Study Groups .
How They Came About .
At the end of the 17th Jnana Yagna in Delhi in 1956, Swamiji emphasized upon the need for meeting regularly with a definite venue and study scheme. He would distribute towards the end of each Yagna a form to the audience. Whosoever was interested in continuing the study of Vedanta was asked to fill in their details after which they were allocated to a "Study Group" near their homes. .
Each week, such Study Groups met and studied the scriptures for one and half a hours in a methodical manner. The focus is always given to the study and logical reflection of the teachings of the scriptures.
An Example .
To explain the importance of constant reflection, Swamiji gave the example of a cup of coffee and sugar at the bottom. Unless the sugar is stirred, the coffee remains bitter. In the same away, knowledge will be absorbed only if it is properly stirred by the intellect.
Their Role .
The role of the Study Group is to stir knowledge so that its sweetness becomes one with the personality.The Study Group has been the strength of Chinmaya Mission from its inception.
Not only have Study Groups been responsible for the foundation of Chinmaya Mission as organizers of Jnana Yagnas, but they are also credited with its sustenance and expansion for forming the Executive Committees of the Centers that have evolved since then.