All over the world elders, youth and children have all experienced a unique connection with our beloved Pujya Gurudev, an epitome of perfection with abundance of love for every single being in this world. Thus, begins the experience of the 8th Global Chyk Camp, He Did It – So Can You – 108 Ways To Perfection, where Swami Swaroopanandaji shared his own experiences of the Master while illuminating the meaning behind Gurudev’s 108 names.
There’s this quote by one of my idols that says “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” and I think, so far as the precision of human memory is blurred with time, this also holds true for a large amount of the memories we have.
As with any good experience, it’s easy to talk about how inspired you have become and how the whole thing was just “SO good” when reflecting upon it. Especially when that experience is seven days of uncovering an unparalleled bliss through the qualities of our Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda, all in the company of 150 other inspired thinkers, with 4 Acharyas to lead our minds, and countless helpers to keep our tummies full and fuelled for the activities and packed daily regimes!
Except, there are certain memories, which somehow keep replaying in our minds, so vividly as though we are still there. And this has been one of my favourite things that I have taken out of camp. Of course, there has been an indescribable clarity that has come from everything that Swami Swaroopanandaji would show us in the talks, but what distinguished this camp from anything I have experienced was the moments of pure gratitude, or sense of clarity in a moment of reflection, or the sudden awareness of His presence all around us and so much more.
And now, many months after camp, these memories are still so clear in my mind that they have become somewhat crystallised and whenever I’m feeling a bit lost or I have let the events of the day bother me, all I really need to do, is remember one of the witty jokes or short stories Swamiji would say, or even remember that “ah!” moment from the talks. And of course, whenever our mission Acharyas talk of our beloved Gurudev, everyone present experiences that feeling of pure love.
So basically, since camp has ended, everyday has just been a series of trying to recreate that atmosphere in my life. I now have 108 ways to culminate such perfection in my life and camp has given me the inspiration to do my best in order for each day to become a stepping stone on my path.
They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words, but the memories are priceless..” and so, here we present the memories from camp.
Unto Him Our Best!