Includes announcements, class summary for Kindy, Junior and Senior Balvihar, Junior CHYKs and Adult classes and their homeworks.
1) Wednesday the 3rd of August is the day when Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda attained Mahasamadhi. This year, on this day, with the blessings of Gurudev, the revamped and redeveloped website for Chinmaya Mission Australia (including Brisbane), will be officially launched.
2) Please note that the Chinmaya Mission Brisbane Annual Family Retreat will be held from 16th–18th September 2016.
3) A gentle reminder that term fees are due by the second week of term.
Kindy and Junior Balavihar
We continued with the Ramayana story. Ravana took away Sita in his aerial chariot. Sita cried and tried to let away from Ravana, and kept giving him “satsang” about the good a powerful king like him should do. But, to no avail. Sita asked the plants and animals below for help, as they looked up helplessly. Hearing the commotion, the king of eagles, Jatayu approached Ravana to stop him. Ravana would not listen, so Jatayu held the chariot tight with the span of his wings to save Sita. Evil Ravana cut off Jatayu’s wings and they all fell to the ground. Sita, now all the more sad, patted Jatayu. Leaving Jatayu in that state, Ravana once again pulled away Sita and proceeded on his aerial chariot to his kingdom of Lanka. Sita kept her calm amidst trouble and kept dropping her belongings one-by-one to mark a path for her beloved Rama to be able to find her. The children learnt from Jatayu to be a friend in need and from Sita, that clarity of mind amidst trouble comes from keeping calm. We also discussed how each of our names has a special meaning and how being true to the value in our name is something easy and natural to do and helps shape our destiny.
Their homework is: To sit down and colour beautifully the Om-Ganesha colouring sheet on 3rd August (Wednesday), Gurudev’s samadhi day, and dedicate our task to our beloved Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. While colouring, say “Om shree chinmaya sadgurave namah” 9 times.
Our fourth teacher WATER teaches us to be * Pure (pure-hearted, kind, honest), * Cool (good nature and personality) and refreshing (cleanse and revive by good thoughts, actions and words). We reinforced these concepts by an activity in which each student listed at least 3 bad habits/tendencies that they possess which they think makes them dirty (figuratively!) on separate pieces of paper. Then each student randomly picked up one piece of paper and the whole class gave suggestions on how that bad habit/tendency could be washed off. One of them included stage fright which could be counteracted by courage, faith, hope and looking at top of people’s heads instead of at them while performing on stage! Another example was inability to get up early in the mornings to which the suggestions were to try to understand advantages and reasons for doing so and then to “Just Do It!! Our speech and words should also be such that they make others feel happy and fresh instead of dull and dirty! Water teaches us that speech is a great gift and we should use it wisely which was reinforced by the second activity. In the magnetic darts game- one can concentrate, take aim and throw the dart. But once the dart is out of your hand, you cannot control the consequences. Hence, one must think before we speak (and act) as once the words come out of our mouth, we cannot control the consequences. Many friendships and relationships can get ruined due to use of wrong words!
Their homework is: To share with friends and family what “Water” teaches us; To discuss and reflect on the activities done in class.
In continuation with our discussion of how ‘True religion can help us understand the world and ourselves’, we used multiple examples, of how some people find chocolate sweet while others find it bitter and how people see colours differently, to fully understand that no two people see the tangible world around them in the same way. As such the world has no definition and what one sees/interprets exists within one’s mind. Religion is a set of guidelines that can help integrate the body, mind and intellect. Using various examples, of how in almost all fields we need to have theoretical and practical understanding of the subject to be called experts, we concluded that it is imperative that religion consist of both theory/philosophy as well as practical exercises/rituals.
Sadhana for the week: To pick one activity (with logic/understanding behind it) that you can perform everyday with discipline through this week.
This week we listened to, read through and discussed Gurudev’s commentary on Verse 33 of Chapter 9. Through this verse, the Lord very emphatically points out to Arjuna that if the wicked, the sinful or those with psychological and intellectual debilities can also attain the Supreme with single-pointed devotion, then how much more easier and natural would it be for one with a pure mind, a large heart and a clear head. In this world constituted of objects, instruments and mental moods, joys are impermanent and transient and nothing but the Infinite can satisfy any intelligent person, totally. Krishna therefore advises Arjuna to constantly engage himself in the worship of the Self and affirms that for a heart that is free from weaknesses and which is full of poise and understanding, success is easy and natural.
Sadhana for the week: To be conscious at all times that your body, mind and intellect are not your possessions but His instruments in your custody. Endeavour at all times to look after His instruments well and always put them to right / good use.