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Life of Vision by Pujya Guruji – Part 4 - Death! How to look at one's mortality!

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Life of Vision by Pujya Guruji – Part 4 - Death! How to look at one's mortality! Life of Vision is a compilation of Sanskrit verses that mark important occasions in our lives. These have been composed by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda ji. The book is available in Chinmaya publications and a must to own. Below are notes taken from talks by Guruji on these very pertinent topics on how to lead one’s life. The songs from the book and their literal meanings have not been included in the notes below.

Life of Vision by Pujya Guruji – Part 3 (Day 4)

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Life of Vision by Pujya Guruji – Part 3 (Day 4) Life of Vision is a compilation of Sanskrit verses that mark important occasions in our lives. These have been composed by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda ji. The book is available in Chinmaya publications and a must to own. Below are notes taken from talks by Guruji on these very pertinent topics on how to lead one’s life. The songs from the book and their literal meanings have not been included in the notes below. Life is not just full of happy moments. There is another side to life. Vedanta teaches us how to look at life wholly and not in parts. In Gita CH 11, first Arjuna was happy to see only divine forms of Lord and later on was agitated and scared to see the fiery forms. Shoka sAntvanA – Condolences

Life of Vision by Pujya Guruji – Part 2 (Day 3)

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Life of Vision is a compilation of Sanskrit verses that mark important occasions in our lives. These have been composed by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda ji. The book is available in Chinmaya publications and a must to own. Below are notes taken from talks by Guruji on these very pertinent topics on how to lead one’s life. The songs from the book and their literal meanings have not been included in the notes below. Prarthana Gitam Teach child to pray and not beggary. Prayer shows our state of mind . We should ask Lord to guide us in life. Prayer is Tuning our mind to the source of all Knowledge and virtues within. 2G (God and Guru) alone can guide . It is most important who our guide is. All follow their own mind alone. Hence it is imperative we purify our mind.

Life of Vision by Pujya Guruji - Wedding & House warming - Day 1

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Life of Vision by Pujya Guruji - Part 1 (Day 1) Life of Vision is a compilation of Sanskrit verses that mark important occasions in our lives. These have been composed by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda ji. The book is available in Chinmaya publications and a must to own. Below are notes taken from talks by Guruji on these very pertinent topics on how to lead one’s life. The songs from the book and their literal meanings have not been included in the notes below.

Excerpts from talks on Bhagavad Gita CH15 by Pujya Guruji - Day 7

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Pujya Guruji and Swami Swaroopananda ji Excerpts from talks on Bhagavad Gita CH15 by Pujya Guruji - Day 7 (Verses 19 – 20) Uttama purusha, who is above kshara and akshara is Lord, Purushottama and He is Urdvam mulam of kshara and akshara purusha. Kshara is ephemeral, perishable and akshara (the imperishable jiva) is also only relative. Like temporary and permanent jobs are both only relative where the company itself is going bankrupt.

Excerpts from talks on Bhagavad Gita CH15 by Pujya Guruji - Day 6

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Pujya Gurudev and Pujya Guruji Excerpts from talks on Bhagavad Gita CH15 by Pujya Guruji - Day 6 (Verses 14 – 18) Coming further closer Bhagavan points out that becoming digestive fire he works 24/7 in all beings not just humans. One definition of God says He is the doer of those things for which we can't take credit . We can't take credit for anything anyway.

Excerpts from talks on Bhagavad Gita CH15 by Pujya Guruji - Day 5

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Pujya Guruji and Pujya Gurudev Day 5 (Verses 9 – 13) Q : Jiva takes away all 5 senses along with mind and goes to another body but what if it goes to a unicellular body? Ans : The senses remain dormant. As in a child, certain faculties are unmanifest till the equipment becomes fit. When upadhi is fit, the faculties becomes manifest. Logical proof for rebirth : If rebirth is not accepted the following logical fallacies will be there.

Excerpts from talks on Bhagavad Gita CH15 by Pujya Guruji - Day 4

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Pujya Gurudev & Guruji In the first 2 verses, Krishna describes Life in samsara through a metaphor . Jivas because of vasanas get deeply rooted and by karmas go up and down the branches, various worlds. In verses 3 & 4, Krishna urges us - With Vivek and Vairagaya cut down the tree of samsara . These are like the two wings of a seeker to soar high in meditation on Truth and reach the destination, our own true Self. Verse 5 enumerates qualifications of a seeker needed to attain the goal. Verse 6 talks about the goal, destination. One with purity of mind and clarity of thought reach avyaya Padam. What is it? Where the luminaries, Sun, Moon and Fire cannot illumine and reaching which there is no returning to samsara.

Excerpts from the Master on Bhagavad Gita CH15 - Day 3

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HH Swami Tejomayananda The world is only as important as you think it is. Bondages and attachment are inside me not outside. Stages of vairagaya Non dependence on external things – realize that one can live without these things also Realise the problems sense objects create Being without both likes and dislikes for sense objects I want nothing more from them. Grown out of desires At first though forcefully done then once we start enjoying the taste of fruits of dispassion, we find the inner drive. First detach from lower, stand apart and then start enquiring what the absolute is.

Excerpts from The Master on Bhagavad Gita CH15 - Day 2

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H H Swami Tejomayananda World we live in and our life is samsara. Point to reflect: I and this world arise and settle together. What is the cause of this samsar? That which is part of effect cannot be its cause. Hence atoms, elements, etc can only be called immediate causes but not the ultimate cause. If we trace back the cause of even a piece of cloth, we go to seed, earth, water, space and finally existence alone.

Excerpts from Gita Chapter 15 - Day 1 by Pujya Guruji

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H H Swami Tejomayananda There is something in this world that can take any  amount of burden and that is a statement which can take any depth in meaning. The question we must ask ourselves, Do I learn something from Gita and change... Even 1 stmt can transform you. Knowing about a thing or person and knowing that thing or person is different. Only that person can know God to whom God reveals Himself. We should become Partha and not anartha.

Interview with Swami Chinmayananda, translated into Thamizh

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குருதேவருடன் பத்திரிக்கையாளர் டேவிட் ஸ்நோ நடத்திய பேட்டி University of Sandiego, Sandiego CA 1992 இல் பல்கலைகழக சுற்றுப்பயணத்தின் போது கலிஃபோர்னியா பல்கலைகழகத்தில் கார்டியன் பத்திரிக்கையாளருக்குக் கொடுத்த பேட்டியின் சில பகுதிகள் இங்கே. மொழிப்பெயர்த்தவர் - Dr. S.வத்ஸலா, Chinmaya Gardens, Coimbatore டேவிட் ஸ்நோ :             இந்த உரையாடலை நான் ஒலிப்பதிவு செய்யலாமா ? சுவாமி சின்மயாநந்தர் :             நான் எதையும் ரகசியமாக சொல்வதில்லை . டேவிட் ஸ்நோ : உங்களுடைய புத்தகங்களில் நீங்கள் கற்றுத்தரும் கருத்துக்கள் மற்ற எல்லா உலக மதங்களையும் வெகுவாக மதிக்க கற்றுத்தரும் என்று குறிப்பிடுகிறீர்கள் . அது எப்படி ?

Balavihar Sevak Training - Sep 2019

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Sep 11, 2019 Wednesday 12 panchayats - 30 villages - 60 volunteers Chinmaya Mission Thamaraipakkam conducted a training program for volunteers who are willing to conduct Balavihar classes in villages.  They were taught how to take class, tell stories, chant slokas , conduct games, organise activities for children of grades 2 through 8. They were also provided with teachers' guide for reference. The sevaks also demonstrated a sample session as a group activity.  The youngsters are empowered to be Balavihar teachers.

Yajna at Tirupachur

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August 25th – 30th, 2019 Jnana Yajna by Sw Anuttamananda ji (Chinmaya Mission Karur) at Tirupachur, Jai Maruthi Vidyalaya. The 6-day yajna in Thamizh on Shivapuranam was attended by more than 100 devotees. It was well received by the locals.

Drug Demand Reduction program

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Drug Demand Reduction program was conducted by Smt.Shanthi Krishnamoorthy, Director of CCMT Education Cell for the children of Std 8 to 10. This awareness program is done in collaboration with Ministry of Social Justice. The program was also attended by the CORD staff and Village Volunteer Resource Persons from the nearby villages served by CORD. Students were given a questionnaire which made them think about the ill effects of drugs and their level of knowledge on the effects of drugs in personal and social life. Supported by Power point presentation and videos, Smt.Shanthi ji made the children aware of evil situations being faced by people in the society due to drugs.

Potential to Performance - a youth workshop

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August 25th A motivational workshop by Sw Anukoolananda for the youngsters to identify their potential and be successful. The workshop was attended by 45 youngsters and was participatory & interactive.

Krishna Janmashtami celebrations

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Shri Krishna Kanhaiya Lal Ki…..Jaiiii !!! Reverberated all over Chinmaya Sarveshwara ashram for the whole day on the occasion of Gokulashtami Celebrations by Harihara Vidalaya Children. All children came in traditional clothes and celebrated the birth of Lord Krishna in their own way. Movie on Lord Krishna was shown to children from classes 2,3 &4. Children from Std 10, conducted Uri Adi (Dahi handi utsav) for classes 5 & 6. Std 9 children decorated a palenquin for the blue boy. Students of Std 6, 7 & 8 took part in Rangoli competition and madethe floor colourful with various lilas of Krishna. Finally the procession took off with KG children dressed up and arrayed as Krishna and Radha. Children sang and danced all the way in mirth. The program concluded with Puja and Mangala Arati.

Arupadai veedu yatra

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August 10th to 13th, 2019 168 members - 20 panchayats A yatra for the villagers in & around Thamaraipakkam was organised by Chinmaya Sarveshwara. The CSK team (Chinmaya SethuKaari) took lead in the planning and execution of this yatra. Hemanathan and Vadivelan deserve a special mention for the happy and memorable yatra. The villagers who participated in this yatra had the darshan of Lord Muruga in all the 6 houses. They also learnt about sanatana dharmam & glory of Hindu culture from Sw Ramakrishnanda ji & Sw Sakalanandaji who also traveled along. Everyday there were bhajans, puja and satsang . The 6 abodes of Lord Muruga Pazhamudhir cholai Thiruchchendur Pazhani Swami malai Tirutani Thirupparangundram

BHARATHIYAM - Inter College Culturals

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16th Inter college culturals program 10th Aug 2019, Saturday. 10 Colleges - 35 volunteers - 300 Students - 10 events Theme BHARATHIYAM - The true spirit of India Events - Singing, dance, quiz, skit, streetplay, mime, yoga, paper presentation, drawing, talent expo. This annual event held around Independence day every year paves the way for showcasing youth potential and inculcating love and pride for our Bharath. Organised by chyks, volunteering by pre chyks and HHV teachers. Thanks to all volunteers, judges and well-wishers Jai Hind!

Vaseeshwarar Temple cleaning

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On August 3rd, Pujya Gurudev’s samadhi day, 60 youngsters from Thamaraipakkam village took up the cleaning work of Vaseeshwarar Temple situated at Tirupachur, Tiruvallur district. The temple is 2000 years old and is built by Karikala chozhan. The seva instilled a sense of responsibility in the young minds in protecting the grand heritage handed over to us through many generations. The work was initiated and accomplished by the CSK (Chinmaya Sethukari) and CHYK (Chinmaya Yuva Kendra) wing of Chinmaya Mission. Om Shri mandhiroddhaarakaya namaha. (Salutations to the one who renovated dilapidated temples).

Testimonial - Dr.Kamala Chidambaram

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Dr.Kamla Chidambaram In the initial days, Chyks from Chennai including Swami Mitrananda ji and others started coming to Thamaraipakkam in bikes on Sundays with medicine samples they collect from doctors and distributed it to people who needed it. It was like a small camp under a tree and then slowly slowly doctors started accompanying them and I used to come whenever I could. Then medical camps were started in the villages and the temple and ashram construction also started. Then ACMC’s building was also under construction and the day before the temple’s consecration, ACMC was inaugurated by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda.

ACMC History

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History of ACMC - Ananth Charitable Medical Center It was the day of Bhoomi puja for Sarveshwara Dhyana Nilayam. Pujya Gurudev was taking a stroll after the pooja surveying the site when a woman carrying an infant came running to Gurudev. She was crying as she laid the child at Gurudev's feet. She was desperate to save her sick child. In those days (1987), there were no hospitals or clinics owned by Government or private in proximity. The sick had to travel all the way to Chennai Government Hospital on those poorly laid roads. To add to this, bus transportation was not frequent. Gurudev looked at the woman and the infant. Turning around to the devotees present around He said " A clinic should be here prior to the temple ". Shri Ananth, a devotee present in the crowd made an instant donation towards the medical center. Two years later when Pujya Gurudev arrived to consecrate the lingam temple in Oct 1989, AFMC (Ananth Free Medical Center) was up and ready to be inaugura

Br Vignesh Chaitanya

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Brahmachari Vignesh Chaitanya . He is popularly known as Ganesh anna in the Thamaraipakkam locality. He used to volunteer at ACMC regularly during the years 1996 to 2003. Every week, he used to stay in the ashram from Friday to Monday. Under the guidance of Dr.Mrudula Menon, he along with other chyks, used to clean the clinic, allot tokens and distribute medicines. During the years 2004 to 2011, his visits were reduced but still he came for important events and functions. In his own words :    I experienced the joy of service. And this place had always connected me with reality & made me think beyond life . 

Muttrodhal - Tiruvasagam Parayanam

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On the auspicious day of chitra pournami (April 19th, 2019 Friday), Muttrodhal  ( முற்றோதல் ) - chanting of entire Tiruvasagam was done at Chinmaya Sarveshwara, Thamaraipakkam. This worship of the Lord with the songs of Saint Manickavasagar was attended by 100 plus devotees. Annadhanam was also offered to all devotees.

Vilakku Puja

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Vilakku Puja on the auspicious day of Chitra Pournami, April 19th, Friday. Around 300 villagers participated in this samashti prarthanaa. Devotees were given spiritual food for thought and annadanam maha prasad. Chyks, HHV teachers, students and parents volunteered for various seva like decorations, puja kit preparation, registrations, food packing, prasadam distribution etc.