THE TITI MOVEMENT
The vision is Transformation of a vast, vivid and vivacious nation. INDIA. Yes, India is in for a transformation. But how?
We are not doing something like building new airways or amending old laws! In fact we are doing something so potentially powerful that it almost bears in itself the inspired enthusiasm of a spark of fire. It has the power to ignite millions of minds, kindle magnanimous transformations, and set a ablaze a fire that can sweep through the nation and make it a new, a different, a Transformed India. We are only transforming Indians.
A nation’s true transformation depends entirely on its people. Hence our call to the nation is most direct:
“If Indians transform to become physically fit, emotionally strong, intellectually refined, culturally rooted, actively patriotic and spiritually uplifted with the vision of universal oneness, India will be revitalized. Indians will not only gain at a personal level, but will be positive contributors to the society and the world at large” says Swami Mitrananda, the conceiver of the movement and a Director of All India Chinmaya Yuva Kendra, the Youth wing of Chinmaya Mission.
Why Transform Nation?
A nation with a magnificent past, India is notable on the world map today as the largest and most vibrant democracy, and a nation experiencing rapid economic development. India is sought-after for her cultural and spiritual depth, geographic and cultural diversity from snow-dusted mountains to sun-washed beaches, tranquil temples to feisty festivals, lantern-lit villages to software-supremo cities, it’s hardly surprising that this country has been dubbed the world’s most multidimensional.
In spite of this,
▪ India today is said to be the suicide capital of the world. The study done by Lancet shows that India contributed to 1, 87,000 deaths out of the total 9, 00,000 suicide deaths across the world in the year 2010.
▪ The youth of our country lack the strength to face challenging situations in life. In a country where 75% of the population is below 31 years of age, the youth are failing to get a strong foothold in finding their self worth and are unable to put skill into action due to their inability of going into details.
▪ 23% of senior citizens do not live with their children* in our country. Lack of quality time spent amongst family members, rapid increase in divorce rates are all contributors to the dwindling of family system in the country.
▪ Our civic sense seems to lack sensitivity to environmental conditions prevailing in our own country. Litter and effluence spill and fill our roads and waterways. Our traffic sense is unique only to our nation. So much so it drives fear into any visitor. Why? The questions can go on.
A cause is needed to help Indians converge and fight together as a nation. Rare ones emerge on whose call the country comes together for a cause.
Indians time and again prove their intelligence and efficiency beyond doubt, and yet we find that when it comes to life skills, we lack in handling personal problems and the best in us does not come forth.
At Chinmaya Mission we believe in working at the cause level. The endeavor Transforming Indians to Transform India is to sow seeds enabling individual transformation, which will lead to transformation of India and eventually world redemption. It is common knowledge that a chain is as strong as its weakest link and therefore the awakening, nurturing and transforming process is not really one of choice rather; it is most urgent and important. A three year long project that would be conducted in three phases reaching out to as many Indians as possible, the project would have national level reach and is our little step towards sparking off the light for the change we would all like to see in our country.
THE TWO PHASED PROJECT:
1. Phase I: Transforming Indians to Transform India Quiz:
A National Level Quiz.
A book titled “Transforming Indians to Transform India” (TITI) which comprises of 7 short stories was given to every participant. The book Transforming Indians to Transform India is compilation of 7 short stories which explore seven different dimensions of the human personality. The first three stories delve into the physical, emotional and intellectual aspects of the individual person, empowering him to grow into a well-balanced human being. The next three stories expound on patriotism, culture and spirituality – qualities that characterize a civilized person and an advanced nation. The final story bestows a universal outlook on the reader, transforming him into a truly cosmic citizen. This book is an anthology of sophisticated ideas, practical tools and thought-provoking moments.
Expected reach was 30 lakh individuals.
Target participation was 5 lakh individuals.
The quiz had three levels:
✔ District Level Qualifying rounds(two) & Finals
✔ State Level Qualifying round & Final
✔ National Level Qualifying round & Final
2. Phase II: Transforming Indians to Transform India Seminars:
Two seminars in each district of India in the year 2014.
Topic: ‘Transforming Indians to Transform India’.
Seminars will be conducted for students in schools and college as well as general public.
Seminars will be conducted in English and regional languages.
Occasion & Vision behind organising the National Quiz:
Chinmaya Mission celebrate
Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji’s Birth Centenary Year between 8th May 2015 and 8th May 2016. Swami Chinmayanandaji was the founder of Chinmaya Mission, a worldwide spiritual organisation engaged in various activities for human development. Swamiji was a visionary and a great leader who transformed the lives of lakhs of people all over the world. Chinmaya Mission is presently working in more than 300 centres across the world in 27 countries with thousands of dedicated full time monks (called as Acharyas) and innumerable Sevaks and Sevikas. It has various wings of service for all age-groups of people.
As part of these celebrations Chinmaya Mission envisaged a three year movement – “Transforming Indians to Transform India”.
Chinmaya Mission has been working in the field of human education resulting into Transforming lives of many with the motto “Giving Maximum Happiness to Maximum people for Maximum time” as given by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji. Therefore, to hold programmes at the national level which would pioneer a process of transformation in a small way in the country is the need of the hour.
Hence, a National Movement and Quiz “Transforming Indians to Transform India”
Transforming Indians to Transform India is a MOVEMENT and not an EVENT: -
An event is a onetime activity or a programme. Events create a temporary impact. There is no guarantee that a temporary impact would bring necessary boost to anyone or anything unless it is converted into a movement. In case of an event, the onus of responsibility for change lies solely on an individual. In case of a Movement, it is a concerted repeated effort of a group or an organisation to help individuals in concretizing the steps for change and harnessing the necessary boost for growth and prosperity.
A onetime event is easily forgotten but a movement is remembered. It is like an engine with extra thrust. It is therefore to consolidate the efforts that we want to make this as a Movement not just an Event!
The National organizing Team of Transforming Indians to Transform India is backed by unflinching commitment to the growth and prosperity of the Nation through the growth and prosperity of the Individuals. Drawing from the great Vision of Swami Chinmayanandaji, who tirelessly worked for the all-round growth of the individuals all over the world, we designed this National Movement and Quiz.
Swami Chinmayanandaji would often say ‘You change, the world around you will change’. He also emphasised on the need of right kind of education that transforms the Individual. Swamiji inspired scores of people towork for the society by providing vision and enough wisdom to draw plans for the revival of the country. Nevertheless the impact of Swamiji’s teachings is seen in many, who have become ‘refined’ individuals contributing to the growth of their families, immediate society around and also the organisations that they work for.
Carrying on HIS vision, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayanadaji has been providing the members all over the world consistent motivation to serve selflessly. It is Poojya Guruji who gave shape to the whole programme. Apart from Guruji, it is the Regional Heads of Chinmaya Mission and the monks of Chinmaya Mission who not only encouraged us to go ahead with this programme, but have pledged themselves to work for the success of the Quiz, supported by a strong team of volunteers.
TITI Book Launch at Pune
TITI Book Launch at Sidhbari,Himachal Pradesh
TITI Awareness run during the Mumbai Marathon
TITI Book Launch,CIRS,Coimbatore
VIDYA-DAAN – the highest form of DAAN and also Service to the Nation.
Physical fitness, Emotional maturity, Intellectual clarity, Spiritual depth, Cultural pride, Patriotic Dynamism & Universal Oneness are the need of the hour to empower the youth and our country. Chinmaya Mission has been conducting workshops on these 7 levels of Transformation in schools, colleges, educational institutions. The workshops are done absolutely FREE. Our trainers go to the institution, conduct the workshop, distribute the Transforming Indians to Transform India book to the students. If you would like to support us in this noble cause, please sponsor Rs.100/- per student. It includes the cost of the book, a band with a slogan – My Transformation Transforms the Nation, handouts that are distributed for activities, trainers’ travelling and other costs.
Eg. If you like to sponsor for 10 students, you can sponsor Rs.1000/- We need sponsorship for 30,000 books which we intend to distribute through our workshops.
For details of workshops you can visit the workshops section You can also contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Please pass on this message to anyone interested in the cause of education
Salonee Jain & Family from Mumbai
J P Chauhan & Family from Meerut
Transforming Indians to Transform India (TITI) – National Finals – 15th Aug. 2013
Date: 15th August 2013
Event: TITI first phase closure – TITI National Quiz Grand Finale
Pre-event: Zonal Semi-finals and Finals on 14th August
Venue: Chinmaya Vibhooti
Zonal Semifinals – Participants:4 zones – 10 teams (of 3 family members) of each zone=> 40 teams.
Zonal Finals – 4 teams from each zone compete with each other
National Finals – 1 team from each zone reaches National Finals.
The morning of 15th August 2013, dawned with cries of “Bharat Maataa ki Jai” and children waving miniature flags as they marched to school in Kolwan village. For those gathered on the occasion of the 66th Independence Day at Chinmaya Vibhooti, the day was full of promises of a brighter tomorrow. Everyone gathered around the flag pole, stood at attention and sang the national anthem, pride reflecting in their stance as Pujya Guruji, Swami Tejomayanandaji unfurled the tri-colour.
Two days prior to this, 40 teams comprising of 3 family members each, had travelled from across India, to this little known, quiet, village surrounded by the rain soaked greenery of the Sahayadri mountains, located about 25kms outside of Pune. They had come a long way indeed, the sole purpose of participating in the national quiz ‘Transforming Indians to Transform India’ (TITI), a Chinmaya Mission initiative. The 3 year project had been launched a year ago on 15th August 2012 with the launch of the book ‘Transforming Indians to Transform India’. The 1st phase of the project was to reach out to as many people as possible with the book, registering them for the nation-wide quiz. Thus inspired by the Vision, the book and motivated by the lofty goal which spoke for itself – a core team of about 500+ volunteers from local Chinmaya Mission centres across India put in efforts to register people for the quiz based on the contents of the book TITI. About 20 lakh people were reached out and around 2.35 lakh people registered for the quiz. Around 20,000 people participated in the first round of the quiz which ended on 31st March 2013. The second round was conducted on 12th May 2013. 10 teams from each zone were selected for the zonal semi-finals at Chinmaya Vibhooti. Accordingly 40 teams had qualified to the Zonal Semi-final round of the quiz.
On 14th August, the Zonal Semi-finals were held with 5 teams of each zone competing with each other in oral quizzing held simultaneously at 8 different venues in Chinmaya Vibhooti. It was a competitive yet enjoyable experience with 5 rounds of questioning including a physical activity round. Finally with the neck-to-neck competition 16 teams (4 teams from each Zone) made it to the Zonal Finals and of the 4 teams from each zone – 1 team from each Zone made it to the Grand Finale on 15th August.
The quiz master for the Grand Finale was Shri. Vivek Krishnani, who with his wit and presence of mind kept the teams and the audience at ease, though the competition was so tough that everyone were sitting at the edge of their seats.
The winners of the Grand Finale were:
Position Family and Location Prize
1st place Salonee Jain & Family from Mumbai Car and cash prize of Rs.2 lakhs
2nd place J P Chauhan & Family from Meerut Car and cash prize of Rs.1.5 lakhs
3rd place Nikhilesh V Kapadia & Family from Kolkata Car and cash prize of Rs.1 lakh
4th place Arpita Dash & Family from Chennai Cash prize of Rs.50,000/-
The finals were witnessed by all 40 teams, Chyk volunteers, Yuvaveers, Chinmaya Mission members, in the presence of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji, AICHYK Directors – Swami Mitrananda, Swami Chidrupananda, Swami Chaitanyananda and Swami Swatmananda. During the prize-distribution ceremony, Pujya Guruji applauded the initiative and the efforts put in by the AICHYK team under the guidance of the Directors.
What was most heartening to see was the camaraderie between teams despite the competition and sportive spirit with which each team cheered the other. Through-out fair play was encouraged and one could see that the teams had tried their level best be it answering the tough questions with alertness, or blowing balloons or balancing themselves on one foot in Tadasana pose – young or old alike participated with enthusiasm. Everyone applauded the work of the organisers and especially the Transforming Indians to Transform India core-team of All India CHYK members, Acharyas & Volunteers. Participants appreciated the book TITI and said that the book had indeed sown the seeds of Transformation in them and their family members. This in itself is rewarding.
Now that the first phase of the TITI project has concluded successfully, the AICHYK team is gearing up for the 2ndphase comprising of seminars based on the Transforming Indians to Transform India. The seminars will be conducted for students in schools and colleges as well as general public in English and regional languages. The 2nd phase was flagged off at the National Youth Convention iTransform held at Chinmaya Vibhooti Kolwan from 9th to 13th October 2013. Thus the transformation continues.