Shubha Deepavali, Chinmaya Naamavali
Wishing you and your family a Shubha Deepavali. May your hearts and homes be filled with light today and every day.
Last Deepavali, I decided to clear some space and time to pursue what was more meaningful to me by inviting light into my heart. I am thankful for starting the study of the Bhagavad Geeta and Kathopanishad. By Guru's grace and blessings, I also published the 108 Vedantic Terms book which is a book of inspiration for any seeker for his/her sādhanā.
On this Deepavali, I am inviting light into my heart by starting a sādhanā, to reflect on Śrī Chinmaya Aṣṭottara Śata Nāmāvaliḥ, a hymn of 108 glorious names of Swami Chinmayananda. Chinmaya means Consciousness. All the names in this hymn point to that Chinmaya within me (us) one by one.
Over the last two years, I have realized the significant role a Guru has in one's spiritual journey. Guru is the guide, the inspiration, the way, and the goal. I am grateful to have guidance in the form of Swami Dheerananda's talks on Śrī Chinmaya Aṣṭottara Śata Nāmāvaliḥ to have as a framework to do this sādhanā. I look forward to spending the next few months in Guru smarana (thinking upon) and ārādhanā (glorifying) by listening to one talk each day to reflect on Chinmaya within me 🙏