ORIGIN OF CHYK
Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK) came into existence in May 1975 as an offshoot of a Week-long teenagers’ camp organized by Chinmaya Mission, Bangalore. Sixty youngsters between the age group of 17 to 25 years, who had participated in the camp and evinced a keen interest in our spiritual culture, formed the nucleus. Chinmaya Mission Bangalore, which was already running “study groups,” consolidated the position created a firm foundation. This new venture into the delicate world of volatile youth is the outcome of sustained interest shown by a small number of inspired youngsters towards vedanta. This vedantic study is a science of personality development and human potential and was pioneered, interpreted and elucidated by Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda for the last three decades. CHYK is another step in the realization of the ‘Vision’ for which Pujya Gurudev and His dedicated and committed disciples have been ceaselessly working amongst the lay and the learned.
SPIRIT OF CHYK
The youth have always been symbols of bountiful energy, ambitious dynamism, inspiring creativity, and dauntless courage. To uplift themselves and their world, to awaken harmony within and without, to apply their vibrant energy for the betterment of society, they only require a noble cause, a high ideal, a sense of deep devotion, and the right channels of service.
Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, or CHYK, is the global youth wing of Chinmaya Mission (ages 14-28 years). It aims to help youth discover their hidden potential and tap into its infinite source at will. From the inner unravelling of young minds, personalities of wisdom, beauty, and universality beam forth. Through their shared light of righteous actions, noble principles, and compassionate hearts can the world at large come to bask in the harmony of Oneness.
What started in 1975 as a small youth forum in Bangalore has now evolved into a global, dynamic, organized body that promotes personal spiritual unfoldment, varying social services, and integrated leadership skills. Spanning over 120 cities on four continents, CHYK has helped thousands of youth transform themselves and their world on multifarious levels.
VISION OF CHYK
CHYK Motto: Harnessing Youth Potential through Dynamic Spirituality
CHYK Mission Statement: To empower youth with the vision, values, and dynamism for success in all fields.
Swami Chinmayananda founded CHYK with the vision of helping youth realize their latent and infinite inner potential. Having created for them a conducive atmosphere of learning, and to guide them in their spiritual studies and growth he encouraged them to test the logic and practicality of Vedantic scriptural teachings through applications in daily life. This emphasis on knowledge through application he called, ‘Spirituality in Action’ or ‘Dynamic Spirituality,’ and its tradition in CHYK continues to date.
Know that Yuva Kendra is the bow, and a pure mind is the sharpened arrow. Your goal should be (knowledge of) the Self and welfare of the world. Like the arrow (that hits its target), may you become one with the goal.
“Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, like the bow, is the means and not the end. The sharpened arrow symbolizes purity of mind and clarity of vision. While serving the world, one should (first) take care of one’s self-unfoldment. After you free yourself by yourself (attain Self-realization), do not forget the goal that should be reached. May you be one with the goal to serve one and all.”
CHYK West, the North American chapter of CHYK, strives to unite young adults by providing a forum to explore, discuss, and practice Vedanta while strengthening their lives in every endeavor. The objectives of this organization are several and include the following:
- To provide a spiritual forum for the age group ranging from post-high school to young professionals
- To introduce the message of Vedanta to those interested
- To unite members of this organization spiritually and professionally through satsang and community service
- To build and develop future leaders for Chinmaya Mission
- To act as a resource for the Mission family and the community at-large working with and supporting an existing establishment
- To unite and communicate with CHYK centers worldwide in an effort to stimulate the Global CHYK movement
The current focus of CHYK West is:
- To establish local CHYK Study Groups
- To perform Seva through the CORD project (www.rural-development.ca)
- To perform Seva at the community level