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Sammoha Vishnu Sahasranama Chanting

The congregation of about three hundred adults and children gathered on April 20th, 2008 at the Chinmaya Mission Yamunotri Center in Grayslake on the day of Hanuman Jayanti (Veer Haumanjiís Birthday) to chant Vishnu Sahasranama stotram.

Vishnu Sahasranama stotram is a prayer giving the one thousand names of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu. This stotram or prayer was strung together poetically by the great Sage Vedavyasa and describes the Lordís attributes and qualities. It is widely accepted that the chanting of this stotram gives relief from all sorrows and leads to happiness and peace of mind. That day was chosen because Veer Hanuman is considered to be the greatest devotee of all times and it is appropriate that the Lordís name be chanted on that day.

The program started with some bhajans led beautifully by children followed by a short DVD presentation about Veer Hanuman by H.H. Swami Tejomayananda (Head of Chinmaya Mission). The congregation then raised their voices to sing the glory of the Lord. The devotees chanted the Vishnu Sahasranama in one voice. As the last sloka (verse) was finished and the resounding voices died down a thirty second silence was maintained for meditation. The silence was full and poignant when the presence of the Lord was felt in the shrine as well as in the hearts of the devotees. This was followed by the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa (verses written by the great poet Tulsidas in praise of Veer Hanuman). All went well with the blessing of Veer Hanuman and the program ended with Aarti. The entire program was a moving and pious experience and the devotees left the shrine with God in their hearts. All the devotees were then offered a tasty and plentiful Mahaprasad (blessed food) as is customary after a religious event. The congregation of adults and children had a good time eating, socializing and discussing the up coming events of the mission.

This program was organized partly to gather like minded people together and pray. But in addition was done to purify the newly built shrine (inaugurated December 2007). As is customary before permanent idols are established in a shrine it is necessary to purify the building and the area by doing special prayers and chanting. The Moorthi Sthapana (idol establishment) of Lord Krishna and Radharani at Yamunotri is planned for August 30th, 2008.

Chinmaya Mission Yamunotri holds regular Bala Vihar classes on Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm for children and adult study classes during the same time. An upcoming special program of interest for children is a week long summer camp for children ages 4 to18 in the month of July. Children will learn how GOD is everywhere and that Gurus (spiritual teachers) can be found everywhere you look in nature. The focus of the camp will be on Lord Dattatreya who had twenty four Gurus from nature and life. Children will participate in many fun and learning activities along with games, arts and crafts, and good food.

Hari Om

 

 



For more information, contact Chinmaya Mission Chicago - Yamunotri at: mail@chinmaya-yamunotri.org

Rajul Bhalala  (847) 295-2383 NBhalala@aol.com
Ashok Bhatia (847) 680-4735 Bhatiaa@technolcorp.com
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Premal Joshipura (847) 362-6073 pmjem@sbcglobal.net