- Please revise the 1st 15 slokas of Chapter 2 of the Gita. Below are 2 links that have the verses of Chapter 2
In class we continued with the letter W in Alphabet Safari which stands for Work. Children listened to the story of the ant and the grasshopper. Once there was an ant and a grasshopper that lived happily and played together. When autumn came the ant started spending time working hard to get food and carrying it home under the ground to store for the winter. The grasshopper was annoyed at this and wanted the ant to play and have fun like him. When winter came the ant was very comfortable at home while the grasshopper was hungry and miserable as he had not saved any food. His house was frozen and he went to the ant for help. The ant kindly accepted his friend and fed him. Children learnt the importance of hard work and that we must work hard in order to play and enjoy. They also shared what their dreams were as they grew up and learnt that they could achieve their dreams only through hard work.
Homework: To complete the colouring sheet; To continue learning the pledge.
Sri Hanuman -The Divine Messenger of Lord Rama.
In Memory Time, Children learned the 2nd Caupai of Hanuman chalisa and its meaning.
‘Ramdoot atulit baladhama
Anjaani-putra Pavansuta nama.’
Meaning of the verse: You are the messenger of Sri Rama, an abode of incomparable strength, the son of Anjana also popular known with the name of Pavanasuta(son of Wind God).
In class, we discussed the qualities of a good messenger. A good messenger is the one who promptly delivers the right message, to the right person, at the right time. A messenger should not be lazy and should deliver the message with brevity and clarity. During Story Time, Children listened to the story of how Mother Anjana turned her curse into a boon. When the sage cursed Punjisthala (Apsara before she was born as Anjana), she apologized profusely and then prayed to Lord Siva with her full heart. Her virtuous deeds ultimately turned the curse into a boon and she got a son like Hanumanji. Therefore, whenever we do mistakes, we should remember Mother Anjana’s story of how she turned her curse into a boon and did good deeds to counteract the mistake.
Homework: Learn the Caupai (2), share the story ‘Curse or a Boon’ with parents and share the fact that Hanuman Chalisa is composed in Avadhi language and is spoken in Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) the birth place of Lord Sri Rama.
The children shared how they have been trying to start good chain reactions by smiling, helping others, being kind, compassionate, etc. We finished revising the Dashavatars today. God takes an avatar (which means ‘coming down’) to destroy evil, protect the good people and/or to teach us something. The first avatar was as a fish- Matsya Avatar to destroy evil and saved the Vedas; second avatar is the Kurma avatar- he took the form of a giant tortoise to support Mount Manduka (symbolises our Efforts in life), whenever we feel dejected or sad despite our best efforts, we need to think about Kurma avatar and Have Faith in God that he will raise us and take care of us. Third avatar we discussed today is Varaha avatar (Boar) who saved the Earth from Hiranyaksha who was abusing and destroying Earth- then we discussed ways how we could save the Earth (by planting trees, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle). We also briefly discussed the other avatars, Narsimha, Parshurama, Vamana, Rama, Krishna, Buddha and the 10th avatar which is yet to come- Kalkiavatar. Then we discussed how we could all use our life on Earth to destroy evil, protect good people and help others.
Homework: Continue to start good chain reactions, remember to have Faith in God when we are feeling a bit dejected and to reduce, reuse, recycle and practice other ways to save the Earth. They also need to research about the story and symbolism of Vamana avatar.
We reviewed Chapter 4 on the Joy of Living and Chapter 5 on the Dual Path. We first discussed the topic of happiness. To attain long term happiness, we need our mind to be in a tranquil and calm state. Most of us think happiness comes from the objects around us. We get attached to these objects, but they only give us short term happiness. It is not the object that is giving us happiness, it is merely our perceptions and feelings towards the object that make us think this way. If we detach from all the objects, our mind will be content and we will attain long term happiness. We then learnt that to train our mind to detach, we must have self-control and discipline. We must make good choices and choose the path of shreyas to give us long term happiness rather than choosing the path of preyas, which would only give us short term happiness.
Sadhana: To think of one object that gives us only short term satisfaction and to practice detaching from that object.
This week we finished reading chapter 7 and started on chapter 8. The mind and intellect equipment are common to mankind and are the variable factors amongst us. It is the experiences that attribute to the differences in the type of quality of the mind and intellect equipment amongst different individuals. The mind is the seat of all emotions, feelings and impulses, and is common to all living creatures. The intellect is the discriminating faculty which allows us to distinguish between right and wrong. Religion holds a mirror to our real nature within and provides a way of moderating our emotions and improving morally and spiritually. This helps us to live a more dynamic and happy life.
Sadhana: Whenever you feel like making impulsive decisions, say Shanti 3 times.
This week we studied verses 35, 36 and 37 of Chapter 11. In verse 35 Sanjaya reports to Dhrtarastra.that Arjuna is “trembling and prostrating himself” before Krishna and is “overwhelmed with fear.” Arjuna is also mentioned as the crowned one. Sanjaya is trying to convey to Dhrtarastra that Arjuna will be the victor and the impending disaster which will occur if Dhrarastra continues with the war. However Sanjana’s words have no effect on Dhrtarastra. In verse 36, Arjuan begins to understand the glory and grace of the Lord. Arjuna says of the Lord, “the world delights and rejoices in Thy praise”. The verses can be seen as a kind or renaissance or reawakening of Arjuna. The Self is revealed to Arjuna and he cannot but be overwhelmed. In verse 37, the Lord is seen as the ultimate King, “the Primal Cause even of Brahma”. Lord Krishna is seen as beyond both the Manifest and the Unmanifest. As an example the ring and necklace are both made of gold. Yet gold is not only the ring or the necklace but also which transcends them both.