Jnana Yajna 93

Year & Dates:

September 04, 1961 to September 19, 1961

Yajna Topic:

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 13


Tirunelveli, India

In Pujya Gurudev’s 69th Jnana Yajna which was Tirunelveli’s second blissful exposure to the Vedantic Ganga, the focus of learning had been the stimulating third chapter of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Karma Yoga. So, when Pujya Gurudev announced that His 93rd Jnana Yajna will unfold the glory of Gita’s Chapter 13 – the crucial differentiating wisdom of the “Field and its Knower” in Tirunelveli, the seekers of that town were thrilled and grateful. Pujya Gurudev had guided them about the secret of action the previous year, and from September 4th to 19th, He was going to reveal the knowledge of who really was the Knower, what constituted the Field of experiences, the nature of the ‘relationship,’ and why it was important to understand their categorization. Eager to understand the full picture, the exuberant audience of Tirunelveli assembled in the yajnashala.

A Smiling Orange Flame

The inauguration of Pujya Gurudev’s 93rd Jnana Yajna on September 4,1961, opened with the presidential address by the District Judge Shri. Rengarajan who stressed that materialistic minds needed religious rejuvenation. Shri Bhaskara Thondaman, a retired I.A.S Officer, inaugurated the yajna expressing faith in Pujya Gurudev’s endeavor to spiritualize the modern man.

The morning discourses on Ishavasyopanishad and the evening talks on Kshetra Kshetrajna Vibhaga Yoga of the Gita radiated spirituality around town. With His quick wit, charming dramatization, and a rich variety of examples, Pujya Gurudev drove home the importance of viewing the world as the all-pervasive Divine as well as understanding that though Omnipresent, the Self or Supreme Reality is untainted and immutable.

Sri M S. Jayaraman, a lecturer of Hindu College, Tirunelveli, and Sri T. Seshadri, a lecturer of the Madurai College, translated and conveyed in Tamil, Pujya Gurudev’s discourses everyday. When the jnana yajna concluded, the people of Tirunelveli, received the yajna prasad booklet, “Vedanta, A Bird’s eye view” from Pujya Gurudev. To show their support for the upcoming Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, the yajna committee offered a contribution of Re.1001, a small but sincere pledge in reverence for the farsighted work of Pujya Gurudev.

A Meditation Minute:

धावल्यमञ्जुलमृदुस्मितकान्तिपूरं विस्मारिताखिलपदानतदुःखभारम्।

आताम्रशोभनपरिच्छदसंवृतांगं श्रीचिन्मयं गुरुवरं हृदि भावयामि॥४॥

dhāvalyamañjulamṛdusmitakāntipūraṃ vismāritākhilapadānataduḥkhabhāram।

ātāmraśobhanaparicchadasaṃvṛtāṃgaṃ śrīcinmayaṃ guruvaraṃ hṛdi bhāvayāmi॥4॥

“I meditate in my heart upon Śrī Chinmaya, the best of teachers, with His bright, beautiful, and soft smile, who is covered with shining, auspicious saffron clothes, and who removes all sorrows of those who surrender at His Holy Feet.”

  • Chinmaya Ashtakam verse 4

Pujya Gurudev’s smile came from His entire joyous Being. Emanating from the glowing orange of His Presence, His smile captured, disarmed, uplifted, and energized millions.  He had an inscrutable way of making difficulties disappear when devotees and disciples submitted themselves in sadhana and seva. To that effulgent, cheerful sage “Sri Chinmaya,” our heartfelt prostrations.

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

They who realize and perceive the nature and the essential distinction between the “Field”, the ‘Knower-of-theField” and the “Supreme”, and thus come to experience the non-existence of the “Field” (Prakrti or Avidya or Avyakta) and, therefore, the “ Knower-of-the-Field” (the individuality, the ego, the Samsarin, the limited), theirs is the Knowledge Absolute. The “Field” is the material cause which has no existence apart from mere imaginations and hallucinations. Non-apprehension of the Reality gives rise to misapprehensions of the same. To realize the non-existence of the very material cause is to live the Infinite Nature of the Supreme Self in ourselves, as ourselves.

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