Namah Te to All,

i hope this message finds all my fellow seekers infinitely, constantly and unconditionally Joyous!

One of the most common questions people ask me is, ‘How do I know if what I am doing is right?’

The answer is simple, ‘WWW?’ The World Wide Web? NO! What Would the Wise do?’

And one of the wisest is Shri Rama. Come with me as we observe Rama’s ayana (path) through Balakanda through our E-Vichara…

E-Vichara (January 11, 2016) — WWW? – Part 1

  • A real school (kula) and a real educator (guru) will teach roles/responsibilities (dharma) – when educated personalities (saksharah) are not directed higher, they devolve to egotistical personalities (rakshasah)
  • The ornament of humans is beauty, the ornament of beauty is virtues, the ornament of virtues is knowledge, the ornament of knowledge is forgiveness
  • In the forgetfulness of God, the ego is born – the vision of a saint is more captivating than the innocence of a child
  • When our minds are remembering God, our minds are protected by God – accompanying a Rshi is the most sublime training
  • A perfectionist invokes much pain and naturally distributes the same – ‘deafness’ is when we do not listen to advice
  • We cannot help God, we can only serve God – actually, how can the finite ever serve the Infinite, still He encourages us to feel we are serving for He is karuna nidhana (the source of compassion)

Reflection Adventure of the Week (RAW): Please please please watch Cowspiracy (produced by Leonardo DiCaprio). This powerful documentary has made me think deeply about whether I am helping or hurting our precious Earth. I have realized I am hurting our environment by consuming animal products and so as of right now, Sheela/i are practicing being vegan. Would you like to practice with us? i hope so. If anyone else would like to try to transcend their limits, let me know…we can support our discipline together.

Laughing Adventure of the Week (LAW):

6 Two toddlers went into their parents’ bathroom and spotted their father’s weight scale in the corner…
“Whatever you do,” said the first tot to the second, “don’t step on it.”
“Why not?,” asked the second.
“Because,” replied the first, “every time Pa steps on it, he screams!”

more and More and MORE Satsanga:

  • Parenting with Happiness Retreat with Vilasiniji, Dhirenji and myself — for all ages — Feb 12-14 in Grayslake, Illinois — video
  • The Universal Guru Within Retreat with Dhirenji and myself — for young adults (discourses are also for adults/youth) — Feb 19-21 in Willowbrook, Illinois — website

Since the winter of 2011, 144 seekers from 38 cities and 6 countries have explored Bharat and Trinidad like never before, through our 5 Chinmaya Inspiration Yatra-s (CIY). All of the yatri-s who journeyed to Bharat have also journeyed to the Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development in Siruvani. Feeling the struggle of the villagers, feeling the selflessness of the volunteers, the CHYKs from our CIY I/II/III have raised nearly $70,000 USD for CORD Siruvani without ANY significant donations from an Acharya nor Centre. They have INDEPENDENTLY reached deep into themselves to reach far for support. i am levelled by their efforts. i am proud of their success. And now as we celebrate the 100th Birthday of our inspiration, Pujya Swami Chinmayananda, all of us yatri-s have set an aspiration to complete raising $100,000 USD for CORD. How…

  • Sacrifice and Service Retreat with Devji, Ginaji, Sachinji and myself — for all ages — Mar 18-20 in Grand Bend, Ontario — event

Finally and most importantly, as we celebrate the Republic Day of India, our Pujya Swami Tejomayananda is celebrated by the Government of India with one of the highest civilian honours – the Padma Bhushan award. This is a most humbling dedication by Guruji about this tribute…

Pujya Swami Tejomayananda's Padma Bhushan Dedication

"Self-perfection alone can pave the way for world perfection. In our own redemption lies world redemption." ~ Swami Chinmayananda

Inspire-Love-Be,

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(each of the below links are forums for further reflection)
Chinmaya Mission Niagara
Chinmaya Mission West
Central Chinmaya Mission Trust
Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh
Chinmaya Yuva Kendra West
Chinmaya International Foundation
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UNTO HIM OUR BEST
Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayanandaji’s Birth Centenary Celebrations
1916-2016