As I enter the Mission (Ashram),
the omnipresent stillness speaks !
In the ‘large’ lush greens of Powai,
is the glorious ‘Sandeepany Sadhanalaya’.
‘Sana’..meaning the origin, that is old & eternal,
‘Deep’..meaning the glow or the light,
‘Sadhnalaya’, a place of study.
Rightly said, the ashram provides the seeker,
an eternal light to study under.
At first, my sight is drawn to
the book-store at the entrance of the ashram,
There are kept so many various books
written by Swamiji Chinmayananda
for every kind of seekers of the truth,
– children, youth, old, educated or not, poor and rich.
Towering well above the ashram,
lies the Jagadeeshwara (Shiva) Temple.
there Lord Shiva is in a penance, placed in a large room,
with a massive arch like entrance to the temple,
that resembles a buddhist stupa.
Here, every evening is charged with many satsangs,
and, ‘holy thoughts’ occupy the minds of those present.
And right on the top from the temple, you can see
the busy Mumbai city lights shine from a distance.
My distant cousin was a student then,
undergoing a residential brahmacharya course,
wearing his full white outfit,
distinct from the yellow and ochre
worn by the spiritually devoted swamis.
His room was so compact and simple,
only a steel cot, a pair of white outfits.
But, he shone under the light of his wisdom,
for he knew what is the essential.
The afternoon lunch was simple & healthy
and served in a large clean dining hall.
My cousin told, only nutrition mattered,
and one should not pander on food
to remain sattwic in his thoughts.
As I re-visited the book-store that day,
my attention is drawn to the ‘Holy Gita’,
for the first time ever in my life,
a running English commentary on the verses from ‘Gita’,
by Swamiji chinmayananda.
That book gifted to me by my cousin,
remains to be my cherished steady companion.
The Chinmaya Ashram at Powai,
where the omnipresent stillness speaks !
Ah ! If only you could listen to it.
Come, visit and experience the bliss at the Ashram.
(The Chinmaya Mission was started in 1953 to give an expression to Swamiji Chinmayananda’s vision and philosophy. Its purpose in Swamiji’s words – ‘To provide every individual coming from any background – the wisdom of Vedanta along with the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling him or her to become a positive contributor to the society’)