Hundreds attend August talks on devotion by Swami Tejomayananda
From August 5- 9, 2014 Chinmaya Mission UK hosted a series of five evening talks by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda entitled ‘Devotional Intelligence’, based on Chapter 12 of the Bhagavad Geeta.
The Gyana Yagna (spiritual discourses), which took place at Logan Hall in Central London, attracted many newcomers intrigued by Guruji’s explanation on the logic of devotion. Around 500-600 people attended daily.
Swamini Umananda from Chinmaya Mission France and Swamini Amritananda from Chinmaya Mission New Zealand also graced the event.
Pujya Guruji guided the audience verse by verse, using practical and humorous examples to highlight simple ways in which one can cultivate devotion to evolve and live joyously.
Expounding on Sri Krishna’s eloquent logic, Pujya Guruji explained how knowledge and action devoid of devotion are incomplete.
In his brilliant and clear style, he described what Bhakti is, methods of devotion, the relationship between the Lord and a devotee and how devotion is an essential aspect of the spiritual path.
People of all ages and backgrounds attended the weeklong talks, including many long-standing and some new devotees from European countries including France, Holland, Switzerland and Germany. On the final evening, the Spronk family (devotees who are classical musicians from Holland) and members of Chinmaya Swaranjali UK performed together in Pujya Guruji’s presence before the final talk.
During the five evening talks there were stalls outlining the various wings of Chinmaya Mission UK: CHYK (18-35 years), Shishu/Bal Vihar and JCHYK (5-17 years), Senior Citizens, Sanskrit and Swaranjali. A wide range of Chinmaya Mission publications, DVDs and audio CDs sold well throughout the week.
Following the five evening discourses, Pujya Guruji visited ‘Chinmaya Vidya Nagari’ a newly acquired Chinmaya Mission UK property in Oxford, that will host retreats, camps and workshops for devotees in the west. It is Chinmaya Mission UK’s flagship offering for Pujya Gurudev’s birth centenary year.
Immediately after his London visit, Pujya Guruji flew to Gibraltar where he was hosted by Mrs. Deepa Aidasani and family.
Guruji conducted an evening talk on the topic “Why do good people suffer?” that was organised by Deepa along with the managing committee of the only Hindu temple in Gibraltar. The event was well attended by the Indian business community and also tourists of different nationalities who strayed into the temple attracted by the topic.
The talk explained who good people really are and what is suffering; concluding that good people never suffer as they are those who have a vision of oneness and hence will never hurt anyone, spreading only love and happiness.
Did you miss the talks? They are now available for purchase online at: http://chinmayauk.org/mp3store/