15 Sep 2012

Message from Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development (CORD)

Dear ALL,

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 Award 2012.

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 website:


Voting lines are open from 7th September 2012 till 8th October 2012. Thank you.

Warm regards.

Office of the National Director
CORD Training Centre,
District Kangra,
Himachal Pradesh - 176 057
Ph: +91-1892-234322, 236987
Fax: +91-1892-235829
Email: cordsidhbari@gmail.com
URL: www.cord.org.in


15 Sep 2012

Hari Om

CIRS ranks no.1 boarding school in TN and Top 10 in India

Dear ALL,


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:

India's Best Boarding Schools

State Rankings

"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 sep.

Great news for the entire Chinmaya Family.

Congratulations to the team effort of all concerned.

Hari Om

Chinmaya Mission UK


27 July 2011

Chinmaya Mission Centres and Acharyas Worldwide

Dear All,

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.

In 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.

To 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.

Let 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 world.

With Prem & Om,


With 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.
This 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 .
We 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.
Participants 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 Vijayawada.
Highlight 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 21/12/09.
In 1986, Sri K.P. Daswani of Hong Kong organised Pujya Gurudev’s 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.
To process visa formalities, the Chinese authorities wanted a copy of Gurudev’s 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.
And now…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 world.
On 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.
In 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.
The 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. Daswani’s brother and sister-in-law), their son and daughter-in-law Prem and Reshma, and their four year old daughter Hansika.

Like 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
Thereafter 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
Thanks 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.
Pujya Gurudev’s 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! "
Chinmaya 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.
It 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 here
Pujya 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.
You can start right away studying the Course on the 26th Jan itself! Address your queries to the Administrator, Easy Sanskrit Online Course at easysanskrit@chinfo.org
Pujya 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.
This course will be conducted in the sylvan surroundings at the foothills of the Nilgiris at Chinmaya Vaidik Vidyapeeth, Chinmaya Gardens, Coimbatore.
v 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.
The 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 a purohit.
Click here to download Purohit Sponsorship Form
Click here to download details on joining the Purohit course.
CM 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.
The 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 winners.
The 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.
With 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 Tejomayanandaji.
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.

From the desk of Swami Tejomayananda
Dear Mission Members,

Hari 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.

With Prem and Om,

Letter from Dr Kshama Metre

Dear Chinmaya Mission Members,

Hari Om! Thank you for your kind greetings and message to Pujya Swamiji for the Padma Shri award.

It 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.

This award also acknowledges the many thousands of people who have contributed to the work in many diverse ways. My salutations to all.

To all of you in Chinmaya Mission, I extend my congratulations, as you are an essential part of this honour.

With warm regards,
Kshama Metre

Every year Puyja Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, confers Sannyas Deeksha (order of renunciation) to some Brahmacharis.
Yesterday, 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 :
Old Name New Name

Brahmacharini Bhakti Chaitanya Swamini Umânanda (France)
Brahmacharini Karuna Chaitanya Swamini Kirtanananda (Maharashtra
Brahmachari Avinash Chaitanya Swami Krishnâtmananda (Tamil Nadu)
Brahmachari Surya Chaitanya Swami Nigamananda (Orissa)
The 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."
  • Upanishad 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.
  • In 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, inner transformation.
  • The 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.
  • This 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."
  • A core of Chinmaya Mission acharyas and scholars will do the research and conceptualisation of each episode.
  • Chinmaya Mission has selected and appointed Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi (of Chankya fame) as the Creative Director of this serial.
  • The 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.
  • The serial will consist of a total of 52 episodes.
  • The cost of each episode is approximately $35,000.
  • To date over 13 episodes have been completed and previewed by the creators as well as people from various backgrounds. Their high acclaim and positive feedback has been greatly inspiring.
We invite all those who value this project to donate generously. All donations are tax-deductible.
Interested donors who wish to donate in US$ 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 ccmt@chinmayamission.org for details
This 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.

Situated 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, kindly click here.

If you would like to fund this project through funding or personal talents, please contact ccmt@chinmayamission.org. To learn more about the programs that will be offered at Chinmaya Naada Bindu, contact Director Promodini Rao at promodini_rao@yahoo.co.in

Two 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.

13 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Then 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!

The 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.

Last 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...
The 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.
Let 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!
His 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.
How 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.
Alright, 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.
By 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 with Gurudev.
And 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!
For 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.
One 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.
We 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 Abhishekam.

''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. ''
Incidentally, 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.....
It 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?
VEDANTA COURSE 2008 - 2010
Pujya 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
Eligibility: University graduates men or women unmarried, free from family encumbrances
Age 20 - 30 years, with a sincere interest in the study of Vedanta and a zeal to propagate the message of Rishis.
Acharyas: Swami Tejomayananda and also Swami Advaitananda and other visiting Acharyas of Chinmaya Mission.
Course Donation: Overseas students have to pay a donation of US$. 3500/-
for the course duration of TWO years to cover their boarding, lodging, study materials etc;
Free Of Cost: Accommodation, food, clothes, books and medical care will be provided free of cost by Tara Cultural Trust.
Application Deadline: 15th March 2008
Interview : Personal interviews of all candidates will be conducted.Specific locations will be intimated.
After completing the course students may opt to work for Chinmaya Mission or pursue their individual goals.
Apply To: To receive an Application Form please e-mail to jagadis@vsnl.net or write to The Chief Executive, Tara Cultural Trust, Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Saki Vihar Road, Powai, Mumbai - 400 072, India.
The Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF) is pleased to invite all spiritual students to enrol in it's progressive home study programme for vedantic studies.
Objective: 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.
Levels: 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
About 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.
Registration: 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)

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

There 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.

Exactly 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 a close.

The 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.

Sri 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.

An 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.

Chinmaya 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.

This 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'.

The 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 of CIRS.

On 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.

Please click here to read a transcript of the interaction between President Kalam
and the students.

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.

Earlier, 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.

It was a memorable occasion for the young minds of CIRS to have been so ignited by the President APJ Abdul Kalam.

On 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.

As 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 Chinmayanandaji’s first visit down-under.

Eighteen 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.
L to R (Sitting) - Swami Purushottamananda, Swami Tejomayananda, Swami Brahmananda
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
The Senior Acharya’s 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.
Hari Om!

You 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.

For those in the UK who would like to take these courses

To register online and pay online, please click on the relevant link:

For Advanced Postal Vedanta Course click here
For Advanced E-Vedanta Course click here

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.

Hari Om

Greetings on Chinmaya Jayanti Day!

Chinmaya 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.

Pujya 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.

Live 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,

Swami Tejomayananda

On 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 Sadhanalaya
It 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.

The 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.

It 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.

At 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:

“With 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”.

This was followed by invoking Lord Ganesh, who is the remover of all obstacles. Varun Devta and Pujya Gurudev too were invoked for their blessings.

The evening Pujas started at 4 PM in the Pandal, especially made for the Havan. Here Hanumanji’s 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.

Thereafter, the Abhishek was performed on Hanumanji, with various materials like water from 5 rivers, mud collected under Cow’s feet, Horse’s feet, Elephant’s feet, Yagna place, at the crossing of 4 roads (Chatushpath), Snake’s 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

Hanumanji was then laid to rest for the night on a bed specially prepared for Him.

On 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.

On 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.

The 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 appreciated.

Our 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.

Swami 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.

Swami Brahamanandaji, said that Pujya Gurudev’s 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 Gurudev’s feet and His signature of Om. This meant that all of us must always keep Pujya Gurudev’s feet in his or her heart.

Guruji 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.

Guruji 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..

Guruji 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 hall.

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