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 X of the Alphabet Safari. X stands for eXcellence. Excellence is doing something outstandingly well. Children learnt that in order to achieve this, they need to work hard and never give up. They listened to the story of two frogs, one big and the other little that lived in a pond. Their Gran always used to tell, ‘Never go to the milk factory next door as you will get into trouble’. One day they were so bored that they decided to have an adventure and hopped their way to the milk factory. Once inside they heard the loud mooing of cows. In fright they jumped a bit higher and landed in a big bucket of milk. They swam round and round but could not get out. Tired and feeling hopeless, the big frog gave up and drowned in the milk. But the little frog kept working hard and went round and round. Soon magic happened! The milk became more solid and became clumps of butter. The little frog then made one leap out and pulled out with him the big frog who was buried amongst the butter. The little frog taught us that if we have achieve excellence, we need to work hard and never give up.
Homework: To complete colouring; To share the story with family and friends; To revise the pledge.
Hanuman: The Super Hero
In Memory Time, Children learned the 3rd Caupai of Hanuman chalisa and its meaning.
Mahābīra bikrama bajarangī।
kumati nivāra sumati ke sangī
“With a body as strong as a thunderbolt, you are a great warrior of incomparable valours. Do remove my wicked thoughts and grant me the company of the wise”
In class, we discussed what does Vira means, Vira is a man of courage and strength/ the one who displays heroism. There are 5 kinds of Heroism mentioned in our scriptures such as,
- Tyagavira/Dharmavira – One who lives the life of Dharma/Sacrifice (sacrifice for the sake of righteousness.
- Dayavira –Heroism in compassion. One who cannot bear the sorrow of others and will do his/her best to alleviate them.
- Vidhyavira – Heroism in knowledge and learning.
- Danavira –Heroism in charity
- Ranavira –Bravery on the battlefield.
In the world we may find people who have one or two of these qualities; one may be brave in the battle but may lack knowledge (Vidhya) or compassion (Daya). Hanumanji has all 5 qualities hence called Mahavira. Also by praying to Hanumanji we can get rid of the Kumati (negative tendencies and bad thoughts of our mind) and replace it with Sumati (good thoughts).
Homework: Learn the Caupai (3), share the story of kumati and Sumati with parents and write down the bad/ negative thoughts they get throughout the week in the paper provided and bring it back on Sunday.
The children reinforced what they learn at Balavihar classes- learn to have pure mind and heart in order to see God in everyone and everything around us. Learning is in an environment of love and laughter!. Today we discussed how Krishna took birth in Mathura as a child of Devaki and Vasudeva to destroy the evil Kamsa who had been bullying everyone. Krishna came to Earth to destroy evil, protect the good people and teach us. We had the privilege of explaining the story with a real Krishna statue which was obtained from Krishna’s birthplace by one of the BV children. Then we discussed how we could all use our life on Earth to destroy evil, protect good people and help others. The children watched a performance of the song “I was here” on World Humanitarian day held in Aug 2012 to inspire everyone to do something good, no matter how big or small for someone else:
Then the kids shared ideas how we can all try to lead our best life by helping others and making a positive difference in the world!
Homework: Continue to start good chain reactions; Share the video with friends and family.
We discussed last week’s sadhana where we looked at different ways to eliminate some of our desires or things that give us short-term happiness such as food or electronics. We then started reading chapter 4 of Kindle Life which explains the joys of living. Happiness is not outside in the objects, people or circumstances around us but within us. We then had a brainstorming session to share something that has provided us with long-term happiness, e.g., playing sport with their teammates and supporting them, or making their friend happy. Basically, we realised that there is a relationship between the joy or sorrow that we experience and the state of our mind. Agitation leads to sorrow and peace and tranquillity leads to joy. Hence, happiness is measured by the peace of one’s mind.
Sadhana: continue to think about what things in life provide you long-term happiness and how we can continue to experience it.
This week we finished discussing chapter 8 and started with chapter 9. Towards the end of chapter 8, we discussed that just as the river is a flow of water, the mind is defined as a ‘flow of thoughts’. It is the banks of the river that allow a directed flow of the water. When these banks are not stable, the flow of water gets disrupted. Likewise, if our intellect is not stable and determined, the mind will function as it wants. Hence, we will be tossed around by the unpleasant changes of circumstances that come our way. We can lead a peaceful life by applying out intellect in all our daily activities rather than acting upon sudden impulses and feelings. At the start of chapter 9, we discussed that our mind and intellect are shaped by our innate tendencies, experiences, and inclination (vasanas). Our five sense organs take in the stimuli from the external world of objects, which is then processed by the mind and intellect. The mind and intellect then generate a response to these stimuli in the form of actions, which is executed by the five organs of action. It is our vasanas that determine the type of response that is generated in response to the external stimuli. Religion guides us through this process to reach the goal of a perfectly happy and successful life by aiding us in neutralising adverse stimuli, which bring about harmony and melody in existence.
Sadhana: Try not to let your emotions dictate your decisions and actions.
Adult Summary: This week we studied verses 38 and 39 of Chapter 11. In verse 38 it is said the Lord is the “Supreme Refuge of this Universe and the Abode-Supreme of this Universe”. Here the term “Universe” is represented by not just the physical universe but also the totality of the body, mind and intellect. The terms “Abode-Supreme of the Universe” indicates that the Universe itself is an illusion. It is contained within the Lord, a changing system within a changeless Self. The “Universe” is constraint by time and space, whereas the changeless is the true Self. In verse 39, Arjuna reveals that the Lord is the Wind(Vayu), the Destroyer(Yama), the fire(Agni), the Sea God(Varuna), the moon(Sasanka) and the Creator(Prajapati). Arjuna prostrates to the Lord, “Salutations unto You a thousand times”