Jnana Yajna 24

Year & Dates:

November 08, 1956 to December 08, 1956

Yajna Topic:

Bhagavad Gita- Chapters 12 & 13


Modern School, New Delhi, India.

After bringing out the glorious, unifying essence of two Upanishads in two locations of Delhi,  Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda retraced His steps to the place where He had conducted His very first Gita Jnana Yajna. The grounds of the Modern School on Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, which had hosted His discourses on Bhagavad Gita chapters 1 & 2 had a special glow. In the 24th yajna, the focus would be the significant chapters of 12 & 13 of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. It was inaugurated by the then Bhaarata Raashtrapati (President of India), Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

Reshaping National Destiny


Making the audience aspire deeply for divine love, Pujya Gurudev painted the picture of an inspired devotee and his noble interaction with the world while explaining the verses of chapter 12. Moving into the exalted wisdom of the 13th chapter, He guided how to recognize “That dressed in matter is Thou.” It was a comprehensive spiritual experience of sublime devotion and precise Knowledge. To a fascinated audience, Pujya Gurudev reminded: ”Jnana Yajnas can be considered successful not because some discourses have been organized, not because those discourses have been printed in paper-books with printers’ ink. Unless the listeners get those ideas printed in the slates of their hearts with the white ink of purity, none of them can thereafter live, even for a moment, contrary to those eternal ideas of true living. Then and then only can the Yajna be considered as truly successful.”

In Admiration 
Smt. Rani Bhan shares the transformation Gurudev’s talks had on her:
Swamiji’s lectures did for me what a teacher does for a willing pupil when he is faced with a problem. These lectures drew out from within me my basic urge to know and focused it on the central principle of existence. A good teacher opens up the flood-gates within one’s own Self, and through this opening, understanding gushes through, brightening up existence and ennobling life’s meaningless routines.

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

Thought is the content of our subtle body. Both the mind and the intellect are nothing but thoughts. It is not sufficient if they leisurely wander around the concept of the Lord, but they  have to actually penetrate, delve into, merge, and dissolve themselves away to become the very ideal of perfection which the Lord represents.

From Bhagavad Gita- Chapters 12 & 13, Book

Prakrti is matter, and Purusha is the Spirit. The Spirit in itself has no expression except when It plays through matter. When Purusha weds Prakriti, the experiences of good and bad are legions born. Electricity in itself cannot manifest a light. But when it weds with the bulb, it is manifested as light.

From Bhagavad Gita- Chapters 12 & 13, Book

Don’t get attached to your body!

Immerse yourself in Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s enlightening video on dispassion and detachment from sense objects and the misconception of body identification. Gain insights into the pursuit of genuine happiness beyond temporary pleasures and the shedding mental burdens.