October 28 – November 7, 2018
Adi Sankara Nilayam
(Maternal birth home of Sri Adi Sankara)
Profound yet enchanting, Srimad Bhagavatam is a text that paints wondrous word-pictures of the Lord's myriad avatars and His divine sport. The Bhagavatam contains a lot of hymns or praises which are sung by devotees in praise of the Supreme Lord in his various incarnations like Krishna, Narasimha etc. In addition, there are endearing stories of His devotees and their outpouring of love and reverence, which kindles, intensifies, and establishes deep devotion in the listener’s heart! Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji, in his impeccable style, has selected some of these beautiful verses, fashioning a beautiful garland: Bhagavata Stuti Mala.
In the Age of Kali, the recommended / easier path is chanting the names of the Lord and singing his glories. The Bhagavatam is a gem and has a number of such hymns which can be profitably used in our sadhana.
Do not miss this unique opportunity to listen to Pujya Guruji expounding this divine text for the first time at Adi Sankara Nilayam!
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Completely rejecting all activities which are materially motivated, this Bhagavata Purana propounds the highest truth, which is understandable by those devotees who are fully pure in heart. The highest truth is reality distinguished from illusion for the welfare of all. Such truth uproots the threefold miseries. This beautiful Bhagavatam, compiled by the great sage Vyasadeva is sufficient in itself for God realization. What is the need of any other scripture? As soon as one attentively and submissively hears the message of Bhagavatam, by this culture of knowledge the Supreme Lord is established within his heart. (Bhag 1.1.2)
O expert and thoughtful men, relish Srimad Bhagavatam, the mature fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literatures. It emanated from the lips of Sri Sukadeva Goswami. Therefore this fruit has become even more tasteful, although its nectarean juice was already relishable for all, including liberated souls. ( Bhag 1.1.3)
Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), established in 1989 in the maternal ancestral home of Sri Adi Sankara is a research centre for advanced study in Sanskrit and Indology affiliated to Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, and recognised by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. Swami Chinmayananda visualised CIF as a bridge between the East and the West, Past and Present, Science and Spirituality, and the Pundit and Public. CIF also conducts Online, Postal and Webinar Courses on Upanishad, Vedanta, Sanskrit, Bhagavad Gita, Make It Happen and Vedic Mathematics.
To know more, visit https://www.chinfo.org/index.php/about-cif
Born Sudhakar Kaitwade to a Maharashtrian family in Madhya Pradesh, Swami Tejomayananda abandoned a career in physics to take to spiritual life. A month before he was to complete his post-graduation, he saw a banner announcing Swami Chinmayananda’s talk on Chapter 3 of the Bhagavad-gita. Curious, Guruji walked in. Entranced by Swami Chinmayananda’s exposition on Karma Yoga, the young listener came back to the lectures every day. By the end of the talks, certain of his calling, he joined the Chinmaya Mission’s residential Vedanta course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai.
Sudhakar was initiated in 1975 into the monastic order as Brahmachari Vivek Chaitanya by Swami Chinmayananda. Br. Vivek Chaitanya served as Acharya at the Chinmaya Mission Centres in Bhopal, Kanpur and Sidhabari, where he gained a reputation for the precision and clarity of his expositions on the Vedanta and for his gentle humour. Soon after, he was assigned to conduct the first residential Vedanta course in Hindi at Sandeepany Himalayas in Sidhabari.
Eight years later, on 21 October, 1983, Swami Chinmayananda initiated Br. Vivek Chaitanya into sannyasa, bestowing upon him the name Swami Tejomayananda.
Swami Tejomayananda was posted to the Chinmaya Mission’s U.S. Centre in San Jose, California, when Swami Chinmayananda attained Mahasamadhi on August 3, 1993, in San Diego, California. At this point, Swami Tejomayananda was appointed Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide. He adopted the mantle of leader of the Mission with a pioneering spirit coupled with intense action.
Ācārya: Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, Swami Advayananda, Ācārya CIF
No. of participants: 200
Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda’s Vedānta Unveiled Camp at Adi Sankara Nilayam was a beautiful opportunity for a well-grounded induction to Vedāntic wisdom.
Pujya Guruji unfolded the wisdom as revealed in the Dakṣiṇāmūrti Stotram, a sublime Vedāntic composition of Śrī Ādi Śaṅkarācārya, which is rich in philosophical depth and brims with poetic charm. Swami Advayananda expounded on the insights from Śukāṣṭakam -- an illuminating composition by Sage Śuka, the ‘born wise’ son of Śrī Veda Vyāsa -- on the Blissful State of the Self-Realised. There were also daily sessions on guided meditation by Swamini Amitananda.
Like every year, Guruji’s CIF camp coincided with Dīvālī, on which occasion Swami Sharadananda performed the traditional Lakṣmī pūjā.
On this very auspicious occasion, Pujya Guruji granted sannyāsa dīkṣā to four Brahmacharis and one Brahmacharini.
Another key event for this occasion was the presentation of Sanskrit Vishwavidyapeeth and University. Swami Advayananda along with Prof. B. Mahadevan, Vice Chancellor of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, and Shri Suresh Subramanian, Registrar, presented the vision of Chinmaya University. Pujya Guruji also performed the Bhūmi Pūjā of an Academic Block of Chinmaya University in Adi Sankara Nilayam.