Namah Te from Kolwan!

i hope this message finds everyone unconditionally well…

Sheela and i have been wandering in Bharat for 2 weeks now. We still have some weeks here…actually we may decide to stay in the Motherland forever…

Not just us. We now have 31 CHYKs from 17 cities across North America who are exploring, observing, understanding Bharat alongside us for 20 days (attached is our photograph). With this yatra, 70 unique CHYKs will have had a most unique experience in connecting with the spirit of the Motherland.

And how is this manifesting? Through ashram living. Yatra-s are not about visiting far off, hard to reach, material heavy places. Rather yatra-s are about interacting with sadhu-s (noble people) in their own ‘homes’.

Join us on our yatra through our E-Vichara…

E-Vichara (December 15, 2014) — The Chinmaya Inspiration Yatra III

  • A yatra is an outward expression of an inward journey – Pujya Swami Chinmayananda had/has a uniform vision for every facet of Chinmaya Mission whether Bala Vihar or Upanishad Ganga or Naada Bindu, enlightenment
  • Sandeepany Sadhanalaya (the brain) – Pujya Swami Chinmayananda was exceptional in appreciating that an organization should be built on teachings not a teacher – our yatri-s have learned to give self development the highest priority in their lives to be able to lead themselves and others
  • Chinmaya Vibhooti (the eyes) – Pujya Swami Chinmayananda was efficient in appreciating that an organization should plan decades in advance to give direction to present resources, time and efforts – our yatri-s are learning about what their purpose is and how to realize this purpose through planning
  • Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development (the hands) – Pujya Swami Chinmayananda was empathetic in appreciating that an organization is supported by countless aspects of the universe – our yatri-s will learn to be grateful for their countless opportunities by working with villagers, encouraging the ‘big’ and ’small’ to grow together
  • Adi Shankara Nilayam (the feet) – Pujya Swami Chinmayananda was educated in appreciating that an organization is created, sustained and furthered by what balances an organization, knowledge – our yatri-s will learn all that is important in their lives is rooted in Sanatana Dharma and to cultivate and plant the same seeds
  • The difference between motivation and inspiration is the former is forced, temporary, unsubstantiated while the latter is felt, lasting, internal – by steadily and sincerely expanding our comfort zone to include every article, being and circumstance we shrink our ego, we reach Enlightenment

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Everyday engage in an activity which makes you feel uncomfortable.

Our next E-Vichara will be Incredible – a message how each one of us is special. And though i will try to share this before the new year, in case my travels prevent me from doing so, i pray to Bhagavan and the Guru-shishya-parampara that every reader and non-reader of the E-Vichara has a joyous completion to 2014 and an even more joyous commencement to 2015!

"The tragedy of human history is decreasing happiness in the midst of increasing comforts." ~ Swami Chinmayananda

Signing off for 2014…