Study classes are forums where seekers of knowledge study a Vedantic text and discuss the concepts with like-minded aspirants in an open environment of positive spiritual growth. We hold a number of different study groups on all days of the week, catering for all ages and levels of advancement, throughout Australia. They are open to all and free to attend.
Chinmaya Mission Australia’s adult study classes offer a structured and systematic way of bringing clarity, coherence and comprehension of ancient Indian wisdom to a seeker of spiritual knowledge.
The Vision of Swami Chinmayananda, the founder of Chinmaya Mission, was that the eternal knowledge of the scriptures is key to the inner transformation of the individual. Study classes are the method by which a total inner change can be achieved, comprising of a process of study, reflection and meditation that initiates and sustains inner change.
Through regular attendance and sincere application, study classes serve as a key activity to create a pathway towards inner transformation.
Satsang or the company of like-minded seekers is extolled in all Indian scriptures and study classes create a common bond of people treading the path towards the highest goal of life – Self-realisation.
Chinmaya Yuka Kendra (CHYK)
“You Chyks are now our only hope. When the younger generation comes to feel inspired by a programme of revival, it gathers momentum and floods the hearts of that generation with a new spirit of courage and goodwill.” – Swami Chinmayananda
Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK) is a global youth wing of Chinmaya Mission. It aims to empower youth with the vision, values and dynamism for success in all fields. CHYK conducts weekly classes where young people are made aware of their potential through the study of scriptures. CHYK also organises and executes cultural, social and spiritual programmes.
Junior CHYK weekly classes provide an opportunity for teenagers to explore issues that affect their everyday lives with experienced co-ordinators based on the timeless values contained within Indian philosophy. They also meet with other youth groups, enjoy cultural celebrations and participate in community work.
Topics such as peer pressure, relationships, higher education and choice of career are addressed through discussion, debate and interactive workshops and the principles enshrined within Hinduism are brought to life through their application to these very real problems and dilemmas.
Exposure to values from the Scriptures equip teenagers not only to face life, but to tap into their inner, infinite potential to become dynamic young men and women of integrity.
“Children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be LIT. The seed of spiritual values should be sown in young hearts, and the conditions made favourable for sprouting and steady growth through proper control and discipline. It must be cared for with the warmth of love and affection, and such a tree shall blossom forth flowers of brotherhood, universal love, peace, bliss, beauty, and Perfection” – Swami Chinmayananda
Bala Vihar is a weekly gathering of children, between the ages of five to fifteen years that takes place in Chinmaya Mission Centres or in private homes, under the supervision of trained teachers. The aim of Bala Vihar is to help children bloom, grow, and inculcate values through fun-filled activities. Bala Vihar enhances the overall development of the personality of a child at all levels — physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual.
“To help children learn values with fun, to delight like the moon and shine like the sun”
This is Chinmaya Mission’s newest creative device to ‘catch them young’; a forum for anyone aged below 4 years. Shishu Vihar is an assemblage of infants, toddlers and young and new mothers for early introduction to spiritual education.
Indian tradition being familiar with the significance of sowing ethical seeds early, even as early as the pre-natal stage – Shishu Vihar strives to provide opportunities for this, thereby enabling spiritual development through cultural education. Classes follow a modern structure of play groups where children learn through song, stories, arts and crafts, appropriate to their age and development. For effective learning outcomes, several props, music and an extensive use of colours, shapes and forms are utilised to relay information to the infant.
Swamini Supriyananda who conceptualised Shishu Vihar and first implemented it in Hong Kong, says ‘The little ones have strong retentive power and are quick to learn. The double benefit of mothers also learning is that the rhymes and stories get strongly embedded in the minds of the children. Even three-year-old children can chant the Hanuman Chalisa!’
Afterwards, from the ages of five years, Bala Vihar continues to nurture the seed of spirituality in the child.
Shishu Vihar classes have been running successfully in America, Australia and South East Asia for the last two years. A training course for Shishu Vihar Sevaks was conducted in August 2013, at Chinmaya Sagar, Mumbai by Swamini Supriyananda. This was attended by 25 Sevikas from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kalyan and Thane with the aim of starting Shishu Vihar classes in Andheri, South Mumbai and Matunga. A very first in India, the plan is to encourage guidance in other zones throughout the country thereby promoting an all-round development from infancy itself.
“Classical music, rich in its devotional sentiments has the rare and precious ability to raise us to sublime heights. The lyrics and melody in it, kindles the jnana and bhatki elements in us, and fuses the two. This fosters a stirring of the heart, a blissful expansion within, which purifies us, thereby becoming a sadhana.” – Swami Tejomayananda
Swaranjali means, ‘a musical offering to the divine’. True to its motto, ‘Swara to Ishwara’, Chinmaya Swaranjali members look upon music not as an idle passion, but as a dynamic vehicle to seek the inner source of joy and divinity. It is a movement dedicated to exploring the mystical world of Indian classical music, thereby discovering the veiled joy of infinitude.
Chinmaya Swaranjali members range from professional musicians to people with no musical background, linked through their mutual love for music.
‘Experience directly the beauty and rhythm of the Lord, which is always available in Indian devotional songs. Many of our saints reached Truth through singing for Him,’ said Swami Chinmayananda
It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Chinmaya Swaranjali performances always stir and stun audiences, for even a seemingly meek Damaru produces unparalleled music in the hands of Lord Shiva!