Take the Big Step

It is fast becoming an annual tradition for Swami Swaroopananda to gather a mighty army of inspired CHYKs from around the world to share in his magic over Christmas and New Year at the Chinmaya International Residential School (CIRS).

It is rather apt that a camp on the Taittiriya Upanishad takes place when the rest of the world is most indulgent.

It is only a rare sample of young people that have tasted and experienced the beauty of higher living, and it is they who came to CIRS to be guided by Swamiji in taking ‘the Big Step’.

In this profound text, we delved into the portion that focused on ways to connect ourselves as individuals with the totality, and we explored how we can practically observe this in every aspect of our modern lives.

We also studied exhaustively the ‘instruction from the Teacher’- traditionally chanted by students in the Vedic period as they leave the Gurukula to face the multiple conflicting forces in the outside world.

The camp combined the highest knowledge with challenging activities. Learning the ancient language of Sanskrit with Swami RamaKrishnananda, the many subject related activities by Brni. Nishitaji, and the constant care and Vedic chanting classes by Br. Rishiji, made the camp all the more special and enjoyable. There was also a constant flow of creativity throughout the week through stunning cultural performances- teaching us greater discipline, creative potential, and the joys of higher living.

Global CHYK camps are so special because they are a time when a collective force of dynamic CHYKs, from all corners of the world, connect in blissful unity in their love for the Guru and the teachings.

It is a well-known fact that when we come together we can create brilliance in the world.

If we truly understand the source of that potential and learn the ancient techniques to tap into it, the timeless wisdom of our scriptures comes alive.

Swami Swaroopananda showed us in the most wonderful way how to take these sublime and esoteric principles and turn them into our own subjective and practical experience.