2019 Geeta Chanting

 

2019 CMWRC GEETA CHANTING COMPETITION

CHANT GEETA, ENCHANT KRISHNA, CELEBRATE CHINMAYA
Geeta Chapter 12 – Bhakti Yoga: “The Art of Devotion”

 Competition Date: March 23/24 2019

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, evolved into becoming a true devotee under the guidance of Swami Tapovanam of Uttar Kashi, and spread the knowledge of Upanishads and Geeta to millions worldwide.  His glory is invoked as one who is pure (Om Pavanaya Namah), one who purifies those he comes in contact with (Om Pavakaya Namah) and thus His mere presence and the grounds he walks on becomes pure and sacred (Om Teertha Swaroopaya Namah).

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 area (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 12- Bhakti Yoga

Prince Arjuna, having seen with his own eyes the wonder that is Lord Krishna’s Divine Form, poses a question to Lord Krishna. Is it better to worship a manifested form, like the Divine Form he just witnessed, or to meditate and contemplate on the Unmanifest?

In response, Lord Krishna says that the essential attitude and characteristics of a true devotee is what truly matters, regardless of the preference to worship the Lord as manifest or unmanifest. Lord Krishna warns that a rare few devotees are able to take the path of devotion of Nirguna (unmanifested) Brahma and so describes different ways to express devotion. Lord Krishna then elaborates that it is easy for anyone to get started on the path of devotion. To describe the characteristics of a true devotee, Lord Krishna enumerates the key values which makes such a person dear to Him. As a seeker develops devotion and lives those values, he or she can rise up to be pure and be one with Him.


 

Geeta Chanting Resources

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Chapter 12 - Swamiji and Children Video

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GEETA CHANTING COMPETITION INFORMATION


Dates & Registrations

Location: Chinmayam
Date: March 23, 2019
Timings: 1-5 pm
Address: Chinmayam
46 Norwood Road,
Silver Spring MD 20905
Registration pledge: Individual $25 and Family $50
Make up Request: Limited opportunity for exceptional cases - need to be coordinated before March 23, 2018. Please contact geetachanting@chinmayam.org.(COMING SOON) REGISTER FOR GEETA CHANTING AT Venue: CHINMAYAM, Silver Spring
New Members or Non members: Please create new logins and proceed with Geeta Chanting Registration.
Location: Chinmaya Somnath
Date: March 23, 2019
Timings: Noon-4 pm
Address: Chinmaya Somnath
4350 Blue Spring Dr,
Chantilly, VA 20151
Registration pledge: Individual $25 and Family $50
Make up Request: Limited opportunity for exceptional cases - need to be coordinated before March 23, 2019. Please contact geetachanting@chinmayasomnath.org(COMING SOON) REGISTER FOR GEETA CHANTING AT Venue: CHINMAYA SOMNATH, Chantilly
New Members or Non members: Please create new logins and proceed with Geeta Chanting Registration.
Location: Frederick Chapter
Date: March 24, 2019
Timings: 1-2.30 pm
Address: Frederick Chapter
Urbana Middle School
3511 Pontius Court
Ijamsville (Urbana), MD 21754
Registration pledge: Individual $25 and Family $50
Make up Request: Limited opportunity for exceptional cases - need to be coordinated before March 23, 2019. Please contact geetachanting@chinmayafrederick.org(COMING SOON) REGISTER FOR GEETA CHANTING AT Venue: Chinmaya Frederick, Frederick, MD
New Members or Non members: Please create new logins and proceed with Geeta Chanting Registration.

Categories for Competition

Memory-Child Category: Open to Pre KG, KG and 1st grade children.
Participants memorize and will chant Intro, Chapter 12: Verses 1-8, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66.

Memory Category: Open to all adults and children. We encourage all children to participate in this category.
Participants memorize and will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 12: Verses 1-20, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66.

Reading Category: Open to all adults and children.
Participants chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 12: Verses 1-20, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66 by Reading.
Memory and Comprehension Category: Open to all adults, and children.
In this category, participants will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 12: 1-20, 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.
Reading and Comprehension Category: Open to all adults, and children.
In this category participant will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 12: Verses 1-20, 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.
Writing (Reflection) Category: Open to all.
This category can be selected by itself or in addition to any of the above categories and is open to all adults and children 8th grade and higher. You are invited to reflect on one or more of the verses between 1-20 of Chapter 12 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 31st, 2019. All written submissions will be published in Chinmaya Smrithi - May 2019 edition. Submit your passage via email to smrithi-editor@chinmayadc.org. (Please note: Passages exceeding 500 word count, or those received after March 31th will be published only at the discretion of Chinmaya Smrithi editorial team in a later edition.)
eChantGeeta is Geeta Chanting Competition via Video Call for Non-Members and By Invitation Only

eChantGeeta: Open to all NON CMWRC Members, adults and children.

eChantGeeta-Child Category: Children 1st grade and younger chant Intro, Chapter 12: Verses 1-20, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66

eChantGeeta Category: Participants chant Intro, Chapter 12: Verses 1-20, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66


Presentation & Tips


Format of the Competition: Each Participant chant in front of two judges in a closed room.

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 the verses.

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 the verses 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

Competition Category Award Category
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