CHYK (Chinmaya Yuva Kendra)
Is religion relevant to young people like you and me? Does spirituality hold any answers for problems in the modern age?
Swami Chinmayananda's answer was a definite yes! He said that it is far more relevant for us to understand the goal of life and how to live it when we are young rather than when we are old and life has largely passed us by.
Vedanta, which is at the core of the Hindu religion, is a science. It is subject to hypotheses (e.g. on the goal of life), experiments (e.g. the best way of reaching this - the paths of karma or bhakti etc.) and testing (enquiry and debate). This is the same logical way in which physical, biological or social sciences stand ground. Whilst the latter are sciences of the outer world, Vedanta is the science of the internal world. It gives us the tools to live life with equipoise and confidence. Using them when young helps awaken and channel our inherent energy.
This is the goal of CHYK, or Chinmaya Yuva Kendra - the youth wing (18-35 years) of the Mission. It is inspired by the trail blazed by Swami Chinmayananda and followed by tens of thousands of youth from all over the world. Our aim as CHYKs is to help each other to develop a clarity of vision: to change our point of view, and create an atmosphere that allows to grow as a family, yet equally and more profoundly, as individuals too. And along the way, the path is a whole lot of fun.
Our discussion classes are at the heart of learning and we strive to include all members of our community. To join our group, please contact Reena Patel directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our group meets weekly on Thursday nights from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Boston/Cambridge, MA area.