13th May 2018 Class Summary
- 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 revised the first line of the pledge and understood the meaning of the line as well – We stand as one family bound to each other with love and respect. Children brainstormed what a family meant to them and soon realised that we are all part of the Chinmaya Balavihar family. They listened to the story of the birdcatcher who was very happy when birds flew down to peck on the seeds he had deliberately thrown for them. He quickly threw a net over them & laughed to himself, What a lucky day!’ The birds struggled to fly away in vain. A wise old bird told them not to panic. He said, ‘Let’s try together as united we stand, divided we fall’. So at the count of three, they all screeched together ‘Hari Om!’ and away they flew with the net. Children discussed the meaning of the words, love and respect. Through a little activity using a rope to bind all the children together, the learnt what Gurudev meant by the term, ‘bound to each other with love and respect’. We also made cards for the Mums we love the best.
Homework: To continue revising the pledge; To complete the colouring sheets; To show respect to parents by listening to them and prostrating to them.
We revised Hanuman dhyana mantra and Pledge chanting and tidied up our Chalisa books. On the occasion of Mother’s day, we then completed a “fill in the blanks” sheet in appreciation of our mother and how she makes us feel special, no matter what. We also heard the story of the birth of Hanuman, starting from the time when His mother was an apsara called Punjikastala, who later turned into a monkey due to making fun of a monkey in meditation, and then became an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. We also discussed why Hanuman is called Kesarinandan, Anjaniputra, Anjaneya and Pawanputra. We will continue the story in greater detail next week. The children also made a special pendant and necklace for their lovely mums, to express their gratitude and love.
Homework: To share the story of the birth of Hanuman. To learn first four caupais of Hanuman Chalisa. To say the Chinmaya Pledge daily.
Senior Balavihar/ Junior JCs:
This week the Senior BV and Junior JC children had a combined class. We started by first going through and discussing the homework from last lesson. The children shared how they practised forgiveness. They then filled in a worksheet the instances where they practiced this first virtue of forgiveness that they learnt from Krishna. We also discussed that we must learn and remember to forgive ourselves. Vasudeva left his first wife Rohini and their son with Nanda in Gokula in order to protect them from Kamsa. Vasudeva requested Rishi Garga, the Guru of the Yadavas, to perform the naming ceremony for both the boys. As Kamsa would suspect that the children were not Nanda’s if Garga performed the ceremony, the naming ceremony was done in secret in a goshala (cowshed). Garga named Rohini’s son Balarama – Bala for his extraordinary strength and Rama for his charm and virtue. The younger boy was named Krishna – one with a dark complexion. The boys (specially Krishna) grew up to be naughty and mischievous. Krishna loved butter, yoghurt and milk. In the afternoons, when everyone was resting, Krishna would go into peoples kitchens along with his friends and messily eat all the butter and give the remaining to the monkeys and calves. From this we learnt the second virtue-sharing. On the occasion of Mother’s Day the children reflected and wrote in a sheet what they thought of their Mums.
Homework: To continue to remember to practice forgiveness and to practice Krishna’s quality of sharing and keep track of them.
This week we studied verses 46 and 47 of Chapter 11. In verse 46, Arjuna reiterates his desire to
see Krishna as his former self, “crowned, bearing a mace, with a discus in hand, in Your former form only, having four arms”. Krishna carries in his four arms the mace, the discus, the conch and the lotus. The conch represents the inner conscious, which leads us to the rightful path. The mace and discus represent the instruments which are used to correct our behaviour if we fail to listen to the conch. Finally the lotus is the symbol of spiritual perfection which can be attained if we follow our inner voice. In verse 47, Krishna reveals that Arjuna is the only person to have seen Krishna in His supreme form, in his full Yoga-power. No one else has experienced this universal form.