AS we celebrate the birth centenary year of Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, Brisbane was lucky to host  talks by Swami Swaroopananda on “The Quest for Health and Happiness” at the BEMAC Auditorium on the 29th and 30th of March 2016.

Swami Swaroopananda is the principal teacher of the Chinmaya Mission and has been teaching the Indian philosophy of Vedanta (the Science of Self Knowledge) in the East and the West for more than 25 years. His practical and contemporary approach makes him a globally renowned, highly sought-after speaker and spiritual guide.

The highlights of the “yagna” were the engaging and interactive talk by Swamiji, liberally peppered by humorous anecdotes, the unparalleled “Yagna Spirit” displayed by the Brisbane Community, the enthralling enthusiasm of the Chinmaya youth group in supporting the event and the well-attended simultaneous children’s program on health by Swami Shrikarananda.

Swamiji defined Happiness and Health as simply being our natural state and pointed out beautifully how, we in our ignorance deviate from this norm and seek this in the outside world. He illustrated this with the example of the sun whose natural state is to shower the universe with heat and light. Can we imagine the sun as being otherwise? Once we anchor within ourselves and stop depending on outside objects for happiness, we are devoid of fear, anger or depression. This will allow us to express our natural state of health and well-being.

Swamiji demystified the science of “dis-ease” by making us reflect on how much we know about ourselves. His questioning made us sift through our unconscious personality and understand its impact on our everyday health. Through lucid stories and examples, he illustrated the power of acceptance and helped us construe that by refusing to be miserable, we will find nature’s many self-sustaining positive energies. When the audience repeated after him the words, “It is the Lord’s wish, it is for the best”, the inspiration in the room was contagious.

Swamiji drew from his own experiences of his quest for health and shared his insight into the body-mind chemistry. He unravelled the mystery around physical pain and how transcending identification with the body makes the pain disappear. The holistic approach to not losing our natural state of health and happiness is by addressing it with positive thinking at a mental and emotional level and ultimately reaching into the spiritual core.

“At a time when many people are feeling that the busy-ness in their lives is taking them away from a more natural and healthy way of being, it is timely indeed to have these insights from a culture that is deeply rooted in a tradition of inner peace and outer health.” – Ian Gawler, foreword to the book “Journey Into Health” by Swami Swaroopananda.

If you would like to purchase copies of the book or the recording of Swamiji’s talks, please contact us. There are activities during the upcoming winter school holidays for all ages including adults and the popular Balavihar camp for kids on Lord Ganesha by Swami Shrikarananda will be on the 28th and 29th of June 2016. Limited spaces available, so please book early.

Contact details – email: chinmaya.brisbane@gmail.com; Dr Priya Shah: 0413 490 308

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