Weekly Summary for 10th September 2017

Weekly Summary for 10th September 2017

Please revise the 1st 4 slokas of Chapter 2 of the Gita. Below are 2 links that have the verses of Chapter 2. http://www.hinduliterature.org/english/scriptures/srimad_bhagawad_gita_chapter_2.php http://www.sanskritweb.net/sansdocs/gita-big.pdf
Introductory Balavihar:
In class we continued with N for Nobility. We learnt about noble people, prominent among them being Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi. We learnt to identify them using photographs. We discussed about how Mother Teresa had led a noble life by helping the poor and needy all her life. We then listened to a story from the life of Mahatma Gandhiji, the Father of India. Once when Gandhiji was boarding a train, one of his shoes accidentally slipped off and fell on the tracks. He could not retrieve it as the train started moving. Immediately Gandhiji took his other shoe off and threw it down. Surprised at this, people around him asked why he did so. Gandhiji simply answered them smiling, ‘ A poor man who finds the shoes now can use them as he will have a pair’. Such noble deeds of Gandhiji and his big heart to always help others led to him being called the Mahatma.
Homework: To revise and by-heart the 2nd line of the pledge. The revise the daily slokas recited before meditation.
Junior Balavihar:
This week, we talked in further detail about Hanuman’s third quality “Yash” or “Yashas” meaning fame. Fame doesn’t come just because one is lucky or by chance, We discussed the traits of famous people – hard work, commitment, working with a kind heart, never giving up/courageous, bringing change, facing obstacles head on, doing the right thing, thinking about the greater good, being an inspiration to others. We also heard the story of courage and discipline about a thief named Ratnaakar, who stole from travellers passing through the forest, to provide for his family. One day, Narada whose only possession was the veena (a musical instrument), was passing through the forest. When Ratnaakar asked him to surrender what he had, Narada gave away his veena but questioned Ratnaakar, the reason for his act of stealing, and whether his family would partake in his sins just as they partook in the stolen items. Ratnaakar was confident that they did, but, in turn asked his dear wife and children. They did not agree to share in his sins or acts of stealing. Ratnaakar realised his mistake and wanted to make amends. Narada asked him to sit under a tree, chanting Rama’s name until Narada returned, which Ratnaakar dutifully did. Many years later, on Narada’s return, he found Ratnaakar covered in an anthill, still deep in meditation. So, Narada named him “Valmiki” (meaning anthill) – yes, the same person who later went on to write the Ramayana! We also did an activity to sort various types of seeds in a set time. The essence of this was, to get rid of our bad habits, we need to identify them, separate them and then slowly get rid of them by repeating to do good. Also, well done to all the children who learnt the dhyana mantra and recited in front of class 🙂
Homework: To find out (ask parents/grandparents or google or phone a friend) what is the significance of the acts of knocking our knuckles to our forehead and touching our ears during prayer. To practise Hanuman dhyana mantra by saying it thrice daily at bed time. To revise Pledge daily.
Senior JCs:
In class we discussed answers to who we are, what we do, who we do we perform action for and how does what we do impact others. Through our discussion we understood that we are not just our name but our personalities are shaped by a combination of our actions and thoughts and those of others. We live and function in an interdependent society and our role in it is to do our best. One does his best when he performs action to the best of his knowledge and doesn’t slack away from hard work. Although results are a consequence of our actions, there are other factors that determine the results. We do not have complete control over them which is why when we perform action we should do our in the moment so that even if the results are not as anticipated
we can be sure that we have given it our full potential. We perform action both for ourselves and for others because as previously pointed out we live in a society and our lives have an impact on others.
Adults:
This week we listened to and discussed the last two verses of Chapter 10, Verses 41 and 42. Krishna, in order to help Arjuna recognise the Glory of the Lord in all things of the world, once again explains that He is present in all names and forms and all that is seen in the world is an expression of the Lord’s own Splendour. And despite giving many examples, it is impossible to show the presence of the Infinite in every object of the world, similar to how it is impossible for the pot maker to show the mud in all the existing mud pots in the world. Krishna then declares that He supports the entire world and does it with only a portion of his entire Self. There are vast portions of the Self that are not contaminated by the disturbances that result in this world-just as when a thought arises in the mind, there is a large portion of the brain that is not affected by that thought. We have completed

Chapter 10 and will start Chapter 11 next term.

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