traditions
and lineage of guru-shishya parampara.
As we come closer to the Inauguration of Chinmaya Naada Bindu,
on 13th September, we are sending you the first of a series
of 4 emails with video messages about Chinmaya Naada Bindu
by the Spiritual Head of Chinmaya Mission, Worldwide, and
artistes of repute. To watch the first one by Swami Tejomayanandaji,
you would like to fund this project through funding or personal
talents, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the programs that will be offered at Chinmaya
Naada Bindu, contact Director Promodini Rao at email@example.com
CEREMONY AT POWAI ASHRAM
years of the Vedanta Course taught by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda
drew to a close with the deeksha ceremony held on 16 September
2007, in Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Powai Ashram, Mumbai.
September was observed as Thanksgiving Day, according to the
instructions of Pujya Guruji. The ashram staff, who had tirelessly
served them through the two years, were treated to a sumptuous
meal cooked by the brahmacharis and brahmacharinis. The students
served the staff and Acharyas with respect and gratitude.
next day was Ganesha Chaturthi. Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda,
Swami Purushottamananda and Swami Brahmananda offered prayers
to Lord Ganesha in gratitude. Br. Samvid Chaitanya, who had
been a mentor to all the students, teaching them Sanskrit,
Vedic chanting and puja rituals, performed the puja with complete
understanding of and surrender to each step of the ritual.
parents, grandparents and other family members of the brahmacharis
and brahmacharinis had come, some from other parts of the
world, to witness their dear ones pledging themselves wholeheartedly
to the spiritual path; a new life wholly dedicated to the
service of the Lord, following in the footsteps of Pujya Gurudev.
It was time for them to put into practice what they had learnt
in the two years of the course.
next day, the deeksha ceremony was held in the Saraswati Hall
at 10am. Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, Swami Purushottamananda
and Swami Brahmananda were reverentially received with a Poornakumbham.
Pujya Guruji addressed the gathering, and pointed out that
the day after Ganesha Chaturthi was known as Rishi Panchami,
and Pujya Gurudev used to call the Brahmacharins 'Rishiputras'.
It was therefore appropriate that the deeksha ceremony was
being held on that day. He congratulated the 52 students (including
the guest students) on their successful completion of the
Vedanta Course. He announced that 24 of the young students
would take deeksha.
Pujya Guruji called out the names of the students and gave
them yellow robes and rudraksha malas. The Brahmacharins also
received new names. As Pujya Guruji remarked, when the form
changes, the name also has to change!
students chanted the Shiksha Valli from Taittriya Upanishad.
In his valedictory address, Pujya Guruji expressed his joy
and fulfilment in the fact that the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya,
established by Pujya Gurudev for the purpose of maintaining
the Guru-shishya parampara, has been performing the task successfully
for so many years, without degenerating or deviating from
its purpose. He applauded and thanked the parents for giving
their sons and daughters for such a noble cause. He announced
that the next Vedanta Course would start on the next Ganesha
Chaturthi, on 3 September 2008.
HANUMAN - EVER IN SERVICE AT SIDHBARI
October in 2007, an extraordinary event took place near the
Himalayas in India. It was the silver Jubilee anniversary of
the Mastak Abhishek ceremony of Lord Hanuman at Sidhbari ashram.
This form of worship takes place at the ashram every 5 years
according to pujya Gurudev's instructions. For this grand event,
a record number of Chinmaya Mission devotees and acharyas gathered
from around the world to take part. This time they included
many chyks and CM members from London, as well as HK, Florida,
Singapore, Hyderabad & Sydney. Also present were the recently
graduated 'batch' from the 2 year residential Vedanta training
course in Mumbai. There was a beautiful sea of orange, yellow
and white clad teachers at all the events, throughout the week.
We found that we were to learn a great deal from every single
soul we met that week...
camp and programme was led by Guruji Swami Tejomayanandji. Over
the course of the week, a great variety of activities took place
for the camp delegates. These included talks, pujas, concerts,
a play perfomed by the brahmacharis, and intense prayer and
archana, culminating in the grand bathing ceremony on the last
day. Across the week, an amazing atmosphere of devotion and
excitment was building up. By both day and by night, every small
happening it seemed, was significant...But wait a moment.
me draw the scene for you: The Chinmaya ashram at Sidhbari is
located across the Kangra valley from Dharamsala. A Himalayan
retreat that is set amidst a breathtaking expanse of the Dauladar
mountain range, this is no ordinary place, but the very spot
where Swami Chinmayanandji's mahasamadhi is located. Amongst
the many striking features of the ashram, however the colossal
moorti of Lord Hanuman stands literally head and shoulders above
all the others, being at a height of 23 foot and on an 8 foot
base. You would actually as well as metaphorically have to lift
yourself upto to touch his toe... it's true!
compelling pose is that of veerasana (posture of the braves).
He is seated but ever ready to spring into action in the sevice
of Lord Rama. Whether by night, outlined against the beautiful
stars of the Northern hemisphere, or by day against the pure
cerulean blue Indian sky, Shri Hanumanji gazes across the ashram
towards where His Lord, Sri Rama is located, at the Shri Rama
mandeer at the ashram.
did such an awe inspiring and beautiful depiction of Lord Hanuman
come to be located here? The Kangra valley was a wind tunnel.
Nothing could grow and no building could withstand the force
of the winds. Pujya Gurudev said ''We will worship Hanuman here,
He is the controller of the winds.'' After Sri Hanumanji's idol
was built and installed, the winds died down, gardens were cultivated
and buildings came up, safely protected by His shelter. His
presence at Sidhbari is also a reminder for us all to be ever
ready to serve all those around us with humilty and love, in
constant remembrance of the Divine.
so what did the chyks actually do at Sidhbari for a whole week?
Well, where to start... during the camp part of the programme
for the first 4 days we heard Guruji's talks on each verse of
the Hanuman Chalisa, including soul-stirring songs of love and
devotion to the Lord.
The chyks participated in the daily schedule of the ashram,
with early morning prayers, the evening aartis at the mahasamadhi,
the Sri Rama mandeer and at Sri Hanumanji's feet. We took part
in Gurudev's paduka puja in the amazing atmosphere within his
kutia. We spent as much time as possible in the holy and spiritually
charged places that are all in the ashram.
day, we spent time with our acharyas who had all come there,
from London, Paris, Hong Kong and of course, from the CM ashrams
all over India. We were fortunate to know many of them. Throughout
the week, they took care of us, guiding us and giving us their
company. They taught us and gave us time and love so generously.
In between Guruji's talks and the scheduled activities on the
timetable, we chyks walked in the lush, fragrant pine forests,
and in and mountain-fringed valley around the ashram. Sometimes
we undertook meditation exercises conducted by Swamji....we
visited the project run by CORD, the Chinmaya Organsiation for
Rural Development, directed by Padma Shri award winner, Dr Kshama
(Didi) Metre. We met many CM people who knew, loved and worked
with Gurudev personally. They all shared their love for and
experiences of Gurudev with us. Memorably, was Anjali Singh
who gave a lot of time to the chyks, telling us by turns, hilarious
and poignant and spiritually enlightening stories from her experiences
in the evenings? One evening we watched an excellant play by
the brahmacharis. This was on the qualities of Sri Hanumanji
through eyes of a modern day professor character, which was
played by none other than our very own former UK Chyk, Shayur!
One other evening, quite incredibly, the entire camp delegation
and ashram staff were treated to a once-in-lifetime concert
performance by the highly treasured Pandit Jasraj, India's living
master of Hindu vocal and accompanied by his foremost disciples.
It is hard to comment on that transcendental musical experience:
Except as Guruji said, that you could feel each of the Gods
that Panditji invoked becoming present through the devoted magic
of his legendary talent. By the way, he agreed to give the concert,
for no fee, only out of devotion to Guruji and to Lord Hanumanji.
So perhaps that will give you an inkling of the atmosphere!
the 2 days after the Hanuman Chalisa talks by Guruji, each devotee
sat for puja to offer prayers to Lord Rama and Shri Hanuman,
from early morning to lunchtime and each day the atmosphere
of love and devotion was building. And then the day of the abhishek
dawned... the intense planning and organisation that had been
painstakingly laid in place for months in order to manage the
record number of devotees, was about to be tested! And everything
went beautifully. There was a speactaular pyramid built of of
kalashas, which are the traditional pots filled with water from
India's holy rivers. This jal or holy water within the vessels
had been divinely charged by 6 full days: there had been suvh
a wealth of prayers, chanting, havan, and puja that had been
conducted by South Indian priests with the participation of
all the Gurus and devotees present.
by one, everyone took their kalasha, and chanting Sri Hanumanji's
name throughout, we all took part in a procession that led along
past the Himalayan mountain range that lies behind Gurudev's
mahasamadhi. Then, through the residential block, leading up
flights of stairs upto the 33 foot high scaffolding platform
that the Indian army had errected as their annual seva. This
was lavishly decorated with garlands of fresh flowers, above
and behind Sri Hanumanji's head... Then the moment was over
too quickly, as each of us offered the holy water and our prayers.
We poured the offerings along with our love, in worship over
the body of Lord Hanumanji, in a magnificent bathing ceremony,
which spanned throughout the morning and early afternoon. Picture
if you will, many of our acharyas dancing garba and singing
bhajans at the feet of the Lord..... together with hundreds
of devotees. All the amazing personalities, many of whom gave
us rich insight to pujya Gurudev's life. How many people whose
lives Gurudev has touched and who gathered there out of inspiration
and in devotion to Shri Hanumanji. There were all those mission
family members from the ashram, the villagers, the CORD project,
all the new brahmacharis, right through to us chyks........it
was a glorious, colourful, musical celebration flavoured by
euphoria and pure joy.
hear the word seva, or dedicated voluntary service, said a lot
during chyk camp and at class. Here's some insight into the
true meaning, in the words of our Gurus, inspired by the Mastaka
''The underlying aim of taking part is to surrender to the Lord
and invoke Him in our hearts, because He lives in the hearts
of all. ''
''The spirit of service is not limited to a sense of duty. If
one has the spirit of service then whatever one does, feels
or thinks is service. Sri Hanumanji embodies a spirit of service
that is born of love for all beings, which is why his love for
the Lord becomes devotion, and the service that flows from such
devotion becomes worship. He is the very embodiment of devotion-inspired
service - this is true worship. A spirit of service that born
out of love means that the love becomes devotion and the service
that flows from such devotion becomes worship.''
'' Mastak Abhishek symbolises the invocation of Self-luminous
vision in our heads and overflowing love in our hearts. ''
whilst walking around the ashram and touring CORD, we shopped
in the women's co-operative handicrafts outlets. Here, we were
able to buy items handmade by people, many of whom had social
disadvantages or physical disabilities. They had been trained
up in sewing and other vocational crafts by the project team.
We were only lending a little support to the initiative of the
project and we found the quality of the items was excellant,
true to Gurudev's high standard. Additionally, the people who
served us had a warmth and the products had lovely handmade
feel that it is not available to us everyday. We learned a lesson
from the humility and love these ladies have for the Guru. Also
from their professional pride in what they do, and their tremendous
self effort and attitude of discipline. This strength was combined
with a true gentleness of spirit towards us chyks. With these
folk, there is no sense from them of anyone owing them anything,
only deep commitment to the opportunity that has been created
for them to make their own efforts to raise themselves up, with
all the love and the blessings of the Guru. We witnessed the
villagers' reverent response to Swami Swaroopanandji and Swami
Chidatmanandji. Conversely, we saw firsthand the gentlenesss
and respect of our Swamijis for these devoted folk. Talk about
a win-win situation! It makes one think about what true blessings
actually are. Maybe one could say this feeling is the very greatest
blessing possible. This feeling that was evident in the eyes
and manner of those we met: which is a sense of reverent gratitude
for the Guru's Love - a love which has been expressed in every
facet of life, both within oneself as well as within the life
of the ashram and surrounding villages. Since we visited, I
still wonder about it and think it may be this very feeling
of the love that the Guru has given, that inspires love in us.
In the process purifying our own heart from within.....
was such a depth of experience! The chyks and Chinmaya Mission
members who had the rare blessing to be present on this occasion,
together with all the devotees present, were given a new definition
of love. At pujya Gurudev's ashram, all the love, company and
encouragement we received meant that heartfelt devotion, love
itself was our true prasaad. So it was very hard to leave! And
for such an event to take place in the grand setting of Sidhbari
made it feel like heaven on earth.
Where will you be in 2012, when the the next one takes place?
COURSE 2008 - 2010
Guruji, Swami Tejomayananda, Head of Chinmaya Mission worldwidem
invites applications for the 14th Vedanta course for the study
of the Upanishads, Bhagavad Geeta, and other Vedantic literature.
The course is a two year residential course with no holidays
University graduates men or women unmarried, free from family
Age 20 - 30 years, with a sincere interest in the study of Vedanta
and a zeal to propagate the message of Rishis.
Swami Tejomayananda and also Swami Advaitananda and other
visiting Acharyas of Chinmaya Mission.
Donation: Overseas students have to pay a donation of US$.
for the course duration of TWO years to cover their boarding,
lodging, study materials etc;
Of Cost: Accommodation, food, clothes, books and medical
care will be provided free of cost by Tara Cultural Trust.
Deadline: 15th March 2008
: Personal interviews of all candidates will be conducted.Specific
locations will be intimated.
completing the course students may opt to work for Chinmaya
Mission or pursue their individual goals.
To: To receive an Application Form please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to The Chief Executive, Tara Cultural Trust, Sandeepany
Sadhanalaya, Saki Vihar Road, Powai, Mumbai - 400 072, India.
CORRESPONDENCE E-VEDANTA COURSE
Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) is pleased to invite
all spiritual students to enrol in it's progressive home study
programme for vedantic studies.
The primary aim of these courses is to provide clarity and
depth in a seeker's Vedantic studies. Each course covers in
a series of 24 detailed lessons, various central Vedantic concepts
as taught in introductory texts such as Vivekachudamani, Atma
Bodha, Vakya Vriti, and Panchadashi.
CIF'S one year correspondence Vedanta Course is offered on two
levels, Basic/Foundation and Advanced. While students must have
general Vedantic knowledge, before opting for the advanced course,
CIF's specific basic course is not a pre-requisite to sign up
for the advanced course, which provides an in-depth understanding
of principal Vedantic concepts
CIF: Established in 1989, CIF is a research centre for Sanskrit
and Indology, recognised by the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala,
India. Swami Chinmayananda visualized CIF as a bridge between
East and West, past and present, science and spirituality, pundit
and public. CIF is located in Kerala, India, at the maternal
ancestral home and birthplace of Advaita Vedantin, Adi Shankara.
Students may choose to enrol at any time during the year
in either a postal correspondence course or an online correspondence
course. (lessons are sent via email)
E - COURSE: US $100; POSTAL COURSE: US $175
TO REGISTER OR GET MORE DETAILS
OF HANUMANJI SIDHBARI
5th Mastakabhishekam, marking the Silver Jubilee of Hanumanji's
arrival in Sidhabari, was celebrated with great fanfare from
October 4th to 10th 2007. Pujya Guruji conducted a camp from
October 4th-7th, giving detailed talks on Hanuman Chalisa that
built up the tempo for the grand abhishekam that followed. The
devotees chanted the Sundar Kand on three days, covering the
entire chapter. Guruji met the camp delegates in smaller groups
every day for personal interaction. The newly initiated brahmacharis
from Mumbai enacted a play on Chiranjeevi Hanuman. On the 4th,
7th and 8th three moving episodes from Upanishad Ganga (television
serial of 52 episodes under production) were screened.
celebration gained momentum with a concert by Pandit Jasraj,
the doyen of Hindustani classical music. He came with a heart
full of love and devotion for Pujya Guruji and Hanumanji.
His disciples Ankita and Pandit Ratan Mohan Sharma, and the
accompanying artistes joined him with full fervour. The music
was an intense meditative experience for all those present
on the divine occasion.
rituals began on the 8th, with the traditional pujas and homas,
invoking the blessings of all the deities for the entire Chinmaya
Family around the world. The gold, silver, copper and earthen
kalasas numbering 1000, filled with waters from the sacred
rivers, were arranged beautifully and sanctified with special
pujas. There were four Pradhana Kalasas (traditional big brass
kalasas) to be offered to Sri Rama, Lord Shiva, Sri Hanumanji
and Pujya Gurudev. The Pradhana Kalasa in gold, to be offered
by Pujya Guruji adorned the top of the pyramid of kalasas
arranged in seven steps. The whole centre reverberated with
the Vedic mantras, bhajans and kirtan. Dhanvantari homam,
Rudram, Chamakam and Vasodhara Chamakam were performed on
the 9th morning. A large number of devotees joined the Rama
Sahasranama archana on the 8th evening and Hanuman Sahasranama
archana on the 9th evening performed by the utsava yajmaans,
the dainik yajmaans and those who were offering the kalasas.
was a sense of intense devotion and subdued excitement in
the air on the 10th, the actual day of the main Mastakabhishekam.
A special ramp had been constructed by the Indian Army, with
a beautiful canopy just behind Hanumanji, where devotees could
stand comfortably to offer the abhisheka. Swamini Gurupriyananda
had brought specialists from Brindavan for the flower decorations.
at 9.15am the four Pradhana Kalasas were taken by the pandits
to Sri Rama, Lord Shiva, Pujya Gurudev and Sri Hanumanji.
Then, invoking the blessings of Pujya Gurudev with the chanting
of the Chinmaya Stuti, Pujya Guruji, followed by the Acharyas,
led the procession up the ramp with kalasas on their heads.
One by one, the long line of devotees went up the ramp chanting
'Om Shri Rama Dootaya Namah', and offered the holy waters
by pouring it on Hanumanji, who smiled benevolently from His
mighty height. Later they assembled at Hanumanji's feet. Hundreds
of villagers had also come to pay their respects to the Lord
who protects them round the year. They sang bhajans in the
local Pahadi style. Guruji sang bhajans, transporting some
to deep silence and inspiring others to dance in devotion.
Finally, garlands, tulasi mala, angavastram, silver anklets
presented by a devotee, a red belt with 'Sri Rama Jaya Rama'
written on it in gold, and other offerings were made to Sri
Hanumanji, and arati was performed, drawing the function to
ochre robes shone with the presence of Swami Subhodhananda,
Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Shantananda, Swami Viviktananda,
Swami Dhyanananda, Swami Nikhilananda, Swami Chidatmananda,
Swami Chaitanyananda, Swami Advaitananda, Swami Madhavananda,
Swami Ramananda, Swamini Gangananda, Swamini Vimalananda,
Swamini Nishthananda, Swamini Apoorvananda, Swamini Amitananda,
Swamini Gurupriyananda and Swamini Shivapriyananda. Many other
Acharyas from India and abroad were also present. The brahmacharis
training in the Vedanta course in Sidhabari and the new initiates
from Mumbai under the leadership of Br. Samvid Chaitanya formed
the main taskforce in the group of volunteers. More than 1000
people had assembled for the abhishekam; most of the old devotees
had come and many new faces could be seen, symbolising the
Tejomayi Chinmaya Vibhooti. For the first time in 25 years,
Kamala Hall was just not big enough to hold all the delegates,
and so the Satsang Hall was also used for seating. A live
closed circuit television was arranged for those who were
doing puja in the Satsang Hall and outside for the devotees
gathered to view the proceedings.
R. Krishnamurti, fondly called 'Chinmaya Hanuman' by Pujya
Guruji, coordinated the entire function, as in all the previous
abhishekas, bringing alive the very spirit of Sri Hanumanji
with his enthusiastic service. Ten pandits from various parts
of the country, led by Sri Subbarama Shastrigal, performed
the rituals with meticulous attention to detail. Sri Subbarama
Shastrigal enlivened the function with his devotional songs
and divine kirtans.
excellent souvenir titled 'Hanuman - Ever in Service' prepared
by the Delhi Mission, was released on the occasion. Pujya
Guruji Swami Tejomayananda composed a special song called
'Vinaya Prarthana' that was sung by all the campers with great
gusto every day.
STUDENTS VISIT PRESIDENT OF INDIA
International Residential School, Coimbatore (CIRS) was fortunate
to be invited to the Rashtrapati Bhavan for an interaction with
His Excellency, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, President of India.
interaction was the culmination of an engagement initiated
by CIRS in line with President Kalam's 'Vision for India 2020'.
In November 2006, CIRS gave a vacation assignment to its students
on this subject and to make it more personal and relevant
to the young children, many of whom come from 19 other countries,
the topic was redesigned as ' My Vision for Myself, my Family,
my School and my Country - in 2020'.
response and the result of the students work was phenomenal!
It was as if their imaginations, dreams and thoughts have
got translated into words and pictures. Select projects were
forwarded to President Kalam for his perusal and that led
to his interest in meeting and interacting with the students
the appointed day, 32 students from Class VI to XII, accompanied
by 1 alumni and 4 teachers and Principal Anurag Sangal had
an enriching experience and learnt first hand as to why President
Kalam has been able to inspire the young generation and specially
caught the imagination of the whole country.
here to read a transcript of the interaction between President
Kalam graciously guided the delegation to the lawns for photo
seesion; and even during that time, kept on talking to the
younger students on matter of their interest - guiding, inspiring,
joking, laughing with them - making them feel comfortable
and at home. Each participant felt we were with an inspiring
teacher and a loving elder of the family.
CIRS received the President with a bouquet of flowers and
presented him with a CIRS Momento and some books published
by the Chinmaya Mission which were graciously accepted with
reverence by His Excellency.
was a memorable occasion for the young minds of CIRS to have
been so ignited by the President APJ Abdul Kalam.
IN THE PARK @ MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
26 November, a large suburban park in Melbourne, Australia resounded
to the roar of clashes between demons and Gods as Chinmaya Mission
in Australia celebrated its silver jubilee with a remarkable
outdoor performance of Ramayana at the Park. Passers
by as well as a dedicated crowd of 3000 were treated to a rich,
colourful and totally absorbing performance offered by devotees
of the Melbourne Mission.
if carried on the shoulders of Hanumanji, Swami Tejomayananda
and Swami Swaroopananda made a dash from commitments in India
to preside over the occasion and celebrate the 25-year anniversary
of Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayanandajis first visit down-under.
months of work, meetings with local council, promotions, auditions
and rehearsals, venue management, sponsorship, building of props
and design of costumes and endless meetings in the yajna spirit
culminated in a scintillating performance that delighted and
inspired the large audience. Click
here to read the full report.
ACHARYA'S CONFERENCE AT MUMBAI
to R (Sitting) - Swami Purushottamananda, Swami Tejomayananda,
L to R (Standing) - Swami Mitrananda, Swami Advayananda, Swami
Swaroopananda, Swami Kevalananda,Swami Nikhilananda, Swami
Dhyanananda, Swami Chidatmananda, Swami Madhavananda, Swami
Sadananda,Swami Viviktananda, Swami Subodhananda, Swamini
Vimalananda, Swami Ishwarananda
Senior Acharyas Conference was held from 14 16
January 2006 at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai. The main purpose
was to discuss ways and means to strengthen the organisation
and to chalk out the plans and programmes to achieve the same.
A follow-up meeting will be held in September this year. Similar
conferences are being planned for Acharyas and Mission workers
at the regional level.
POSTAL AND E-VEDANTA COURSES
would be aware that the Chinmaya International Foundation
(CIF) is already offering a Foundation Postal Vedanta Course
and E-Vedanta Course. In spite of the encouraging response
that we have been receiving for these courses, there has been
a growing need for an Advanced Course that gives an in-depth
understanding of important Vedantic concepts.
This letter is to bring to your attention the forthcoming
launch of the Advanced Postal Vedanta and E-Vedanta Courses
from CIF on Guru Purnima, the July 10th 2006. These will be
one-year home-study courses and are aimed at providing clarity
and depth to one's Vedantic study. All important Vedantic
concepts dealt with in the prakarana granthas, such as Tattva
Bodha, Atma Bodha, Vakya Vritti, Panchadashi, Vivekachudamani
and so on are covered in a series of 24 detailed lessons.
Please note that it is not a hard and fast rule that only
those who have already completed the CIF Foundation Postal
or E-Vedanta Course should register for this Advanced Course.
For your information, a brief write up of these Courses as
well as the registration details are to be found in the attachment
file. You may pass on the details about this course to interested
members of the Mission and ensure that adequate publicity
is given for the same through your announcements in the Study
Groups, Yajna Shalas and so on. Registration has already begun.
For advertisement material such as brochures, posters, or
for further information on these courses, you may contact
the Director, Chinmaya International Foundation, (address,
phone number and Email id in the attachment file).
On-line Registration, details of the courses and application
forms are also available for download.
those in the UK who would like to take these courses
register online and pay online, please click on the relevant
For Advanced Postal Vedanta Course click
For Advanced E-Vedanta Course click
For applicants who have registered online but would like to
pay in Pounds Sterling, please send a cheque (£100 for
Postal Vedanta or £60 for E-Vedanta), made payable to
"Chinmaya Mission UK" to Chinmaya Mission UK, Chinmaya
Kirti, 2 Egerton Gardens, Hendon, London, NW4 4BA. Please
write the name of the course you are applying for on the back
of the cheque. Please enclose a note with your name, address,
email address and phone number with the payment.
MESSAGE ON THE OCCASION OF CHINMAYA JAYANTI
on Chinmaya Jayanti Day!
Jayanti is a joyous occasion, when we remember with humility
and gratitude our great good fortune in overwhelmed with wonder
at having had Lord Krishna as a friend and guide, we also
recall our days with Gurudev and remember His many divine
qualities like fearlessness, intellectual brilliance, power
of speech, compassion, large-heartedness, all-encompassing
love and far-reaching vision. We must try to cultivate these
qualities in ourselves, in whatever small way we can.
Gurudev dedicated His life to serve mankind by spreading the
message of Vedanta. It was His life's mission to spread happiness
all around. He created a vast field for us to serve society.
As member of Chinmaya Mission, we must make the best use of
this opportunity to serve in whatever capacity we can. We
observe this day as Seva Day, when every center organises
service-oriented activities; but this seva must continue throughout
the year and express itself in all our actions and thoughts.
His mission, without division, to invoke His compassion. It
is the best way to show our love and gratitude to such a great
Master. May Pujya Gurudev's grace guide us at every step!
With Prem and Om,
DIKSHA - APRIL 2006
April 6, 2006, Ramanavami Day, Sannyas Deeksha was given to
the following Acharyas. They were bestowed orange robes and
given new names by Pujya Guruji, Swami Tejomayananda at Sandeepany
VIBHOOTI PHASE 1 INAUGURATION
is a blissful joy, to see a dream project actually taking shape
and giving goose pimples to the dreamers. Our Pujya Guruji Swami
Tejomayananda has been dreaming for the past few years of a
befitting gratitude to our Pujya Gurudev, H.H. Swami Chinmayananda,
for the way He dedicated His life to spirituality.
dream project Chinmaya Vibhooti, has taken the shape of a
bud and in good time it will soon bloom into a full-grown
flower. Pujya Guruji set the deadline of 25th Dec. 05, and
ever since the work speeded up, trying to meet the same. The
construction work has been divided into three phases and in
phase first, the Hanuman Mandir, Admin Block, Kitchen cum
dinning hall and four residential buildings to accommodate
about 200 devotees, are to be ready.
was decided to have a three day programme of Havans and Vastu
Pujas, for the installation of Hanuman Murti from 23rd Dec.
05 to 25th Dec.05. In the presence of Swami Brahamnandaji,
on the morning of 23rd Dec. 05, the fifteen priests from Pune,
headed by Pandit Arun Vasudev Vaze, started the Puja at 8
AM, with Mandap Vyavstha, Ganesh Pujan
followed by Punyaha Vachan. The Yajmans of the
day, Shrimati and Shri Pratapbhai Patel and Shrimati and Shri
Narain Bhatia sat in the portico of the beautifully decorated
Hanuman Mandir, to perform all the Pujas.
10-30 am Yajman deha shuddhi was performed, followed
by a beautiful recitation of a Sankalpa written
by Pujya Guruji in Sanskrit.. The English translation of the
Sankalp is as under:
purified mind for the pleasure of God and grace of Sri Gurudev,
and with their blessings for the all round development of
the world-wide Chinmaya Mission and the complete success of
the newly conceived Chinmaya Vibhooti project, I perform Pooja.
was followed by invoking Lord Ganesh, who is the remover of
all obstacles. Varun Devta and Pujya Gurudev too were invoked
for their blessings.
evening Pujas started at 4 PM in the Pandal, especially made
for the Havan. Here Hanumanjis Murti was kept covered
and Pujas like Asan Shudhi, Pindaka Sanskar,
Vastu Pratishtha were performed. The first spark
for the Havan was ignited by rubbing two pieces
of wood together.
the Abhishek was performed on Hanumanji, with various materials
like water from 5 rivers, mud collected under Cows feet,
Horses feet, Elephants feet, Yagna place, at the
crossing of 4 roads (Chatushpath), Snakes nest and 5
items of Cow Panchgavya-Milk, Gomutra, Gomaya, Dahi
and Ghee, Panchamrut-Milk, Curd, Honey, Butter, Sugar. Juice
collected from 5 trees Peepal, Adumber, Mango, Jambur
and Vat- Vriksha, 5 Precious stones, Grains - Dhanya, Fruits
- Fal, Fragrances - Gandha and Medicines Aushadhi
was then laid to rest for the night on a bed specially prepared
24th early morning, Hanumanji was made to sit up and again
mantras were chanted and Bhajans went on while Pujya Guruji
arrived from Mumbai at 10 am and along with Swami Purshotamananda
and Swami Brahamananda went into the Sanctum Santorum of the
Hanuman Mandir before installing the murti to do the Pran
Pratishtha. Hanumanji was then carried by devotees to
the temple and was installed on the pedestal with Ashtha
Gandh the gum from 8 trees, at 10-55 AM at the hands
of Pujya Guruji, Swami Purshotamananda and Swami Brahamananda.
25th morning Guruji along with Swami Purshotamanada and Swami
Brahamananda were received with Purna Kumbha at 10-15 AM and
along with other Swamis Guruji unveiled the plaque of the
Hanuman Mandir, which Pujya Guruji has named as Chinmaya
Maruti Mandir. Thereafter all the Swamis, Brahamcharis
and Trustees performed the Arti of Hanumanji, and then proceeded
to the Mandap specially erected for the occasion.
function started with Paduka Puja of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda.
This was followed by presentation of design of Chinmaya Vibhooti
project by architect Shri Nitin Kilawala and presentation
of theme of Journey with The Master by Shri Sunil
Sachdev and Shri Ramesh Mulye. Shri Sunil Sachdev said that
the concept of Journey with The Master will not
be an exhibition but it will be an experience. Shri Ramesh
Mulye explained in detail the project which was very much
M.C. for the day Shri Guruprasad, then gave vote of thanks
to the persons who have been helpful in the project. Guruji,
Swami Purshotamananda and Swami Brahmananda gave away the
tokens of appreciation.
Purshotamananda addressed the house full audience of approximately
2000 sitting in the mandap at North Hall of Admin Block. He
said that two MPs were required for the project, Man Power
and Money Power. Congratulating Swami Tejomayanandaji, he
said ideas have no legs and hands, but when heart is put in,
it becomes the work of love.
Brahamanandaji, said that Pujya Gurudevs vision was
to transform every individual and Chinmaya Vibhooti would
do the same. He mentioned that the Chinmaya Vibhooti specially
made badge for the function, which every one was wearing on
the left side over the heart, had monogram of Pujya Gurudevs
feet and His signature of Om. This meant that all of us must
always keep Pujya Gurudevs feet in his or her heart.
Swami Tejomayanandaji started by thanking the Kolwanwasis
in Marathi and assured them that especially for them he would
conduct lectures in Marathi too, once the place was ready.
He told the Kolwanwasis in Marathi that Tumcha Amcha
Jamlo, means we have both clicked.
then reverting to English explained that if followers do not
understand the vision of the master, then a Sadhanalya
could become Aushdhalaya or Keshkartnalaya. So we must
express our gratitude in the right way to our beloved and
revered Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. He said that since
Hanumanji is a guardian and protector, so we have brought
him first and Ganesh, the Lord of Knowledge will be the main
Deity of Chinmaya Vibhooti and He will be installed on the
top of hill, so that His knowledge flows down to the devotees
coming to Chinmaya Vibhooti..
then sang the Bhajan Veer Maruti, and the gathering
of over 2000 chanted along with him. The
programme ended with sumptuous Prasad at the new Kitchen-Dinning
Chinmaya Mission UK, Chinmaya Kirti, 2 Egerton Gardens, Hendon, London NW4 4BA
Tel: 0208 203 6288
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