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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,

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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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Past
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!

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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!

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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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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:33 am

Namah Te from San Diego!

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With the completion of the real World Cup, the typical citizen is wondering what was the big deal?

The big deal is that football (soccer in North America) is most beautiful! Now get in the game with our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (April 30, 2018) --- The Beautiful Game

-All passionate artists know their talents and the opportunities to express their talents are only possible with God's grace - many football players will touch the ground or kiss the sky in remembrance of their Creator

-Compare the condition of the field (i.e. ice in hockey, nets in basketball, etc.) and complexity of the equipment (i.e. racquets in tennis, gloves in baseball, etc.) to football (grass and a ball) - the simplicity of a game facilitates the universality of a game

-Every one of us can remember an out of shape player in American football, Indian cricket, etc. yet we would not be able to do the same with football - football players run over 10 kilometres a game showing how a game mentality easily and naturally releases our potential

-The more one can see the more one can respond - a football fullback can see the entire field and from that position can practice selflessness by continuously passing the ball/credit

-Our society has a irresponsible habit of remembering most those who make the most noise (i.e. goal scorers, lead singers, etc.) - a football game flows with over 1,000 careful passes, creating the ideally context to score

-Unfortunately the motto, 'Fake it until you make it' works in many environments (i.e. dating, preaching, etc.) - in football, actual as well as artificial fouls happen and whenever a penalty is incurred, whenever a penalty shot is missed, there is no blame culture

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Please read the following short articles on the importance of connecting to disconnecting --- JOMO - Joy Of Missing Out (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/news/jomo-is-the-new-fomo-1759340/)

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): My boss told me to have a good day. So i went home.

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): 2018 is a special year for Chinmaya Mission - our Pujya Gurudev's 25th Mahasamadhi Anniversary - our Jagadishvara Mandir's 50th Sthapana Anniversary. Please explore the following link on the power and purity of Bhagavan Jagadishvara's presence...and celebrate and support this precious opportunity --- Suvarna Mahotsava (http://mychinmaya.org/docs/JMSM-2018-ccmt.pdf)

"Having chosen the field, it is up to us to pursue it in a spirit of dedication and reap the harvest of outer success in life and abiding peace within." ~ Swami Chinmayananda

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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:39 pm

Namah Te dear All,

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asti (existence), jayate (birth), vardhate (growth), viparinamate (maturity), apakshiyate (decay) and vinashyati (death)...this is the fate of each body, of every body. Knowing this, one ages gracefully. Ignoring this, one ages fearfully.

Aspiring to make the unknown known, we pause to think of our grandparent's bodies, our parent's bodies, our bodies through our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (May 14, 2018) --- Aging Parents

-God's catalyst for us to learn we are God's children is our parents - our past parents have guided our past thoughts, our past thoughts have guided us to our present parents, our present parents are guiding our present thoughts

-If our parents were not born, then our experiences would not be born - for every memorable experience let us be appreciative of our parents

-All of creation is subject to change, subject to cessation no matter how constant we feel creation is - if our parents lived forever how would they learn they are God's children

-To help our parent's age on account of decay and not disease we should be as healthy as possible - habits are difficult to break and if our parents have a habit to be unhealthy we should let it be

-The best gift we can give our parents is for them to not have to worry about us, so keep smiling - the next best gift we can give our parents is our undivided time

-The way our parents acceptingly lived for us when they were young, if we are not engaged in serving Divinity-society-community, we should cheerfully live for them when they are old - by dedicating ourselves to our aging parents we ensure the best in us is brought out

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Schedule a focussed time to have a professional photograph of your family, of course including your parents.

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): How do you know you are old? You and your teeth sleep in separate rooms!

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): September is special. Why? Join us and spread the word about...
Seva Training Sep 21-22 in Pittsburgh --- Join us in analyzing why equally important to what we serve is how we serve through Seva Training (http://chinmayamissionpittsburgh.org/index.php?id=home)

Silence Retreat Sep 19-23 in Pittsburgh --- Join us in a most intense and inward training on how to feel Silence not fear Silence through A Course in Extraordinary (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/silence-retreat-registration-is-open-5b700ca1945f)

Finally, our 2018 Yatras to Canada and Sri Lanka are full --- The Chinmaya Inspiration Yatras (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/2018-tours-1dd53b04cdc2). Stay tuned for our 2019 Yatra to South Africa-Kenya!

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Postby AcharyaVivek » Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:31 pm

Namah Te from Destin!

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Typically when we think of a leader, followers come to mind. Seems quite superficial.

The great Vishnugupta (also known as Chanakya) was a leader, independent of any follower.

The great Vishnugupta (also known as Kautilya) is a leader, guiding followers with the niti shastra (leadership/political science).

Recently 50 youth gathered in Boston for a Camp focussing on Holistic Leadership. One of the most philosophical yet most practical verses we explored is explored in our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (May 28, 2018) --- Content with Context, Discontent with Content

-Be ever content with dhana (articles) - possessions serve the function of allowing the mind to think about the fundamental

-Be ever content with stri (beings) - positions serve the function of testing how much of what is in our head has evolved to our heart

-Be ever content with bhojana (circumstances) - pleasures serve the function of encouraging us to be reflective of how meaningful/meaningless our lives are

-Be ever discontent with adhyaya (dedicating) - the more we study our nature the more we should feel we can be Infinite, we can create Infinity

-Be ever discontent with tapa (investing) - all investments outside our mind will be erased by time whereas the investment inside our mind will lead us beyond time

-Be ever discontent with dana (sharing) - with the purpose of Peace, we work to feel a Oneness with all, naturally leading to us love in all ways

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Visualize the suggestions, advice, criticism people give to you, as you giving yourself those suggestions, advice, criticism only from a different body.

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW):
Parent - "How was your first day at your new school?"
Child - “I don’t see any reason to go back to that school, because the teacher had to ask me how to spell cat.”

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): During the period of kali, all moves fast! Trying to help us evolve from being busy to being engaged, we are using technology to spread THE WORD! Please explore all of these opportunities for self development -

Weekly Meditation in Life Course for the Individuality --- MIL (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/fall-2018-courses-registration-open-472d508acfde)

Weekly Upadesha Sara Course for the Family --- UPS (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/fall-2018-courses-registration-open-472d508acfde)

Weekly Vedanta in Ramayana Course for the Community --- VIRa (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/fall-2018-courses-registration-open-472d508acfde)

Monthly Manah Shodanam Course for Yatris --- Smrti Hour (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/yatri-smriti-1032f6d7ff09)

Monthly Guru Stotram Course for Devis --- Devi Culture (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/devi-culture-study-group-37c2d49eed39)

Monthly Peace in a Restless World Course for Setukaris --- Evolving Adults Forum (https://www.facebook.com/cskwest/)

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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:19 pm

Namah Te from Boston!

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

One day Bhagavan Rama and Shri Lakshmana were enjoying the nature of Panchavati. Shri Lakshmana, sensitive to not waste time, asked Bhagavan Rama 5 questions on Life and living. These answers form Rama Gita. How we can subjectify these answers forms our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (June 11, 2018) --- Unlearning to Learn

-Before Bhagavan Rama answers Shri Lakshmana's questions, He educates him that a faith as strong as a banyan is needed to internalize His answers - reflection is the means to evolve from a belief in to a faith in sat (infinity), shastra (scripture), sadguru (guide), sva (potential), sadhana (growth)

-Q: What is maya? A: Separation - illusion is a force that makes us feel 'I' is an individual not the Infinite hence we need to unlearn I is the body

-Q: What is jnana? A: Unity - knowledge is a subject that makes us quieter, makes us feel equality hence we need to unlearn comparing is natural

-Q: What is vairagya? A: Contentment - independence is a virtue that makes us understand pleasure-possession-position is worth a blade of grass hence we need to unlearn depending on others

-Q: What is ishvara? A: Controller - God is a presence that makes us/creation and is never limited by us/creation hence we need to unlearn I am in control

-Q: What is bhakti? A: Depending - devotion is a discipline that makes us live to please God, evolving to depending on God hence we need to unlearn dedication is weakness

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Again and again and again, through discourses and messages and actions, i have shared introversion is a strength. Please read the following brief article supporting this Truth --- Extroversion is a Weakness (http://time.com/5373403/surprising-benefits-introvert/)

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): Why are there gates around cemeteries? Because people are dying to get in.

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW):
Live Vedanta is live! --- Podcasts (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/live-vedanta-podcast-coming-soon-4f95727adbf9)

Vedanta Unplugged is live! Join us from Oct 19-21 in Milwaukee for a powerful and practical Family Retreat on being free of technology and thoughts --- Retreat (http://milwaukee.mychinmaya.org/milwaukee/index.php)


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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:05 am

Namah Te dear All,

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

"Sandalwood, when put in water and allowed to remain in it for a long time, emanates an obnoxious odour from the rotting wood. Ordinarily, it has the most divine fragrance (divya vasana). But when it remains in contact with water for a long time, it starts stinking. If the wood is taken out and rubbed against the stone, the fragrance slowly emerges to waft pleasant satisfaction to all.

Similarly, even though you are the Atman, because of your identification with the body, the stink of your vasanas is coming out at the moment. Lust, anger, greed, etc. contribute their stink at all times. Love, mercy and kindness have no accommodation in the heart. To gain its original status, the personality needs a little 'rubbing'. It should be rubbed against greater knowledge in meditation. The filth and the stink will go away and one's real nature will then be revealed.

By rubbing, we are not giving the smell to the sandalwood. Its fragrance is already in it. It was not available; that is all. Similarly, divinity is not to be given to you from somewhere else. The Upanishad thunders: That Thou Art." ~ Swami Chinmayananda


How many of us feel the sacred words we read are real? How many of us keep a subjective science subjective? How many of us are solely living for Peace? 1 in a 1,000,000?? Why??? Layers and layers and layers of conditionings. Let us dig up these layers with the shovel that is our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (June 25, 2018) --- The Hurt Locker

-The Yoga Sutras of Rishi Patanjali share the pancha klesha-s (five poisons) have infected our faith in the Self - the Self is Infinite, is Beyond, is Untouchable and only authoritative knowledge of limitations will free us from limitations

-avidya (amnesia) - ignorance has become a theory not reality, the ramification being we feel the same about knowledge - ignorance is ignoring the Absolute on account of being busy with the relative

-asmita (arrogance) - the nature of the relative is separation and the nature of separation is competition (a-smita) - all of creation is drawn to Oneness (i.e. in sleep, in nature, etc.) for their is cheer (smita)

-raga (attachment) - ignoring we are already naturally Complete, projecting we need to find Completeness, we attach ourselves to articles-beings-circumstances feeling these will be the source of our Completeness - attachment is ever about getting, Love is ever about giving and to describe attachment as Love is lying

-dvesha (aversion) - in separation we do not project Completeness on all articles-beings-circumstances for if we did, this would be the experience of Oneness - the facets of creation we do not want-like-respect, shockingly live in our minds in the form of jealousy-resentment-revenge, more than facets of creation we do want-like-respect

-abhinivesha (anxiety) - attachment causes anxiety and anxiety causes anger - all is always changing, remembering (vidya) which we live independently, purging all poisons

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Study the pancha klesha-s and find a synonym for each poison in your mother tongue.

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW):
Q - How do vampires start their letters?
A - "Tomb whom it may concern..."

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Young Adult Retreat Nov 2-4 in Ann Arbor --- Join us in exploring how practical our philosophy is --- Relevance of Ramayana (https://www.facebook.com/events/460298801077398/permalink/553392985101312/)

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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:53 pm

Namah Te from Iowa City!

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

On Jan 12, 2018 i completed 10 years of serving Sanatana Dharma. On Jan 13, 2018 i commenced my 1 year plan of serving Sanatana Dharma - to lead as many secular workshops as possible. The wind has been at my back...
This year i have shared Sanatana Dharma with:
Amazon in Seattle
The VA in Seattle
Key Bank in Cleveland
Ally Financial in Detroit
The VA in Chicago
Capital One in Richmond
This year plans are to share Sanatana Dharma with:
Highmark in Pittsburgh
Marathon Oil in Findlay
Children's Healthcare in Atlanta
This year prayers are to share Sanatana Dharma with:
TED2019 in Vancouver

Sanatana Dharma as a noun is our Infinite Nature. Sanatana Dharma as a verb is our unchanging responsibility. Our unchanging responsibility is to be our Infinite Nature.

Doing anything else, becoming anything else is being alive yet not living. Sound scary? Walk with me to walk with Shri Tulasidas as He describes the lost, found in our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (July 9, 2018) --- Zombie Nation - Part 1

-The most interesting subject/experience is Peace, all other subjects/experiences being most disinteresting - living for pleasure, possession and position will never complete us hence our perpetual distraction, irritation, exhaustion

-The cultish are alive yet not living - engaging in practices believing they are evolving oneself/others yet are actually devolving oneself/others is being a zombie

-The lusty are alive yet not living - obsessing over another's skin while overlooking the flesh, fat, muscle, blood, bone and marrow that supports that skin is being a zombie

-The miserly are alive yet not living - feeling wealth is stuff, is security, is success one never uses wealth nor allows others to use wealth the same as being a zombie

-The moody are alive yet not living - shaking with every passing word, every passing thought there is no foundation for rest forcing one into being a zombie

-The beggarly are alive yet not living - living for physiological-safety needs there is no bandwidth to live for esteem-actualization needs thus one is being a zombie

We will continue analyzing the 14 types of zombies in the next 2 E-Vichara-s...

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): On Halloween dress as the scariest zombie, take a photograph and share this in the E-Vichara section of Vichara Gurukula (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/evichara/home)

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): Question - How do you spell candy in 2 letters? Answer - c and y.

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): “Youth are not useless but they are used less. They are not careless but are cared less.” ~ Swami Chinmayananda
Aspiring to utilize youth, aspiring to connect youth, every month we organize an Open Forum for all youth to ask questions about Live and living, the next being Wed Nov 14 --- CommUnity Call (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/community-call-friday-sep-28-2018-8f7ed7c91da3) For those who missed our past CommUnity Calls --- CommUnity Call Recordings (https://www.facebook.com/Viveka.Lifeseva/videos/vb.1221213568/10216429569551404/?type=3)

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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:46 pm

Namah Te dear All,

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

On Jan 12, 2018 i completed 10 years of serving Sanatana Dharma. On Jan 13, 2018 i commenced a 5 year plan of serving Sanatana Dharma - to create 10 professional Workshops (utilizing books, videos, retreats, etc.) focussed on integrating the sacred into the secular. The wind has been at my back...
This period plans are to share Sanatana Dharma through Workshops on:
Face Everything And Rise
Making Sense of Stress
Minute to Mind Management
The Happiness Experience
Wellness Through Work
etc.


Sanatana Dharma as a noun is our Infinite Nature. Sanatana Dharma as a verb is our unchanging responsibility. Our unchanging responsibility is to be our Infinite Nature.

Doing anything else, becoming anything else is being alive yet not living. Sound scary? Continue to walk with me to walk with Shri Tulasidas as He describes the lost, found in our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (July 23, 2018) --- Zombie Nation - Part 2

-The most interesting subject/experience is Peace, all other subjects/experiences being most disinteresting - living for pleasure, possession and position will never complete us hence our perpetual distraction, irritation, exhaustion

-The disrespected are alive yet not living - living selfishly repels people, repels opportunities leaving one nowhere, leaving one to being a zombie

-The aged are alive yet not living - identifying with weakening limbs, weakening organs one begins to think and talk like a liability, the same as being a zombie

-The sickly are alive yet not living - failing to internalize a purpose bigger than the body, every change in the body steals one's energy/enthusiasm depleting one to being a zombie

-The angry are alive yet not living - losing thoughts to unmet expectations, to imperfect circumstances, one loses their humaneness thus being a zombie

-The doubting are alive yet not living - disbelieving in a Creator one feels separate from creation, a feeling encouraging hostility, encouraging being a zombie

We will continue analyzing the 14 types of zombies in the next 1 E-Vichara...

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get." Better is, "Life is like a game!" Please enjoy the following insights into this perspective --- Vedanta Unplugged (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzv1a02CJ9s&feature=youtu.be)

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): Asked to write a composition on "What I'm thankful for on Thanksgiving?", Vijay wrote "I am thankful that I am not a turkey."

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW):
Series - Are you ready for...THE HAPPINESS SERIES II? Join us from Mon Dec 3 - Thu Dec 6 from 07.00p-08.30p EST for a unique, interactive, virtual workshop focussing on the universal and practical challenges of: transcending loneliness, time management, internalizing inspiration, conflict resolution, etc. Do you think we can bring together 500 seekers of all ages, all backgrounds, etc. for self development? Please save the dates and spread the word --- The Happiness Series II for All! (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/the-happiness-series-part-ii-57fb18d8cade)

Sentiments - With the past posting of the E-Vichara on Chinmaya International Foundation's Discussion Forum, we have now crossed 300,000 views! This is over 1,000 reads for every sharing just on this forum!!! Gratitude gratitude gratitude for your unfathomable support.

Support - i apologize for not being able to keep up with writing the E-Vichara. Though i am still behind 3 months, this Dipavali celebrates the completion of 9 years of E-Vichara-s! 9 years of reflecting together!! 9 years of realizing together!!!

In Vedantik tradition teachings are given freely. No price can be tagged to the guidance a Teacher offers to seekers to live more purposefully, to kids to try their best, to leaders with material for their classes, offices, etc. Still, filled with gratitude and fulfillment a student seeks to give back.

On June 22, 2009 the 1st E-Vichara was sent to 90 seekers. On November 7, 2018 the 327th E-Vichara will be sent to 4,260 seekers (not including Groups, Forums, etc.). If the subscribers, readers, students of the E-Vichara invest one hour in understanding/appreciating these diverse insights on Life and living, they are engaged in a Course on self-development...

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The Light of Humanity

We are not humans, we are humanity. The cost of being humans is the feeling of isolation, competition, exhaustion. The benefit of being humanity is the feeling of independence, cooperation, enthusiasm. As you think so you develop. To think small is dark. To think big is light.


Dipavali is an outward expression of an inward journey. We use a central light to bring light to all points of our home, our community, etc. The purpose of this lighting up is not to stay far. The purpose of this lighting up is to come close. The light of God is the thought - to change. We see the light of God when we evolve from being self-centred to being Self-Centered.

i pray to Bhagavan and the Guru-shishya-parampara to grace and guide us to return from humans to humanity to Happiness.

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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:27 pm

Namah Te dear All,

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

On Jan 12, 2018 i completed 10 years of serving Sanatana Dharma. On Jan 13, 2018 i commenced a 10 year plan of serving Sanatana Dharma - to build a Freedom Centre offering sincere seekers an immersive experience in leadership and liberation. The wind has been at my back...
This period plans are to search for a facility to share Sanatana Dharma in:
Cleveland or
Pittsburgh or
Washington or
etc.

Sanatana Dharma as a noun is our Infinite Nature. Sanatana Dharma as a verb is our unchanging responsibility. Our unchanging responsibility is to be our Infinite Nature.

Doing anything else, becoming anything else is being alive yet not living. Sound scary? A final walk together with Shri Tulasidas as He describes the lost, found in our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (August 6, 2018) --- Zombie Nation - Part 3

-The most interesting subject/experience is Peace, all other subjects/experiences being most disinteresting - living for pleasure, possession and position will never complete us hence our perpetual distraction, irritation, exhaustion

-The ignorant are alive yet not living - living in a random way without direction from a scripture/guide is the same as being a zombie

-The indulgent are alive yet not living - believing one is the body naturally one's strategy is to find the everlasting from the never-lasting which is being a zombie

-The gossipy are alive yet not living - projecting one's ignorance we only see and speak of weaknesses, forcing others to inflict the same on us, a state of being a zombie

-The sinning are alive yet not living - deviating from one's responsibilities one dismantles morality, a deplorable condition like being a zombie

-Ravana was a zombie in all 14 ways yet Rama forgave his trespasses, Rama gave him Life - being an introvert is being Rama and being an extrovert is being Ravana, will you choose the path of the Living or the dead

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): We have completed organizing and sharing The Happiness Series I (playlist--- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wg2cy-F4Gs&list=PL58eJuRHQplkv99q96XburS4wgMkPtBBa)! Please find the time and patience to complete the following enabling us to serve society better --- survey (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfvzqwvyZE8pQjVRaTQXHevAEfmULplRBR-m7-IlcFwAguATw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1)

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): Question: Why did the computer show up late for work? Answer: It had a hard drive.

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW):
Our Meditation in Life Course is an attempt to bring the Ashram to individualities.
Our Upadesha Sara Course is an attempt to bring the Ashram to families.
Our Vedanta in Ramayana Course is an attempt to bring the Ashram to communities.
Beyond the individual, family and community is society. The Happiness Series II is an attempt to bring the Ashram to societies...

Join us from Mon Dec 3 - Thu Dec 6 from 07.00p-08.30p EST for a unique, interactive, virtual workshop focussing on the universal and practical challenges of: transcending loneliness, time management, internalizing inspiration, conflict resolution, etc. This attempt is open to and will be relevant to all ages, all backgrounds, all.

Be part of our Workshop. And on this Thanksgiving, as you remember the grace and guidance you have been gifted, be sure to share the same with others. Make announcements at your Centres, forward the link, etc. We have 500 seekers gather for self development through our Courses, my sankalpa to have 500 seekers gather for self development through this Workshop. i know some individualities/families/communities are organizing 'Satsanga Parties' to experience the Workshop together...very cool --- The Happiness Series II (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/the-happiness-series-part-ii-57fb18d8cade)

For Thanksgiving i offer Thanks to those who are Giving to support the actualization of my 1 year / 5 year / 10 year plan of serving Sanatana Dharma. As we commence the 10th year of our E-Vichara, gratitude to all the grateful readers. Your support makes the difference between casual experimentation with self development and systematic practice of self development.

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Postby AcharyaVivek » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:25 pm

Namah Te dear All,

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

Freddie Mercury, the inimitable singer of the legendary band Queen...was born as Farrokh Bulsara and grew up in India exposed to Zoroastrianism.
A simple yet profound teaching of Zoroastrianism which Freddie Mercury followed: good thoughts, good words, good deeds.


The opposite holds true too: bad thoughts, bad words, bad deeds.
Goodness is happiness. Badness is sadness. Let us understand bad thoughts with good thoughts of our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (August 20, 2018) --- Know Negative, No Negative - Part 1

-Verse 30 of Chapter 1 of the Yoga Sutras by Rishi Patanjali teaches us how thoughts are cyclical and one negative thought will cause another more negative thought - there are many shades of negativity our thoughts assume, each constricting our faith in Self-Knowledge, our faith in Self

-vyadhi (can't thoughts) - the mind is created extrovert thus if given the chance to not be responsible on account of being 'sick and tired', the mind will capitalize on this 'I can't'

-styana (complacent thoughts) - a can't mind expresses as complacency, a state of not wanting to move, not wanting to try, not wanting to change

-samshaya (confused thoughts) - a complacent mind uses the weapon of doubt, especially against the possibility of being positive, the possibility of being Peaceful

-pramada (careless thoughts) - a confused mind will not have faith and so will not be vigilant about materials, health, etc.

-alasya (comatose thoughts) - a care-less mind is purpose-less, without purpose is to be without performance the simplest expression of which is procrastination

We will continue understanding the 9 textures of negative thoughts in our next E-Vichara.

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Over 150 of us studied Acharya Shankara's Atma Bodha together for 30 weeks. Begin your study of the same --- Atma Bodha Course (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrUBwZCN9_8&list=PL58eJuRHQplkRxY9f0kgATqBKVkMjgK6t)

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): What word begins with i but when you add the letter a, a new word with a new meaning is formed yet the sound is exactly the same? isle and aisle.

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): Are you a young adult? No. Are you an old adult? No. Then you are a EVOLVING adult. Join us from Feb 15-17 in Raleigh for a special Retreat designed just for Evolving Adults. Together we will immerse ourselves in the profundity and practicality of Vibhishana Gita. Steadily and sincerely we are developing the Chinmaya Setu Kari (CSK) movement. Please commit to this self-societal development by registering for and talking about --- Led by Love, Lead by Love (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10212987538910714&set=p.10212987538910714&type=3&theater)

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Postby AcharyaVivek » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:05 am

Namah Te from Colombo!

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

Travelling between Canada-Bharat-Sri Lanka, i was able to rest at the feet of my Master, Swami Tejomayananda. He shared with me, "You needing others and others needing you, both are an illusion. No one needs any one."

Imagine the vision! A vision beyond thoughts...

To reach there though we need to evolve from bad thoughts to good thoughts. Let us continue to understand bad thoughts with the good thoughts of our E-Vichara...

E-Vichara (September 3, 2018) --- Know Negative, No Negative - Part 2

-Verse 30 of Chapter 1 of the Yoga Sutras by Rishi Patanjali teaches us how thoughts are cyclical and one negative thought will cause another more negative thought - there are many shades of negativity our thoughts assume, each constricting our faith in Self-Knowledge, our faith in Self

-avirati (carnal thoughts) - a comatose mind can only think within the confines of 'short term' thus pursuing only that which is fast, facile and futile

-bhranti darshana (chimerical thoughts) - a carnal mind tricks itself into believing pleasure is peace, a most destructive psychosis

-alabdhabhumikatva (collapsing thoughts) - a chimerical mind is lost about the ends causing the means to be lost causing efforts to be fruitless

-anavasthitatvani (crushed thoughts) - a collapsing mind focusses on falls and ignores climbs despite every seeker experiencing steps forwards and steps backwards

-Can't thoughts, complacent thoughts, confused thoughts, careless thoughts, comatose thoughts, carnal thoughts, chimerical thoughts, collapsing thoughts, crushed thoughts are all challenges to ensure we are strong enough for Freedom - as you think so you develop, think of the Creator and develop concentration

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): On September 11, 2016 many Chinmaya Mission Centres and i began to follow the ayana to Rama using the map of Vedanta. On December 16, 2018 we completed our map, we found Bhagavan. Please examine and enjoy an excerpt of Vedanta in Ramayana with an audio-visual summary of the most popular...Sundarakanda (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9sdBZ32XE0&t=3s)

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): Q: How many opticians does it take to change a light bulb? A: Is it one or two? One...or two?

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW):
Did you hear about the new Happy Hour? The new Happy Hour is online every Wednesday from 08.00p-09.00p EST. And the new Happy Hour is ONLY FOR KIDS! Join us as we engage in stories, workshops and community to grow in clarity, conviction and confidence about the universality of the vision of Sanatana Dharma. Register and spread the word --- Happy Hour! (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/happy-hour-with-captain-vivekji-cc3512f2e519)

Today, 36 Yatris are joining me for The Chinmaya Inspiration Yatra XII in Sri Lanka. We will be engaging in satsanga where Hanumanji landed in Lanka, where Devi Sita waited for Bhagavan Rama, where Gautama Buddha's tooth is, and on and on and on. This opportunity will complete my efforts to serve the young for 2018. The opportunities to commence my efforts to serve the young begin soon! --- Journey 2019 (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/announcing-2019-journey-3fae9434b652)

"We must learn to be cheerfully silent, gracefully silent and powerfully silent." ~ Swami Chinmayananda

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Re: Viveka & Vichara - weekly contemplation from Acharya Vivekji

Postby AcharyaVivek » Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:54 pm

Namah Te from Rambodha (Sri Lanka)!

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

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - the 3rd leading cause of death amongst American teenagers is suicide...1 American commits suicide every 12 minutes...from 2000 to 2006 the suicide rate in America grew 1% each year...since 2006 the rate has doubled...

These facts are frightening. These facts are saddening. If you think otherwise, try to visualize someone who feels dying is better than living...

Undoubtedly a contributing factor towards suicide is loneliness. For oneself, for others, let us feel secure with the security provided by our E-Vichara...


E-Vichara (September 17, 2018) --- loneliness to Aloneness...

-Loneliness is a sense of separation, Aloneness is a sense of Oneness - this is a feeling and not a fact for one can be physically without others while mentally secure and one can be physically with others while mentally insecure

-All beings are created social with connections facilitated by depth and authenticity - foolishly society is encouraging individuals to devolve from being engaged to being busy, forcing us to be shallow and fake

-The 1st step to grow out of loneliness and in to Aloneness is associate with quality friends - have relationships that are deep and authentic

-The 2nd step to grow out of loneliness and in to Aloneness is focus on quality work - do what you value and value what you do

-The 3rd step to grow out of loneliness and in to Aloneness is invest in quality thoughts - begin to enjoy your own company more

-The 4th step to grow out of loneliness and in to Aloneness is read about Aloneness - read books that are meaningful and subjective

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): i am writing these words sitting on a hill that Shri Hanumana sat on. The same Shri Hanumana i pray to. The same Shri Hanumana i teach about. The same Shri Hanumana i love dearly. i can write about Him forever...please watch the completion of Human to Hanuman II --- Vedanta in Hanuman Chalisa (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeZutlvml8k&list=PL58eJuRHQpllmoq9Xm7RBivnm4EFH7Ous)

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW): Q: What does daylight saving time mean in Portland? A: An extra hour of rain!

Satsanga Adventure of the Week (SAW): Working hard and smart to encourage us to evolve from being busy to being engaged, be sure to make your drives, dashes and dishes more meaningful by listening to and sharing our podcast on Live Vedanta --- High Thinking, Happy Living (https://medium.com/vicharagurukula/episode-15-slowly-destructive-little-things-db8a49635de6)

As we complete 2018 and commence 2019, i pray to Bhagavan and the Guru-shishya-parampara that every reader and non-reader of the E-Vichara learns from the past, lets go of regrets, makes each moment meaningful.

Signing off for the year...

"Spiritual life is not dependent, except to a very negligible extent, on the place where you live, on the clothes you wear, on how you stand, or on the condition of the hair upon your head. There is only one way of attaining a divine life - be living a divine life." ~ Swami Chinmayananda

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