The message of the holy book conveyed by HH Swami Swaroopananda
In an era ripe with skepticism and confusion about matters spiritual, HH Swami Swaroopananda (lovingly known as Swamiji) is a rare voice that blends authenticity with accessibility; theory with self-practice; logic with heart. In January 2017, Swamiji was bestowed by his Guru – H.H. Swami Tejomayanandaji (Guruji) – the privilege to serve as the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide and was given the title Mukhya Swami. Swamiji was formerly the Regional Head of Chinmaya Mission Australia & New Zealand, United Kingdom, Middle East, Africa and Far East, and presently Chairman of the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth Trust (University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions) and Director of the Chinmaya International Residential School in Coimbatore, South India. He is a direct disciple of H.H. Swami Chinmayananda (Gurudev), the founder of Chinmaya Mission.
Born and brought up in the bustling commercial capital of India, Swamiji had always been convinced that beyond life’s superficial, everyday joys and sorrows, there was something more enduring and satisfying. As a child he heard from his grandmother many religious stories based on the great Indian epics and the history of saints. These stories suddenly came to life, acquiring new meaning and depth, when as an adolescent he encountered the preeminent Master of Vedanta, Swami Chinmayananda.
Completely moved and inspired, in 1984 Swamiji renounced a comfortable life and his family’s thriving business in Hong Kong to undergo intensive training under Gurudev and Guruji at Sandeepany, Mumbai. Swamiji was initiated into the monastic order in 1992.
In this day and age, the word ‘Yoga’ is used liberally, by almost everybody. It is not unusual for us to hear ‘I am learning Yoga’, ‘I am teaching Yoga’, ‘relax with Yoga’, ‘Yoga is good for you’, etc. But what does ‘Yoga’ really mean?
‘Yoga’ means ‘to yoke’. Imagine a picture of a bull ‘yoked’ to a cart to plough the land. Simply put, it means ‘to attach’ or ‘attached’. So in ‘Yoga’, who should attach? What are we being attached to? What or whom should we be attached to?
The Bhagavad Gita, the Divine Song, deals with the concept and application of ‘Yoga’ extensively through its eighteen chapters. The Geeta is arguably the most well known Hindu scripture, and is also considered an Upanishad. All Hindus know about it, some may have studied it, few may have understood the import of the meaning of the verses, and even fewer rare ones may attempt to live the teachings of this great scripture. The Geeta is presented as a dialogue between Lord Krishna and Arjuna, a warrior in the battlefield. It is not dissimilar to a ‘Question &Answer session’ between the two. Arjuna represents us, warriors in the battlefield of life, and Lord Krishna is The Supreme Lord/Guru.
For a thorough knowledge of the teachings of the Gita and the ‘Yogas’ with guidance on practical application, one must attend ‘Yogas of the Gita’. The fruits of our sincere efforts to attend, learn and practice the teachings are many; but most importantly we will be equipped to face all situations in one’s life, and live with greater purpose and fulfilment.
Join in for the free public talks ‘Yogas of the Gita’ by H. H. Swami Swaroopananda, Global Head of Chinmaya Mission. Monday 3rd April to Friday 7th April, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Nirankari Hall, 166 Glendeninng Rd, Glendenning. There will be special programme for children along with Swamiji’s talks. For further information please visit www.chinmaya.com.au