NIRVANA SATAKAM TALKS in Melbourne
Swami Swaroopanandaji drew about 60 or so spiritual seekers to the Chinmaya Dham Melbourne in the early hours of the mornings, from 19th to 22nd Nov 2013
The mornings began with Gautamji’s lilting voice leading the chanting of the six verses of Adi Shankaracharyaji’s Nirvana Satakam, before Swamji sat on his peeta (seat).
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On July 13th, the teenage workshop, Step Up, took place at the Chinmaya Dham. The workshop started at 9am and it kicked off with some fun games so everyone would feel fresh and ready for the big day ahead.
After these warm-up activities, Gautumji started his first topic of the day about ‘going from being good to being great’. This talk involved Gautumji offering some inspirational advice to motivate us to Step Up. An example that sticks out is to focus on the small things and to avoid distraction. The message was delivered as usual with some good humour.» Read more
The ‘Song of the Lord’ was on the teachings of the Bhagavad Geeta. This two day retreat (23rd & 24th November 2013) was with Swami Swaroopananda at Satyananda Ashram, Rocklyn, Victoria. The location was tranquil, a conducive environment to receive this knowledge.» Read more
Soulful Bhajans, Graceful dancing and a One-ness with the Lord marked this year’s Krishna Jayanthi celebration at the Springvale Town Hall. This much awaited event was brought to the Krishna Bakhtas of Melbourne by Chinmaya Mission, Melbourne and its team of volunteer sevaks.» Read more
There’s a lot more to Balvihar than chanting Shlokas or singing Bhajans. Many aspects of our culture are shown to children through the experiences they gain at Balvihar. Moving on to Junior CHYK, students are also exposed to the broader perspective, and this, intertwined with cultural and religious studies, serves as fun, important, and effective, ‘value education,’ an experience which is vital and enriching in this modern world of endless outside influences.» Read more
Br Gautamji’s yagna was held in the Wyndham Park Community Centre, Werribee. This enabled the growing Indian population in suburbs like Tarneit, Point Cook and Williams Landing to also attend» Read more
On the 13th of April, 40 energetic teenagers from all over Australia, with the help of their parents, took the long journey to Gilwell Park, Gembrook. There, we were greeted with the sight of all the sevaks, who had been eagerly preparing for our arrival, setting out food and drinks for the hungry Junior CHYKs. The reason? Chinmaya Mission Australia’s second ever Junior CHYK camp!» Read more
Springvale Town Hall, Melbourne was simmering with excitement by 9:30am on Saturday the 30th March as Chinmaya Mission hosted the largest even Havan in Melbourne. Hundreds of spectator seats were quickly filling, and the Yajmans were eagerly finding their Havan Kunds. Twenty-one Havan Kunds decorated in a traditional south indian manner, 25 priests and 100s of Yajmans, and you have the perfect ingredients for a devotionally charged spectacular.» Read more