After hearing the first hand experiences of several people that benefitted from the “Make It Happen” course conducted by Pujya Swami Swaroopanandaji, the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, I was very fortunate to finally be able to attend it from Jan 3rd – 9th, 2023 at Chinmaya Vibhooti, Kolwan, Maharashtra in Bharat.
A place has its own impact it is said. Chinmaya Vibhooti is a vision center of Chinmaya Mission, sitting in the valley of the Sahyadri Hills, quiet, beautiful and a pious place with Chinmaya Maruti and Pranava Ganesh temples, Gurudev’s Jeevan Darshan, Swanubhuti Vatika, and the Nada Bindu School of Music campus. The august and divine presence of Pujya Swamiji himself, along with many eager sadhakas from around the world made it a perfect setting for learning.
Make It Happen is a very unique and impactful course. It was for me an honest introduction of my own mind to myself. Hands on, engaging and fun activities showed me a mirror to my mental resistances and blocks, strengths and abilities that I had not known consciously.
Overcoming the mental weaknesses and channelizing the mental energy was guided by Pujya Swamiji through exercises, which if practiced with sincerity are sure to help us uncover our infinite potential and reach any imaginable goal.
As the course progressed everyday, questions, apprehensions, doubts that I had in my mind were answered, providing clarity on the course of action. It invariably was the experience of all that attended the course; it seemed like the course was customized just for them. There was never a dull moment during the course. Pujya Swamiji’s infinite patience in uncovering and addressing the deepest of our fallacies left us all in awe and gratitude.
Our scriptures say that darshan of a saint is a sure sign that Bhagawan is pleased with us. The day our course culminated, Pujya Guruji, Swami Tejomayananda Ji arrived at Vibhooti, for the ceremony of placing of the Vedas in Pranav Ganesh Mandir. All of us received special blessings from him.
It was an unmistakable assurance that the support, love and compassion of our Guru is a continuous presence in our life, whether we know it or not. This, according to me is the biggest factor that can “Make It Happen” – whatever the “It” might be.
In July of this year, 2023, Pujya Swamiji is conducting this course again, right here in the USA at our Krishnalaya ashram in Piercy, California – an impactful place too! At Krishnalaya, one can feel the divine presence of Pujya Gurudev, since he has spent many years there, among the Giant Redwoods which Pujya Gurudev would call the Rishis among the trees, at the bank of the river Eel, which was named as the Eel Ganga by Gurudev. This life changing opportunity is not to be missed.