Geeta Chanting Competition

 

2017 CMWRC GEETA CHANTING COMPETITION

CHANT GEETA, ENCHANT KRISHNA, CELEBRATE CHINMAYA
Geeta Chapter 3 (Verses 1-21) – Karma Yoga: “The Art of Action”

 Competition Date: March 18/19 2017

THE HOLY GEETA

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Pujya Gurudev breathed, lived and talked Bhagavad Geeta throughout His life. For that reason Srimad Bhagavad Geeta is the heart of Chinmaya Mission.

Sri Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda, traveled the world carrying the message of the Geeta and conducted numerous Geeta Jnana Yajna, himself attained that very state of being. He is proof that the words of the Geeta are not just words of wisdom, but the teachings that can uplift anyone to the state of oneness with the Lord. One of Sri Gurudev’s 108 glorious names is ‘Karmaparayanaya’.

CMWRC GEETA CHANTING COMPETITION

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The CMWRC Geeta Chanting program is very near and dear to Pujya Swami Dheeranandaji. He nurtured it from its initial beginning as a small competitive event, with love and care, and has now institutionalized it into Children Summer Camp curriculum and Weekly Bala Vihar Common Time agenda. As our Geeta Acharya, Pujya Swamiji has expanded participation categories to include reading and comprehension, to invite greater adult participation. In keeping with His Guru’s mission, Pujya Swamiji is sowing the seed of Geeta Jnana in every CMWRC member, and through chanting and comprehension, making each of us more and more conscious of the knowledge of the Self.
The annual Geeta chanting competition will be held locally at all chapters and is open to children, youth and adults. Both Chinmaya Mission members and non-members of the greater Washington DC (DC, Maryland, and Virginia) are invited to participate. Everyone is encouraged to register and participate in a category that suits them – Memory, Memory/Comprehension, Reading, Reading/Comprehension or Writing (Reflection).

Why Chant Geeta?

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Verse composed by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda

 

From the recitation of the Bhagavad Geeta arises the desire to know its meaning. Thence arises the Knowledge (of the Self). From this Knowledge arises fulfillment. Hence an individual must recite the Bhagavad Geeta.The study of the Geeta is the key to opening the vast treasure of God’s love for us. It starts with chanting, then study, and over time, assimilating (embracing) that same love wholeheartedly and completely. Geeta Chanting allows one to begin this journey here and now, and opening themselves to the embrace of the infinite love.

Chapter 3 Verses 1-21: The Why, the How and the Attitude of performing Duty (or Action)

Arjuna seeks clarification on the purpose of performing duty, having heard Lord Krishna speak about highest knowledge as the means to liberation in the previous chapter.
The Lord describes that Karma Yoga also leads to liberation, and adds:
• Life involves action; hence no one can refrain from action.
• Selfish actions cause bondage; hence, perform actions as a prayer to the Lord to be free of bondage.
• Perform your obligatory duties in a spirit of sacrifice, to be free from attachments.
• The creator established the Law of Action: Do your duty in self-sacrificing mode in concert with others, sahayajna, then the desires will be fulfilled.
• Share the results of action with all, and partake the remains. Then one is free of sins.
• The cycle of work with self-sacrifice and sharing of results is rooted in the creation itself.
• A person contented in Self are freed from having to perform obligatory duties. They act spontaneously to benefit the totality.
• By your actions, thus performed, sets an example for others to follow. For, whatever a man of respect does, the others follow. Therefore, set an example for others to follow

Note: Couple of typos in the English meanings in 2017 Geeta Chanting Brochures. Please correct the following in your brochures

  • Verse 13 – correct “verify” to say “verily”
  • Verse 17 – correct “verify” to say “verily”

 

GEETA CHANTING COMPETITION RESULTS 2017


 

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GEETA CHANTING COMPETITION INFORMATION


Dates & Registrations


Date : March 18, 2017
Timings : 1-5 pm
Location: Chinmayam
46 Norwood Road,
Silver Spring MD 20905
Make up Request:geetachanting@chinmayadc.org

REGISTER FOR GEETA CHANTING AT Venue: CHINMAYAM, Silver Spring

Registration Notes:
1. Registration fee: $25
2. New Members or Non members: Please create new logins and proceed with Geeta Chanting Registration.
3. Make-up days are accommodated for exceptional cases and make up days will need to be before March 18, 2017


Date : March 18, 2017
Timings : Noon-4 pm
Location: Chinmaya Somnath
4350 Blue Spring Dr,
Chantilly, VA 20151
Make up Request:geetachanting@chinmayasomnath.org

REGISTER FOR GEETA CHANTING AT Venue: CHINMAYA SOMNATH, Chantilly

Registration Notes:
1. Registration fee: $25
2. New Members or Non members: Please create new logins and proceed with Geeta Chanting Registration.
3. Make-up days are accommodated for exceptional cases and make up days will need to be before March 18, 2017


Date : March 19, 2017
Timings : 1-2.30 pm
Location: Frederick Chapter
Urbana Middle School
3511 Pontius Court
Ijamsville (Urbana),
MD 21754
Make up Request:geetachanting@chinmayafrederick.org

REGISTER FOR GEETA CHANTING AT Venue: Chinmaya Frederick, Frederick, MD

Registration Notes:
1. Registration fee: $25
2. New Members or Non members: Please create new logins and proceed with Geeta Chanting Registration.
3. Make-up days are accommodated for exceptional cases and make up days will need to be before March 19, 2017

Categories for Competition


Open to all adults and children. We encourage all children to participate in this category. Participants memorize and will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 3: Verses 1-20, Verse 21 Repeat 3 times, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66.
Memory-Child: Pre KG, KG and 1st grade children will chant Intro, Chapter 3: Verses 1-8, Verse 21 Repeat 3 times, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66.

Open to all adults, and children. Participants chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 3: Verses 1-20, Verse 21 Repeat 3 times, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66 by Reading.

Open to all adults, and children. In this category, participants will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 3: Verses 1-20, Verse 21 Repeat 3 times, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66 from Memory. The judges will then read the English meaning of a random verse, and the participant will need to recognize and chant by Memory the relevant verse. This will be repeated for a total of 4 verses.

Open to all adults, and children. In this category participant will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 3: Verses 1-20, Verse 21 Repeat 3 times, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66 by Reading. Judges will then read the English meaning of a random verse, and the participant will need to recognize and chant by Reading the relevant verse. This will be repeated for a total of 4 verses.

This category can be selected by itself or in addition to any of the above categories. Open to all adults and children 8th grade and higher. You are invited to reflect on one or more of the verses between 1-21 verses of Chapter 3 by studying the word meanings, the sloka meaning and the associated commentary. Then you may write a short passage in your own words on what impressed you or inspired you most about what you studied. The maximum word count is 500 for the passage, and is due by March 25th, 2017. All written submissions will be published in Chinmaya Smrithi - May 2017 edition. Submit your passage via email to smrithi-editor@chinmayadc.org. (Please note: Passages exceeding 500 word count, or those received after March 25th will be published only at the discretion of Chinmaya Smrithi editorial team in a later edition.)

Presentation & Tips


The 'Presentation' aspect of Geeta Chanting competition draws judges focus on two key attributes: Dress and Attitude.

Dress: Preferably, the participants should wear customary Indian dress. Other attire is acceptable as long as it is appropriate for a spiritual/prayer activity.

Attitude: Participants should adorn a respectful and prayerful attitude during the entire chanting session (entry, chanting and exit).


Pronunciation:Sanskrit is the language for chanting the Geeta. Please pay close attention to Swamiji’s pronunciation as you practice. Anglicized pronunciation of Sanskrit (or pronunciation influenced by other regional Indian languages) means loss of valuable points.

Practice: Pujya Swamiji has gone extra lengths to provide many means of practice for all age groups: YouTube, audio, booklet. A simple tip is to listen to the audio with a booklet in hand, and listen again and again. In a short time, you will become intimate with Chapter 3.

Comprehension and Writing: Read Sri Gurudev (Swami Chinmayananda) commentaries during your practice and preparation. As you grasp the meaning of what you are practicing, your intimacy with Chapter 3 will be even deeper. Pujya Guruji, Swami Tejomayananda explained knowledge as unstirred sugar in a tea cup. The tea becomes sweet only after we stir the sugar thoroughly. Listening and chanting places the knowledge in our minds. Comprehension and writing begin the stirring process for growth.

Awards and Award Categories

Awards to the participants will be given at respective chapters during month of May.
Competition Cateory Award Categories
Memory Diamond Star, Diamond, Gold and Silver
Memory and Comprehension Diamond Star, Diamond, Gold and Silver
Reading Diamond, Gold and Silver
Reading and Comprehension Diamond, Gold and Silver
Writing Diamond

Past Year Resources

Contacts

General                      – geetachantingteam@chinmayadc.org
Chinmayam Chapter  – geetachanting@chinmayamdc.org
Chinmaya Somnath   – geetachanting@chinmayasomnath.org
Frederick Chapter      – geetachanting@chinmayafrederick.org

 

GEETA CHANTING COMPETITION STAGGERED SCHEDULE

Staggered Schedule at Chinmayam – March 18th, Saturday

SATURDAY AM Session Families – Check-in at or after 1:00 PM
SUNDAY AM Session Families – Check-in at or after 2:00 PM
SUNDAY PM Session Families – Check-in at or after 3:00 PM
If staggered schedule doesn’t work for you, please come anytime between 1 and 5 PM and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Staggered Schedule at Chinmaya Somnath- March 18st, Saturday

12:00-1:00: BV Saturday am adults and children
1:00-2:00: Last names beginning with “A-J’
2:00-3:00: Last names beginning with “K-P”
3:00-4:00: Last names beginning with “R-Z”

If staggered schedule doesn’t work for you, please come anytime between Noon and 4 PM and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Schedule at Frederick Chapter – March 19th, Sunday

1:00 PM to 2.30 PM