A study group is a group of five to fifteen people who meet regularly to discuss one of the Vedantic texts. All members of the group participate equally, with one of them being a Coordinator. Pujya Gurudeva Swami Chinmayananda put the highest emphasis on participation in study groups by all sincere seekers. It aims to provide the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, to individuals from any background, enabling them to become positive contributors to society. Study Group members are those who study the scriptures because they have a thirst to imbibe and benefit from the perennial wisdom of the rishis.
Today, there are over 1,000 Chinmaya Study Groups worldwide. Inspired by the vision of Vedanta, thousands of spiritual seekers across the world meet in groups to study and discuss Vedantic texts. Setting aside blind beliefs, they discuss scriptural teachings, deepening their personal philosophical understanding.
What is read or heard, in order to take root, must be thought over (tat chintanam) or reflected upon. The test of clear thinking is in the ability to express our thoughts clearly (tat kathanam). Again, whether our understanding is correct and proper, is brought out in the rational and mutual discussion of the Study Group members (anyonya prabodhanam). Thus, the sincere and diligent student gains a better perspective of our scriptures through this process.
New students get a really good start into Vedantic study while the advanced ones report that with each time they go through this process their minds become more and more subtle and sharp. Additionally, this forum, in the atmosphere of satsanga, also fosters and develops brotherly understanding and cooperative thinking among the members, and affirms the wisdom of Oneness. Chinmaya Adult Study Groups follow a syllabus that includes introductory Vedantic texts, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, and the Upanisads.
Ongoing Study Groups:
Monday: Vivekcudamani: 9:15 – 10:30 AM (CST) (Kailash Dangayach)
Monday: Tatvabodha: 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CST) (Acarya Gaurangbhai Nanavaty)
Tuesday: Mandukya Upanishad: 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CST) (Acarya Gaurangbhai Nanavaty)
Wednesday: Devi Group – Subodh Vedanta: 10:00 – 11:30 AM (CST) (Sneha Sandhane) Hybrid Model
Wednesday: Tatvabodha: 7:20 – 8:50 PM (CST) (Anand Gupta)
Thursday: Bhagavad Gita in Gujarati: 8:00 – 9:00 PM (CST) (Acarya Gaurangbhai Nanavaty)
Saturday: Brahmasutra: 8:00 – 9:30 AM (CST) (Acarya Gaurangbhai Nanavaty)
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