2015 Geeta Chanting

 

2015 CMWRC GEETA CHANTING COMPETITION

CHANT GEETA, ENCHANT KRISHNA, CELEBRATE CHINMAYA
Geeta Chapter 15 – Purushottama Yoga: “The Yoga of Supreme Self”

 Competition Date: March 21/22 2015

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.

As Swami Chinmayananda, birth centennial nears (May 08 2016), it is appropriate to recall that He traveled around the world conducting Geeta Jnana Yajnas to spread the knowledge pregnant in the Geeta. As a result of His prolific work, He is revered as ‘Geeta Jnana Yajna Pracharaka’. Among His glorious 108 names, He is also invoked as ‘purushottama’. As a token of our respect and love for Him and as an expression of gratitude, let everyone of us all learn to chant Geeta Chapter 15 – Purushottama Yoga, and let our chanting reverberate auspiciously as we eagerly await His birth centennial.

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.

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GEETA CHANTING COMPETITION INFORMATION


Dates & Registrations

Date : March 21, 2015
Timings : 1-5 pm
Location: Chinmayam
46 Norwood Road,
Silver Spring MD 20905
Make up Request:geetachanting@chinmayadc.org

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 21, 2015

Date : March 21, 2015
Timings : 10-2.30pm
Location: Chinmaya Somnath
4350 Blue Spring Dr,
Chantilly, VA 20151
Make up Request:geetachanting@chinmayasomnath.org

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 21, 2015

Date : March 22, 2015
Timings : 1-5 pm
Location: Frederick Chapter
Urbana Middle School
3511 Pontius Court
Ijamsville (Urbana),
MD 21754
Make up Request:geetachanting@chinmayafrederick.org

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 22, 2015

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 15: Verses 1-20 and Conclusion.
Memory-Child: Pre KG, KG and 1st grade children will chant Intro, Chapter 15: Verses 1-12 and Conclusion.

Open to all adults, and children. Participants chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 15: Verses 1-20 and Conclusion by Reading.

Open to all adults, and children. In this category, participants will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 15: Verses 1-20 and Conclusion 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 15: Verses 1-20 and Conclusion 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 of Chapter 15 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 21st, 2015. All written submissions will be published in Chinmaya Smrithi - May 2015 edition. Submit your passage via email to smrithi-editor@chinmayadc.org. (Please note: Passages exceeding 500 word count, or those received after March 21st 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).

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

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 Chapter.

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 Chapter 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.

 

GEETA CHANTING COMPETITION RESULTS 2015

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