August 2008 Newsletter

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Newsletter - August 2008
Chinmaya Mission Orlando - www.chinmayaorlando.org
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.
 
 
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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."

Swami Jyotirmayananda 

 

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Blessed 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

Love,
Dr. Shailaja Nadkarni
President,
Chinmaya Mission Orlando
Message from our Pujya Guruji Sw. Tejomayananda
Friday, August 15, 2008
Blessed Self,                                                                                                               
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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,
Tejomayananda
Upcoming Events
Event
Date/Time
Venue
 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.

My personal experience at the camp was very memorable. I was given the opportunity by Arpitaji to teach a class for the balavihar children on the value of equanimity and its importance in our life. Throughout the camp, the Chyks were given time daily to do seva activities and help the younger children.

Rocky Gap Resort was extremely beautiful and in our spare time, the Chyks would go kayaking, golfing, and paddle boating in the midst of the lake and mountains setting.

The camp came to a conclusion with the Guru Paduka Puja and Guruji’s message on the occasion of the Mahasamadhi. “Our Gurudev though unmanifest after Mahasamadhi, now shines in our hearts as our very own self. By His grace alone, all of our works are accomplished. Unto that ever manifest Guru, we reverently bow.”

With this, the camp concluded and once again we were all ready to enter the real world, stronger and confident of ourselves and to practice the teachings of Guriji and other Acharyas.

Avni Solanki

Enchanting Tales
Can A Cracked Egg Be Hatched?

ramana.gifIt 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.
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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 sensestabla.jpg.

Tabla is a popular Indian percussion instrument used in the classical, popular and religious music of the Indian subcontinent and in Hindustani classical music. The instrument consists of a pair of hand drums of contrasting sizes and timbres. The term tabla is derived from an Arabic word which means "drum."

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/

Divine Chants
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Karagre Vasate Lakshmi
Kara Mule Saraswati
Kara Madhye Tu Govindah
Prabate Kara Darshanam


Sanskrit to English Word Meaning
Karagre-on the tip of your fingers; vasate- dwells; Lakshmi- the Goddess of Prosperity, Lakshmi; karamule- on the base of your hands; Saraswati- the Goddess of Knowledge Saraswati; karamadhye- in the middle of your hands; tu-whereas; Govindah-the Lord Govinda; prabhate-in the morning; karadarshanam-look at your palm.

Translation
On the tip of your fingers is Goddess Lakshmi; on the base of your fingers is Goddess Sarasvati; in the middle of your fingers is Lord Govinda. In this manner, look at your palm

 

Explanation
This is a Morning Prayer called “karadarshana”. One begins the day with this prayer. ‘kara” means the palm of the hand and it stands for the five karmendriyas, or the organs of action. While looking at the palm, one invokes the Lord in the form of various deities, thus sanctifying all the actions that will be done during the day. By acknowledging the Lord as the giver of the capacity to perform actions and as the giver of the fruits of those actions, one sanctifies the actions. Thus, one prays in the morning to reinforce the attitude that all actions are performed as a service to the Lord.

New Balavihar building expansion project - Update

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Delicious Living - Eggless Cake

Recipe for Eggless cake by Ms. Nina Adhav

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Ingredients: 

3 cups of Flour
1 ¼ Cups of Sugar OR 1 1/2 if you like little more sweet (optional)
2 1/2 sticks of Butter  OR  1 1/2 Cup of Oil  (optional)
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1 cup of Milk or Butter Milk
1/3 cup Yogurt or Sour Cream

To make Chocolate Cake add 3 Table spoons  Unsweetened Coco Power (optional)
Any flavored Jams, Raspberry, Apricot, Strawberry etc.   
Need 2 Round pans or Rectangular to make 2 cakes for 2 layers       

Heat oven to 350 deg F.

Mix all dry ingredients,  then add liquid ingredients.

Mix well,  Spray your pans with Pam spray, and pour the mixture in 2 pans.  Bake it for 40 mins or if it needs little more browning on the top.  If you stick a squire in the cake should come clean.  Take it out of the oven let it cool.  Flip the cakes out of the pan.  Spread the Jam on one cake and put the other cake on the top. 
Cut and Serve.

"Tapovan" - Poem in Hindi by Ms. Geeta Pandit
Riddles

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riddle.gif1) What did the baby corn ask
the mother corn?

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
bananas. What do computers 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?

Scroll down for answers

Hanuman - Word Search Puzzle
Puzzle questions/Riddle Answers
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Find the following hidden words in the puzzle to your left:

1) anjaneya
2) bajrangbali
3) kapeeshwara
4) kesarinandan
5) maruti
6) manojavaya
7) pavanputra
8) ramaduta
9) sankatamochanan

Answer to the Riddles


1) Where is Pop Corn?
2) Tweny Four Carrot Ring
3) He was already stuffed
4) Computer chips
5) The letter M
6) United = Untied
7) Wholesome

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