The focus of the Study Group is on the study, logical reflection and application of the teachings of the Vedantic scriptures in daily life. The aim is to gain Self-knowledge. To explain the importance of constant reflection, Swami Chinmayananda gave the example of a cup of coffee with a spoon of sugar at the bottom. Until and unless the sugar is stirred, the coffee remains bitter. Similarly, knowledge is only absorbed when it is properly stirred by the intellect. The role of the Study Group is to stir knowledge so that its sweetness becomes one with the personality.
Members of the group support each other by sharing their study, knowledge, reflections and experiences of personal application. There are no particular requirements for joining a study group. All one needs is a desire for gaining Vedantic knowledge.
Furthermore children will emulate their parents and it is essential that parents are grounded in Vedanta so they can guide their children when the need arises.
Currently the Study Group is focused on the Srimad Bhagvad Gita – chapter by chapter, based on the commentary of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda.
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. – Swami Chinmayananda
Subarna was born in India and lived in various places while growing up – Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Along with formal academics she was involved in many activities during childhood, like dance, music, sports, essay writing, recitation and elocution. However, she was always looking for more meaning in life. She completed her B.E. from the University of Pune, and then came to the US for MS and PhD. Within a few years, she realized, through her own experiences and that of others, that academic degrees, commonly sought-after jobs, relationships, wealth, name, fame – nothing could fill the ever-growing void within.
In 2014, after completing her PhD in Computer Science, she joined the 2-year intensive Residential Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Powai, India and studied at the feet of Swami Bodhatmanandaji. Today, under her Acharya’s guidance and instructions she is teaching Vedanta in Bellevue where she lives with her husband Manavender Reddy.
Please feel free to get in touch with her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.