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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:42 pm

Namah Te from Vancouver!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, incessantly and independently Joyous!

Shreya hi jnana abhyasat jnanat dhyana vishishyate
Greater is knowledge than rituals, greater than knowledge is understanding.

The world recently celebrated Maha-Shiva-Ratri with lots and lots and lots of milk and mantras. Why? Bhagavan Shiva is ashutosha (The most easily pleased). All Bhagavan Shiva wants is bhakti (devotion).

Let our devotion to God be greater by evolving from rituals to understanding with our friend the E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (February 5, 2018) --- Ssshhh for Shiva

-Every seeker has 3 birthdays a year, the day God manifests or Mahashivaratri, the day Guru manifests or Gurupurnima, the day we manifest or birthdate - these 3 days are ideal opportunities to reflect on how our past year has passed and how our future year will flow

-To deepen our reflection, on Mahashivaratri one should initiate ratri (disengagement) from all karma (actions) that is not dharma (responsibilities) - our routine experience with ceasing from activities is going to sleep, on Mahashivaratri we have to keep vigil of Chit (Divine Light)

-Practicing upasana (closely sitting) at Bhagavan Shiva's altar we use milk for this symbolizes sattvik vrttis (pure thoughts) - only if there is a akhanda abhisheka (unbroken flow) of reflection towards Shiva (the Egoless) are we able to pierce through tamas (ego) to experience Atita (Transcendence)

-Practicing upasana (closely sitting) at Bhagavan Shiva's altar we use mantras for this symbolizes manah trayate (pure mind) - only if there is a akhanda japa (unbroken flow) of reflection towards Shiva (the Egoless) are we are able to sublimate the noisy mind to experience restful Mukti

-Practicing upasana (closely sitting) at Bhagavan Shiva's altar is a yoga (mission) to be lived, not a karma (action) in space and time - by perpetual deep reflection one changes anatma vasanas (extroversion) to atma vasanas (introversion) empowering us to be sugandhi (cheerful) like Bhagavan Shiva

-Practicing upasana (closely sitting) at Bhagavan Shiva's altar is a darshana (vision) to be lived, not a karma (action) in space and time - by perpetual deep identification one grows out of bandha (ignorance) to Moksha (Freedom) empowering us to be abhaya (fearless) like Bhagavan Shiva

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Keeping with understanding, please experience what Mahashivaratri is from an ideal ambassador of Bhagavan Shiva --- Meaning of Maha Mrtyunjaya Mantra (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_gseDP822k&feature=youtu.be)

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): What happened when one cannibal arrived late to the dinner party? The others gave him the cold shoulder.

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): How many of you experienced the The Happiness Series? Well this Series has been recorded and edited. Why? Simplicity is a catalyst to remembering. And remembering is a catalyst to practicing. We do not want to just talk about Happiness...we want to EXPERIENCE HAPPINESS! This is possible only through practice. Please share these simple messages on Happiness with all, especially those who are the least happy --- The Happiness Series --- Simplified (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wg2cy-F4Gs&list=PL58eJuRHQplkv99q96XburS4wgMkPtBBa)

And our next Virtual Discourse Series...from Sun Mar 25 to Wed Mar 28, from 07.00p-08.30p, Human to Hanuman - Part II! We will continue our exploration of the eternal yet classical Hanuman Chalisa and how this divine song is a guide to releasing our purpose, our potential, our Peace --- Human to Hanuman - Part II --- The Best Way to Celebrate Hanuman Jayanti (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/human-to-hanuman-part-ii-ace249caefcb)

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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:51 pm

Namah Te dear All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, incessantly and independently Joyous!

Bhagavati Sita's favourite description of Bhagavan Rama is Karuna-nidhana (the source of compassion). Post restoring Sugriva as the king of the monkeys, Bhagavan Rama encouraged Sugriva to enjoy the pleasures-possessions-positions of the kingdom while He waited out chaturmasya (the 4 months of the rainy season) in the jungle...

Our egos have blinded us to God's world. What does God's world look like? Let us see what Bhagavan Rama saw in the jungle through our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (February 19, 2018) --- The Eyes of God - Part 1

-yatha drshti tatha srshti (as one's vision so one's creation) - a steady and sincere seeker never utters the words 'but', 'busy', 'because', etc., they accept full responsibility for the sorrows and joys in their life

-An independent householder is like a dancing peacock - for a householder managing diverse responsibilities cheerfully and dedicatedly, when a devotee of God comes home, this meeting is celebrated like a festival

-A shallow friendship is like unseen lightning - friendships based on pleasantries, appearances, exchanges, never prevail hence are not friendships

-A learned teacher is like a heavy cloud - the gauge of how much one knows is how much they do not know, a catalyst to humility

-An inclusive personality is like an unerodable mountain - the more one practices love the more one will have to endure the judgements and jealousies of those who love less

-An exclusive personality is like a swelling stream - those who can count their good actions keep on counting and keep on making noise about the same

Apologies for the sheer tardiness of the E-Vichara...i am just following the chaturmasya like Bhagavan Rama hahaha! We will continue trying to lift the veil of the ego to see God's world more clearly in our next E-Vichara.

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Change the background of your cellphone and/or computer to eyes staring back at you.

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): What do you call it when you have your mom's mom on speed dial? Instagram.

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Young Adults Retreat Apr 6-8 in Orlando --- Gratitude to all who joined us to learn about Seeing Through Problems (https://www.facebook.com/chinmayakaivalya/photos/gm.1861945217437858/1980425738694665/?type=3&theater)

Present
Evolving Adults Retreat Apr 20-22 in Cleveland --- You can still join us to learn about Understanding Marriage (our 5th Retreat!) - The Joy of Discovery (http://www.chinmayamissioncleveland.org/)

Future
In December of 2012, Pujya Swami Tejomayananda and Pujya Swami Mitrananda formally cut a new facet to the jewel that is Chinmaya Mission - Chinmaya Setu Kari (Builders of the Bridge to Knowledge). Those seekers who have completed their eduction and are now working on establishing their professions, relations, directions are our CSKs. With this progressive forum for like minded seekers loosely around the age of 28-40, our evolving adults will never let challenges become problems. Please check out and spread the word about our fresh movement through our fresh website --- http://chinmayasetukari.org/

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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Sat May 12, 2018 1:13 am

Namah Te from New York City!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, incessantly and independently Joyous!

Bhagavati Sita's favourite description of Bhagavan Rama is Karuna-nidhana (the source of compassion). Post restoring Sugriva as the king of the monkeys, Bhagavan Rama encouraged Sugriva to enjoy the pleasures-possessions-positions of the kingdom while He waited out chaturmasya (the 4 months of the rainy season) in the jungle...

Our egos have blinded us to God's world. What does God's world look like? Let us continue to see what Bhagavan Rama saw in the jungle through our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (March 5, 2018) --- The Eyes of God - Part 2

-yatha drshti tatha srshti (as one's vision so one's creation) - a steady and sincere seeker never utters the words 'but', 'busy', 'because', etc., they accept full responsibility for the sorrows and joys in their life

-An egotistical personality is like rain mixed with the earth - our nature is Pure yet we feel puny for we simply do not think about where we have come from, why we are here, etc.

-An Enlightened personality is like water mixed with the ocean - when we perpetually reflect on who we are, the noise of ego quietens in the Silence of God

-An extrovert personality is like a firefly at night - those who make goodness a hobby rather than a lifestyle, are ever advertising their 'goodness' in front of the ignoble

-A introvert personality is like the sun to clouds - those who make goodness a lifestyle rather than a hobby, are ever shining through compliments and criticism

-A Sadguru is like winter to insects - those with small heads and small hearts are intimidated and run from those with visionary heads and vast hearts

i offer my apologies again for not being steady with our E-Vichara...with our Courses complete i will be able to write much more now!

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Describe each person in your immediate family in three words.

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): Which country's capital has the fastest growing population? Ireland. Every day it's Dublin.

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): Did you know that June is Joyous! Why? Join us and spread the word about...
Young Adult Retreat Jun 1-3 in Pittsburgh --- Join us as we focus on no philosophy and only on practice of self development through Vedanta in ? (http://chykpittsburgh.wixsite.com/chyksburgh/retreat)

Young Family Retreat Jun 7-10 in Niagara --- Join us as we remember our journeys around the world and reunite to support holistic education in Trinidad through The Chinmaya Inspiration 10 Yatra Reunion (https://yatrareunion.wixsite.com/chinmaya)

Youth Camp Jun 11-15 in Houston --- Join 100 Highschoolers as we explore how to grow out of being a slave to circumstances and in to a master of circumstances through The Efficient, The Effective, The Enlightened (http://chinmayahouston.org/jchyk2018)

Young Adult Retreat Jun 15-17 in Houston --- Join us as we understand and appreciate that prosperity does not include Peace, that Peace does include prosperity through Shiva Sankalpa Sukta (https://www.facebook.com/events/183986308882255/)

Family Retreat Jun 22-24 in Pittsburgh --- Join us as we celebrate our Centre's 10 Year Anniversary by retreating into nature and our Nature through Finding Calmness in Chaos (http://chinmayamissionpittsburgh.org/index.php?id=home)

The sole support for all the knowledge and opportunities in my life, is the grace-guidance of Pujya Swami Chinmayananda. Joyous Chinmaya Jayanti to all!

"A problem is never solved by succumbing to it. When we maintain poise, problems and challenges vanish like mist before the rising sun." ~ Swami Chinmayananda

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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Sun May 27, 2018 4:37 pm

Namah Te from Chicago!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, incessantly and independently Joyous!

yajna, tapa, dana. Yajna, Tapa, Dana. YAJNA, TAPA, DANA. Throughout Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavan Krshna shares the need to engage in these sadhanas (disciplines) for a pure mind, for a Peaceful ego.

Yajna is the cause, tapa the effect. Tapa is the cause, dana the effect. The least known and least practiced is dana. To make the unknown known, to make the unpracticed practiced is the make of our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (March 19, 2018) --- Producing More Than What We Consume

-Yajna is most often translated as sacrifice yet a more accurate interpretation would be dedicating - as such yajna is not an action rather dedication is a vision

-Tapa is most often translated as austerity yet a more accurate interpretation would be investing - if one is dedicated to virtues, service, God then one invests in developing their body-mind-intellect to transcend their body-mind-intellect

-Dana is most often translated as charity yet a more accurate interpretation would be supporting - if one has invested in their self they begin to see the Self in all nearby, in all faraway

-Our entire lives we have been taking from our family, society, Divinity, knowing which supporting the same is our -responsibility - to have the presence of mind to give without being reminded, without being asked, without being forced is a catalyst to living without conditions

-Our efforts to earn resources creates harm (i.e. to our environment, to our competitors, to our family, etc.) and by supporting the needy with the same resources we create harmony - being supportive encourages the virtues aparigraha (non-materialistic), araga (non-attachment) and anahankara (non-doership) within and without

-Our resources have come from God, actually are God's, knowing which one should never give typically (tamasik dana), one should never give calculatingly (rajasik dana) - according to Vedik Culture 1/3 of our earnings should be utilized today for maintenance, 1/3 of our earnings should be utilized tomorrow for growth and 1/3 of our earnings should be utilized for supporting noble causes

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Calculate how much of your earnings you are utilizing for maintenance, utilizing for growth, utilizing for support.

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): What is the biggest lie in the universe? "I have read and agree to the Terms & Conditions."

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): Did you know that July is also Joyous! Why? Join us and spread the word about...
Discourse Series Jul 6-7 in Niagara --- Join us as we learn from and laugh with the head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, Pujya Swami Swaroopananda through Lakshmana Gita (http://chinmayaniagara.org/specialevents.htm)

Young Family Retreat Jul 13-15 in Washington DC --- Join us as we study how to be more cheerful in the most comprehensive sadhana of parenting through The Vision of Balance (http://cmwrc.chinmayadc.org/event-registrations/spiritualparentingretreat2018/)

Youth Camp Jul 16-20 in Washington DC --- Join 100 Highschoolers as we explore how to grow out of being disinterested to being focussed through The Life of Purpose (http://jchykdc.wixsite.com/youthcamp2018)

Kids Camp Jul 23-27 in London --- Join us as explore and engage in the glory of Bharatiya Culture through Camp Dronacharya (http://www.chinmayalondon.org/programs/summer-camp-2018/)

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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:15 pm

Namah Te dear All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, incessantly and independently Joyous!

Presently a group of us are deeply immersed in Vedanta in ? A unique young adult retreat with NO focus on theory, ONLY focus on application. Why? So we can grow up from knowing of God to knowing God.

Keeping with the theme of Vedanta in ?, let us listen to a classic song we have heard, finding a deeper meaning with our 'drill' the E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (April 2, 2018) --- We Belong

-We belong to the light, we belong to the thunder - Acharya Shankara throughout Atma Bodha describes God as Light, describes God as Aum

-We belong to the sound of the words we've both fallen under - having forgotten God, the teachings of God are our means to remembering God, are our means to returning to God

-I've invested too much time to give you up that easy - a steady seeker deepens to a sincere seeker, one who only looks forward

-To the doubts that complicate your mind - seeking in a controlled environment is training and God's guidance flows as testing whether we can seek in a uncontrolled environment

-We can't begin to know it, how much we really care - Bhagavan Krshna throughout Bhagavad Gita describes Infinity as unthinkable and only the faithful are able to let go of logic

-I hear your voice inside me, I see your face everywhere - the evolution of faith is trust which is feeling God's presence in the present

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Only listen to music you listened to growing up.

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): When do you go at red and stop at green? When you are eating a watermelon.

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): June is Joyous. July is Joyous. Naturally then August is Ananda! Why? Join us and spread the word about...

Kids Camp Aug 6-10 in Cleveland --- Join us in listening to the divine dialogue between Bhagavan Krshna and Prince Arjuna through Greatness through Gita (http://www.chinmayamissioncleveland.org/)

Youth Camp Aug 13-17 in Boston --- Join 100 Highschoolers in exploring how inner clarity grows to outer confidence through Learning from the Inside Out (http://chinmaya-boston.org/events/learning-from-the-inside-out-an-exploration-of-holistic-leadership/)

Seva Training Aug 18 in London --- Join us in analyzing why equally important to what we serve is how we serve through Seva Training (http://www.chinmayalondon.org/)

Anniversary Celebration Aug 19 in Niagara --- Join us in celebrating the presence of Chinmaya Dhara as a source of giving, giving and more giving through Anniversary Celebration (http://chinmayaniagara.org/)

Young Adult Retreat Aug 31 - Sep 2 in Boston --- Join us in engaging in the most difficult sadhana of saying no, of letting go through Unlearning to Learn (https://www.facebook.com/events/443182072778423/)

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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:33 pm

Namah Te from Houston!

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, incessantly and independently Joyous!

Knowledge is knowing God. Ignorance is ignoring God. We neither know God nor ignore God. We are stuck.

Our Scriptures guide our heads to understand Infinity. We have to guide our hearts to appreciate Infinity.

How? By following the lead of Shri Vibhishana's Sharanagati to Bhagavan Rama. How? By following common sense, another name of which is our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (April 16, 2018) --- Systematic Surrender

-Thinking of God - as you think so you develop - before any karma, before any mantra, must be a vrtti flowing towards Bhagavan

-Holding onto God - thinking of pleasure and Peace is to think of pleasure - holding on to Bhagavan must be supported by letting go of bhoga

-Trusting in God - holding back is an expression on antitrust - any perceptive, reflective, deep mind knows the world will never be able to protect one from mrtyu-tamasa-dukha rather only Bhagavan can pilot one to Sat-Chit-Ananda

-Seeking out God - vision pervades lifestyle - tapas is to burn comfort zones encouraging one to be vulnerable, encouraging one to be vigilant

-Surrendering to God - a gauge of what we love is what we depend on - bhakti is exclusively, unconditionally, perpetually and most critically, comprehensively depending on Bhagavan

-Being God - in Oneness there is no otherness - vidya dadati vinaya dadati advaita

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Write down all you wished for, hoped for, prayed for this week.

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): I bought the world's worst thesaurus yesterday. Not only is it terrible, it's terrible.

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): We completed our Chinmaya Inspiration 10 Yatra Reunion with 75 Yatris from all over North America coming together to complete raising over $100,000 for our new Chinmaya Vidyalaya in Trinidad --- A View of Vision (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJVcrbtggWA) Any well wishers desiring to further our cause, we are grateful for your support.

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