Chinmaya Gita Fest 2024

Srimad Bhagavad Gita is one of the most revered scriptures for all Hindus. This divine song of the Lord teaches us how to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. 
In honor of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s 108th birth year celebration, GitaFest 2024 event will be held in Chicago on July 6-7, 2024. It is a national event with participation by children and adults from all Chinmaya Mission centers across USA and Canada.
ABOUT GITAFEST:  GITAFEST 2024 is developed to incorporate 3 components that will surely enrich our lives- CHANT GITA, LEARN GITA & LIVE GITA.
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    • Go to “Donation Type” and select “Donation for Badri.”
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The Bhagavad Gita Chanting NATIONAL level Chanting Competition (Chapter 4 – Jnanakarma Sannyasa Yoga , Shlokas 1-42) to be held July 6-7 at Chinmaya Mission Badri, Willowbrook, IL.
Top 2 participants from each group (Grade 1-12) from the STATE finals (to be held in May) will qualify to participate in the NATIONALS. 
Open exclusively to Bala Vihar students and members. All the details of the competition can be found here : GitaFest 2024
Open to Children and Adults.  We learn about the knowledge of Gita through vocabulary, quizzes, and games.
Monthly quiz link has been established to kindle interest in knowing the meaning of the verses incorporating fun facts about the Gita.  
For vocabulary link: 
  • MATSYA GROUP: GRADES 1 – 2 Learn thirty words from chapter 4 of Bhagavad Gita.Matsya Group Wordlist
  • KURMA GROUP: GRADES 3 – 6  Learn sixty words from chapter 4 of Bhagavad Gita. Kūrma Group Wordlist
  • VARAHA GROUP: GRADES 7 – 9, GRADES 10 – 12 Learn ninety words from chapter 4 of Bhagavad Gita.Varāha Group Wordlist
Open to All. Chinmaya Mission Families from all the centers are encouraged to adopt one of the yajnas mentioned in Chapter 4 of the Bhagavad Gita. This is NOT a competition but Gita Sadhana (spiritual practice)
Per Swami Sharanananda’s guidance, our Chicago Centers are encouraged to practice vishaya tyaga — “balance or control of the sense objects that bind us.”
  • Examples are over usage of cell phones, Facebook, Instagram, bad eating habits, too much shopping, too much gossiping, etc. 
Please choose one that is an issue for yourself and your children, and maintain a spiritual diary. The idea is to reduce the time spent on these activities and redirect that energy into a more positive activity.  We will continue this sadhana until May 8; the idea is to make it a lifelong practice.