2021 Geeta Chanting




Geeta Chapter 2 Verses 1-18 – The Yoga of Knowledge

Dates: March 20 & 21

Online via Zoom

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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.



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.


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.


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).

Chapter 2 – The Yoga of Knowledge

Arjuna, a man of action, valor, and great accomplishment, entered the battlefield wholly motivated and fully prepared to achieve victory. Once he recognized that the path to victory required vanquishing those he loved and revered the most, he became fearful of sin and blood-stained victory. He collapses into a pitiable and sorrowful state of dejection – a state of despondency, feeling despair, confused and unwilling to carry on with his duties.

In the opening part of Chapter 2, the Yoga of Knowledge, Sanjaya paints a picture of Arjuna’s condition, followed by Bhagavan Sri Krishna’s opening message – arise and perform your duty. Arjuna enumerates the conflict in his mind – the reason for his despondency and seeks spiritual guidance from Bhagavan, by becoming his disciple.

To such a disciple, in the middle of the battlefield (of life), Bhagavan reveals the highest truths drawing from the Upanishads. Knowledge is the surest antidote to fear and ignorance.
(1) The life principle, also known as supreme consciousness, is neither born, nor perishes
(2) Everything else changes (death is nothing but change). That which changes is born, must perish, only to be born again.

Armed with this knowledge, the wise carry on with equipoise in the battlefield of life. Arjuna should arise too and carry on with his duties.

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!’



CLICK HERE for Dates, Timings, locations and instructions for Drive Thru Distribution of Geeta Chanting Competition Awards





Location:  Online via Zoom. Zoom link details will be sent to registered members
Categories: – Choose one of the following Competition Categories: Memory-Child, Memory, Memory&Comprehension, Reading, Reading&Comprehension
– AND/OR Choose Writing (Reflection) Category.
Scroll down for the description of the categories
Practice Materials: Scroll down for the Practice Materials
Practice Tips: Scroll down for the Practice Tips
Date & Timings: Chinmayam: March 20th, 2021 and March 21st, 2021 between 1pm to 5pm. Pick 15min Time slots for each participant during Registration
Chinmaya Somnath: March 20th, 2021 and March 21st, 2021 between 1pm to 5pm. Pick 15min Time slots for each participant during Registration
Frederick Chapter: March 20, 2021 between 1pm to 5pm. Pick 15min Time slots for each participant during Registration
Registration Pledge:  Individual: $25; Family: $50
Registration link:  Members from all chapters: Register.
During Registration, for each member of your family, you will be able to 1) Register a competition category, 2) Select 15 min time slots and 3) Pay the pledge amount.
Non members: Use above Register link. Create new logins and proceed with Geeta Chanting Registration. To create logins, select one of the 3 chapters that is closest to your home address.
Non-Members: Once you login to the registration system, if the Geeta Chanting Competition link is not working, please make sure you enter the session information under the Family profile. More info click here.
For Makeups and Questions – please contact: Chinmayam: geetachanting@chinmayam.org
Chinmaya Somnath: geetachanting@chinmayasomnath.org
Frederick Chapter: geetachanting@chinmayafrederick.org
General: geetachantingteam@chinmayadc.org
Awards: All Children will receive Trophies based on the Competition Results. All Adults will receive a voucher or a Vedanta Book. Please Note: The Awards will be distributed at your chapter location. Please be available to pick it up.



Memory-Child:  Open to Pre KG, KG and 1st grade children.
Participants memorize and will chant Intro, Chapter 2: Verses 1-8, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66.
Memory:  Open to all adults and children. 
We encourage all children to participate in this category.
Participants memorize and will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 2: Verses 1-18, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66.
Memory and Comprehension: Open to all adults, and children.
Participants will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 2: 1-18, 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 2: Verses 1-18, Conclusion and Chapter 18: Verse 66 by Reading.
Reading and Comprehension:  Open to all adults, and children.
Participant will chant the verses: Intro, Chapter 2: Verses 1-18. 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): Open to all adults and children.
This category can be selected by itself or in addition to any of the above categories.
You are invited to reflect on one or more of the verses between 1-18 of Chapter 2 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 smrithi-editor@chinmayadc.org by March 31, 2021. (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 – Verses 1-18 – Video, Audio and Text (CLICK BELOW BLUE RESOURCE TABS)

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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.


Geeta Chanting Resources – Verses 1-38

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