Chant Geeta | Enchant Krishna | Celebrate Chinmaya

Chapter 2: Verses 19-36 | The Yoga of Knowledge

MARCH 19, 2022 & MARCH 20, 2022

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Chinmayam
Silver Spring, MD

Chinmaya Somnath
Chantilly, VA

Frederick Chapter
Frederick, MD

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The Bhagavad Geeta

Swami Chinmayananda breathed, lived and talked Bhagavad Geeta throughout His life. He carried the message of the Geeta to kindle the knowledge of the Self in millions worldwide! For that reason Srimad Bhagavad Geeta is the heart of Chinmaya Mission.

The Bhagavad Geeta is a manual for living, a book of direct experience. It Instructs on how to live a productive life, attaining fulfillment here and now.

Has the Bhagavad Geeta gone through YOU? For more comprehensive resources and invaluable inspiration, please visit www.theholygeeta.com!

Why Chant Geeta?

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.

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.

Geeta Chanting Competition

Swami Dheerananda nurtured our Geeta Chanting Program from its initial beginning as a small competitive event with love and care. Geeta Chanting has now been institutionalized into Children Summer Camp curriculum and Weekly Bala Vihar Common Time agenda. As our Geeta Teacher, Swami Dheerananda has expanded participation categories to include reading and comprehension, to invite greater adult participation.

In keeping with His Guru’s mission, 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.

Chapter 2: Verses 19-36 | The Yoga of Knowledge

In the opening teaching verses of the Geeta (starting with verse 11 in Chapter 2), Sri Krishna paints a vivid picture of the perishable (that which is subject to change) and imperishable (that which is changeless and is the real nature of every being). Hence ‘wise people’ do not cry for perishable entities.  He advises Arjuna to be ‘dheera’ – that is to have clarity in all that is changing and the one that is changeless; and in that knowledge, rise to perform his duty.  

In verses 19-36, Sri Krishna further describes the imperishable Supreme Self – the changeless. The description includes key pointers to indicate the Supreme Self, which when grasped leaves one in ‘Ascharya’, wonderment. In so doing, Sri Krishna assures Arjuna that carrying out his duties will not result in sin, but in glory.  There is no need for Arjuna to grieve or be fearful of committing sin.

To the modern-day student, Swami Chinmayananda, follows the Guru Parampara of Sri Veda Vyasa (Badarayana) and Sri Adi Shankaracharya to reveal how we can arm ourselves with this understanding to be successful in our own endeavors. In gratitude to the Guru Parampara and to the one who conducted Geeta Jnana Yajna all around the world, we invoke ‘Om Sri Geeta Jnana Yajna Pracharakaya Namah!’

Chinmayam

46, Norwood Road,

Silver Spring, MD 20905

In Person

March 19
1 pm-5 pm

Chinmaya Somnath

4350, Blue Spring Dr,

Chantilly, VA 20151

In Person

March 19
Noon-4 pm

Frederick Chapter

Urbana Middle School,3511, Pontius Court

Urbana, MD 21754

In Person

March 20
1 pm -2.30 pm

Competition Categories

We encourage all children to participate in the memory categories. The participation categories also include reading and comprehension for adult participation. By participating in chanting and comprehension, we will be more and more conscious of the knowledge of the Self.

Memory-Child

Open to Pre KG, KG & Grade 1 Children

Participants will chant by memory

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Verses 19-26
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 18: Verse 66

Memory

Open to All Adults & Children

Participants will chant by memory

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Verses 19-36
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 18: Verse 66

Memory and Comprehension

Open to All Adults & Children

Participants will chant by memory the verses listed below. 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.

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Verses 19-36
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 18: Verse 66

Reading

Open to All Adults & Children

Participants will chant by reading

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Verses 19-36
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 18: Verse 66

Reading & Comprehension

Open to All Adults & Children

Participants will chant by reading the verses listed below. The 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.

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Verses 19-36
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 18: Verse 66

Writing (Reflection)

Open to All Adults & Children

This category can be selected by itself or in addition to any of the above categories.

Reflect on one or more of Chapter 2: Verses 19-36 by studying the word meanings, the shloka meaning and the associated commentary. Then, write a short passage in your own words on what impressed you or inspired you most about what you studied.

  • Submit your passage in WORD as an ATTACHMENT via email to smrithi-editor@chinmayadc.org by March 31, 2022.
  • Passage should not exceed 500 words
  • All written submissions will be published in Chinmaya Smrithi Magazine.
  • Passages exceeding 500 word count will be published only at the discretion of Chinmaya Smrithi editorial team in a later edition.

Practice Materials (Chapter 2 Verses 19-36)

We encourage all children to participate in the memory categories. The participation categories also include reading and comprehension for adult participation. By participating in chanting and comprehension, we will be more and more conscious of the knowledge of the Self.

Complete Audio

Audio by Swami Dheerananda

Audio by Swami Dheerananda Lead and Repeat

Audio by Verse (Swami Dheerananda – Lead and Repeat)

Audio by Verse – Swami Dheerananda

Bhagavad Geeta Practice Videos

Chapter 2 Verses 19-36 by Swamiji
Chapter 2 Verses 19-36 Lead and Repeat

Tips for participation

Practice

Swami Dheerananda 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.


Pronunciation

Sanskrit is the language for chanting the Geeta. Please pay close attention to Swamiji’s pronunciation as you practice.


Presentation

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 chants in front of two judges in a closed room.


Comprehension & Writing

Read Swami Chinmayananda’s 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. 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

All Children will receive Trophies based on the Competition Results. All Adults will receive a voucher or a Vedanta Book.

Results

Results will be published here after the competition.

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