Purpose Of Study Groups

The most important follow-up measure of the Gnyana Yagnyas (discourses) is the Study Group program. The basic concept of the Study Group is to study the scriptures by those who have a curiosity and thirst to benefit from the perennial wisdom of the Rishis.

What is read or heard, in order to take root, must be thought over (tat chintanam). The test of clear thinking is in the ability to express our thoughts clearly (tat kathanam). Again, whether our understanding is right and proper, is brought out in the rational and mutual discussion of the Study Group members (anyonya prabodhanam)

Thus, to the sincere and diligent student, the Study Group technique provides an opportunity and a forum for gaining a deep and quick perspective of our scriptures. The forum, in the Satsang atmosphere also fosters and develops brotherly understanding amongst the members and strengthens the “One Family” concept.

How Study Groups Are Run?

Each Study Group member is allotted a portion of the text. During the subsequent class the Sevaka summarizes the proceedings of the last class and requests the allotted member to offer his/her contributions.

After the member has finished his contributions and raised questions, the Sevaka requests other members for their supplementary contributions on the topic under discussion, and also answers to questions raised. Repetition of stanzas and word meanings given in the text under study is essential in understanding and in becoming familiar with Sanskrit verses.

After the contributions are over, the Sevaka, as a member of the class also makes his/her contributions. After the 60 minutes of class time, the Sevaka will punctually close the class with the recitation of a prayer by all and quietly disperse with “Hari Om”. By following the procedure with sincerity and enthusiasm, members get the cream of the wisdom of the text under study by the technique of cooperative thinking.

Benefits Of Study Group

A. To The Member & Sevak

  1. Personality Transformation
  2. Inner strength to face challenges
  3. Knowledge of our scriptures and culture
  4. Clarity of thinking
  5. Poignancy of expressions
  6. Self Discipline
  7. Sense of brotherhood
  8. Patience and perseverance
  9. Art of listening
  10. Sense of belonging to the global Chinmaya Family

B. To The Families Of Participants

  1. Happiness and harmony at home
  2. Better value system
  3. Effective role models for children
  4. Strengthing of family bond

C. To The Society, Nation And The World

    Individuals living an integrated life make a healthy society. Such societies help to build a strong nation and peaceful world.

Class Schedule

Bhagavad-Gita Discourse by Respected Shri Dhiren ji:
Saturday AM Session:10:30AM - 11:00AM
Saturday PM Session: 2:30 AM - 3:00 PM Sunday Session: 10:30AM - 11:00AM

Study Groups:
Saturday AM Session:11:00AM – 12:00PM
Saturday PM Session: 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Sunday AM Session:11:00AM – 12:00pm

Saturday AM Sessions:
Agastya Group
Text: Kindle Life
Sevak/Sevika - Premal Joshipura, Darshan Asher, Vivek Naik

Kashyapa Group
Text: Upadesa Sara
Sevak/Sevika - Jayanth Kuppuswamy, Suchitra Vuppunthula, Kalpesh Shroff

Bhrigu Group
Text: Gita chapter 1
Sevak/Sevika - Hemalatha Sullia, Devang Thakkar,Prasanna Ramakrishnan

Saturday PM Sessions:
Vishwamitra Group
Text: Bhaja Govindam
Sevak/Sevika - Mahavir Jain, Shubi Mansukhani

Valmiki Group
Text: Kindle Life
Sevak/Sevika - Ashok Bhatia

Sunday Sessions:
Atri Group
Text: Kindle Life
Sevak/Sevika - Sankar Vaikuntapathi, Maulin Mehta

Vyasa Group
Text: Gita Chapter 1
Sevak/Sevika - Ganapathi Shankar

Gautama Group
Text: Atma Bodhah
Sevak/Sevika - Murali Jayanti, Arun Bellary


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Yoga Classes

Chinmaya Mission Yamunotri offers Yoga classes periodically at a reasonable price. Please refer the flyer for more information on the classes.

About Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga also called Hatha Vidya is a system of Yoga that was introduced by Yogi Swatmarama, a sage of 15th century India, and compiler of the Yoga that was introduced by Hatha Yoga Pradipika . In this treatise Swatmarama introduces Hatha Yoga as a preparatory stage of physical purification that makes the body fit for the practice for higher meditation. The Asanas and Pranayama in Raja Yoga were what the Hindu Yogis used to physically train their body for long periods of meditation. This practice is called shatkarma . The word Hatha is a compound of the words Ha and Tha meaning sun and moon, referring to Praana and Apaana, and also to the principal nadis (energy channels) of the subtle body that must be fully operational to attain a state of dhyana or samādhi . According to the Moneir-Williams Sanskrit Dictionary, the word "hatha" means forceful. It is a strong practice done for purification. In other respects Hatha yoga follows the same principles as the Raaja Yoga of Patanjali including moral restraint yama and spiritual observances niyama. Hatha Yoga is what most people in the West associate with the word "Yoga" and is practiced for mental and physical health throughout the World.

AM Yoga Class Picture (Instructor- Anithaji)

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Bhajan Sandhya

Chinmaya Mission Yamunotri offers Bhajan Sandhya evening once a month. Please contact Smt. Brunda Kamath ji for further reference.

About Bhajan Sandhya

"nāhaṁ tiṣṭhāmi vaikuṇṭhe yogināṁ hṛdayeṣu vā tatra tiṣṭhāmi nārada yatra gāyanti mad-bhaktāḥ"

“I do not reside in Vaikuntha, nor do I reside within the hearts of the yogis, but I reside in that place where My pure devotees sing My holy name and discuss My form, pastimes and qualities” - Srimad Bhagavatam 4.30.35

Benefits Of Bhajan Sandhya

Bhajans are the greatest and easiest forms of Worship. Bhajans are songs sung to show our gratitude and love for God. Singing or listening to devotional songs removes all negativity in one’s mind and fills one’s heart with joy, peace and contentment. It elevates one’s mood and creates inner equilibrium. When a bhajan is sung, it cleanses the atmosphere and fills the place with positive energy.

Once a month, a devotee family hosts Bhajan Sandhya, an evening filled with bhajans and Kirtans sung together with family, friends and other devotees. This could be to commemorate a special milestone in the family or simply to create divine positive vibrations in the home.

If you would like to host a Bhajan Sandhya at your home, please contact our coordinator at (847)-942-2017 or brundakamath@hotmail.com