2021 Geeta Chanting




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

Dates: March 20 & 21



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.



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 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!’


Geeta Chanting Resources – Verses 1-18

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Geeta Chanting Resources – Verses 1-38

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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.