The Chinmaya Mission Pledge
We stand as one family,
bound to each other,
with love and respect.
We serve as an army,
courageous and disciplined,
ever ready to fight against,
all low tendencies and false values,
within and without us.
We live honestly the noble life of
sacrifice and service,
producing more than
what we consume,
and giving more than what we take.
We seek the Lord’s Grace
to keep us on the path of
virtue, courage and wisdom.
May Thy grace and blessings flow
through us to the world around us.
We believe that
the service of our country
is the service of the Lord of Lords,
And the devotion to the people is
the devotion to the Supreme Self.
We know our responsibilities,
give us the ability and the
courage to fulfill them.
OM TAT SAT
Chinmaya Mission Pledge.
THE HISTORY OF CHINMAYA MISSION, DELHI
1983. In February, Chinmaya Mission, Delhi had organized a variety of music, dance, art and cultural programmes. Swamiji came for a day on his way to Sidhbari for a Bhakti Sandhya sitar recital by Pandit Ravi Shankar, arranged for Chinmaya Mission by General and Mrs. Narinder Singh at the Siri Fort Auditorium. Mrs. Sita Juneja had recently met Swamiji at the General's house and offered to decorate the stage, which was done with elegant floral swans, which are also on the Mission emblem. Chinmaya Mission, Delhi organized several other Bhakti Sandhyas during the 1980s.
1982 and 1991, there were six other music evenings which
Swamiji patronized in Delhi which were not organized by
the Mission, but by a devotee, Mr. Rajji Kumar. During
one of the music evenings, Swamiji explained that in India,
classical music is considered as a worship to God. As
such, Indian classical music is so evolved that, unlike
pop music, it quietens the mind. Therefore, Swamiji explained,
one should not listen to classical music with a whisky
glass in hand! (In Delhi's elite society, it had become
trendy for people to listen to music with alcohol in hand.)
This statement of Swamiji had quite an effect on several
classical artistes, who refused thereafter to perform
where alcohol was being served.
Aparajita, a dance drama from a theme compiled from the Devi Mahatmyam, was performed by artists from Baroda. The choreography and music was done by Prof. C.V. Chandrashekhar.
Padmashree Bhimsen Joshi gave a soul stirring offering
of classical bhajans for Chinmaya Mission on October 18
at the Asiad Centre Auditorium.
1988. Dr. M.S Subhalakshmi gave a very moving performance for Chinmaya Mission at the Siri Fort Auditorium on September 10. She also came to Swamiji's residence to meet him. Swamiji had great respect for her devotion.
1989. There was a National Camp XXIII (photo no. 37, 38) held at Chinmaya Vidyalaya which was very meditational in character. The 'Jaati Neeti' verses 250-270 from Vivekachoodamani were taken, along with Kaivalya Upanishad. After an early morning meditation session, Swamiji asked all the delegates to recite the Tapovan Shatakam, but they faltered as very few people knew it by heart. Thereupon Swamiji said: "Those who do not know the Tapovan Shatakam are not members of Chinmaya Mission!" The evening talks at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan were on the 9th chapter of the Bhagavad Geeta. These talks were listened to with rapt attention, and on the last day, Swamiji remarked that the talks were very inspiring, not only for the listeners, but for the speaker himself. During this National Camp, almost all the delegates got themselves photographed individually with Swamiji during a photograph session at the Vidyalaya. Sarita Kumar was a great help in the kitchen and in serving the delegates. Throughout the years thereafter, her house has been open to all Chinmaya Mission swamis passing through Delhi.
Dr. Padma Subramaniam gave a Bhakti Sandhya dance performance on October 21, at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Swamiji enjoyed her offering and blessed her.
1990. Br. Sudhanshu Chaitanya was appointed acharya in Delhi from 1990 till May 1993. He has since left the Mission.
Vani Jairam sang beautiful bhajans in the holy presence of Swamiji on October 28 at the Shankar Lal Hall in Modern School.
During the 1990s, Swamiji was hosted by Mrs. Sheela Sharma and Mrs. Sita Juneja.