Jnana Yajna 81

Jnana Yajna 81

Year & Dates:

March 09, 1961 to March 19, 1961

Yajna Topic:

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 12

Place:

Kolkata (Calcutta), India.

“Hold the yajna in March 1961 or defer it” – The concise note from Pujya Gurudev arrived in the middle of January, and the yajna committee in Kolkata decided to seize the opportunity presented to them after a two-year-pause since the 56th Jnana Yajna hosted in mid-1959 at Kolkata. 

His limiting adjuncts…As they began the planning in earnest, another message from Pujya Gurudev stunned them. It would be a whirlwind 11-day yajna instead of the 21-day series, and the formalities of a formal reception, inauguration with the Om flag ceremony, and a protracted presidential address were to give way to a plain and pure start to earnest study of the 12th chapter of the Gita.

The arrangements were done quickly and efficiently. The verses of Chapter 12 were printed and ready for distribution, the publicity materials were prepared, and the venue for the yajnashala was fixed.

Simpler Format for Potent Study

The Beginning: Right after He landed in Kolkata on March 8th, Pujya Gurudev did a quick check of the yajnashala at the Hindi High School, Lower Circular Road. The 81st Jnana Yajna commenced at 7 pm on March 9, 1961, with the auspicious Purna Kumbha welcome, an elegant array of the classic white and red Kolkata saree-clad devotees with diyas, and the resounding Om as He walked to the dais. Sri Ishwarprasad Goenka, the president of the yajna, spoke briefly in Hindi, and then Pujya Gurudev took everyone right into the heart of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. 

The Discourses and the Audience: With eleven days and 20 verses, the pace was brisk and the content was gripping. The audience grew, with women attending in large numbers as they converged from all parts of Kolkata to that centrally located yajnashala. Carrying all in a great wave of Bhakti, it appeared as if Pujya Gurudev made even the nor’wester showers pause and worship Bhagavan Krishna through the Gita. The beauty of Bhakti Yoga effaced the disappointment of the canceled morning classes and a spiritual yatra. 

A Sweet Interlude: A children’s event when about 40 children recited the verses of Bhaja Govindam and the Gita Dhyanam delighted Pujya Gurudev. Spending an hour among the little ones and rewarding them with fruits was a refreshingly joyful experience for the tiny devotees and the glorious Guru. 

The Conclusion: The intense immersive evoked deep gratitude, and as the winding line of devotees offered their Guru Dakshina with loving reverence, they felt more blessed to receive the Yajna Prasad booklet “Kindle Life” from the holy hands of Pujya Gurudev. The 81st Jnana Yajna concluded on the morning of March 19th since Pujya Gurudev had to reach Mumbai by March 20th for work related to Sandeepany Sadhanalaya.

For Reflection: Having accomplished the tasks of making a great cross-section of India aware of Jnana Yajnas, Pujya Gurudev was gently jettisoning the accompanying features and reshaping His Jnana Yajnas for more time-efficient, focused study.

“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

No undertaking in our life, in fact, is a new act that has an independent beginning or end. All actions in the world are in an eternal pattern of the total world-movements. If correctly analyzed our undertakings are controlled, regulated, governed and ordered by the available world-of-things and situations. Apart from them all, no independent action is undertaken or can be fulfilled by anyone. A devotee of Truth is ever conscious of this oneness of the Universe and, therefore, he will always work in the world only as an instrument of the Lord, and not as an independent agent in the undertaking.

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Jnana Yajna 80

Jnana Yajna 80

Year & Dates:

February 06, 1961 to March 07, 1961

Yajna Topic:

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 13, 15 & 16

Place:

Chennai, India.

The Yajnashala: The spacious lawns of the well-established P.S. Higher Secondary School in the Mylapore neighborhood of Chennai took on a spiritual glow as the thoughtfully adorned Pandal sprung up, awaiting the 80th Jnana Yajna of Pujya Gurudev. 

The Inauguration: After Pujya Gurudev was received with traditional honors, the Om flag flew high to signal the start of the Jnana Yajna. The fact that the invocation for the Gita Jnana Yajna  was sung by Shri Bhakta Majeed, a muslim by faith, indicated the universality of the text.  

From the Inaugural Message: Shri Pethachi, President of the Madras Chinmaya Mission, inaugurated the yajna and expressed with respectful honesty that “the purposeful and kindly play of the Divine Hand of Providence in the unforeseen delays in the starting of the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya” resulted in good fortune for the Chennai seekers in the form of that 80th Jnana yajna.

Unshaken, Divine Vision

Pujya Gurudev’s Opening Address: In Pujya Gurudev’s previous Upanishad yajna discourses in Chennai on Mandukya and Gaudapada’s Karika, “the great Rishi refused to come down from the olympian heights of Brahman realization to our levels of common, work-a-day-life, but simply beckoned us to scale the rocky, precipitous heights by pointing out the path.” In contrast, the approach in Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Pujya Gurudev described thus: “Supreme Lord Krishna comes down to our level, enters our very cowshed and with the familiar flute, the cowherd’s stick and butter in hand, stands shoulder to shoulder with us and takes us step by step to the summit of Perfection.”

Illustrating  how science neglects a deeper enquiry on an important front, Pujya Gurudev gave an analogy of a six-year-old who thought he no longer needed his parents after he got home from school and saw the refrigerator at home full of milk, fruits, and other eatables. “Just as the little boy, in his innocent immaturity, could not enquire as to who had put those fruits and milk inside the fridge, the modern scientists while proudly claiming to discover the Laws of Nature, do not contemplate on that Potent Agency that had ordained these laws and maintained them with a beauty and rhythm that could never be done by man. This Concept is God.” 

The Audience: To the huge gathering that attended every day, Pujya Gurudev explained how the misaligned contact between the body-mind-intellect equipment and the experiential field became the source of all suffering. They were awestruck by Pujya Gurudev’s way of indicating the Supreme through the verses of Purushottama Yoga. The Prashnopanishad classes in the mornings made the serious seekers contemplate on the unifying essence which also seamlessly  echoed in the Gita discourses. 

For Reflection: Pujya Gurudev was unperturbed  by the challenges and delays that cropped up before the opening of Sandeepany Sadhanalaya. His mission and vision through the Jnana Yajnas continued with the same enthusiasm.

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

Vedanta preaches not so much the negation of the world as it advocates a re-evolution of the things, beings and happenings constituting the world. Generally we perceive our own pet ideas and emotions coloured by our own unsteady understanding and changing emotions. To see the world not through these equipments but with the clear eye of wisdom is to recognise perfection and bliss, divinity and sanctity, in the very drab and dreary world of today, amidst its own sorrow and ugliness. Erroneous perception of Reality through maladjusted equipment’s is the perception of the world which in its turn is throttling the individual so perceiving it.

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Jnana Yajna 79

Jnana Yajna 79

Year & Dates:

January 15, 1961 to February 05, 1961

Yajna Topic:

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 2

Place:

Chittoor, India.

With the dawn of 1961, the swift spread of the Jnana Yajnas to more new cities also meant increased travel and greater commitments for Pujya Gurudev. But the tireless Master functioned from a realm that was not bogged down by time, place, numbers, or accolades. 

For His 79th Jnana Yajna, Pujya Gurudev arrived in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. The audience, waiting to hear Him for the first time in their town, had gathered in the yajnashala inside the Chittoor school grounds.

The Reception: Just like in other locations, Pujya Gurudev was honored ceremoniously with the Purna Kumbha. “Purna Kumbha” meaning “a full pot,” this ritual signifies how the human body is made abundant by the divine fullness of the Life Principle. When a Purna Kumbha is presented to a sannyasi along with the chanting of the Vedic Arati, it is an act of reverence to recognize the state of fullness that has been gained through scriptural Knowledge.

Full Within and Filling All

The Welcoming Address: Sri C. Venkataramanayar, the president of the reception committee, extended a cordial welcome to Pujya Gurudev and spoke about the importance of knowing the symbolic depths of Hinduism. Quoting the Irish playwright, G.B. Shaw, he said: “The apparent multiplication of Gods is bewildering at first sight; but soon you discover that they are all the same God, in different aspects and functions. This makes Hinduism the most tolerant religion in the world, because its one transcendent God includes all possible gods.”

The Chief Guest’s words: Shri K.S. Ramaswami Sastriar, a scholarly octogenarian and retired District Judge who had served in Chittoor in 1922, reminisced how he had attended Pujya Gurudev’s Jnana Yajna in Chennai in 1953 and later had the opportunity to write the foreword to  His commentary on Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. Shri Sastriar hailed Pujya Gurudev as the “prophet of the world’s new Age.” Modifying the final verse of the Gita, He said, “Where Krishna, the Yogeshwara, and Chinmaya with bow in hand (bent on action) are together present, there, success and Grace of God will surely come.”

From Pujya Gurudev’s Inaugural address: Calling Himself as only a seeker, Pujya Gurudev shared how He too had first questioned the worth of Hindu culture. He urged the youth of India to investigate Hinduism with firm rational analysis. Tracing how humankind had moved from the era of perception and observation into analysis, He stated that Science had paused to wonder at the threshold of religion: “Who is the law-giver of nature; why is it that natural laws are never disobeyed? Who am I? Whence and why did I come?” 

The Discourses and the Audience:  As Pujya Gurudev unfolded the comprehensive philosophy through the compelling verses of Gita’s chapter 2 and supplemented the knowledge through the morning classes on Atma Bodha, Chittoor was captivated. For the few non-English seekers who sat through the discourses in reverent silence watching every gesture, Pujya Gurudev quickly arranged for Telugu translations.

For Reflection: The questioning masses identified with His quest, and He understood their seeking with deep empathy, even though He had reached the Destination. That was the inspiration that drew thousands wherever He went.

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

That the same objects can give two different types of experiences to two different individuals is very well known. The object remains the same, if  it can give different experiences, it is evidently clear that it is because of the difference in the mental composition in the individuals. It is also observed that objects of one’s intense fancy during a certain stage in our life, by themselves become a nuisance to the same individual after a time; for, as time passes on, the mental constitution of the individual also gets changed. In short, it is very clear that the external objects can convey their stimuli to the level of our experience only when our minds through the sense-organs come in contact with the objects.

He who can understand that the objects-of-the-world, in the flux of change, should ‘come and go’ should come to exist and disappear to perish; he shall not allow himself to be tossed by the existence or non-existence of the finite things of the world. In the flood of time, things and incidents, circumstances and environments flow up to our present from the unknown future, to give us vivid experiences of carried intensity, and they, in their very nature, cannot remain permanently but must of necessity pass on to become one with the entire past. Nothing can remain the same, even for a short period, in the world-of-objects where change alone is the changeless law.

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Jnana Yajna 78

Jnana Yajna 78

Year & Dates:

January 03, 1961 to January 13, 1961

Yajna Topic:

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 12

Place:

Thalassery (Tellicherry), India.

An ancient trading center with a picturesque coastline, Thalassery, was in a jubilant spirit. At last, Pujya Gurudev was going to roar the message of scriptures in His 78th Jnana Yajna to the seekers in that town. The focus was going to be on Chapter 12 of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, on the love for the Highest.

The Yajnashala: Outside the local temple for Lord Krishna, the yajnashala spruced with orange and white streamers stood ready for the happy audience. Pujya Gurudev was welcomed with flowers and lamps in a traditional, melodious style with naadasvara and caparisoned elephants leading the procession.

The Inauguration: Invoking Bhagavan Krishna’s Grace with prayers, the yajna commenced. Making the trip from Bengaluru in spite of health issues with great regard for Pujya Gurudev, Sri. V.P. Menon, a weathered statesman of Kerala, inaugurated the Gita Jnana Yajna.

The Gita Tune-Up for Higher Efficiency

From the Inaugural Message: Expressing how religion and faith in God build a strong society and enhance the welfare of a nation, Sri V.P. Menon stated that, “A man, or society without a

religion is like a horse without reins. In the Hindu tradition of thought, our Philosophy gives us not only an ideal and a perfect way of life but also prescribes the means and the method by

which individuals irrespective of their basic qualities can reach that state of perfect living. This is most important at the present time when there is so much misconception about Religion and its

moral values.”

Honored Attendee: On a nostalgic note, Sri Vishwanatha Iyer, the District Judge who presided over the yajna, recalled the vibrant, fun-loving youth of Pujya Gurudev. Knowing Pujya Gurudev from schooldays, He shared that even from that early age, the extraordinary brilliance in Pujya Gurudev’s eyes set Him apart from others. Pujya Gurudev being the pride of Kerala and a great champion of the Gita, it was an honor to preside over His first Gita Jnana Yajna at Thalassery, acknowledged the district judge.

From Pujya Gurudev’s Inaugural address: Pujya Gurudev first clarified that He had no mystic powers and was no divine messenger. He said unequivocally: ”We should not merely accept its (Gita’s) teachings simply because Lord Krishna is quoted as having said this and that. But we should merely treat it as the words of a Gopal or cowherd speaking to a frustrated and dilapidated prince Arjuna and seek to analyze the basic truths contained in it and study its pros and cons without any prejudice.”

“The lessons of the Gita bring home to us the relationship between the mind and body controlled by the intellect in the most efficient manner. The mind has to be tuned even as the engine of an automobile has to be for better efficiency and performance.”

The Audience: Impressed by Pujya Gurudev’s depth of knowledge and clarity of expression, the devoted audience of Thalassery listened with great faith. They understood that without decrying the distractions of the world, they could develop the ability to concentrate on the divine, as guided by Pujya Gurudev.

For Reflection: Through those crucial post-independence years in India, when Vedic scriptures were considered irrelevant to secular progress, Pujya Gurudev emphasized repeatedly that external progress is sustainable only with internal spiritual reconditioning.

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

“Free from dependence” (Anapekshah):- A true devotee no more depends upon either the objects of the world outside, or their pattern or their relationship with himself. An ordinary man discovers his peace and joy only in the world-of-objects available for him, their conditions and arrangements around him. When the right type of objects is in the right pattern courting him favorably, a man of the world feels he is temporarily thrilled and joyous. But a devotee is completely independent of the world outside and he draws his inspiration, equanimity and joyous ecstasy from a deeper source within himself.

“Who is pure” (Suci):- Dirt has no place anywhere within or without a true devotee. One who is aspiring to reach perfection will necessarily be so well-disciplined physically that he will be clean not only in his behavior but also in his relationship with others and even in the very condition and arrangement of his belongings around him. It is very well known that the condition of a man’s table or shelf and the cleanness of his apparel can give us a great insight into the mental nature, discipline and culture of that man. Great emphasis has been laid in India on this physical purity not only in the person of the man but his contacts in the world. Without external purity internal purification will become but a vague dream, an idle hope, a despairing vision.

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Jnana Yajna 77

Jnana Yajna 77

Year & Dates:

December 04, 1960 to December 29, 1960

Yajna Topic:

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 2

Place:

Mumbai (Bombay), India.

Seeing an airport lounge overflow with a huge crowd of enthusiastic devotees rushing to welcome Pujya Gurudev when He landed in any airport was a common occurrence. The story was the same in railway stations too. Pujya Gurudev began gently discouraging such gatherings; thus, when He landed on December 3, 1960, in Mumbai, only a small group of  yajna committee members, Chinmaya Mission office-bearers, and a few devotees, happy to have His permission, welcomed Him. After a caring word for each one, He shifted His attention to the preparations for the 77th Jnana Yajna in Mumbai.

The Yajnashala: The venue for the Gita Jnana Yajna was the sprawling Indian Gymkhana Grounds near Matunga, Mumbai, with a Purna Kumbha welcome after a joyful procession from Napoo Gardens.

The Inauguration: It was the honor given to Prof. D. D. Vadekar, Poona University on the evening of December 4, 1960.

Increasing Yajnas, Mindful Modifications 

From the Inaugural Message: A longtime admirer of Pujya Gurudev, the academically eminent Prof. Vadekar said that the Gita was the gospel of life and the distilled essence of the spiritual literature of India.

The Chief Guest: Known for his great contribution to Yoga, Swami Kuvalayananda of Kaivalyadham, Mumbai, who was close to 80 years old, admired Pujya Gurudev for His tireless service in bring Srimad Bhagavad Gita to the forefront of modern minds. Calling Pujya Gurudev as a spiritually advanced Guru , Swami Kuvalayananda noted, “Swami Chinmayananda, for all his black hair, is older!”

From Pujya Gurudev’s Inaugural address: Thanking both the professor and the yogi for their assurance about the grandeur of the Gita, Pujya Gurudev began, “I am here to represent the man on the street. We have all heard that the Gita is a great book, a scripture…contains wonderful advice, gives an ideal to pursue, a goal in life to live etc. Can Gita give us strength to bear nobly our Cross? Can it give us the courage to suffer our bitterness, agitations, despairs, despondencies? If a study of Gita can help us even a little in these, certainly we will start its study right away.

“Our text for the current Yajna is chapter 2. In short, it is the ‘index’ for the Gita, and I assure you that there will be a lot of real-drama in it!”

The Audience: They had listened the previous year to Bhagavad Gita chapter 3 from Pujya Gurudev, where He extolled the glory of action through Karma Yoga. In the pleasant Mumbai winter, thousands of Mumbai seekers filled the Gymkhana grounds, not wanting to miss the transcendent knowledge that Bhagavan Krishna was transmitting through Pujya Gurudev.

For Reflection: As 1960 came to an end, Pujya Gurudev slowly declutched the features of the yatras, havana, or laksharchana from His further yagnas. It was not that He considered such modes of Sadhana as no longer required. The groups were getting bigger, and Pujya Gurudev had delegated, with clear guidelines, such yatras and activities to the different Chinmaya Mission centers. 

Meanwhile, Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai was taking shape, and Pujya Gurudev devoted time to nourish its roots while carefully managing the demands of His increasing Jnana Yajnas.

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

The Philosophy of a country like India in the Vedic period, may necessarily be Theistic, but it has its applications in all walks of life. If it fails in its all-round application, it cannot be a philosophy. A theory of life which has no universal application can only be appreciated as a noble opinion of an individual which may have its own limited application, but it can never be accepted as a philosophy.

In the entire scheme of Bhagawan’s arguments so far he has provided Arjuna with all the necessary arguments which a healthy intellect should discover for itself, before it can come to a reliable and dependable judgment upon the outer happenings. A mere spiritual consideration is not the last word in evaluating the material situations. Every challenge is to be estimated from the spiritual stand-point, from the intellectual stand-point or reason, from the emotional level of ethics and morality, and from the physical level of tradition and custom. If all these considerations without any contradiction in themselves indicated a solitary truth, that is surely then the Divine Path of judgment that one should at all costs take up.

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Jnana Yajna 76

Jnana Yajna 76

Year & Dates:

November 11, 1960 to December 02, 1960

Yajna Topic:

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 13

Place:

Mysore, India.

The Vedantic Renaissance was in full steam across India. After painstaking efforts through 75 Jnana Yajnas, the Jnana Yajna scheme had taken a firm footing. The format was standardized while the attendance and spiritual aspirations kept ascending. The rationale behind including well-known personalities to inaugurate the Jnana Yajnas was to inspire the influential to become value-based role models in society. Pujya Gurudev did not really need the patronage of the big names. It was they who needed to be involved in the ongoing spiritual regeneration of the intelligentsia as well as the ignorant.

In the 108-yajna pilgrimage from hereon, let us turn the pages of each yajna to recognize the pattern and then pause to reflect on the subtle and significant.. 

The Yajnashala: Dasara Pavilion, festively decorated, and its brightly-lit, surrounding garden The Inauguration: By His Highness Maharaja Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur, Governor of Mysore on the evening of November 11. 1960

Sustaining Vision, Transparent Field

From the Governor’s Inaugural Message: “Swami Chinmayanandaji is doing great service carrying the message of the Geeta to the very doors of those who are too busy in the work-a-day world even to take a glance at this great book of perennial wisdom…”

“Of the 18 chapters of the Gita, the third and final group of six chapters commences with the 13th chapter which is termed the Kshetra-Kshetrajna-Vibhaga Yoga.It contains the entire metaphysics of the Gita…The chapter commences by telling us that this body is the kshetra or the field of operation for the Indwelling Spirit or Kshetrajna.”

Honored Attendee: Sri. Mali Mariyappa, Minister for Co-operation, who expressed the wish that humanity must rise above the narrow view of a selfish,ego-driven life

From Pujya Gurudev’s Inaugural address: “This sociological development of man could only be done by an intelligent and critical study of the philosophy of Geeta. The great principles enunciated therein are to be looked into from this point of view, of building up a healthier society than as a mere religious narrative…man is not only a materialist by nature: but has a spiritual background also. It is the spiritual background of ages that has sustained us till today.”

The Audience: Over 10,000 thronged the yajnashala to admire the “ forceful personality of Pujya Gurudev coupled with the rare characteristic of scholarship, oratory, and approach to the subject studded with convincing illustrations and anecdotes of everyday occurrences in life.”

The Yatra: 500 pilgrims had the Avabhrta Snaana in the holy Kaveri near Shree Ranga-pattana. Chanting the Gita and singing keertanas, they trekked up the sacred Yadugiri hill at Melkote which overlooks the Kaveri valley for darshan at two shrines – the temples for Lord Cheluvanarayana and Lord Yoganarasimha.

The Conclusion:  Sri. B.D. Jatti, Chief Minister of Mysuru presided over the concluding ceremony on December 2nd at the Dasara Exhibition Building. Dr. M.L. Mariswamy, treasurer of the yajna committee, read the statement of receipts and expenditure; the yajna committee donated Re. 11,111 to support the upcoming Sandeepany Sadhanalaya.

For Reflection: Secular clarity is key for Spiritual upliftment – Pujya Gurudev ensured that the financial background of every Jnana Yajna is kept transparent to the public through the statement of accounts submitted to Usha monthly.

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

Dwelling in the heart of all: If thus there is an Infinite Light of knowledge to be known-without which life is impossible; in the presence of which alone can all experience come to have a meaning and an existence then this Infinite Goal is certainly to be acquired and processed. When am I to seek? What pilgrimage must I take?  Am I capable of making an expedition? Probably I am not in possession of it today as it must be something to be experienced yonder, in some unknown and impossible time and place. To negate all such misconceptions, the staggering truth has been vividly declared here, that this Infinite dwells in the hearts of all. Philosophically heart means that area in the mental zone from where the noble and pious thoughts spring forth. In an atmosphere of goodness when the intellect steadily contemplates upon that “Light” that lies beyond darkness the Absolute non-dual Self that exists, transcending all but at once immanent in its subtle all-pervading nature. It can be contacted and realized and, therefore, heart is considered as the dwelling place of the Self.

The Consciousness functioning in the seekers mind and intellect, If lived and experienced by Itself that must give the experience of the Infinite, just as by knowing the composition of a minute particle of salt, the entire world of Sodium Chloride is understood.

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Jnana Yajna 75

Jnana Yajna 75

Year & Dates:

October 16, 1960 to November 06, 1960

Yajna Topic:

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 3

Place:

Vijayawada, India.

Vijayawada, on the banks of the Krishna river in Andhra Pradesh, is famous for its sacred Kanaka Durga temple that overlooks the city from the Indrakeeladri hill. Its spiritual aspirants awaited Pujya Gurudev’s first Jnana Yajna in their city and had poured their hearts in erecting the yajnashala adorned in white and orange in the center of the Challapalli House premises. The dais with the Krishna-Arjuna Samvaad background and the prominent Om symbol stood ready for the Vedantic Master, as was the sanded floor with the palmyra mats for the sea of devotees. 

The inauguration on the evening of October 16, 1960, was powerful because three spiritual stalwarts – Swami Pranavananda, Dr. Swami Gnanananda, and Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda graced the stage. Swami Pranavananda of Gudivada who taught Vedanta in Telugu and Sanskrit was the first to address the audience after Sri G. Subbaraju, the secretary of the yajna committee welcomed all.

Performing Work, Scientific and Divine

Swami Pranavananda first pointed out the ritualistic connotation of a yajna as oblations offered by householders in the sacrificial fire to please the gods. In comparison, he said, in the Gita Jnana Yajna, Pujya Gurudev was the yajna-karta as well as Adhyaksha, the preceptor; the gods who received the offering of knowledge were the seekers. Like the Om flag flying high in each yajna, he said the yajna’s purpose was to hoist Self-Knowledge in the hearts of the audience.

 The scientist cum Vedantin, Dr. Swami Gnanananda, then spoke clarifying about the vision of scientists: “A true scientist recognises this divine presence, harmony in all his discoveries and the more he discovers the more he becomes constantly aware of His play.”

Starting on a humorous note, Pujya Gurudev observed that caught between the “champion of Sanaatana Dharma, Swami Pranavananda” and the very scientific (Dr.) Swami Gnanananda, between “jnana and pranava,” He was there to share the immortal words of Bhagavan Krishna in the Gita. 

Apart from His forceful discourses on Karma Yoga since that evening, Pujya Gurudev taught Atma Bodha at 7 am in the mornings from October 21st. He expressed great reverence and admiration for its author – the spiritual missionary, prodigy and Advaitic Master Sri Adi Shankaracharya who re-established Hinduism in the face of atheistic challenges.

As the 75th yajna approached a fulfilling conclusion, Pujya Gurudev led the yatra to Machilipatnam and the sacred venue of Shivaganga nearby as a practical exercise in Karma Yoga.  The yatra itself was a unique excursion with a dual viewpoint of science and spirituality. The devotees visited a pharmaceutical laboratory and a scientific equipment company; they had enlightening satsangs, avabruta snaana in the sea, darshan at Panduranga Mandir, the only temple in the state dedicated to Lord Panduranga Vittala in Chilakalapudi (a suburb of Machilipatnam), another invigorating satsang, and prayers at the powerful Jagatjanani temple in Sivaganga. A stopover at Pranavashram in Gudivada enabled all to also witness Pujya Gurudev’s reception by Swami Pranavananda.

Back in Vijayawada, in the final days of the 75th yajna, thousands of devotees were immersed in devotion while performing the Laksharchana of an attractive Bhagavan Krishna in the yajnashala. 

 In that glorious yajna where knowledge of action was understood and applied in divine outlets, Pujya Gurudev made the hearts of Vijayawada soar high like the Om flag above the yajnashala.

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

Attachment becomes a clog or a painful chain on us only when it is extremely ego-centric. To the extent we work for larger schemes to bless a vast section of humanity, to that extent the attachment loses its poison and comes to bless the age.  Many poisons serve as medicines in their diluted form, while the same in a concentrated form can bring instantaneous death! The ego and ego-centric desires bind and destroy man, but to the extent he can lift his identifications to include and accommodate in it larger sections of the living world, to that extent the attachment gathers an ethical hollow, a divine glow and becomes a cure for life’s subjective pains.

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Beware of these looters!

Likes and dislikes are universal, based on individual tendencies. Beware not to become enslaved by them, as they can hinder impartiality and inner growth. Maintain equipoise to avoid losing spiritual and moral wealth to the looters of prejudice.


Jnana Yajna 74

Jnana Yajna 74

Year & Dates:

October 03, 1960 to October 14, 1960

Yajna Topic:

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 13

Place:

Nagpur, India.

The forecast for the 74th Jnana Yajna in Nagpur predicted that a Chinmaya storm would impact not just people but several important organizations in that city. What happened exceeded the magnitude of the forecast because the Vedantic storm had the added punch of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita’s chapter 13. 

Though the Grand Trunk Express pulled into Nagpur railway station two hours late, Pujya Gurudev lost no time in inspecting the yajnashala venue provisions made in the Nagpur University grounds and the University Hall. 

On the evening of October 3, 1960,  at the University Convocation Hall, Maha Mahopadhyaya Dr. V. V. Mirashi, president of the Gita Jnana Yajna welcomed Pujya Gurudev. After Dr. B. S. Niyogi inaugurated the function, Pujya Gurudev began the first of His eleven discourses on the 12th chapter of the Gita; He emphasized that “religion was a science, and its main work was to rehabilitate the human personality.”

The Versatile Knower of  Every Field

The open air theater of Nagpur University was a refreshing and serene space. The dais on which Pujya Gurudev sat was decorated tastefully with green plants to simulate the sense of being in an ashram. The devotees were in awe as Pujya Gurudev brought out the glory of the bhakta, bhakti, and Bhagavan as expounded in Bhakti Yoga. They were captivated by His charming wit, His delightful sense of humor, and His incredible electrifying Presence. 

The evening discourses were from 6-30 p. m. to 8 or even 8:45 pm. Additionally, during His short visit there, Pujya Gurudev infused the spirit of the Vedantic Renaissance during His many talks at various cultural organizations.

His address to the employees of the office of the Accountant general (Madhya Pradesh) on October 8, 1960, was about recognizing the “Joy of Work.” The next evening at 5 pm before His Gita discourses at the university, He stopped at the International Relations Club to speak on “World Problems and True Religion.” Pujya Gurudev explained how no problem of the new world was truly new; when every individual in a country adopts a value-based life according to the time-tested guidance of the wise prophets, the world’s issues get solved. On the 10th and 12th of October, Pujya Gurudev carried the spiritual theme to the Vishwapunarnirwana Sangh. Then, on October 13th, again at 5 pm, he spoke at the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad on “Students and their Duties.”

That same night, after He completed the evening discourse on Chapter 12 of the Gita, He rushed to enlighten the members of the Rotary Club on the “Secret of Success” at 8:30 pm. Even on the final day of His Jnana Yajna, on October 14th, before His concluding discourse at the university, Pujya Gurudev addressed central and state government employees on the “Secret of Achievement.” 

The hectic but happy 74th Jnana Yajna drew to a close on October 14, 1960. At the Guru Dakshina ceremony, the grateful audience donated Re. 10,000 for the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya before they received Pujya Gurudev’s yajna prasad, “At a Glance, Our Culture.”

Pujya Gurudev could move from one meeting to another most punctually, tailoring His message perfectly for the audience in different organizations.Through the years, the way He wielded time and thought was much above extraordinary.

“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

If a caravan of motor vehicles, manufactured by different companies with different horse-powers, at different periods of history, is put on the road, the performance of each vehicle will be unique. Thereby we shall not come to conclude that the petrol in each vehicle is of certain typical potency. The same electrical energy illuminates different electric bulbs manifesting different intensities of light at different points. The electricity is one, the petrol is one and yet the performance in the latter and the light manifested in the former are different from equipment to equipment because of the very quality of the equipment. This analogy can explain the wonderful idea expressed in the stanza under review.

Prakriti alone performs all actions:- Matter is the equipment that orders the types of action that should manifest. If the mind is bad, life expressed through it will also be bad. All actions are according to the type of desires retained by the intellect. Thus, in the presence of the Spirit the equipment’s(Prakriti) function, and the Self(Atman) functioning in the field, called the “Knower-of-the-Field” (Purusha), acts in the world outside. The “Knower-of-the-Field” minus the “Field”, there is no activity for the “Field”, nor is there any activity for the Self itself.

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How to Remove Ego?

Surrendering the ego leads to realization of divine existence within. Ego-driven desires hinder the manifestation of divinity. Liberation from suffering comes through egolessness and surrender to the divine will. Watch video to learn more.


Jnana Yajna 73

Jnana Yajna 73

Year & Dates:

September 03, 1960 to September 24, 1960

Yajna Topic:

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 2

Place:

Kozhikode, India.

Kozhikode, which had the fortune of hosting Pujya Gurudev’s 9th Jnana Yajna on Aitareya Upanishad as early as in March 1955, had to wait more than five long years for His next Jnana Yajna in its beautiful coastal surroundings. When Pujya Gurudev agreed to conduct His 73rd Jnana Yajna there on the overarching second chapter of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, the people were exuberant. 

Pujya Gurudev arrived at Kozhikode on the auspicious tenth day of Onam that year, on September 3, 1960. The whole of Kerala was in a festive spirit after a bountiful harvest as it welcomed the New Year as per the Malayalam calendar. Marking the return of Mahabali, the great devotee of Mahavishnu who surrendered to the Vamana Avatara, Onam is well-known for its Pookkalam (rangolis of flowers) and the sumptuous feast called Onam Sadya. To have Pujya Gurudev share the Onam Sadya was indeed a joyful honor. 

With Love and Time For All

After a happy inauguration on the evening of September 3rd, the Gita Jnana Yajna began in full earnest in the large Hall of Sri Narayana Guru before another enthusiastic congregation of seekers. Every evening, half an hour before Pujya Gurudev’s main discourse in English, Miss. Parukutty, the secretary of the yajna committee, gave a synopsis of the previous evening’s discourse in Malayalam. Braving the heavy rains, the audience attended the yajna to listen to Pujya Gurudev expound on the verses that sketched the ‘Yoga of Action, the ‘Path of Love,’ and the ‘Path of Renunciation’ as presented in a glorious synthesis of the Sankhya Yoga of the exemplary chapter 2 of the Gita.

The morning discourses on Atma Bodha were held in another venue called the Besant Hall. Because of the inclement weather and Pujya Gurudev’s ill-health, the features of the Laksharchana and the yatra had to be canceled. However, the people of Kozhikode enjoyed an extra day on September 25th with Pujya Gurudev as He delivered a civic address that evening before leaving to Guruvayoor enroute to Ernakulam.

By 1960, Pujya Gurudev’s schedule was packed and showed no signs of letting up. In the few days between two successive Jnana Yajnas, Pujya Gurudev had made it a practice to complete important activities overseeing the growing wings of the Mission as well as monitoring the preparations for the upcoming Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai. Thus, in that precious window of time after the 73rd yajna, Pujya Gurudev made the trip to Ernakulam to visit Kochu Narayani Amma, the aunt who raised Balakrishna Menon and whom Pujya Gurudev revered as His mother. 

The way the frail Kochu Narayani Amma embraced the commanding sage and how Pujya Gurudev responded with playful banter to her anxious enquiries about His health warmed the hearts of all the devotees in Ernakulam. Pujya Gurudev spread much cheer in that home and refreshed His mother’s spirits. He enquired about the wellbeing of those who clamored for His attention, caring equally for the ordinary and the influential. In that trip to Ernakulam, Pujya Gurudev kindly encouraged His dear, young devotees of the Chinmaya Balavihar group, reveling in their delightful stories and Gita chanting. He also blessed a Kathakali performance with His presence.  Effortless was His love that He gave so abundantly wherever He went.

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

The Transcendental Truth can be explained only in terms of the limited and the finite or else the students, who have no experience of the beyond, will not be able to conceive of or apprehend the Absolute and the Eternal. When a traveler in a distant clime discovers a beautiful bird of wondrous plumage, when he comes back to his own native land, in order to explain the beauty which he saw, he will have to talk to his friends in terms of the birds’ plumage that are native to folks of his native land. The unseen is explained always in terms of the seen, and thereby the unknown becomes fully indicated rather than defined; for, any unknown quantum merely defined in itself is as unknown as without the definition.

Similarly, here the Changeless, Immutable Self is being described by Lord Krishna in terms of the mutable and ever-changing world which is very familiar to Arjuna and all people like us. In the world-of-change objects come to their annihilation either through instruments of death or are consumed by fire or destroyed by water or dried up by air. These are the various means and methods by which the objects of the world come to their destruction. All these means are declared as impotent in bringing about the destruction of the Self.

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Watch Your Words!

Effective communication requires sensitivity to the audience’s reaction and understanding. A lack of empathy leads to disconnect and repels others, causing unhappiness and unrest. True mastery lies in remaining unperturbed by external influences, withdrawing from attachment effortlessly like a tortoise retracting into its shell at the hint of danger.


Jnana Yajna 72

Jnana Yajna 72

Year & Dates:

August 07, 1960 to August 31, 1960

Yajna Topic:

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 3

Place:

Bengaluru, India.

 

Bengaluru had already hosted seven jnana yajnas of Pujya Gurudev’s but its spiritual appetite was far from being whetted. So, on the inaugural day of August 7, 1960, the large pandal already felt inadequate as thousands of seekers rushed for a spot in the front row to listen to Pujya Gurudev once again. At 6:20 pm, He strode in like a spiritual colossus with His Highness, Maharaja Sir Mohan Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal. After the Elayaraja of Travancore and the Chief Minister of Mysore, Sri B. D. Jatti joined Pujya Gurudev on the stage, the 72nd Jnana Yajna opened on a regal note.  The Rana of Nepal appreciated how the third chapter of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita was an apt choice by Pujya Gurudev, since it would disclose the glorious secret of action that would benefit the sizable population of factory workers in Bengaluru.

Karma with the Right Motive

Wondering if he even had the qualification to inaugurate Pujya Gurudev’s Gita Jnana Yajna, the Chief Minister Shri B. D. Jatti, said, “If, as stated in the Gita Dhyana shloka, the Upanishads are the cow, Arjuna is the calf and Vasudeva is the cowherd, then Swami Chinmayananda is the milk-boy who brings the ‘Gita milk’ to our door. In the present Yajna, Swami Chinmayanandaji will discourse on the third Chapter of the Gita which deals with the Path of Right Action or Karma Yoga. It is a Chapter in which Lokamanya Tilak found the quintessence of the Gita. I am sure that since action is the very essence of life, we are all eager to know what exactly is the path of Right Action.” 

 After three reverberating chants of Om, Pujya Gurudev began, “Man cannot remain without acting. Act he must, rightly or wrongly. On analysis we find that action is propelled by thought, good or bad. As one thinks, so he acts. Action remaining the same, we call it good or bad according to the thought and motive behind the limbs of action.” He outlined how actions differ in their qualities and urged aspirants to rise above selfish motives to achieve the perfection that brings glory to all.

From August 8th morning, Pujya Gurudev carried the audience of Bengaluru to an added realm of bliss when He brought out the extraordinary wisdom of Kathopanishad in another huge yajnashala constructed in Kaadu Malleshwara. He began His upanishadic discourse saying that  religion, rightly pursued, beautified the individual and uplifted the society.

The yatra for the 72nd yajna was to Srirangapatna and Melkote, on the 27th August 1960. 

Boarding nine buses and a fleet of cars all adorned with the fluttering saffron Om flags, about 400 devotees followed Pujya Gurudev who explained how a yatra is a reflective journey of utter simplicity and devotion away from the mundane. The hearts of the devotees were in ecstasy with the satsangas with Pujya Gurudev, their holy dip in the Pashchimavahini river, and worship at the Lord Ranganatha temple at Srirangapatna and Lord Narasimha at Melkote temple. Throughout the yatra as in His yajnashala, Pujya Gurudev showed how actions become divine when dedicated to an altar.

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“Think,” Says Pujya Gurudev 

It is obvious that the productivity that is dormant in any situation can be invoked only by man’s sincere efforts. This potential which generally lies dormant everywhere is the Deva to be cherished by the worker through the Yajna activities, and certainly, it is sure that the Deva will manifest in turn to cherish or to bless the worker. “Thus cherishing one another, man shall gain the highest good,” is the Divine intention, in the mind of the creator, says Krishna in this stanza.

This Law of Seva is faithfully followed by every sentient and insentient member of the cosmos instinctively. Man alone is given the freedom to act as he likes and to the extent he disobeys this Universal Law of Sacrifice, Yajna, to the extent he comes to suffer, not because there are no joy content in things and situations, but because he with his arrogant and egoistic actions brings a discord in the harmony of the existence around him.

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No Guru, No God can help You!

True goodness comes from personal choice and effort, not merely external influence. Teachers and mentors can offer guidance and nourishment of positive thoughts, but true transformation requires internal digestion and assimilation of these teachings. Superficial changes do not cleanse the inner self; true beauty in action stems from a deep, inner transformation.