MA Center Chicago (MACC)

Yajna Bhava - A Weekend Retreat with Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya

Yajna Bhava - A Weekend Retreat with Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
May 25, 2019 9:30am to May 27, 2019 2:00pm (ended)

YAJNA BHAVA – Spirit of Sacred Offering

A Memorial Day weekend retreat with Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya at MA Center Chicago
Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27, 2019

The concept of sacred offering is one familiar to all spiritual traditions, and it holds an especially important place in both Amma's teachings as well as India's scriptures, where it is called yajna bhava. During this weekend retreat, we will be diving into the deeper aspects of this notion, as well as learning how to incorporate this spirit of sacred offering in our daily lives. For planning purposes, pre-registration is kindly requested. Onsite registration will be available for last-minute participants.

Important: Bring warm work clothes suitable for farm work outdoors – durable work gloves are a must!

  • Adults (over 25) $60 for the retreat and 2 nights' dorm style onsite accommodation; $40 without accommodation (includes meals and refreshments)
  • Youths (18-24) $30 for the retreat and 2 nights' dorm style onsite accommodation; $20 without accommodation (includes meals and refreshments)
  • Children (8 - 17) $15 for the retreat and 2 nights' dorm style onsite accommodation; $10 without accommodation (includes meals and refreshments). Children under 8 attend for free.
  • Family Packages (2 adults and 2 youth) $155 for the retreat and 2 nights' dorm style onsite accommodation; $125 for 2 adults and 1 youth (includes meals and refreshments)

Mode of Payment: PayPal or personal check made out to: MA Center Chicago, with ‘Yajna Bhava’ noted. Click here to pay for Yajna Bhava Retreat.  Please forward PayPal receipt to chicago@macenters.org. If paying by check, mail to: MA Center Chicago, 4W501 Keslinger Rd, Elburn, IL 60119, Attn: MACC Yajna Bhava.

Learn more..Click here for Yajna Bhava event flyer

Retreat Schedule:

Saturday

9:30-10:00 - Registration
10:00-10.30 – Introductory talk by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya on the divine nature of seva
10:30-12:30 - SEVA
12:30-1:15 – Lunch 
1:15-1:30 - Short talk by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
1:30-4:00 - SEVA
4:00-4:30 – Tea/Snacks
4:30-5:00 - Break
5:00-6:00 - Archana
6:00-6:45 - Satsang talk on the Spirit of Sacred Offering by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
6:45-7:45 – Bhajans
7:45-8:15 – Arati, Meditation, Prasadam
8:15-9:15 - Dinner
9:15-9:30 - Debrief for the day/preparatory remarks for Sunday

Sunday

6:00-7:00 – Archana
7:00-7:15 – Ayi Giri Nandini
7:15-7:45 - Tea
7:45-8:30 - IAM (meditation session)
8:30-9:15 – Breakfast
9:15-9:45 – Short talk by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
9:45-12:30 - SEVA
12:30-1:15 – Lunch
1:15-1:30 - Short talk by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
1:30-4:00 - SEVA
4:00-4:30 – Tea/Snacks
4:30-5:00 - Break
5:00-7:00 - Seva
7:00-8:30 – Gita Class, Q&A
8:30-8:45 – Arati, Meditation, Prasadam
8:45-9:30 - Dinner

Monday

6:00-7:00 – Archana
7:00-7:15 – Ayi Giri Nandini
7:15-7:45 - Tea
7:45-8:30 - IAM (meditation session)
8:30-9:15 – Breakfast
9:15-9:45 – Short talk by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya
9:45-12:30 - SEVA
12:30-1:30 – Lunch
1:30-2:00 – Closing talk by Br. Shantamrita Chaitanya

Friday
May
29
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
May
30
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
May
30
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
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 ›

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.