Jnana Yajna 19

Year & Dates:

June 15, 1956 to July 06, 1956

Yajna Topic:



Rewa, India.

For the aspirants in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh ( previously Vindhya Pradesh), Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda chose Kenopanishad; it was the fourth time that He was teaching this Upanishad since His first Upanishad Jnana Yajna. In their official welcome, the Chief Minister Sri Shambhunath Shukla, Lieutenant Governor Sri Tirumal Rao, and other dignitaries supported the spiritual Upanishadic study calling it the greatest blessing and profit to each and every member of the society. In Rewa’s ancient royal building of Venkat Bhawan, every evening from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Pujya Gurudev directed seekers to intense introspection. 

Secular Tribute to Spirituality

Rewa was caught up in Pujya Gurudev’s contagious passion for Vedanta that on July 5, 1956, a day before the yajna concluded, Sri. K. K. Sharma, the Chief Secretary to the Vindhya Pradesh Government, admired: “He has made Vedanta as precise as science, as beautiful as poetry, and as enchanting as romance.” Mrs. Sheila Sharma who had devotedly translated into Hindi a few books of Pujya Gurudev’s including the Kenopanishad wrote in Tyagi about a special happening; on the 19th day of the Yajna until Pujya Gurudev returned from the sacred bath (Avabhrta Snanam) at Panna, the gathered audience had waited for Him in sublime silence for over an hour! The 18 days of Kenopanishad, the three days of Maha Mrtyunjaya Homa, the sacred bath and the prayers offered to both Krishna and Khuda at the Pran-nath temple in Panna, the joyful procession of Mahamantra chanting, and the engulfing silence of meditation after the  sacred Ganga waters was sprinkled on the audience – Pujya Gurudev had taken Rewa into spiritual ecstasy.

In Admiration 

Mrs. Susheela Sharma from Rewa recounts Pujya Gurudev’s mysterious ability to connect with people and draw them in, guiding their focus towards profound self-inquiry. “He distributed Vedanta in such a sugar-coated form, that it became acceptable to all who has even for once strayed into the canopy under which he carried on his free distribution. They were all left smacking their lips when it was over. The taste left was so pleasing that they all hung around for more and more of it. He moved with crowds, and he had time for one and all. Each one felt that he was only his, while he was all the time everybody’s and therefore, nobody’s.”

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

Our vehicle of flight to the higher realms of thought is not the intellect; it is only intuition. The Eternal Truth finally experienced by all the Saints during Samadhi is the same. The routes may be different, and yet the place or destination, the pilgrimage or the Temple, is one and the same for all pilgrims. In the white heat of experiencing the Atma-Anubhava of Samadhi, It is the same, though the explanation of the experience by the Seers may differ in many ways. You should take in and learn to appreciate every bit of Religious knowledge, because, to a Vedantin any Religion is welcome. 

From Kenopanishad Yajna Prasad

Graduate Beyond Symbols

Delve into the transformative shift from symbolic worship to the boundless reality. As we progress from altars and holy symbols, we encounter the challenge of moving beyond the tangible to the intangible. This exploration takes us to the heart of true spirituality, where the mind, once absorbed in symbols, now contemplates the formless truth that words cannot encapsulate.