A GLIMPSE AT COMMENTATOR CHINMAYANANDA!

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One of my cousin brothers, working as an officer in the Defense Engineering Services  in Pune, Bombay  and other places was a staunch devotees of His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda.  He was transferred to Chennai.

When I was in teens, on one of my casual visits to the then Madras-present Chennai- my cousin broter took me to Mount Road Chordia Mansions  where Swami Chinmayananada was  performing Geetha Gyana Yanga.

Attracted by Swamiji, when I took to training later in my life ,

I used to start with a small quiz with the participants. I would ask them whether they can name the person who was a Bar-at-Law turned Spiritual master to thousands. It was the days of “KOWN BANEGA CROREPATHI” where Amitab Bachan used to give clues to elicit right answers. I will say in his ‘purvashrama’ his name started with “B” and later with ”C’. Next clue will be “He is one of the most versatile exponents of “Bhagwat Gita”. At times I used to get the right answer Swami Chinmayananda and most of the times get disappointed and attribute the phenomenon to the present generations’ devaluation and demonetization of values and virtues!!!!

PUNCTUALITY-THE PRIME VIRTUE

I used to refer to Swami Chinmayananda who had the assiduous attachment towards the virtue of “PUNCTUALITY” in the success of human beings.

In whichever part of the globe Swami Chinmayananda will have morning lectures for one hour 7.00 am to 8.00 am and evening Geetha Gnana Yagna for 90 minutes during 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm. I have heard a few of his Geetha lectures in my mid teens in Chordia Mansions, Mount Road, Chennai. Where ever he is staying in any city, he will be exactly to his time and start at 6.30 with “Brahmmanandham, parama sukhadham, kevalam , njaanamoorthim……….”

and end with “OM, Thath sath” at 8.00pm. He used to tell the audience that “My six thirty means it is six thirty- neither six twenty nine nor six thirty one. My eight o’clock means eight- neither seven fifty nine nor eight zero one; if you have an appointment at 8.05 next building, you can have it on time without fail!”

We have been brought up in that tradition quite intolerant to being ‘not punctual’.

Sandeepani Sadhanalaya

Swami Chinmayananda conceived the idea of a ‘modern-day gurukula’ to teach the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta to young men and women who would then take the knowledge back to their community. His vision was to build a group  of  full-time, well-educated trained preachers, without worldly ambitions or vested interests — brave and courageous — who were willing to leave personal ties and concerns behind, for a life of surrender to the Divine through service to mankind.

The purpose of the residential Vedanta Course is to provide an ideal opportunity for all those who want to learn and teach. In this two-year Course, students withdraw fully from worldly life and follow a disciplined schedule of classes and activities in an ashram setting to promote learning, reflection and contemplation. Thereafter, they are encouraged to work in the field as missionaries for their own people, although this is not a stipulation for joining the Course.

All Vedanta Institutes in the Chinmaya Mission are called ‘Sandeepany.’ This was the name selected by Swami Chinmayananda, after the name of Lord Krishna’s Guru – Rishi Sandeepany. The word ‘Sandeepany’ itself stands for ‘That which illumines.’ Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Mumbai was the first residential academy of Advaita Vedanta that opened its doors to the initial batch of thirty students in 1963. Swami Chinmayananda’s direct disciples became Acharyas of forty-seven successive Vedanta Courses in seven Sandeepany Sadhanalayas, setting in motion a multiplier effect with 741 students graduating in fifty years.

 

Central Chinmaya Mission Trust

Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Saki Vihar Road
powai, Mumbai – 400 072, India.
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In the year 1971, when I visited the then Bombay, present Mumbai, for the first time, I visited the Saadanalaya at Powai, Bombay.

Of course it is something that will remain evergreen in mind all through one’s life the experiences one was fortunate to acquire with noble Swamis like Chinmayananda.

Swami Chinamayananda has rendered yeoman service to our religion which according to him “is to give the MAXIMUM happiness to the MAXIMUM people to the MAXIMUM time”. His commentaries on various Upanishads are indeed unparalleled.

Normally Geetha commentary of Tilak “GEETHA Rahasya” is supposed to be one of the best works; it is also opined that Vinoba Bave’s commentary is also great. Swamiji’s commentary is deemed to be of very high order. HH Swami Chinmayananda’s “THOUSAND Ways to the Transcendental” is another excellent work of commentary on Vishnu Sahasranama.

Hailed as the second Swami Vivekananda, Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda (1916-1993) has left a great legacy behind for mankind. On realizing the true purpose of life,he worked tirelessly and with tremendous energy for more than four decades to spread the message of Vedanta. A great orator, writer, leader, patriot and spiritual giant, he is one of the finest representatives of Indian spiritual heritage. The sprawling worldwide organization of Chinmaya Mission carries on the torch lit by this great Saint.

He has written excellent commentaries in English on almost all the important Upanishads.

They were publishing a nice monthly magazine called “Thapovan Prasad.’

Inspirational Quotations by Swami Chinmayananda

Without devotion, knowledge is tasteless. Without knowledge, devotion is mere empty idol worship.

The greatness is not what we do but, unavoidably, it is always in how we do what we do.

The greatness in an ideology is not, in fact, in the ideology;
it is in the subject which lives that ideology.

‘Surrender inspite of Freedom’ is the way of wisemen.

You are successful and creative only when you see an opportunity in every difficult

 

There is no companion like solitude.

One who knows how to tune himself to the inner silence,
even in the midst of the din and roar of the marketplace,
enjoys a most recreative solitude.

Introspect daily, detect diligently, negate ruthlessly.

Every body dies, nobody dies.

Spiritual unfoldment cannot take place merely because of an intellectual appreciation of the theory of perfection. Evolution takes place only when a corresponding change in the subjective life is accomplished.

Mind alone is maya at play.

To assume differences in the world, is to belie this great Oneness in life.

Don’t die while living, live after you are dead.

Everyone points to the other man, who, according to him, is happier. But the only one, who has the courage to declare that he is truly happy, is he who has relinquished all his passions and hungers from within.

It is sure to be dark if you close your eyes.

More important than What is Behind you and what is Ahead of you is what is In you.
Seek it. Centred in it, act and live.

Brood less, smile

 

To define God is to defile God.

Grace is only to be found by effort, although it is here and now.

To understand anything is to find in it something which is our own.

Disappointment can come only to those who make appointments with the future.

Out of purity and silence come the words of power.

To listen is not merely to hear.
We in life, hear but very rarely do we know how to listen.
To Listen is to hear, with an intellectual alertness and attention of awareness.

Love is the heart of all religions; the theme of all classical works of art and literature; the song of all devotees. Scientists know only what love does, not what love is. Love is to human hearts what the sun is to flowers.

Universe is a cosmos and not a chaos. There exists a mental affinity; a scientific law;
a rhythm of mental relationship in which the entire living world is held together, in one web of love.

In all worthwhile undertakings, There will be risks of failure, of disappointments, of even disaster. To face them all with inner poise and firm faith is to discover the glory of final victory.

All disturbances and challenges rise not only from our relationship with others,
but in our attitude to all other things and beings.

If I rest, I rust.

Flood your mind with love. Look into the eyes of the other and embrace the person with whom you have quarreled.

Comfort – Comes as Guest, Lingers to become Host and stays to ENSLAVE us.

The spirit of Advaita is not to keep away from anything, but to keep in tune with everything.

Prosperity is like wine, which goes to the head, and makes man forget his Creator.
Adversity, on the contrary, sobers him and reminds him of God and his Glory.

Faith is, ‘To believe what you do not see’, the reward of which is, ‘you see what you believed’.

Wisdom is the assimilated knowledge in us, gained from an intelligent estimation and close study of our own direct and indirect experience in the world.

Happiness depends on what you can give, Not on what you can get.

Appreciating the mind as ‘ALL SILENCE’, ‘I AM’ is meditation.

To see the one in the many
Is the casual vision of knowledge.
To see the many in the one,
Is the mission wisdom.

Let not your choice leave behind a sense of guilt.

With this we complete this week’s Sunday Story. The idea came from my  journalist son from Bangalore to write something about Swamiji as a Sunday story. Next week we shall end this topic with more quotations of Chinmayananda.

We shall meet tomorrow as usual. Till then GOOD BYE!

HARI OM the way Chinmaya Mission members greet each other when they meet and leave!

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Swamiji explaining the concept of Body, Mind, Intellect.

MARCH 23rd. National Puppy Day

Among great creations of God-the Almighty-My Lord- all are fine and equal
Humans and birds, mountains and valleys, seas and tanks and lakes,lovely animal
All to live in peace and harmony one supplementing the other-joyful
Today March Twenty Third is National Puppy Day our pet in many homes!

Established in two thousand and six, National Puppy Day a paw-some day
For all dog enthusiasts to celebrate puppies’ unconditional love and fawn
Over the undeniable cute fur-balls that bring joy into this world.
We’re all softies when it comes to cute photos of our four-legged friends!

Today designed to raise awareness about puppy adoption.Let us Sit back
Relax and enjoy the endless stream of adorable puppy photos and bring home
A fluffy canine as our next best friend!Barking Street dogs retreats
As we bend as if to take a pebble-our problems in life retreat as we face bold!

My  great poet friend with his pet at home!

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March 22nd. National Goof Off Day

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Is it a funny day? No it is a serious day to think of and follow
We work , work, work and get tired-tired to the extent of requiring REST!
March Twenty Second National Goof Off Day is meant for that taking rest at best
Happily avail and enjoy a day of complete rest to body and mind-a test!

A day to relax, enjoy and goof off, doing something fun and leave the work
Until tomorrow. Everyone needs a break from time to time from hard work
Easy to get involved in the work and pressures in our lives. Let us stop,
Take a break, find something different! away from the routine!

A Maths lecturer of my times used to say when we ask for a leisure period.
If we read Algebra instead of Astronomy, it is a leisure hour
Not necessarily taking rest- let us spend time in a different fashion
That will amount to GOOF OFF DAY- wish you a day of such rest in attention!

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March 21st- A DIFFERENT “EARTH” HERE TODAY!

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Robert Browning who wrote GRAMMARIAN’S FUNERAL

 

Robert Browning and his Grammarian’s funeral are indeed great
“On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven, a perfect round.”
The line I like most as it has given me the vision for life.
” AIM HIGH, ACHIEVE HIGH” I used this thousands of time to motivate all!

The POET says:

That low man seeks a little thing to do,
Sees it and does it.
This high man, with a great thing to pursue,
Dies ere he knows it.

That low man goes on adding one to one,—
His hundred’s soon hit;
This high man, aiming at a million,
Misses an unit.
That has the world here—should he need the next,
Let the world mind him!
This throws himself on God, and unperplexed
Seeking shall find him.

Let us aim at a million- no matter we miss by an unit
A place in heaven is sure for me as my aim was high
ON THE EARTH THE BROKEN ARCS; IN THE HEAVEN A PERFECT ROUND
‘Aiming high and missing’ better than ‘aiming low and achieving’-joy unbound!

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March 20th- HOLY,HOLI, HOLI DAY is today!

HOLY FESTIVAL OF PLENTIFUL COLORS!

Lovely Nation-My homeland-India that is Bharath very great
Full of festivals over the year for the people to enjoy
In the North and South, East and West all over to make others happy
And the self to live in joy and harmony with all in the society!

March Twentieth today is HOLY, HOLI, HOLI DAY to enjoy
Festival Holi start on the night before with a Holika Dahan
People gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire,
Pray for their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika,
Sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, was killed in the fire.

The day is Rangwali Holi – a free-for-all festival of colours,
People smear each other with colours and drench each other.
Water guns and water-filled balloons are on full swing to
Color each other -friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman!

Children and elders. frolic and fight with colorsin streets, parks,
Temples and buildings carrying drums and other musical instruments,
Sing and dance, visit family, friends and foes to throw colored powders on all
Laugh and gossip, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks.

In the evening, dress up and visit friends and family.
Festival of plentiful colors-ever pleasing to the eyes!
Let us wish all a happy HOLY, HOLI, HOLI this day
Let the whole world flourish in colors all through the year!

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March 20th-International EARTH DAY!

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March Twentieth today is International Earth Day
The day’s purpose and objective quite noble and great-hey
WE listen to Mother Earth’s pleadings to keep it quite safe
Since we are indiscriminate in taking care of Mother!

We love this MOTHER EARTH for reasons several not far to seek
The Day is observed to remember that the great Mother Earth sleek
Its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.- God’s grace
We have to promote harmony with nature-its beauty with grace!

To ensure the Earth to achieve a just balance among all needs
The economic, social and environmental- with our deeds
For the present and future generations of humanity.
Lest we are bound to lose the grace of Mother Earth for eternity!

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March 19th-POULTRY DAY

National Poultry Day - March 19

Great Saint Poet, author of the Tamil magnum opus Thirukkural
Two thousand years ago appealed to the people to shun and
Give up meat eating!
Chapter Twenty Six

BYE TO MEAT EATING

1.
How can be graceful
One who takes animal’s flesh
To keep his flesh fresh!                                      (251)

2.
For the meat eaters
No grace left; wealth of no use
Who cares not but fritters!                               (252)

3.
The one who takes flesh
Sees not the grace of life great
Killer minds his knife!                               (253)

4.Non-killing is grace
Killing graceless; eating meat
Sure a sin – disgrace!                                       (254)
5.
Bye to meat! Lives saved!
Hell welcomes the meat eaters
Path to hell well laid!                                      (255)
6.
Killing life for meat
Selling flesh for money – sin
No more flesh to eat!                                       (256)
7.
Flesh – another’s sore
Realized one avoids meat
The world can’t ask for more!                           (257)
8.
Free from ignorance
Will abstain from meat eating
Meat – another’s life!                                      (258)
9.
Better than penance
Is giving up meat – a life
Killed for our pleasure!                                    (259)
10.
Who abstain from meat
The world salutes with respect
They kill not and greet!                                     (260)

Here we have NATIONAL POULTRY DAY today Nineteenth March
Eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast, an open-faced turkey avocado sandwich for lunch and then perhaps a good, ol’ fashioned fried chicken dinner to finish off the day. Poultry is the theme for March 19th as it is National Poultry Day.
Poultry refers to domestic birds that are raised for meat and eggs. These birds include chicken, turkey, ducks, geese, quail, and pheasant.  Poultry is farmed in large numbers with chickens being the most numerous.
Poultry can be prepared in many different ways including roasting, baking, frying, grilling, sautéing, steaming and roasting.

Look at these ignorant and innocent looking hen and rooster
Not knowing its fate in a minutes few at the hands of the men
Great creation of the Almighty, my great Lord Omnipotent
To be at peace and harmony with all HIS creations!

Let us try  and make efforts to follow the Tamil Poet Valluvar
And take to vegetarianism in all spirit good and valuable
And spare the valuable lives of all birds and animals
Live to the traditions of India that is Bharath our homeland!

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