Newsletter - May 2010
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“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.”
- Swami Chinmayananda
Pujya Gurudev – As I See Him by Swami Tejomayananda
The Upanishads, Gita and innumerable spiritual texts and works use the most fascinating and powerful words to “describe” the indescribable Brahman. Every one of these words also describes Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda. Brahmavid brahmaiva bhavati – the knower of Brahman is verily Brahman. How can I ever “describe” Him better than these great scriptures? Yet I will try. Sri Dakshinamurty Stotram and Updesha Saram describe the Lord as ashtamurti – eight faceted divinity. For us, Pujya Gurudev is indeed the Lord Himself. Hence I will present some of my ideas and reminiscences about Him through few of His countless facets.
A vast visionary
A magnificent mentor
A lamp of love
Dharma is defined in scripture as "Yato'bhudaya-nihshreyasa Siddhih Sa Dharma". It means "That which promotes progress and liberation promotes spiritual evolution that is Dharma".
Dharma, the ethical value of our life should be the foundation of all our progress. For progress to be true, life must be based on ethical values. Let us all develop those values and live a life in harmony with all conducting our duties in Yagna spirit and with spirit of sacrifice.
With Lord's grace and Shree Gurudev's blessing our "Anna Shree" and Kitchen are working beautifully. This is all because of dedicated selfless sevaks and sevikas.
We are now progressing towards the 2nd phase of our construction:
1) Extension of Kaivalya Hall.
2) Larger library and book store.
3) Addition of classrooms.
We need everybody's help and co-operation to achieve this.
With prayers for great health and long life to Poojya Guruji.
In "His" Service
|Last day of Balavihar 2009-10 session (Awards Ceremony)
||Sunday, May 30th 2010 at 9:00am||Chinmaya Mission Orlando|
|CMO Movie Night & Fireworks||Sunday, July 4th 2010 (6:30pm)|| Chinmaya Mission Orlando
|Kids Summer Camp
|| July 12th 2010 to July 17th 2010
||Chinmaya Mission Orlando|
|| Sunday, July 25th 2010
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|Start of Balavihar 2010-11 session|| Sunday, August 15th 2010
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|"Anna Shree" CMO Dining Hall Inauguration
By Lord Shiva’s grace and Pujya Gurudev’s blessings and in the auspicious presence of Swami Shantananda, we inaugurated “Anna Shree”, our new Chinmaya Mission Orlando dining hall, on Feb 21st 2010. Swami Shantananda, the resident acharya of Chinmaya Misssion New Jersey, performed the ribbon cutting ceremony amidst Vedic Chantings.
The students of Balavihar celebrated the inauguration of Anna Shree by performing various cultural activities. The day’s proceedings started with a beautiful invocation dance by Pooja Chandrashekhar and ended with a play on “Divine Mother Annapurna Devi and Lord Shiva” - that brought out the importance of food and how each one of us can do our part in keeping the environment clean and green.
|"Acarya" - Swami Chinmayananda|
The Sanskrit word Acarya is commonly translated as “teacher”. It is often added to a person’s name to denote respect, as in Shankaracarya.
| Importance of Bhagavad Geeta Chanting for Children by Dr. Shailaja Nadkarni
As Poojya Shree Swami Chinmayananda used to explain - All children must learn at least the 12th and 15th Chapter of Bhagavad Geeta. If they can learn more, it is even better.
Geeta is the essence of Upanishads. It is taught by Lord Shree Krishna Himself to Arjuna. Lord's utterances are Shuddha Mantras, which purify oneself instantaneously. Children, even if they do not understand the meaning, also get purified.
As they grow and start understanding it advances our spiritual journey and brings the value in life. Bhagavad Geeta is our mother who nourishes us with nectarine teaching and leads one to the ultimate goal of life - Liberation from all bondages. May the young ones learn chanting.
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Parables of Ramakrishna Parmahamsa - Three robbers and a rich man.
Once a rich man was passing through a forest, when three robbers surrounded him and robbed him of all his wealth. After snatching all his possessions from him, one of the robbers said: "What's the good of keeping the man alive? Kill him".
Saying this, he was about to strike their victim with his sword, when the second robber interrupted and said: "There's no use in killing him. Let us bind him fast and leave him here. Then he won't be able to tell the police". Accordingly the robbers tied him with a rope, left him, and went away.
Sattva alone shows the way to God. It produces virtues like compassion, righteousness, and devotion. Sattva is like the last step of the stairs. Next to it is the roof. The Supreme Brahman is man's own abode. One cannot attain the Knowledge of Brahman unless one transcends the three gunas.
|Why do we do what we do ?|
Why do we chant Om?
Om is one of the most chanted sound symbols in India. It has a profound effect on the body and mind of the one who chants and also on the surroundings. Most mantras and vedic prayers start with Om.
All auspicious actions begin with Om. It is even used as a greeting - Om, Hari Om etc. It is repeated as a mantra or meditated upon. Its form is worshipped, contemplated upon or used as an auspicious sign.
Om is the universal name of the Lord. It is made up of the letters A (phonetically as in "around"), U (phonetically as in "put") and M (phonetically as in "mum"). The sound emerging from the vocal chords starts from the base of the throat as "A". With the coming together of the lips, "U" is formed and when the lips are closed, all sounds end in "M".
The three letters symbolize the three states (waking, dream and deep sleep), the three deities (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva), the three Vedas (Rig, Yajur and Sama) the three worlds (Bhuh, Bhuvah, Suvah) etc. The Lord is all these and beyond.
The formless, attributeless Lord (Brahman) is represented by the silence between two Om Chants. Om is also called pranava that means, "that (symbol or sound) by which the Lord is praised". The entire essence of the Vedas is enshrined in the word Om. It is said that the Lord started creating the world after chanting Om and atha. Hence its sound is considered to create an auspicious beginning for any task that we undertake. The Om chant should have the resounding sound of a bell (aaooommm).
Na tatra suryo bhaati na chandra taarakam
Nemaa vidyuto bhaanti kutoyamagnih
Tameva bhaantam anubhaati sarvam
Tasya bhasa sarvam idam vibhaati
He is there where the sun does not shine, Nor the moon, stars and lightning. Then what to talk of this small flame (in my hand), Everything (in the universe) shines only after the Lord, And by His light alone are we all illumined.
The above prayer reveals what sages of the Upanishadic period realized and gracefully expressed for our benefit what really can't be described.
|Delicious Living - Cucumber Dosa by Archana Magadi|
This is a typical South Karnataka snack. When you are bored of eating the same kind of dosa, then try the cucumber dosa. You will like it because it is healthy, less calories and tasty!
Note: This mixture will be coarse and not watery like a dosa batter. No water is required. Just the water from the grated cucumber is enough.
Procedure:Heat a tava and grease it a little bit. When the tava is warm, take a handful of the cucumber mixture and place at the center.
Pat the mixture using finger tips and spread it around starting from the center to form a circle. Use little water to spread this out if it becomes hot to handle.
This spreading should not be either too thick or thin, make it as even as possible.
Make about 4-5 small holes around the periphery and center of the circle using a spatula.
Put about 1 tsp of oil around the dosa and also 1 tsp into the small holes.
Cover this with a lid and let it stay for a minute on high heat.
After a minute if the backside of the dosa has turned brown color, then turn it around and cook for a while.
If it has not turned brown, then let it stay for a while or the dosa will break when trying to turn it around.
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