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Overview

Chinmaya Mission Orlando will be conducting the annual Geeta Chanting Competition in April 2018. This year's contest will be based on Chapter 2, "Sankhya Yoga".

Event Details

The contest is usually held in April and the date has not been finalized yet.  Since this is a large chapter, we have selected a smaller subset consisting of verses 11 through 38 and 54 through 72. Here are the recommended number of verses expected to be learned based on the philosophy class that the child is in. Those children who wish to learn more than this number are welcome to do so and bonus points are awarded for doing that.

Gods and Goddesses, ABC of Vedanta – Verses 54 through 63 (10 verses)
Shree Hanuman, Saints and Sages, Bala Ramayana, Bala Bhagavatam – Verses 54 through 72 (19 verses)
All other classes – Verses 54 through 72 and Verses 11 through 38 (47 verses combined)

General Information and guidelines

-- Children should be in proper attire. Indian outfit is preferred.
-- Children are advised to do 'Namaskar' to the altar in general, to the judges and audience
-- Children should speak up loudly when asked to tell their names, age and how many verses they know
-- Children should show confidence, boldness, eagerness and enthusiasm
-- Children who chant more than required verses will get bonus points
-- Geeta Chanting Practice CDs are available in the bookstore (Chinmaya Vani) and MP3 is available for download in the resources section below.

Please note that children are encouraged to take part in the competition even if they do not know the required number of verses for their age group.

Resources

To assist with the preparation, we are providing the text of the chapter in Sanskrit/Devanagari and English transliteration. Audio rendition of the chapter by Swami Brahmananda is also being made available in two formats - a full length version that contains the entire chapter or smaller snippets containing individual verses. Please left click on the links below to access these or right click to download and save on your machine.

General pronunciation guidelines (courtesy of Chinmaya Mission Tri-state center)
Chapter 2 - English transliteration (PDF)
Chapter 2 - MP3 audio (full length)
Chapter 2 MP3s by verse - 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this really a competition and won't the children get stressed out by it?
A: It is important to emphasize that the only goal here is to introduce the children to the world of the Geeta. Therefore, anyone who participates is already a winner and we give medals to all the participants. At the same time, we also recognize the top performers in each age group. As long as the goal and spirit of the event are properly explained to the children, they will not be stressed by it.

Q: If the children don't know the meaning of the verses, is there any point in chanting?
A: Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda has composed a little couplet in Sanskrit that elegantly answers this question, See his quotation on the right. The English translation is - "From this recitation of the Bhagavad Geeta arises the desire to know its meaning, which in time matures into Knowledge that results in total fulfillment." As he explains, what is memorized today may spark a search for knowledge tomorrow or sometime in the future. When that happens, the knowledge will then stand them in good stead.

Q: Why should the verses be memorized?
A: Our scriptures and history have been passed down to us through an oral tradition that goes back thousands of years. Here we are continuing that tradition which is an important part of our heritage. Our ancestors had prodigious powers of memory and transmitting the knowledge verbally through the Guru-Shishya parampara allowed for a level of intimacy and proficiency that would not be possible through written materials. Similarly, chanting the Geeta verses by reading from a book will not provide long-term benefits because the contents will not register deeply. By memorizing the verses, we are planting seeds that will bear fruit at a later time.

Q: If parents don't know how to chant or don't know the meaning of the verses, how can they help their children?
A: This is a great opportunity for adults to learn chanting by listening to the audio available on this site. They can also read Swami Chinmayananda's book "The Holy Geeta" which provides the meaning and detailed commentary on each verse.

Q: Children are so busy with school work and other activities. When will they have time to learn this?
A: We are teaching chanting to all children during their regular philosophy classes. But this does need to be supplemented by some practice at home and even a few minutes each day will help in this regard. If even that cannot be arranged, then one option may be to play the audio in the car during commutes or other car rides. It is amazing how much children are able to pick up by listening and chanting along. Audio CDs of Chapter 12 are available in our bookstore for a nominal charge.

Q: Children are already forced to learn so many other things these days, so will this be an undue burden for them?
A: Children are born with limitless potential. There are so many children in our center who have been participating in this event for years while continuing to excel in their academic endeavors and other extra curricular activities. We have had participants from under 3 years of age all the way up to high school students on the verge of graduating.

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Contact Us

Physical Address :
1221 Chinmaya Way,
Casselberry, FL, USA 32707
Phone: 407-699-7331 (Answered on Sundays from 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM. You can leave a message and we will call you back.)
Email: info[at]chinmayaorlando.org

NOTE: The street leading to our facility was recently renamed "Chinmaya Way". It used to be known previously as "Florida Road". The physical street signs reflect the new name but GPS units and smartphones may or may not recognize that name. If "Chinmaya Way" does not work for GPS navigation, please try "Florida Road" instead.

Mailing Address :
Chinmaya Mission of Orlando Inc.
PO Box 140461
Orlando FL 32814

If you need an immediate response, please contact any of the following:

  • Chandra Brahmasandra   (407) 376-9564
  • Satish Nagarajan (407) 314-9206
  • Vibhu Agrawal  (407) 963-6301

 

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