Adult Study Groups (Acharya led or Facilitated Group Discussions)
To provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to society
To give the maximum amount of happiness to the maximum number of beings for the maximum amount of time
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Inspired by the vision of Vedanta, thousands of spiritual seekers across the world meet in groups to study and discuss Vedantic texts. Setting aside blind beliefs, they discuss scriptural teachings, deepening their personal philosophical understanding. Study Group members are those who study the scriptures because they have a thirst to imbibe and benefit from the perennial wisdom of the rishis. The followed systematic Study Group Scheme has been developed and prescribed by Pujya Gurudev himself, after testing its validity over the years.Today, there are over 1,000 Chinmaya Study Groups worldwide.
What is read or heard, in order to take root, must be thought over (tat chintanam) or reflected upon. The test of clear thinking is in the ability to express our thoughts clearly (tat kathanam). Again, whether our understanding is correct and proper, is brought out in the rational and mutual discussion of the Study Group members (anyonya prabodhanam). Thus, the sincere and diligent student gains a better perspective of our scriptures through this process. Additionally, this forum, in the atmosphere of satsanga, also fosters and develops brotherly understanding and cooperative thinking among the members, and affirms the wisdom of Oneness.
Chinmaya Adult Study Groups follow a study syllabus that includes introductory Vedantic texts, Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, and the Upanishads. CM New York’s weekly classes and special events are conducted by Resident Acharyaa, Shubhani Chaitanya.
In short, Study groups are small groups of aspirants that meet during Thursdays to partake in in-depth study and discussion of Vedanta topics under the guidance of our Acharyas.
Jnana yajnas (spiritual discourses on various Vedantic topics and texts) are specially coined and formulated by Chinmaya Mission to teach Vedantic scriptures and topics to all interested spiritual seekers. Jnana yajnas are always free of charge, open to the public, and 3-7 days in duration. CM acharyas in India and outside its borders are also adept in conducting classes and janna yajnas in regional languages, including Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam, Marathi, and Kannada, to name a few. Chinmaya publications are also available in regional languages.
The texts include Self Unfoldment, Bhaja Govindam, Tattva Bodha, Atma Bodha,Meditation in Life, etc.
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