Jnana Yajna 28

Year & Dates:

March 14, 1957 to April 03, 1957

Yajna Topic:

Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 12 & 13


Mattancherry, India.

After almost two years, Mattancherry had the privilege of hosting its next Jnana Yajna. Pujya Gurudev had again chosen the right time, place, and topic for the seekers in Kerala. So, on the pleasant evening of March 14,1957, the atmosphere was jubilant inside the Diamond Jubilee Memorial Hall of the Thirumala Devaswom High School, Mattancherry. From the ancient Pazhayannur temple, the caparisoned elephant carried the pots of sacred Ganga waters, swaying to the auspicious chants of “Om Namo Narayanaya.” The Om flag fluttering in the breeze before the yajnashala seemed to reflect the joyful impatience of the yajna audience. And, one element of the inauguration was endearing and praiseworthy. A group of adorable young children trained by Smt. Janakiammal of Mattancherry Chinmaya Mission chanted the great verses of Bhagavad Gita chapter 12 in the tune that was becoming distinctly associated with Chinmaya Mission.

A Universal, Motivational Melody

Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, reiterated that Bhagavad Gita is a “universal and perfected Science practical and applicable to one and all, under all conditions, and at all times.” He emphasized that Gita did not belong to just one religion. He noted that the magnificent portrait of the Divine Flute-Player, Bhagavan Krishna, was an apt background on the yajna stage; the Gita was an inspiring, melodic call to the entire Universe. Recommending the beauty in worship and stating how devotion elevates a devotee to selfless perfection, Pujya Gurudev motivated all to discover the Bliss of Bhakti. Explaining the knowledge embedded in chapter 13, He directed the seekers’ attention to the One Principle behind the entire field of experiences. As a special incentive to worship and know the Presence that enlivens everything, a gold medal was announced as prize for one who chanted all the verses of Gita chapters 12 & 13 in the tune special to Chinmaya Mission. 

Pujya Gurudev encouraged all to realize that Shrimad Bhagavad Gita was the most enchanting and enduring prize to win in life.

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

When a devotee of the Infinite Lord surrenders himself totally at His feet and acts as a messenger, or as a representative of the Will of the Lord, he becomes, not only divinely dynamic, but in and through his own activities, aware of the Presence and Grace of the Universal Spirit. 

From Bhagavad Gita- Chapters 12 & 13, Book

The “knower-of-the-field” is the status of the Knowing-Principle when It is functioning in the “Field-of-the-Known.” Bereft of the field-of-objects, the “Knower” himself becomes nothing but “Pure Knowledge,” without the functions of knowing attached to it.

From Bhagavad Gita- Chapters 12 & 13, Book

What Enlivens Matter?

Understand the dynamic interplay between matter and spirit through the lens of Vedantic philosophy through this beautiful excerpt from Chapter 13 of Bhagavad Gita. Discover how Consciousness infuses life into the inert realm of matter, which alone guides us towards the experience of joy, sorrow or any of our experiences.