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.
“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
Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK) is a global youth wing of Chinmaya Mission. It aims to empower youth with the vision, values, and dynamism for success in all fields. CHYK is aimed for college students and young professionals with a goal to harness youth potential through dynamic spirituality.
CHYK Seattle conducts weekly self-development and spirituality discussions based on Hindu texts (Hanuman Chalisa, Bhaja Govindam, Bhagavad Gita, etc), as well as social outings and seva (service) activites! CHYK meets on Sunday evenings in Seattle.