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.

 

Sunday
Jan
24
6:00am - 7:00am
Join us virtually for daily archana every morning at 6 am CT. We chant Amma's 108 names, the Thousand Names (Lalitha Sahasranama), and the Mahisasuramadini Stotram.  Daily Archana Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/240260479 
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Sunday
Jan
24
6:00pm - 7:30pm
"However much Vedanta we study, without doing sadhana, we cannot experience Reality. That which we seek is within us, but to reach it, we have to do sadhana." ~Amma Join us most evenings for group sadhana. Amma's White Flower Meditation starts at 6:00 pm CT, followed by bhajans at 6:30 pm CT. To... more ›
Monday
Jan
25
6:00am - 7:00am
Join us virtually for daily archana every morning at 6 am CT. We chant Amma's 108 names, the Thousand Names (Lalitha Sahasranama), and the Mahisasuramadini Stotram.  Daily Archana Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/240260479 
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Monday
Jan
25
6:00pm - 7:30pm
"However much Vedanta we study, without doing sadhana, we cannot experience Reality. That which we seek is within us, but to reach it, we have to do sadhana." ~Amma Join us most evenings for group sadhana. Amma's White Flower Meditation starts at 6:00 pm CT, followed by bhajans at 6:30 pm CT. To... more ›
Tuesday
Jan
26
6:00am - 7:00am
Join us virtually for daily archana every morning at 6 am CT. We chant Amma's 108 names, the Thousand Names (Lalitha Sahasranama), and the Mahisasuramadini Stotram.  Daily Archana Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/240260479 
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Wednesday
Jan
27
6:00am - 7:00am
Join us virtually for daily archana every morning at 6 am CT. We chant Amma's 108 names, the Thousand Names (Lalitha Sahasranama), and the Mahisasuramadini Stotram.  Daily Archana Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/240260479 
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Wednesday
Jan
27
6:00pm - 7:30pm
"However much Vedanta we study, without doing sadhana, we cannot experience Reality. That which we seek is within us, but to reach it, we have to do sadhana." ~Amma Join us most evenings for group sadhana. Amma's White Flower Meditation starts at 6:00 pm CT, followed by bhajans at 6:30 pm CT. To... more ›
Thursday
Jan
28
6:00am - 7:00am
Join us virtually for daily archana every morning at 6 am CT. We chant Amma's 108 names, the Thousand Names (Lalitha Sahasranama), and the Mahisasuramadini Stotram.  Daily Archana Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/240260479 
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Thursday
Jan
28
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Amma says the Bhagavad Gita is a celestial song that awakens the sleeping soul. Join us for a virtual Bhagavad Gita class with Swami Shantamritananda Puri every week on Thursdays at 7 pm CT. This live program will be broadcast on the MA Center Chicago YouTube Channel:... more ›
Friday
Jan
29
6:00am - 7:00am
Join us virtually for daily archana every morning at 6 am CT. We chant Amma's 108 names, the Thousand Names (Lalitha Sahasranama), and the Mahisasuramadini Stotram.  Daily Archana Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/240260479 
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Our daily spiritual practices include:

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 6:00 pm

EVENING BHAJANS
Daily* at 6:30 pm

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

*Note: On Thursdays, we have a Bhagavad Gita class with Swami Shantamritananda Puri instead of daily bhajans. On Saturdays, bhajans and group meditation are part of the regular Saturday program. There is no morning archana on the mornings when Amma broadcasts from Amritapuri.