The stream of happenings, come and go irresistibly, around and above you, and that which give balance to face them steadily is PRAYER
LET’S ALL JOIN in the PRAYER by CHANTING GEETA VERSES
2020 CMWRC GEETA CHANTING RECITATION
CHANT GEETA, ENCHANT KRISHNA, CELEBRATE CHINMAYA
Geeta Chapter 9 Verses 1-17 – Revealing Royal Science and Royal Secret
RECITATION Dates: April 18 & 19
Make Ups will be accomodated
THE HOLY GEETA
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. One of Sri Gurudev’s 108 glorious names is ‘Isvaraya’, the Supreme Lord.
CMWRC GEETA CHANTING RECITATION
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?
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 9 – The Royal Secret
Sri Krishna shares the most subtle secret (royal secret) that, when fully understood and directly experienced, cures everyone of the Arjuna disease. Recognizing that Arjuna’s agitated and deluded mind had become quiet, sharp and attentive, The Lord is now ready to reveal the wisdom of one’s own true nature. HE reveals how the Supreme Self is to be understood, and introduces Purusha (the one without a second) and Prakriti (nature).
GEETA CHANTING RECITATION PARTICIPATION 2020
GEETA CHANTING RECITATION INFORMATION
|Who||All are Welcome (Registered GCC Participants and Unregistered)|
|Mode||Over Phone based on honor system|
|Dates||April 18th and 19th. Make Ups will be accommodated -Please write to your chapter coordinators|
|Timings||Reserve Time slot (one slot per participant) below in the Dates and Reserve time slots section|
|Categories||All Categories – Memory, Memory and Comprehension, Reading, Reading and Comprehension|
• Each Participant reserve available slot below in the Dates and Reserve time slots section
• On the Recitation date and timing, the designated Judge will call the participant over phone.
• One Adult in the family will let the Judge know which category each participant in the family will participate
• Each Participant will chant based on their own confirmed category
• The Judge will listen and mark the participation. Judge will not score for this year’s competition.
• Pujya Swamiji along with his blessings suggests that Parents can recognize their children and reward them
• Optional: After the Recitation participation, Parents may AUDIO-record (separately and not during the call) their children chanting and send the recordings to their respective chapter coordinators. Please name the audio-record as NumberSchoolGrade-FirstName-LastName-chapterinitials (example 1-firstname-lastname-cm for Chinmayam first graders, 1-firstname-lastname-cs for Chinmaya Somnath first graders, 1-firstname-lastname-fd for Frederick Chapter first graders )
|Recitation Scoring||Judges will not score for the Recitation|
|Results||List of Participation Names and Categories will be uploaded in the CMWRC website. Voice Recordings will also be uploaded to the website.|
|Awards||Trophies for the children will be given after the Balavihar session reopens|
• Chinmayam Chapter (Silver Spring MD) - firstname.lastname@example.org
• Chinmaya Somnath (Northern Virginia) - email@example.com
• Frederick Chapter (Frederick MD) - firstname.lastname@example.org
• General (if you are unsure about your closest chapter) - email@example.com
|Writing Category||We encourage everyone of all ages to participate in Writing Category. Please read Bhagavad Geeta Chapter 9 by Swami Chinmayananda and also please listen to Swami Dheerananda Chapter 9 Geeta Yajna, then write your reflections on one verse or a set of verses and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org|
Dates & Reservation of Time Slots
|CHINMAYAM||CHINMAYA SOMNATH||FREDERICK CHAPTER|
Categories for Recitation
Participants memorize and will chant Intro, Chapter 9: Verses 1-8, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66.
Participants memorize and will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 9: Verses 1-17, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66.
In this category, participants will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 9: 1-17, 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 Category: Open to all adults and children.
Participants chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 9: Verses 1-17, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66 by Reading.
Reading and Comprehension Category: Open to all adults, and children.
In this category participant will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 9: Verses 1-17, 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 1-17 of Chapter 9 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. All written submissions will be published in Chinmaya Smrithi. Submit your passage via email to email@example.com. (Please note: Passages exceeding 500 word count will be published only at the discretion of Chinmaya Smrithi editorial team in a later edition.)
Geeta Chanting Resources
- YouTube - Children
- YouTube - Swamiji and Children
- Text With Meaning
- Audio - All verses Swamiji and Children
- Audio - All verses Swamiji only
- Audio By Verse
- Ch 9 Slides
Chapter 9 Verses 1-17 - Swamiji and Children Video
Presentation & Tips
Pronunciation: Sanskrit is the language for chanting the Geeta. Please pay close attention to Swamiji’s pronunciation as you practice.
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.
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 chant in front of two judges in a closed room.