Past events with Swami Shrikaranandaji
The 2nd annual concert conducted by Chinmaya Mission Brisbane on the 1st March at BEMAC (Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre) was a great success with more than 300 people attending.
A variety of engaging performances made this concert one to be remembered. The celebration started with the welcoming of Swami Shrikaranandaji and the opening prayers. Then, the beautifully co-ordinated, invocation dance about Ganesha was performed by the Balavihar kids. This was followed by the devotional Gurudev bhajan and the fascinating Balaramayana dance drama. The children then reminded everyone about the essential values of life through their melodious rendition of the alphabet of values song. Next was the enactment of the Mahisasura Mardhini story by the Junior CHYKs which was an eye-opener into the Hindu culture and its rich values. Finally, the CHYKs (youth group) offered a soulful dedication to Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda, through song and dance. The high standard of all performances and smooth running of the event highlighted the growth and the unity amongst the Chinmaya Mission family.
20th September – Free Public Talks on the topic “Secret of Success” followed by Bhajan and Prasad. This event was conducted with the support of Goldcoast Hindu Cultural Association(GCHCA) at 31 Discovery Drive, Helensvale.
21st-22nd September – Family camp at Kindilan Outdoor Education Centre, Cnr Days & German Church Rd, Redland Bay. The topic was about Tips for Happy Living for Adults, Mahabharat for Teenagers and Parasurama for Children.
The program included Morning and Evening Prayers, Bhajans, Yoga, Meditation, Stories, Exciting Games and Group Activities. Vegetarian food and snacks will be provided. This retreat was a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and friends while learning and reflecting in association with like- minded seekers and was a great chance to build and strengthen bonds for the entire family.
2nd November(10am-4pm) – Balvihar Teachers Workshop at Heathwood.
29th June – Adult day retreat at 4 Serendipita St, Bridgeman Downs
30th June – CHYKs(Chinmaya Yuva Kendra) retreat at Harvey Bay
1st & 2nd July – Dream Big Little Leader – Children’s holiday program at Oxley Bowls club
Chinmaya Mission Brisbane, regularly conducts Sunday family programs each week during the school term in three locations, Holland Park, Heathwood & Bridgeman Downs. In addition to this, it also conducts Adult Retreats, Children’s Holiday Program (for children 4-12 years), Family Camps, Youth workshops and retreats during the holidays to to enrich everyone. During this June-July, a day retreat for adults will be conducted on the topic, “Upanishad made easy” our beloved Spiritual Teacher, Swami Shrikarananda on 29th June at Bridgeman Downs from 9:30am – 3:30pm. Upanishads are the scriptural texts which reveals the Knowledge of the Self. These Upanishads form part of the Vedas. During this retreat, Swami Shrikaranandaji will guide the adults to explore the upanishads teachings thru talks, discussions and video presentations. This retreat is FREE. All are welcome.
In addition to this, the Children’s Holiday program will be conducted on the 1st and 2nd of July 2019 with our Swamiji on the topic, ‘Dream Big Little Leaders’ (Based on Avatars of Lord Vishnu – Lord Varsha, Lord Narasimha & Lord Vamana). The program will be conducted in English and is open to all children (not just the Balavihar children). During this Children’s Day camp, children will be exploring the stories of the avatars of Lord Vishnu and learn various lessons on being a good leader, role model and good team player at the same time gain devotion for the lord and have lots of fun. This two-day program helps children to develop their presentation skills, leadership skills, improves their emotional health and helps them to interact with other like-minded children. Morning tea, lunch and evening tea will also be provided to each child for both the days. Siblings discounts are also available.
Gurudev’s 103rd birthday celebrations by Chinmaya Mission Brisbane.
Our Gurudev Jayanti celebrations started with 2 beautiful bhajans rendered by our Balavihar children, ‘Hari Om Gurudev Hari Om’ in English and ‘Om Guru Om Guru Sachidhananda Guru’.
The Junior and Senior Balavihar children then narrated the story of the life of Gurudev – from his birth on the 8th of May 1916 in Ernakulam, Kerala as Poothampalli Balakrishna Menon to his initiation into sanyasa diksha on the 25th of February 1949 as Chinmayanada Saraswati until his Mahasamadhi on the 3rd of August 1993 in San Diego, California as Swami Chinmayananda.
Our Junior Chyks shared all the activities Chinmaya Mission does worldwide as a spiritual movement that aims for inner growth at individual and collective levels. The mission offers a wide array of Vedanta study forums for all ages, educational activities (schools, universities) and social service projects (CORD or Chinmaya organisation for rural development, hospitals, old age homes,
orphanages and much more). Adult devotees reflected on the Sunday classes and the difference that Gurudev has made to their lives and families.
The children also made a special gift for their mums and wrote a message to them on the occasion of Mother’s day. A fun game was organised for the special mothers that not only brought a smile to every face but helped the Mothers learn about one another. The program concluded with chanting of the 108 Names in praise of His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda and Aarti.