MA Center Chicago (MACC)

One-Day Silent Retreat w/Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya

One-Day Silent Retreat w/Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
One-Day Silent Retreat w/Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
Oct 12, 2019 7:30am-4:00pm (ended)

Amma says the beauty of our words, the charm in our actions, and the allure of our movements all depend on the amount of silence we create within. The deeper we go into that silence, the closer we come to the infinite. Additionally, the silence we acquire through prayer and meditation helps us find peace and true happiness in this noisy world.  Join us at beautiful MA Center Chicago for a one-day Silent Meditation retreat with Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya Saturday, Oct. 12th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The fee for the retreat is $35 per person (includes morning tea, lunch, eve snack and dinner). Pre-registration is required. Click here to register. 

There will also be a Bhagavad Gita class with Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya the night before the retreat, and our regularly scheduled satsang will occur afterward, starting with archana at 4:00 pm. Additionally, Swamiji will be performing a Bhagavati Seva puja on Sunday, October 13th (for more information about the Gita class click here; for more information about the Bhagavati Seva puja, click here).

On-site accommodations are available at a reduced rate for retreat registrants. For more information, contact macclodging@macenters.org.

Here's the schedule for the Silent Meditation Retreat:

7:30 am: Retreat registration and check-in
8:00 am Retreat begins, light lamp, prayer, orientation, short talk, questions
8:50 am Commence silence, seated meditation
9:30 am Walking meditation -- indoors/outdoors (weather dependent)
10:00 am Break, snack
10:15 am Seated meditation
10:55 am Walking meditation -- indoors/outdoors (weather dependent)
11:25 am Break
11:40 am Seated meditation
12:30 pm Lunch/Rest
1:30 pm Karma Yoga / Silent Seva
2:15 pm Walking meditation -- indoors/outdoors (weather dependent)
2:45 pm Seated meditation
3:30 pm Consciously coming out of silence, concluding remarks
4:00 pm End of retreat

After the official end of the retreat, retreatants are welcome to join us for satsang with Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya.

Here's the schedule:

4:00 - 5:00 pm – Archana
5:00 - 5:45 pm – Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya's Q&A Satsang
5:45 - 6:30 pm - Bhajans
6:30 - 7:00 pm - Arati, Meditation and Prasad

As always, after satsang, a delicious vegetarian dinner will be available for a modest donation.

 

Friday
Jun
05
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Amma says the Bhagavad Gita is a celestial song that awakens the sleeping soul. Join us virtually at 7 pm CT every Friday for a replay of one of Swami Shantamritananda Puri's Bhagavad Gita classes. Here is the link for replay on Friday, May 29: https://youtu.... more ›
Saturday
Jun
06
5:00pm - 6:00pm
"A river which flows through many branches will not have a powerful current. If the branches are redirected and the river is redirected to flow only through the main stream, the force of the current will increase greatly. It may even be possible to generate electricity from such a strong current.... more ›
Saturday
Jun
06
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please join us this Saturday for a special virtual satsang which will include archana (chanting), bhajans, arati, and Amma's White Flower meditation. Satsang will begin at 6:00 pm CT with archana. To join, go to https://zoom.us/j/299646689. Please note all... more ›
Friday
Jun
12
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Amma says the Bhagavad Gita is a celestial song that awakens the sleeping soul. Join us virtually at 7 pm CT every Friday for a replay of one of Swami Shantamritananda Puri's Bhagavad Gita classes. Here is the link for replay on Friday, May 29: https://youtu.... more ›
Saturday
Jun
13
5:00pm - 6:00pm
"A river which flows through many branches will not have a powerful current. If the branches are redirected and the river is redirected to flow only through the main stream, the force of the current will increase greatly. It may even be possible to generate electricity from such a strong current.... more ›
Saturday
Jun
13
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please join us this Saturday for a special virtual satsang which will include archana (chanting), bhajans, arati, and Amma's White Flower meditation. Satsang will begin at 6:00 pm CT with archana. To join, go to https://zoom.us/j/299646689. Please note all... more ›
Friday
Jun
19
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Amma says the Bhagavad Gita is a celestial song that awakens the sleeping soul. Join us virtually at 7 pm CT every Friday for a replay of one of Swami Shantamritananda Puri's Bhagavad Gita classes. Here is the link for replay on Friday, May 29: https://youtu.... more ›
Saturday
Jun
20
5:00pm - 6:00pm
"A river which flows through many branches will not have a powerful current. If the branches are redirected and the river is redirected to flow only through the main stream, the force of the current will increase greatly. It may even be possible to generate electricity from such a strong current.... more ›
Saturday
Jun
20
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Please join us this Saturday for a special virtual satsang which will include archana (chanting), bhajans, arati, and Amma's White Flower meditation. Satsang will begin at 6:00 pm CT with archana. To join, go to https://zoom.us/j/299646689. Please note all... more ›
Friday
Jun
26
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Amma says the Bhagavad Gita is a celestial song that awakens the sleeping soul. Join us virtually at 7 pm CT every Friday for a replay of one of Swami Shantamritananda Puri's Bhagavad Gita classes. Here is the link for replay on Friday, May 29: https://youtu.... more ›

Our daily spiritual practices at the MA Center Chicago Satsang Hall include:

GROUP IAM-35 MEDITATION (for IAM-35 course graduates)
Daily at 5:15 am

MORNING ARCHANA
Daily at 6:00 am

  • 108 Names of Amma
  • 1000 Names of the Divine Mother, Sri Lalitha Sahasranam
  • Mahisasuradmardini Stotram 

WHITE FLOWER MEDITATION
Daily* at 6:30 pm

EVENING BHAJANS
Daily* at 7:00 pm

  • Guru Stotram Chanting
  • Bhajans (devotional singing)
  • Closing prayers and Arati

*Note: On Fridays, if Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya is at MA Center Chicago, we typically have a Bhagavad Gita class with him instead of daily bhajans. On Saturdays, bhajans and group meditation are part of the regular Saturday program.