Chinmaya Mission UK are pleased to invite you to join our 2024 Gita Chanting competition. This year, we will be learning Chapter 4 of the Bhagavad Gita titled “jnäna-karma-sannyäsa-yoga”. The competition will be held in July 2024 and you can register here.
There are two categories under the competition – Chanting and Essay.
Chanting – open to all age groups. For children, verses are assigned based on their school year as of Sep 2023.
|School Year (as of Sep 2023)
|Reception, Year 1&2
|Year 3 – 5
|Year 6 – 8
|Year 9 and above
Essay – open to all age groups. One page essay (~500 words) on “How does knowing ourselves lead to a more fulfilled life”.
Chapter 4 reiterates the attitude a spiritual seeker must cultivate while performing one’s duty. Sri Krishna reminds us that nothing is more sacred or potent than knowing ourselves – it is the key to happiness, success and prosperity. The chapter concludes with the necessary qualities for acquiring this knowledge and Sri Krishna urges us to arise and act to achieve our true potential.
Text and Audio Links
1. Is this event open to people in all countries?
The event is open to those living in UK or Europe. If you live outside UK/Europe, please visit your local Chinmaya Mission centre for details of similar events happening in your area
2. How will participants learn the verses / meaning?
Children attending Balavihar will learn chanting as part of the class. For those unable to attend in-person BV classes, we offer weekly online Gita chanting lessons. In addition, if you would like to learn on your own, please access audio and text version on https://www.chinmayauk.org/gita-chanting-competition/
3. What are the benefits of chanting?
Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda, conducted over 500 Gita Jnana Yagnas. By participating, children and adults gain the precious opportunity to carry forward His work as well as creating a positive vibration within themselves and the environment around. Chanting offers several benefits. A few are listed below:
- Develops pure saṁskaras (impressions) and helps purify the mind
- Chanting vibrations produce a positive impact on the individual and the family
- Could inspire children to explore the meaning of the teachings in our scriptures
- Provides exposure to the Sanskrit language and promotes a sense of cultural identity
- Enables us to develop our memorization skills and develop and use our memory bank
- Equips us with tools that may be used in meditation e.g. ability to sit erect with minimal physical movements, the ability to collect our thoughts and focus our mind
4. Will the competition be held online or in person?
We will have an in-person option for those who are able to travel to Chinmaya Mission UK centre and a virtual option for others.