Please revise the 1st sloka of Chapter 2 of the Gita. Below are 2 links that have the verses of Chapter 2.
We continued with Alphabet Safari and did the Alphabet L which stands for Love. Children started off by solving a picture puzzle to identify the word Love. They listed all the people whom they love. We discussed how Lord Krishna topped the list as he gives us everything we need even without asking. The list included their parents, siblings, teachers (including Balavihar teacher) and friends. They listened to the story of little Johnny. Once there lived a teacher who loved all her students. On her birthday the children brought her lots of presents to show their love – all but Johnny. Johnny was very poor and so could not afford to buy her a gift. He felt very sad but his loving teacher understood this. At the end of the day, she announced to the class,’ Dear children thank you all but the best gift I received was from Johnny’. All the children including Johnny were surprised. ‘Yes’, she continued, ‘Johnny listens to me and obeys me always. He does his homework every day and also helps his friends with their work. This is the best gift of love a teacher can have’. The children understood that as children they show their love by behaving as good children.
Homework: To complete the colouring sheet; learn the second line of the pledge and revise daily slokas.
We started our class by writing the 4-step Om and practising the Hanuman dhyana mantra. Then the children talked about the value of Kindness and what they learnt from the story of the lion and the servant who removed the thorn from the lion’s paw. We talked about how, like a ripple in the water and the echo in the valley, an act of kindness gets bigger and spreads everywhere. Kindness should be in our thoughts, actions and our speech as well. Kindness or politeness in words is like Hanuman’s quality of eloquence (vak patutvam) – when He talked, it was like diamonds falling out of his mouth! We also played a silly “Copy Cat’ game where the teacher did an action and instructed children to follow something else. The children were meant to use their intellect to follow the teacher’s instructions and not copy her action. It was hard initially, but after a few practice rounds, we got there!
Homework: To practise random acts of kindness during the week. Also, to practise the Hanuman dhyana mantra by saying it before bed-time daily.
Buddhir Balam Yasho Dhairyam Nir Bhayatvam Arogata Ajatyam Vak Patutvam Cha Hanumat Smaranat Bhavet
By remembering Hanuman, one can gain intelligence, strength, fame, courage, fearlessness, good health, alertness, and eloquence.
Senior BV/Junior JCs:
In class we discussed how our 5 senses and our body, mind and intellect are all our gifts, but we tend to forget about this. We heard a story of how a man wanted to commit to suicide as his business had failed leading to him becoming frustrated and irritable with his wife, kids and friends. He was complaining all the time. When a Swami saw him trying to jump off a bridge, he requested the man to give his eyes to him for 20000$ since he was going to die anyway! Similarly he was offered money for each of his hands, legs, etc and needless to say he did not commit suicide and starting being thankful and using his gifts to rebuild his life. What we have a gift from God and what we do with what we have is our gift to God! They watched the following film on Gratitude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4115qFsdWKQ. The children then did an activity in which they had to write complements anonymously for one of the other students in class. They realised that what you appreciate, APPRECIATES!-what that means is that when you appreciate the things you already have, you invite more of that into your life.
Homework: To express gratitude for at least 5 specific things that happened to you during the week.
In class we continued with chapter 24 of Kindle Life. We discussed answers to 5 questions to help understand the meaning of purpose of our life:
- Who are you? We spoke about how it is important not to let labels define who we are but that we define the label. For example in high school we are quick to judge the popular or the sporty group without knowing who they are. Or there are many people with the same name in this world but each is unique because the name doesn’t define us, we define the name.
- What do you do? Being a student at this age is our no.1 priority but most of all it is important to give 100% in everything we do and make sure each day we are improving ourselves.
- Who do you do it for? Family, friends. Nothing in your life is just for you. It is important to have the attitude to help others. Try and use your skills and passions to help impact other peoples’ life.
- What do they need? They need you to have the mentality of helping others and putting 100% into everything you do.
- How does what you do change them? Each individual has the capability to change someone’s life and inspire them without even knowing.
As noted above, 3 of the 5 questions focus on others and not yourself- Always be outward thinking and not inward thinking to achieve your maximum potential while having positive impact on others.
As mentioned in our Chinmaya mission motto, we should aim to give maximum happiness to the maximum number of people for the maximum amount of time.
Sadhana: think about some passions and skills and how you can use them to help the community e.g. volunteering.
One family from Brisbane attended the 24th Gurudev Mahasamadhi Aradhana Camp that was conducted at Chicago from 29th July – 3rd August. This Sunday, the adult study group heard a detailed account of the blissful camp experiences of the attendees. Another member of the adult study group who had attended a ladies’ retreat at Noosa with Swami Shrikarananda from 28th – 30th July also shared her uplifting experiences at the retreat. We then moved on to revise Verse 35 of Chapter 10 wherein the Lord declares that among hymns, He is the Brihat Saman (the most difficult and complicated of the songs of the Sama Veda); among metres, He is Gayatri (considered the most divine and extremely powerful); of the months, He is Margashirsha (Dec – Jan) – the most pleasant months in the year in India; and of the seasons, He is the colourful and fragrant Spring.
Sadhana: To reflect upon Mukhya Swamiji’s Aradhana Day message and try and live it moment to moment – “If Geeta is Mother, then Ishavasya Upanishad is the mother which has sown Geeta. And Gurudev not only taught Geeta, but lived it. Gurudev’s life is a living testament of the words of the Bhagavad Geeta and Ishavasya Upanishad. His Mission, that He has extended off of Himself, is also based on these teachings of the Geeta and Ishavasya Upanishad. Once we are into the Mission – His Mission, we have to live it. Thus, His legacy continues…..”