The Bhagavad Gīta was Swami Chinmayananda’s
life breath.

He wanted the Lord’s Song to echo among people of all ages and across all continents.

For that reason, the Srimad Bhagavad Gīta is the heart of the Chinmaya Mission.


This year, we will be collectively learning karma-yogaḥ, Chapter 3 of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. These verses will be taught during Sunday Assembly, with supplementary classes from 4:45-5:15pm every Sunday after the Bala Vihar session.

Verses for Evaluation 2022-23

ClassMid Year End of Year
Shishu Vihar (Pre-school)3.1 - 3.33.4 - 3.6
Bharadwaj (KG)3.1 - 3.83.9 - 3.16
Prahalada (Grade1)3.1 - 3.113.12 - 3.22
Dhruva (Grade 2)3.1 - 3.113.12 - 3.22
Sandeepany (Grade 3&4)3.1 - 3.143.15 - 3.28
Vyasa (Grade 5&6)3.1 - 3.183.19 - 3.35
Shankara (Grade 7&8)3.1 - 3.183.19 - 3.35
Chinmayam (Highschool)3.1 - 3.183.19 - 3.35
Verses 36- 43 will be taught but will not be graded in the final competition

Dates for Gīta Chanting Competitions

Mid-Year (January 15th)
The mid-year evaluation serves as a preview for the final competition at the end of the year.
Participants chant individually in front of a moderating panel.

End of Year (April 30th)
This will be conducted on April 30th during the Sunday Bala Vihar session. Participants will chant in person, individually in front of a moderating panel.

See syllabus above for the verses assigned by age-group for evaluation.

Evaluation Criteria

The Rules and Judges’ Scoring Rubric may been downloaded here.

Notes

  • Participants are required to chant from memory.
  • Verbal prompting may be given  by JUDGES ONLY
  • As per the Chinmaya Mission west rules, there will strictly be NO SECOND PROMPTING. In order to encourage participants to chant all verses that they have learned, judges will  give a second prompt when asked. However, the verses chanted after second prompt will NOT be considered towards the  final score.
  • Marks will be deducted for mistakes – Refer to “Pronunciations” section of Evaluation criteria manual.
  • It has been observed that most participants are chanting all the assigned verses for their grade, In those scenarios, the pronunciation/confidence/diction play the major role in the final scores and determining the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place recipients.
  • To avoid conflict of interest:
    • Judges/GITA teacher(s) are excluded from competition.
    • They can participate in the chanting session, but won’t be scored.
    • Judges do NOT evaluate members of their own family.

Lyrics:

English and Sanskrit side-by-side

English

Sanskrit

Recordings:

Chapter 3 Reference Audio (Chanted by Swami Shantananda-Ji)
Chapter 3 Instruction Audio (Provided by CCMT, All quarters repeated twice)

Instructional Videos:

Sanskrit Chanting Primer Video (Provided by Chinmaya Vrindavan Cranbury)

Additional resources from Chinmaya Mission West

Please see CMW Gita Chanting Webpage, for a further list of resources.

The Gīta Chanting program began as a Bala Vihar activity that has now expanded to include the participation of all age groups. Gurudev envisioned the chanting competitions as a doorway to life-long friendship with the Gita, kindling a progressive journey from chanting to studying to learning to living the Gita.

Swami Pujya Guruji Tejomananda gives a beautiful answer in the video below.

With this underlying goal of spiritual evolution, children, parents, and grandparents have been encouraging each other to participate in the annual Gīta Chanting competitions offered in Chinmaya Mission Centers worldwide.


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