Swamins, Brahmacharins and Members of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide
Bhagavad Gita is the USP of Chinmaya Mission and Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda is well-known across the world as the ‘Gita Acharya’ who played a pivotal role in bringing the Gita from the Puja room to the drawing room.
Pujya Gurudev emphasised the importance of “catching ’em young”, and thus Bhagavad Gita Chanting Competitions were introduced. I am happy that many of our Chinmaya Mission Centres globally have this as a regular feature in their annual calendar of activities.
In the run-up to the 75th year of the Chinmaya Movement, it is proposed to conduct state level Bhagavad Gita Chanting competitions this year (in countries where there are states or regions), followed by national/country level competitions in the years 2024 and 2025 and an international level competition in the year 2026.
Since 2020, the Chinmaya Gita Chanting Competition (CGCC) is being coordinated by a central team comprising members from Central Chinmaya Mission Trust and coordinators from various parts of the globe, including zone-wise coordinators in India. There is now a need to expand and include more members from different geographies to strengthen the existing team. Sevaks and sevikas can take up the opportunity of offering their services towards this great cause. One can reach out to one’s regional coordinator for more details on how one can contribute.
The outreach through the Bhagavad Gita Chanting Competition has been 2 lakh (200,000) children in the year 2022. With all Centres opening up post COVID, the target for 2023 is 10 lakh (one million) children. This year, Chapter 4 of Bhagavad Gita has been chosen for the competition. Focused efforts are required by each one of us to take Bhagavad Gita to the maximum number of people and to every home in the years to come.
May Pujya Gurudev’s blessings be upon one and all.
At His feet,