Reliving The First Jnana Yagna – Part 2

The story of how Pujya Gurudev successfully conducted the first Jnana Yajna, a 100-day event that transformed the lives of the attendees.


Let Us Be Hindus

Swami Chinmayananda on 23rd December 1951 delivered a talk in Pune, just days before the launch of the 1st Jnana Yagna. This talk was titled Let us be Hindus.


Reliving The First Jnana Yagna – Part 1

It was December 1951. A young Swami Chinmayananda was ready to launch the first Jnana Yagna, the forerunner of many more to come.


Story Behind The First Jnana Yajna

The fascinating effort of a young Swami Chinmayananda, to launch the Jnana Yajna program, with the help of a young Madrasi boy from Pune.


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Universal Prayer by Sri Swami Chinmayanada

May all at all times be fully aware of Thy presence in East and West, North and South!


Cover Photos of the Chief Priest

Photos of Sri Swami Chinmayananda from the covers of Yagna Prasad during the 1st Gyana Yagna in Pune.


Running out of funds

If and when we are blessed by the voluntary cooperation of any LAKSHMINARAYAN, we shall at once resume our publication. So, till then goodbye. The committee shall be contacting you the moment they can again discover enough Ishwar Kripa to serve you all.


Golden chance – A souvenir volume of all the Yagna Prasads so far is being got ready

This volume is sent with Sree Swamiji Maharaj’s autograph to those persons who will first reach us with a love offering of Rs. 10 in the Sewa of the Upanishad Rishies.


The volume of correspondence that Sree Swamiji has been receiving

is so heavy that if he were to reply to them all immediately, no other constructive work would be possible. Sree Swamiji informs all his devotees how to clear their doubts...


Swamiji falls ill

On Mahashivarathri day Sri Swamiji Maharaj fell ill and it was diagnosed as Para Typhoid. Sri Swamiji Maharaj cheerfully went through the term of the fever and revived soon. The discourses had to be suspended from February 23 to March 10.


A city-wide procession

The Akhanda Kirtan that has been going on unbroken, will terminate on April 6th where it will be sung in a city-wide procession of a caravan of trucks and cars with devotees chanting the Maha Mantra.


Upanishad Homa

As per the wishes of our Chief Priest (Gurudev), we have decided to perform a 7 day Upanishad Homa from March 31 – April 6th (Sunday) when five Maharashtrian pundits would be doing one Ahuuti each of all the Mantras in Kena and Katopanishads.


Ganga Kalasa Pooja

Two brass pots of holy Ganges water from Haridwar have arrived. They are being installed in the Yagna Sala. At the conclusion of the 100 days Yagna, this prasad will be distributed by Swamiji to the devotees on April 8th 1952.


Common meditation class

Some 400 to 500 persons daily assemble in the Yagna Sala and they in breathless silence sit in meditation.


Akhanda Kirtan – Guess who would chant past midnight?

24 hours non-stop chanting of the Mahamantra has been started by devotees taking turns by the hour. Past midnight, when no one was available, Swamiji himself would chant.


Oil for the Akhanda light

A vessel is kept in the sanctorum. Bhaktas are to contribute one chattak of oil each time they visit the sanitorium, more than a chhatak will not be accepted at a time. Swamiji Maharaj has planned it so in order to ensure that the devotees, who can and are anxious to contribute more of oil, do visit the sanctorum more often, during the 50-days Akhand Mahamantra Kirtan.


Akhanda light was lit at Brahmamuhurtha, 4.30 AM

An Akhanda Light was lit on the 19th Feb. 1952 at Brahmamuhurtha, 4:30 A.M.; and it is proposed to maintain it burning all the time by the devotees who visit the Meditation Sanctorum.


Arudha Pooja – Performed during the 1st Gyana Yagna

The pulpit where from Sree Swami Chinmayandaji has been distributing the Ambrosia of Upanishads during the past 50 days, not only to the public of Poona but to the entire devotee-class of the world, has been sanctified with an Arudha Pooja (Worship of the Seat of Delivery) on Feb 18th. 1952.


I am using a black-board and chalk today

Swamiji by drawing a beautiful diagram explains how we ‘seemingly’ fall from the Supreme Reality to the present state and how we can come out of this delusion.


Unprecedented in the annals of Indian History

Swami Sivananda said, of the Upanishad Yagna, lectures and immediate reproduction it in print.


Guru Aarthi to be started

From today, as per the wish of Sree Swamiji, after the daily meditation, we will have an Arathi performed to the Gurus.


Due to growing crowds Swamiji drops the orthodox way

Due to the large crowds, Sree Swamiji is compelled to drop the old orthodox way of Upanishad study, and to give more general discussions in the morning classes also. These introductory talks are till today used as introduction in the Kenopanishad text book of Chinmaya Mission.


A permanent microphone is now setup, to ease the strain on Swamiji

We are confident to declare that never before was the Sri Harihara Bhajana Samajam precinct so gloriously full with Satsangies. The crowd has been growing so large that we are now compelled to fix a microphone permanently to ease the strain on Shree Swamiji Maharaj.


This booklet was with Swami Tapovanam for some years

Gurudev mailed the first Yagna Prasad to Swami Tapovanam, with the words “Thy knowledge broadcasted through thy own Voice-box” handwritten on it.


He came to our house again, this time for a train ticket.

Smt. Laxmi Reddy narrates how Gurudev visited her house just prior to the 1st Yagna.


Sri Naidu recalls the day of the very 1st Yagna.

A must-see interview with someone who attended the very first Yagna from day one.


NOTE FROM SWAMI CHINMAYANANDA

No funds to print the Kathopanishad talks.


SELF PERFECTION TECHNIQUE

Austerity, restraint and dedicated work; these are the foundations of It.


CONDITIONED BRAHMAN

The Idol is the means. Self-Discovery is the goal. Confusing the two leads to sorrow.


THE INNER ESSENCE

We must continue our pursuit expecting nothing, hoping nothing…


HERE AND NOW

Man can rise to God-hood even while he is in the body. Here and Now.


THE GOAL

Learn to see the one Truth that lies self-evident in all names and forms.


KILL THE EGO

This achievement is within the scope of every mortal; the real fulfillment of life's journey.


THE DREAM MIRAGE

The Intellect throws a pool of reflected Atmic Glory called the Ego.


PURE TRUTH

You can only meditate yourself into it. The merger of "I" and "you" is possible.


A CAUTION

We outcasts in the Atma Loka cannot be given a direct darshan of Reality.


MIND IS MAN

This light that illumines the mind giving a semblance of Reality is ‘Chit’.


THE SEER

The Knower knows the Known and it equally knows the Unknown.


CHAINS THAT SHACKLE

Mind and intellect are to be considered as Chappals to keep away.


SINCERE PURSUIT

Where can this land of Truth be? What is the world beyond the horizon?


SELF PURIFICATION

Stop the mind! Then there is no world, Samsara. Wake yourself up. That's all.


TEACHER AND TAUGHT

To a seeker, a Guru is as absolutely an unavoidable necessity.


KENOPANISHAD

Suppose a few of you and this Sadhu go for a walk on a moonlit night...


THE UPANISHADS

The Upanishads are revelations; not the products of mind & intellect.


FALL AND RISE OF MAN

I am using today a board and chalk since the subject is not easy.


THE LAW OF KARMA

Each moment we are preparing ourselves for the lives yet to come.


GOD AND ME

Without Ishwara Bhakthi no progress is possible. It is an absolute necessity.


THE PATH

We are here today to seek a source for all life, the one Reality behind all appearances.


OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ABSOLUTE

Let us see for ourselves what is our relationship with the Absolute.


VEDANTA – THE RELIGION OF DETACHMENT

Each one of you now please ask this question to yourself ”Who is this I?”


WHAT IS RELIGION

The science of all sciences, it guides us to the Knowledge Absolute.


LET US BE HINDUS

Swamiji’s very first address to the Poona audience at the 1st Gnana Yagna.