Jnana Yajna 43

Year & Dates:

June 28, 1958 to July 19, 1958

Yajna Topic:

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 15


Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), India.

After the 42nd Jnana Yajna amid gold mines at Kolar followed the 43rd Jnana Yajna of Pujya Gurudev at a very different terrain – a railway colony which housed a workshop that repaired Royal Air Force planes during World War II. The place was called Ponmalai in Tamil and also known as Golden Rock, a zone assigned to the culturally rich city of Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) in Tamil Nadu. Arriving in Trichy on June 29th, Pujya Gurudev started His Gita Jnana Yajna at 7pm that evening, after prayers at Goddess Ponneshwari (a form of Goddess Parvati) Temple and the nearby Shri Ram Mandir. The topic chosen was  ‘Purushottama Yoga’ Chapter 15 of Bhagavad Gita, and the diverse crowds of the ‘mechanical-minded’ community looked forward to the 22-day spiritual experience.

Adaptive, Supreme Teaching

Sri Krishna, Bhagavan Himself, was indicating the Supreme, Eternal, and Immutable Spirit through a spiritual allegory. The intriguing upside-down Tree-of-Life fascinated Arjuna then, and every seeker continues to wonder about that Subtlest Divine Source that enlivens every single aspect of our environment, body, mind, and intellect. Those 22 days at Ponmalai were truly more than golden. After introducing the upanishadic philosophy and the context of Bhagavan’s Divine Song, Pujya Gurudev raised the audience to a breathtaking combination of analysis, introspection, and immersion. He was explaining the most secretive Science of the Inexplicable, the Knowledge that would make the finite thinking individual dissolve. In the awe of That, all wisdom would be gained and all duties became complete.

Those 20 potent verses of chapter 15 to yoke to the Purushottama – Pujya Gurudev’s uplifting eloquence and electrifying emotion astounded the thousands. The Hindus, devout Christians, the pious Muslims, the people of all strata of society – for those 22 days, all differences disappeared in the brilliant Jnana Yajna.

The Yajna was held in the month of Adi that marks the onset of monsoon when rivers overflow and the winds become gusts. Since the yajnashala had a low roof, Pujya Gurudev substituted the Gita Havana with an elaborate Devi puja. With Lalitha Sahasranama chanted by the famous pundits of the Thiruvanaikoil Jambukeshwara temple, the audience gained the benefits of Kirtan, Japa, and Puja. In place of the sacred ashes from a havana-kund, Pujya Gurudev offered those flowers sanctified by puja to the sacred Kaveri river flowing through Trichy. When the 43rd Jnana Yajna concluded with the Ganga Prokshana (sprinkling), the audience of Ponmalai were bathed in the Supreme golden bliss.

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

Consciousness is the Light in the Sun; it is the same Consciousness that fertilizes the Earth; the Consciousness as the Moonlight supplies food-value to the plant kingdom. It is Truth Itself as the body-warmth that presides over the assimilation of the food within the body and supervises the processes of life’s transactions with the world outside; and it is the same Light of Consciousness that makes it possible for us to gain experience, store away knowledge, and replace ignorance with better knowledge. 

From Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 15, Book

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