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Adult Study Groups (2017-2018)

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Sunday Adult Study Groups
Location/Sevaks & Sevikas
Session I
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
(Sept 17th, 2017 - June 3rd, 2018)
Location/Sevaks & Sevikas
Session II
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
(Sept 17th, 2017 - June 3rd, 2018)
Location/Sevaks & Sevikas
Summer Combined Session
(Both Sessions meet combined)
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
(June 10th, 2018 - August 26th, 2018)
Kindle Life Badri Shrine
Mr. Abhijit Joshi &
Mrs. Sunita Dash
Badri Shrine
Mrs. Roopla Khanna &
Dr. Amee Majmundar
Bhaja Govindam Ashram Computer Room
Mr. Siva Muthukrishnan &
Dr. Ram Achar
Ashram Room #2
Ach. Shanker Pillai & A Member of the Group
Tattva Bodha Location: Ashram Room #3
Mrs. Sujata Patnaik &
Mr. Venkat Davarapalli
Not offered TBA
Nardha Bhakti Sutra Not offered Location: Ashram Room #5
Mr. Rajiv Khanan &
Mr. Naishadh Shah
Manah Shodhanam Basement (Across from the Kitchen)
Mr. Gopalakrishnan &
Dr. Sridhar Andurkar
Not Offered TBA
Meditation n Life Location: Ashram Room #2
Ach. Shanker Pillai &
Mrs. Deepa Salem
Not Offered TBA
Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 1) Ashram Prayer Hall (9:30 - 10:30 am)
Mr. Shashi Narasimhan &
Mr. Siva Ramamurthy
Not offered TBA
Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 9) Ashram Prayer Hall (8 am - 9 am)
Dr. Kanchan Patel &
Dr. Asha Chhablani
Not offered TBA

Adult Study Group - Importance & Guidelines

The most important followup measure of the Gnana Yagnas is the Study Group program. The basic concept of the Study Group is to study the scriptures by those who have curiosity/thirst to benefit from the perennial wisdom of the Rishis.

A group of 10 to 15 like minded people get together at a place, time and day mutually agreed upon for 90 minutes a week for a systematic study of the scriptural texts prescribed in the Study Group Scheme by Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda after testing its validity over several years.

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 diigent student, the Study Group technique provides an oportunity and a forum for gaining a deep and quck perspective of our scriptures. The forum, in the Sat Sangh atmosphere, also fosters and develops brotherly understanding amongst the members and strengthens the "One Family" concept.

Each Study Group member will be alloted a portion in the text. During the subsequent class the Sevak would summarize briefly the proceedings of the last class and request the allotted member to offer his contributions. After the member has finished his contributions/raised questions, the Sevak would request other members for their suplementary contributions on the topic under discussion as also answers to questions raised. Repetition of stanzas and word meanings given in the text under study is essential to become familiar with Sanskrit verses. After the contributions are over, the Sevak, as a member of the class could also make his contributions. Repetitions are to be avoided. After the 90 minutes of class time, the Sevak should punctually close the class with the recitation of the Pledge by all and quietly dispurse with "Hari Om". By following the procedure with sincerity and enthusiasm, members would get the cream of wisdom of the text under study by the technique of cooperative thinking.

More than a thousand Study Groups function under the guidance of Chinmaya Mission Centers around the world.

Scheme of Studies

Outlined below is a three year Study Scheme half an hour a day, listing the order in which the books should be studied. This play systematically builds up, step by step, the fundamentals of Vedanta and provides a firm foundation for the student.

BookFirst reading per day
Kindle Life10 pages
Manual of Self-Unfoldment10 pages
Bhaja Govindam4 stanzas
Atma Bodha3 stanzas
Art of Man-Making (Geeta Talks)12 pages
Vivekachudamani (1-200 stanzas)4 stanzas
Meditation and Life1 chapter
Narada Bhakti Sutras5 sutras
Geeta Introduction10 pages
We Must10 pages
Kenopanishad2 mantras
Geeta Chapters 1,2,&33-5 stanzas
Vivekachudamani (201-300 stanzas)4 stanzas
Kathopanishad2 mantras
Dakshinamoorthi Stotram2 mantras
Geeta Chapters 4,5,&63-5 stanzas
Isavasyopanishad3 mantras
Geeta Chapters 7,8,&93-5 stanzas
Mundakopanishad2 mantras
Geeta Chapters 10 & 113-5 stanzas
Kaivalyopanishad2 mantras
Vivekachudamani (301-583)4 stanzas
Purusha Sooktam4 sooktas
Geeta Chapter 123-5 stanzas
Taittiriyopanishad2 mantras
Hymn to Badrinath5 stanzas
Geeta Chapters 13,14,&153-5 stanzas
Aitareyopanishad2 mantras
Geeta Chapters 16&173-5 stanzas
Prashnopanishad2 mantras
Geeta Chapter 183-5 stanzas
Iswara Darshan (Tapovanam)1 chapter
All Geeta Chapters 1-185-10 stanzas
Ashtavakra Geeta3 verses
Mandukya and Karika2 mantras and read as many times as you can

If you are interested in participating, in any of the study group discussions feel free to contact the Acharya at swamibadri@gmail.com.