Transforming Finite Contributions into an Infinite Impact

Give in plenty, with both hands give”
– Swami Chimayananda – Discourses on Taittiriya Upanisad

In 2023, we celebrated the joyous 10th anniversary of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda’s blessing bestowed upon our center, gracing it with the sacred name ‘Chinmaya Haridwar’. Join us in celebrating 10 Years of unity, growth, and community! May 8th, 2024 marks the 108th birth anniversary of our most beloved Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda.. On this momentous occasion we’re reaching out to you, our valued supporter, with an exciting opportunity to make a lasting impact.

Why is your contribution to Chinmaya Mission Portland (CMP) so vital? Because it goes beyond a simple donation. It’s a statement of your commitment to growing our Chinmaya family and a tangible expression of your belief in the power of collective giving. Join hands with us to create a debt-free community space! Contribute today to pay off the loan on our beloved center and ensure a brighter, more secure future for us all.

Since 1996, nearly a hundred Bala Vihar children have graduated from Chinmaya Mission Portland. We stand prominently as a pillar in this community. Our commitment shines through the ongoing dedication of our Bala Vihar students. They immerse themselves in preparing weekly meals for the homeless shelter, organizing quarterly street cleanups, spearheading impactful environmental awareness programs, and offering free English tutoring for immigrant families, just to highlight a few of our community activities.

Together let us honor Chinmaya Hardwar’s decade-long journey, and support our cause: ‘Vedanta in Action: Celebrate 10 years of Chinmaya Haridwar‘ Let’s harness the collective power of our sankalpa to raise $500,000 to make our facility debt-free as an offering to Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda on His 108th birth anniversary.

Here’s how you can participate and make a difference:

1. Create a Fundraising Challenge today:

Consider setting up a personal ‘Vedanta In Action: Celebrating 10 years of Chinmaya Haridwar‘ fundraising challenge. Don’t know how to get started? We’ve got everything set up for you, just go through the steps mentioned below to get started fast – 1-2-3!

1 Go to “JustGiving” page and set up your user account.
2 Click here Create your own fundraising page! Suggested choices below to get started fast.
* Are you fundraising in the memory of someone? “No”
* Are you taking part in an activity? “Just fundraising”
* Are you fundraising for an occasion? “Skip this question”
* How much would you like to raise? Type your target, Aim High as Gurudev says!
* Optionally, personalize your page
3 Kick off your fundraiser page! Bookmark the page so that you can send it to your friends & family, update the offline donations you collected and watch your campaign grow!

2. Share Your Giving Story:

Join us in spreading the spirit of giving! Share on social media why you support Chinmaya Mission Portland and encourage your friends and followers to join you in making a change for the sake of the community we serve. Use the hashtag #Haridwar10 #Gurudev108 #VedantaInAction #ChinmayaMissionPortland to be part of the conversation.

Challenge your network to match your donation or beat your contribution amount. Together, we can turn individual acts of kindness into a collective force for good.

Your support for Chinmaya Mission Portland is not just a donation; it’s an investment in the positive transformation it brings to individuals’ lives, the promotion of spiritual and cultural values, and its contributions to the well-being of communities. We believe in the power of collective giving to bring about meaningful change, and we’re grateful to have you as part of our community.

Let’s make 2024 a celebration of generosity and positive change.

Hari Patrika article submission before 4/30/2024

Date & Time: Draft sumission due before April 30, 2024
How: Submit draft using this form
Typical Hari Patrika Elements:

Foreword from our Gurus, Board & Editor:

A thoughtful introduction from our revered Gurus and the Board, setting the tone for the yearbook. Reflections on the role as an editor in assembling the 2023-2024 edition of Hari Patrika this year.

Photos & Artwork:

A cherished collection of group snapshots and artwork, thoughtfully organized by class or grade, accompanied by heartfelt notes from the respective teachers.

Behind the Scenes:

A tribute to the unsung heroes – the dedicated volunteers who contribute tirelessly to the seamless operation of our organization. Let’s recognize and appreciate the hard work of the many hands that ensure nobody is left behind.

Community Service Chronicles:

Showcasing the vibrant humanitarian work connected with Chinmaya Mission & CORDUSA. Dynamic action shots and amusing episodes capture the spirit of our active community service initiatives.

Vedanta Milestones:

A glance at the pivotal Bala Vihar & Study Group happenings, innovative projects, and significant achievements throughout the academic calendar.

Tribute to Graduating Seniors:

A special section dedicated to our 12th graders, encapsulating cherished memories through childhood photos, senior accolades, and aspirations for the future.

Candid Captures:

Unplanned moments that encapsulate the essence of Chinmaya Mission, featuring students and parents sharing their likes, and future aspirations, or recounting humorous incidents from the school year.

Memorable Events:

An in-depth exploration of notable events at Chinmaya Mission Portland, including festivals, programs, energizing pep rallies, enlightening field excursions, and other monumental occurrences.

 

Please utilize this form to submit your draft entries for inclusion in the Hari Patrika yearbook. Ensure that your submissions are closely related to Chinmaya Mission activities. Following the review, detailed articles, artworks, or photos may be requested. Please be aware that we retain the right to accept or reject entries based on the submitted drafts.

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    Ramanavami Celebrations! 04/20/2024 at 10 AM

    Date: April 20, 2024
    Time: Add to Calendar 10 AM
    Location: Chinmaya Haridwar” 3551 NE John Olsen Ave
    Open to all

    Hari OM!

    We invite you and your family to come and participate in the Ramanavami celebration at Chinmaya Mission Portland!

    About Ramanavami:

    Humans live in communities with the intention to help each other by protecting each other. “Dharma protects him who protects it,” clarifies that our life is bound by Dharma. RAMA stands for this principle of Dharma, the power of protection. He is portrayed with a bow and arrow to show that he is ready to protect the noble from all dangers.

    Power is safe only in the hands of those who are selfless. LAKSHMANA represents the value of being selfless. He served his brother RAMA every day for many years, even leaving aside his own family and other comforts of life.
    Protection is to maintain peace. SITA represents this peace that is maintained when everyone is well-protected. She also represents prosperity which is a natural outcome of a peaceful community.

    Love is a must to unite one human with another. When this love is directed towards God it becomes divine love – devotion. HANUMAN represents this divine love that united SITA with RAMA, SUGREEVA with RAMA, VIBHEESHANA with RAMA, and also BHARATA with RAMA

    RAMA PARIVAAR represents all the important values that we should possess to enjoy a divinely human life. May the Lord’s grace be with us to emulate these noble values. SRI RAM JAYA RAM JAYA JAYA RAM!

    Come, participate in the celebrations, and rock baby Shree Rama to sleep!

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      Sign Up to Volunteer at OFB 04/27/2024 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

      When: April 27, 2024, 1:00-3:30PM
      Location: 7900 NE 33rd Dr, Portland, OR, 97211
      Volunteering Opportunity Exclusively For Our Sponsors!
      Signup Required

      Charity is an attempt wherein I try to expand and bring into the ambit of my life, all others around me and grow to consider the other man’s needs and requirements as important as my own personal needs. To live seeking an identity thus, with at least those who are immediately around me, is to live away from the suffocating selfishness and the throttling grip of my body-consciousness.
      – Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

      CORDUSA, in collaboration with Chinmaya Mission Portland, organizes various volunteering programs throughout the year. One of these programs involves volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank (OFB).

      We are excited to announce a forthcoming visit to the Oregon Food Bank for a volunteering opportunity. Since OFB is an operational facility, participation is limited to adults and children aged 10 and above. Children must demonstrate good behavior and closely follow instructions. For participants under 18, a signed youth consent form is required, which will be emailed to you upon registration.

      If you would like to make a monetary contribution to support OFB, please make checks payable to “CORDUSA” and hand them to Ravi Ananthan. Alternatively, you can use the donation button provided below. After completing the donation, you will be redirected back to this page.

      CORDUSA will combine the donated funds with any corporate matching contributions before forwarding them to OFB.



        Safety Guidelines:

        1. We will be repackaging perishable or frozen food donations into family-sized portions for individuals in need across Oregon. The temperature in this area is typically around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend dressing in layers to ensure comfort during the volunteering activity.

        2. You will be turned away if you are wearing improper foot wear or clothing. Shoes must have closed toes and heels (no sandals, clogs, mules or high heels). Shirts with sleeves are required. Tank tops are not allowed.

        3. Remove and secure jewelry/watches prior to shift. Lockers are available for personal items, but are unsecured. Please leave valuables at home or lock in your car.

        4. Volunteers under 16 years old are required to volunteer with an adult chaperone and must have signed youth consent form with them. (Minimum age for chaperones is 18)

        5. If you have cold symptoms or open wounds, you will not be permitted to work.

        6. Please note that each participant has to register separately.

        PLEASE NOTE: As mentioned above, all our volunteering events are exclusively reserved for our annual sponsors. Are you a current sponsor? *

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        Sorry, our volunteering opportunities are open only to our current sponsors.

        Gurudev Jayanti, Graduation & Mother’s day 05/12/2024 9:20AM-1:30PM

        Date & Time: May 12, 2024, & 9:20 AM PT
        Location: Chinmaya Haridwar” 3551 NE John Olsen Ave
        Free & Open to all, Signup required to attend

        Hari OM!

         

        Mother’s day always has been a big day of celebrations at Chinmaya Haridwar! We celebrate the graduation of our 12th graders on that day with a traditional Paduka Pooja conducted by them to honor and celebrate Pujya Gurudev’s birthday. Please come and participate in the festivities and bless our graduates. Most of them are “lifers” of our Balavihar, listen to their testimonies on how Balavihar education helped in their personality development. This is followed by lunch cooked and served by our men in honor of their wives and mothers because it is Mother’s day!

        The puja of the Guru’s sandals is an expression of our devotion to the Truth that Gurudev symbolized. A Guru stands on his sandals (padukas) and also on the strength of his wisdom. So traditionally the worship of guru-paduka has been an adoration of spiritual wisdom. Paduka Puja is an effective sadhana (spiritual practice) to purify our minds.

        Please RSVP below. Please feel free to bring your family and friends with accurate RSVP numbers.

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          Love Thyself – by Shri Vivek Gupta May 16-19, 2024 6-7:30 PM

          Topic: “Love Thyself – Balancing Self-Care & Societal Well-Being”
          Location: Chinmaya Haridwar
          3551 NE John Olsen Ave
          Dates: Sessions: Add to Calendar:
          May 16-19, 2024 1 through 4 6:00-7:30 PM PT
          Free & Open to all

           

          About the topic:

          Join us for an insightful workshop centered around the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, focusing on the practical art of disciplining actions, words, and thoughts for greater acceptance and adaptability. As caregivers or recipients of care, mastering the skills of acceptance and adaptation is crucial. How can we joyfully offer care while honing these essential qualities? Discover the keys to disciplining your thoughts and actions in this transformative workshop.

          About the speaker:

          Recognized as a contemporary spiritual teacher, Shri Vivek Gupta invites individuals of all ages to embark on lives filled with purpose and independent joy. Over the past fifteen years, Vivekji’s unique combination of formal monastic training and insightful life experiences has rendered philosophy accessible and pertinent across diverse cultures and generations.

          Continuing to disseminate his profound insights on a unifying and universal vision, Vivekji conducts weekly courses, interactive workshops, and international retreats. Additionally, as a trained Hindu chaplain, he has delivered speeches at prestigious venues such as the Pentagon, Amazon, Intel, and numerous universities throughout the United States and Canada, including Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Case Western University.

          Cooking for Homeless Shelter continues

          When: Every Saturday
          Location: Chinmaya Haridwar” 3551 NE John Olsen Ave
          Volunteering Opportunity Exclusively For Our Sponsors!
          Signup Required

          Develop noble and enduring qualities. Watch in others for weaknesses that you should guard against, in yourself. Love all. Serve all. Love creates and lust destroys the peace in the heart of man.
          – Swami Chinmayananda

          Hari OM!

          On Saturdays, we cook for a homeless shelter…

          Since 2013, we have been collaborating with Transition Projects to serve Portland’s most vulnerable residents. Volunteers cook and serve meals at a homeless shelter, for about 100-120 residents, every Saturday. Few service projects do as much immediate good or offer such a meaningful, personal experience as volunteering to prepare and serve a meal to people in need.

          *During the COVID-19 pandemic, all meal providing is “delivery only,” and volunteers cannot enter the shelter to cook or serve. We are cooking either at home or at Haridwar following all COVID-19 guidelines. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and we will connect you with Ravi, who coordinates this activity.

          We encourage you to sponsor one time meal for the shelter ($150) or part of the meal through the button below, we will keep it as the seed money dedicated for this activity.  Please check with your employer about matching grants, it doubles your donation’s impact today!




          Thank you for your kindness & generosity in advance!

          FREE tutoring for qualifying ELL students (Translate)

          What: Free Tutoring
          When: In-Person on Sundays
          Location: 3551 NE John Olsen Ave Hillsboro OR 97124
          For English Language Learners (ELL) All-Ages!

          Online learning challenges pose a significant educational hurdle, particularly for immigrant students. Recognizing this, we have in-person one-on-one assistance to ensure they feel confident seeking and receiving help. Our high school students, under adult supervision, will act as tutors for English language learners (ELLs) of all ages if your family’s annual income is below $55,000.

          We are pleased to offer free personal tutoring sessions for ELLs. To participate, prior registration is required. For optimal benefits, consistent attendance is necessary, and drop-ins are not permitted. You can register at:

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