A report by Br.Adarshji of Chinmaya Mission on the recently conducted talks on Bhagavad Geeta by the H.H.Tejomayanandaji - The Spiritual head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide.
In today’s day and age, man seems to have progressed so much with technology and materialistic benefits that he can gain fame, fortune, power, etc. and all kinds of comforts which can probably challenge even the realms of heaven. It seems happiness, joy, friends, following and I dare say, even relationships can be exchanged at a dollar value.
Hence, it is not surprising that the need for God is less relevant to the younger generation who probably have come to believe God to be only as a concept for the weak to be able to give strength or for the idle minded to give them something to do.
This may sound very harsh, but the point is, the way God is understood popularly today, is not very practical and appealing to the modern generation. In fact, this idea of God is centred on so many beliefs, that it is hard to understand which version of God is actually Real? Hence, we find many don’t hesitate to question the very Reality of God.
The truth is believer or non-believer, God is a mystery to most of us. To modern man who is intellectually bright, scientific minded but spiritually dormant, “God if exists, is a matter of belief and not a matter of fact”.
Amid such times, we had a rare opportunity to wind-back the clock to 5000 years ago, to an era where these fundamentals were questioned and were answered in a discourse called the ‘Bhagavad Geeta’. Familiar to most Hindus, Geeta clearly points out three main aspects of the human being and its surroundings.
Who am I? (both relative and absolute nature).
What is this world? What is my role in this world?
Who is its creator? What is the relationship with me and the creator?
Just as to the high school student, the PhD-level text books are not easily understood, similarly the Bhagavad Geeta, even if it is read by ourselves, but its true meaning might still evade our understanding.
Hence, under the guidance of the spiritual teacher in Swami Tejomayanandaji, we had the great fortune to assemble and understand the essence of the 7th Chapter of the Bhagavad Geeta, Yoga of Knowledge and Wisdom.
In the laboratory of the lecture theatre, from April 16-20, we were treated to a series of mind blowing, soul searching, enlightening thoughts that made us question our relationship with the Supreme and also gave a means to develop a greater understanding as to how to seek that Higher.
The transformation of Knowledge to Wisdom is always evolutionary and silent, but the process is a sure and steady growth. It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and in these 5 days, for the audience of around 550 people, most of whom who attended all the days and many of them being youth, I believe that brave step has been taken.
I would like to sincerely thank our beloved Swami Tejomayanandaji to come and enlighten us with the knowledge which is nourishing to the soul and so rare to find. Also my gratitude to all the organisers of the event, the volunteers and members of the Chinmaya Mission and to all the supporters of the event, both families and corporates who financially supported the event.
Chinmaya Mission Auckland offers unto society services that range from the propagation of Vedantic knowledge in the form of Gyana yagnas and spiritual camps, to regular spiritual study classes for adults, children and youth. DVD and MP3 of the talks are available on request. For more information please contact:
Bramhachari Adarsh Chaitanya (Adarshji) serves as the Resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Auckland and conducts weekly spiritual classes for children, youth and adults. For more information about the Chinmaya Mission's weekly classes and Bramhachari Adarsh Chaitanya please visit www.chinmaya.org.nz or contact him at 09 2756954 or 021845396.