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H.H. Swami Tejomayananda To Visit Boston

Anil Saigal

H.H. Swami Tejomayananda to visit Boston
(August 1 – 7, 2005)
Chinmaya Mission, Boston, is happy to announce that H. H. Swami Tejomayananda will be visiting Boston between August 1 and 7, 2005. Swami Tejomayananda will deliver a weeklong series of lectures on the Bhagawad Geeta and the Ramayana.

These lectures are free and open to all and part of a weeklong celebration of the life of Swami Chinmayananda, the founder of the Mission. A team of members of the Chinmaya Maruti Center in Andover, where the celebrations will be held, has been preparing for this event for six months.

Swami Tejomayananda, the worldwide head of Chinmaya Mission, has enthralled and captivated audiences around the world. He has influenced the lives of thousands of people of diverse backgrounds and religions. He relates the insights of Vedic philosophy to everyday life with humor and clarity. On his last visit to Boston the audience exceeded a thousand people.

Swami Tejomayananda’s lectures on the Geeta are scheduled in the morning 7 am to 8am at the Center, and will run Aug 2 through Aug 7. His lectures on the Ramayana are in the evening 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm Aug 1 through Aug 6 (except Friday Aug 5, when the timing is 6pm to 7pm). All lectures are at the Chinmaya Maruti Center at 1 Union St in Andover.

In addition to Swami Tejomayananda’s lectures, the week long spiritual retreat has full-day programs for adults, teens and children. Highlights include a Grand Banquet on Aug 5 at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover featuring classical Indian cuisine, yoga and meditation workshops, and bhajans (devotional songs). A children’s camp with arts & crafts projects, skits and fun activities will run from Aug 1 to 5, and guided spiritual workshops, discussions, field trips and other activities are planned for teens and young adults. Further, arrangements are being made to facilitate participation of out of town guests.

Dr Dwarakanath, President of Chinmaya Mission Boston said, “There is tremendous interest in America in the Indian spiritual tradition, interest that goes beyond yoga. If someone has toyed with the idea of a pilgrimage of self-discovery to India, this is an opportunity to learn right here from one of the most inspiring teachers today. “

Mr. Dilip Mathur, Advisory Board member, narrates his experience of attending a Chinmaya Mission retreat at Sidhbari in India earlier this year.  “Listening to Sw. Tejomayanada's discourses on Panchadashi, a 14 th century vedanta text, was an experience of a lifetime. He spoke with such clarity, humor, and insight that a kind of serene exhilaration suffused us. I remember him making this simple point. He said: "the things we truly need in life are basically free- air is free, water is free, even simple food does not cost that much. Things that we dont really need are expensive - fancy cars, diamonds. But beauty is free..love , music and friendship are free. We already have an abundance of things we truly need, yet we hanker after objects as if their acquisition will somehow complete us, make us fulfilled. ... .. Our problems are of our own making..."

Mr. Mathur adds, “Attending a course taught by Sw Tejomayananda is transforming, it is like a pilgrimage. I feel everyone should give themselves this gift.” To follow up on his advice, he is back here to participate and to enjoy the experience again. In addition, in the true sense of giving more than taking, he is also working diligently to help the center host this event in the New England area so that people can hear Swamiji’s lectures, learn from his knowledge of Vedanta and benefit from his wisdom.

Swami Tejomayananda’s lectures are free and open to all. Registration is required to participate in the other workshops and activities that are part of the retreat (Yajna). Registration is $200/person and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for all 7 days of the Yajna and an admission to the Grand Banquet. Individual Grand Banquet tickets are available at $100/person. The children’s camp (9am to 4 pm from Aug 1 to 5) costs $125.

For more information about this event please visit http://www.chinmayamaruti.org.

To register please contact Brni Bhamati Chaitanya at 1-866-RAMDOOT.
Online registration for this event can be done through http://www.sulekha.com.
About the Chinmaya Mission Boston:

Chinmaya Mission is dedicated to providing individuals from any background the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to society. Vedanta is yoga for the mind. Its theme is self-discovery leading to the full unfoldment of a person’s personality and potential. It is a universal science of life, helpful to people of all faiths.

Through 250 centers worldwide, Chinmaya Mission provides spiritual and cultural education to children and adults. Hundreds of thousands of people benefit from the Mission’s schools, hospitals, old age homes, and village development projects. For more information about Chinmaya Mission, please visit http://www.chinmayamission.org.

Chinmaya Mission Boston has its center Chinmaya Maruti at 1 Union Street, Andover, MA and satellite centers in Nashua, NH and Newton, MA.

Chinmaya Maruti provides the following services:
Balavihar, for ages 4 to 13, is a weekly program that teaches core values of successful living through stories, plays, arts and crafts, and shlokas.

Yuva Kendra, for ages 13 to 18, is a weekly program of cultural and spiritual education through yoga, group discussions, inter-faith seminars and outdoor retreats.

Satsang, for adults, is a weekly program of meditation and Geeta study followed by a lively group discussion. There are invited speakers and Upanishad classes.

Cultural activities, for children and adults. Area artists teach classical Indian music and dance. There are also Hindi, Sanskrit and Yoga classes.

Seva or community service is organized by volunteers who coordinate various charity drives to help the homeless and needy.

Religious Services are conducted daily by Pandit Srinivas Sastri. The Center has a shrine to Shri Hanuman. Indian festivals are celebrated.

For information on the Center’s services contact:
Brni. Bhamati Chaitanya (Resident Acharya)

Chinmaya Maruti, Andover:  1-800-RAMDOOT
Newton program: (617) 527-7620
Nashua program: (603) 888-1504


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