A pledge is a sankalpa or a vow. It is a decision that helps to bring about an inner transformation. You become a seeker the moment you take a sankalpa or decision.
Guided by his vision, devotees all around the world formed the nucleus of a spiritual renaissance movement that now encompasses a wide range of spiritual, educational, and charitable activities, ennobling the lives of thousands in India and across its borders. Under his guidance, the Mission has continued mushrooming across the globe and stands today with over centres worldwide. Vedanta, the essential core of Hinduism, is the universal science of life, relevant to all people of all backgrounds and faiths. Vedanta inspires seekers to understand their own faith better. Thus, although Chinmaya Mission is a Hindu organisation, it does not seek to convert other religious practitioners. As a spiritual movement that aims for inner growth at individual and collective levels, the mission offers a wide array of Vedanta study forums for all ages, promotes Indian classical art forms and operates numerous social service projects. The oil lamp symbolizes the ethical life needed to light the flame of Knowledge within. Hence light is worshipped as the Lord himself.
Chinmaya Mission Pledge
Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda in his visionary foresight gave us a beautiful pledge, which is recited in all our centres on various occasions. However, very often it is done as a ritual without paying enough attention to its meaning and depth. If all of us could become a little more conscious of it and try to live it in its letter and spirit, then, not only will we individually grow, but even the entire Mission as such can become stronger and more effective in serving the community at large. In order to give a serious thought to this, I invite you to reflect and give your ideas on each line of the pledge.
We stand as one family, bound to each other with love and respect. We serve as an army courageous and disciplined, ever ready to fight against all low tendencies and false values, within and without us. We live honestly the noble life of sacrifice and service, producing more than what we consume, and giving more than what we take. May Thy grace and blessings flow through us to the world around us. We believe that the service of our country is the service of the Lord of Lords, and devotion to the people is the devotion to the Supreme Self. We know our responsibilities, give us the ability and courage to fulfill them. Om Tat Sat.