Newsletter - August 2008
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What we have is a gift from HIM. What we do with what we have is our Gift to HIM.
- Swami Chinmayananda
Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu
Guru Devo Maheshwaraha
Guru Saakshat Para Brahma
Tasmai Sree Gurave Namaha
Meaning: Guru is verily the representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weeds of ignorance. I salute such a Guru.
On July 18th we celebrated Guru Purnima at Kaivalya by offering our pranaams to Sadguru Swami Chinmayananda and all other spiritual Gurus. Following is an article by Swami Jyotirmayananda from Yoga Research Foundation, Miami giving us the significance of the Guru Purnima
"Gurupurnima serves to commemorate the wonderful personage Sage Vyasa, who was born on this day thousands of years ago. Sage Vyasa contributed to the propagation of vedic wisdom in a most dynamic way. He compiled the Vedas and wrote Mahabharata as well as numerous puranas. Gurupunima always falls on a full moon night. From that night starts the chaturmas with rainy season. Sanyasis who usually wander from place to place throughout the year settle down during the rainy season and perform intensive service to humanity by teaching the scriptures. Remember that until one realizes that is until one is liberated that everyone is child and a student. And you do not know where to turn because everywhere you see heavy clouds of karmas constantly pouring down rains. There is no security anywhere in the world. Life passes on and you are figuratively speaking a wanderer lost in a dense forest in a cold pouring rain but the you look around and notice a dim light in a distance and finally come to a shelter which fills you with warmth and peace. This is a figurative representation of the mystical setting to which an aspirant turns to the scriptures through the Guru.
It is god the in dweller in your heart who assumes the role of Guru to draw you out of the confines of the ego and lead you to realm of the transcendental self."
In this spiritual plan of discovering ourself "Self in All" the guidance of Sadguru is the guiding light. Starting with mother and father and culminating in Sadguru that one discovers the divine self in the temple of one's heart. We are blessed with the grace of God to be under such guidance - Shree Gurudev.
Let us join our hands to guide ourselves in this spiritual path with our precious children towards love and harmony leading to God. We are taking baby steps towards building a better place for our children. Let us put all our strength and will together to do the best of our capacity. Rest all is in God's hand. Remember that the divine hand is behind all the work that we do. Let us be instruments in God's hands.
Let us surrender at His feet and develop a joyous perspective of everything. Always be cheerful. May Peace be with all.
In "His" Service
Dr. Shailaja Nadkarni
Chinmaya Mission Orlando
|Message from our Pujya Guruji Sw. Tejomayananda|
Friday, August 15, 2008
Hari OM !
Greetings from Krishnalaya!
I was very happy to hear that our Chinmaya Mission Orlando families will be resuming study classes on August 24th and that you all are also making good progress on the Bala Vihar Classroom Expansion Project.
As you recommence your Study Groups and Bala Vihar classes, walk on with greater enthusiasm in your studies and deeper love in your heart. Expand your vision, grow spiritually, and continue to serve for the greater good.
May the Lord's grace and Pujya Gurudev's blessings guide you to the highest Goal!
With Love and OM,
| Balavihar 2008-09 session starts. "Open house"
||August 24th 2008, 9:00am - 12:00pm|| Casselberry Center
|Santoor concert by Pt. Nandkishor Muley and other great musicians
||Sept 27th 2008, 6:00pm-8:00pm||Kaivalya Hall|
| Diwali Celebration
||November 15 2008, 5:00pm||Venue to be announced
|My experience at Chinmaya Mission Washington Mahasamadhi Family Camp 2008 - Avni Solanki|
Getting to Know my Gap!
Rocky Gap. The gap of our knowledge and understanding. This gap has been mended after the Washington area Mahasamadhi camp in Cumberland, Maryland at the Rocky Gap Resort. The camp schedule was packed with classes on Upanishad Saaram and the popular question and answer sessions with Vivekji and Swami Ishwarananda. In the evenings, Mundaka Upanishad lectures were given by Guruji. Guruji’s lectures, bhajans, and his presence would leave everyone speechless. Nothing other than Guruji’s enchanting lectures could better fill the gap of knowledge that encompasses our daily lives.
|Can A Cracked Egg Be Hatched?
It was the early hours of the morning when Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi took his bath and went to take his towel that hung from a horizontally suspended bamboo, at one end of which a sparrow had built her nest and laid therein three or four eggs. Bhagavan’s hand came in contact with the nest and one of the eggs dropped down and cracked. He cried out to Madhavan, the personal attendant. "Look, look what I have done today!" So saying, He took the cracked egg in His hand looked at it with His tender eyes, and exclaimed: "Oh, the poor mother will be so sorrow-stricken and angry with me. Can the cracked eggshell be pieced together again? Let us try!" He said.
So saying, He took a piece of cloth, wetted it, wrapped it around the broken egg, and put it back in the mother's nest. Every three hours He would take out the cracked egg, remove the cloth, place the egg on His roseate palm, and gaze at it with His tender eyes for minutes together. Bhagavan was sending, with those wonderful looks of gentle Grace, life-giving beams into the cracked egg; putting ever-newer warmth and life into it.
This anxious concern and tenderness of Sri Maharshi continued from day to day for about a week. On the seventh day, He took out the egg, and with the astonishment of a schoolboy announced: "Look what a wonder! The crack has closed, and so the mother will be happy and will hatch her egg after all! My God has freed me from the sin of causing the loss of a life.
With this incident Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi has demonstrated the love and compassion we should have for all beings. He was truly bliss incarnate. He was full of love for all living beings and showed us a subtle miracle of hatching a broken egg with his nectarine vision.
|Why do we do what we do ?|
|Why do we do Namaste ?
Indians greet each other with Namaste. The two palms are placed together in front of the chest and the head bows whilst saying the word Namaste. Namaste could be just casual or formal greeting, cultural convention or an act of worship. However there is a great symbolism behind this greeting. In Sanskrit, Namaste means - I bow to you - greetings, salutations or prostration to you. It can also be literally interpreted as "nama"(not mine). It has spiritual significance of negating or reducing one’s ego in the presence of other.
The real meeting between the people is the meeting of their minds. When we greet another, we do so with Namaste, which means, "may our minds meet," indicated by the folded palms placed before the chest. The bowing down of the head is the gracious form of extending friendship in love and humility.
The Spiritual Meaning is even deeper.
The Life force, the Divinity, the Self or the Lord in me is same in all. Recognizing this oneness with the meeting of the palms, we salute with head bowed the Divinity in the person we meet. That is why sometimes, we close our eyes as we do Namaste to a revered person or the Lord - as if to look within.
When we know this significance, our greeting does not remain just a superficial gesture or word but paves way for a deeper communion with another in an atmosphere of Love and Respect.
|Tabla – Spiritual Significance|
The music of India is one of the oldest unbroken musical traditions in the world. The origin of Indian classical music goes back to the Vedic times, when the Rishis, deep in meditation, would contemplate different sound vibrations and tonal patterns and the effects it has on consciousness. Thus Indian classical music is more of a spiritual experience rather than just mere entertainment for the enjoyment of the senses.
Tabla is capable of producing two important sounds according to the Vedic scriptures, which is spiritual sound through vibration, and spiritual sound through striking an object. The tabla exemplifies these two teachings. When the tabla's membrane is felt, either before or after a performance, its vibrations speak of the celestial realms that music is derived from. When the tabla's membrane is struck, its sound exemplifies the earthly realms in which music is a part of. Thus, through the teachings of the Vedic hymns, music becomes the spiritual discipline which will beget an important self-realization.
Chinmaya Mission of Orlando will offer Tabla classes this Fall 2008 starting August 24th 2008. The classes will be conducted by world renowned Tabla & Santoor maestro Pandit Nandkishor Muley. For more information please visit our website at http://www.chinmayaorlando.org/
Prabhata shlokam (Morning Prayer)
Karagre Vasate Lakshmi
Kara Mule Saraswati
Kara Madhye Tu Govindah
Prabate Kara Darshanam
|New Balavihar building expansion project - Update|
Phase I of the new building construction project is all set to begin in October 2008. We are in the final phase of securing all the permits and clearances from the County. Phase I includes a beautiful patio-style dining facility for our Balavihar children. The dining facility will be conveniently located between the Kaivalya hall and Tapovan. We request all the parents and children to join us in praying for a successful start of this much-anticipated project.
|Delicious Living - Eggless Cake
Recipe for Eggless cake by Ms. Nina Adhav
3 cups of Flour
To make Chocolate Cake add 3 Table spoons Unsweetened Coco Power (optional)
|"Tapovan" - Poem in Hindi by Ms. Geeta Pandit
1) What did the baby corn ask
2) What did the rabbit give to his wife?
3) Why didn't the teddy bear eat any more?
4) Babies drink milk. Monkey's eat
5) What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment and never in a thousand years?
6) What word, by changing the position of one letter, turns into its opposite?
7) What word is it from which the whole may be taken and yet some will be left?
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|Hanuman - Word Search Puzzle
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