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Mere listening will not add to your beauty. These ideas are to be reflected upon deeply and digested slowly. This process is hastened only when you discuss what you have studied with others. Study Groups constitute the heart of our Mission. The ideas, when discussed with others, not only become deeply rooted in you, but as they become clearer in your own understanding, they also inspire those who listen to you. Thus, each student, while trying to strengthen his own understanding, can become an instrument for the spread of this knowledge. This process is the dynamic study scheme followed in the Vedantic tradition. This is not a Chinmaya methodology; it is the most ancient Vedantic tradition of study.
Chinmaya Study Groups (Satsangs) allow like-minded seekers to come together to read and discuss spiritual texts and topics based on a set curriculum. They provide a forum for in-depth study, clear and logical thinking, and serve as an inspiration for personal practice.
Regular Satsangs (discourses) sessions are held every Sunday in two sessions and typically include Prayers and Invocations, Bhajans and a discourse by our Acharyas.
Scriptures are not mere books for intellectual studies. We must learn to assimilate these ideas and come to live them. – Swami Chinmayananda
The Chinmaya Movement emerged, grew, and expanded into a worldwide spiritual organization of Vedantic teachings based on the strength of its Study Groups. Study Groups began through the enthusiasm of the thousands who attended Swami Chinmayananda’s talks and yajnas, and felt the need to continue regular scriptural studies.
To sustain the inspiration of these sincere seekers, Swami Chinmayananda formulated and began Chinmaya Study Groups with a systematic syllabus that took into careful consideration the spare time of the average householder, a student’s typical attention span, and the appropriate level and order of texts to be studied. The course of study was designed so that even a beginner in scriptural studies could follow the curriculum without feeling overwhelmed.
The real guru is the pure intellect within; and the purified, deeply aspiring mind is the disciple.- Swami Chinmayananda
Study Groups are led by experienced moderators who foster active discussion among the members. The group reflects on the specific topic in order to gain a clear insight and understanding of the scriptural fundamentals, and also cultivates the art of communicating this scriptural knowledge to others. The personal practice of value-based and spiritual living benefits member families. By living an integrated life, members also better society which in turn build wholesome nations and a peaceful world.