Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda breathed, lived and talked Bhagavad Gita throughout His life. For that reason Srimad Bhagavad Gita is the heart of Chinmaya Mission. Gurudev travelled the world carrying the message of the Gita and conducted numerous Gita Jnana Yajnas. He is proof that the words of the Gita are not just words of wisdom, but teachings that can uplift anyone to the state of oneness with the Lord.
From the recitation of the Bhagavad Gita arises the desire to know its meaning. Thence arises the Knowledge(of the Self). From this Knowledge arises fulfillment. The study of the Gita is the key to opening the vast treasure of God’s love for us. It starts with chanting, then study, and over time, assimilating (embracing) that same love wholeheartedly and completely.
Every year, we hold a Gita chanting competition to encourage children and adults alike to learn the Gita. We hold our local competition in Milwaukee twice during the year – a mid year competition in December and an end of the year competition in spring. Participation is what we emphasize – learning and chanting together is fun! Gita chanting is a part of our opening prayers every Sunday in Bala Vihar. Our children have learnt Chapters 14, 16, 17 and 18 in previous years. This year we are chanting Chapter 2.