The 1st Annual concert and Maha Shivaratri celebrations of Chinmaya Mission Brisbane marking its 10 year anniversary was conducted on 3rd March at Acacia Ridge State School in the presence and guidance of our own Swamiji (Swami Shrikarananda). This event was well attended by over 200 people. The celebrations began with the Balvihar students chanting the Om Namah Shivya followed by the invocation song sung by Student Rhea Ravi. During this event, the Balvihar children(4-12 years old) sang the Guru Stotram, Ganesha & Shiva bhajans, and Guru Paduka Stotram. The Balvihar children also enacted the Churning of Milky Ocean and the youth members(Chinmaya Yuva Kendra) group staged a musical dance drama about Shiva and Sathi. These puranic dramas gives them an opportunity to understand the hindu culture and its rich values. Also our Swamiji spoke on the true significance of Maha Shivaratri.
Chinmaya Mission Brisbane has been conducting its family program every Sunday in three different locations – Holland Park State High School(East/Southside), Heathwood(Westside) and in Bridgeman Downs(Northside). These classes have been specifically designed curriculum for children, teenagers and adults. Classes focus on developing positive values of love, honesty, faith, courage, sharing, respect and teamwork and are based on ancient texts (Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads) and epics (Ramayana, Mahabharata). Classes also include chanting and meditation. The entire family benefits together at our Sunday family program. In addition to the regular Sunday family program, we also have an online Upanishad class with our Swamiji on Wednesday nights, holiday camps for children, Teen retreats, family camps, free public talks( Jnana Yajna – a series of spiritual discourses) are also conducted by Chinmaya Mission Brisbane every year.
The upcoming Jnana Yajna – public talks will be delivered by Pujya Swami Swaroopananda, Head of Chinmaya mission worldwide on the topic “The Wise and The Otherwise” based on the Bhagavad Gita, Man of Perfection, Chapter 2 (Verses 54 to 72) from March 31st 7:30pm-9pm to April 4th 7:30pm-9pm at Coorparoo Secondary College, Brisbane. During this Jnana Yajna, a bala Yajna for children will be conducted by our Swamiji (Swami Shrikarananda) resident teacher for Chinmaya Mission in NSW, ACT, SA and QLD. ) for all the five days.
Chinmaya Mission(the parent organisation of Chinmaya mission Brisbane) was established in 1951 and it operates in more than 30 countries with 350 over centres. The aim of the mission is for the inner transformation of individuals through knowledge of Vedanta (the knowledge of universal oneness and science of life), spiritual practices and service to society, resulting in a happy world around them. Our mission welcomes individuals from any background and inculcates the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to society. Our motto is To give maximum happiness to the maximum number for the maximum time.
Please visit www.chinmaya.com.au/brisbane for the details of Chinmaya Mission Brisbane Classes, Events and Sunday Family Program.