1) The pdf document of the slokas of Chapter 15 of the Geeta can be found here in this link –Geeta Chapter 15 slokas. Please learn verses 1 to 5 for class next Sunday.
2) Chinmaya Balavihar children will be performing at the TAQ Diwali function on 5th November. Practice for our devotional dance is continuing to ramp up.
3) The ‘My Prayers’ book is now in stock and all BalGeeta Chapter 15 slokasavihar children are encouraged to have a copy. This book comes with a CD of bhajans that we learn in class. Please contact Suresh on 0434 309 817 if you would like to procure a copy.
Kindy and Junior Balavihar:
Children learnt a beautiful Ganesha bhajan. As there were a few new faces in the class, we revised the Ramayana story and tracked the incidents and path of Rama right from Ayodhya to Kishkindha on a map of India. Then, continuing on from the story, the children did a brain-storming activity of how the monkey army could get to Sita across the ocean, with no planes or trains or cars in those days. They came up with some very innovative ideas like using logs as transport, swinging on trees or taking a bucket and emptying the ocean water! However, all this would only take them this far, so they once again pinned their hopes on Hanuman. Each of them reminded Hanuman of what He could do that could get Him across – increase in size, fly, have divine powers. Hanuman prayed to Rama and all the forces and set on His mighty journey across the ocean. On His way, Menaka, a celestial being, offered Him a place to rest before continuing on, but Hanuman was so true to His purpose that He did not stop and went on until He got to Lanka and the tree under which Mother Sita was sitting. The children also practised the Chinmaya Pledge.
Their homework is: Practise the Ganesha bhajan and Pledge. During the week, if a difficult situation arises, say “Jai Hanuman” thrice and continue focussing on completing the task, like Hanuman did in our story.
Jaya Ganesha Jaya Ganesha Jaya Ganesha Paahi Maam
Jaya Ganesha Jaya Ganesha Jaya Ganesha Raksha Maam
Jaya Ganesha Paahi Maam Jaya Ganesha Raksha Maam (2)
Jaya Ganesha Raksha Maam (3)
The 8th teacher was the Pigeon. The children heard a short story: Once 3 baby pigeons were caught in a hunter’s net when their parents had gone out to get food. On seeing her babies in distress, the mother pigeon just jumped into the net and was also caught. The father pigeon was in utter despair and saw no point in living if his family was gone, so he jumped in too!! Hence, too much attachment led to the demise of the pigeons as they could not take proper decisions. The children then did an activity in which they had to determine contents of a picture. They could not see clearly when it was held very close to the eyes (under the eyes) or even when held too far; it was clear only when held at the perfect distance. Similarly in life, when we are too close and attached to objects, people or situations, we cannot see things clearly and take wrong decisions leading to misery. When we are too far, we really don’t care and do not have adequate information to take correct decisions. Only when we are at the perfect distance, we have the right perspective enabling us to take right decisions, leading to happiness. Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. They also learnt that detachment from the world of objects is not possible without attaching to something nobler – we will discuss this further, next week.
Their homework is: Share with friends and family what you learnt; complete the word search about Pigeon.
There are two kinds of noises / disturbances – one comes from the external world of temporary objects and the other is the incessant flow of our own thoughts (vasanas / likes and dislikes). To attain infinite tranquility, we have to learn to deal with both kinds of noises so that we are not disturbed by them. We do not have control over the external environment. We cannot force it to quieten down. However, we have control over our own minds and thoughts and we can shape these so that they do not cause disturbance to us. Following an in-depth discussion, we agreed that the first step in this direction is to have conviction in the knowledge that external objects cause emotions which are temporary.
Sadhana for the week: Spend 10 minutes per day (preferably at the end of the day) in a space of least interaction with external distractions and reflect upon the knowledge that external objects cause temporary emotions. During this exercise, recall events that happened during the day and connect the above knowledge to the memory of the event.
This week, we once again listened to the Introduction and Verse 1 of Chapter 10. We learnt that the causes for many problems in life are man-made and are created unconsciously by our upset mind. The world in itself is a peaceful and beautiful place without any problems. The mind loses its vital energy in regrets of the past, excitements of the present and anxieties for the future. Instead of wasting our mind’s energy in the outside world, we must learn to concentrate on the spirit of consciousness, the touch of life, the divinity in us, through various meditation techniques. To have success in any field in this world, we need to train our mind to concentrate. We can get total joy by concentrating on what we are doing. We also learnt that for any creation to take place, we need three things – Material Cause, Instrumental Cause and the Efficient Cause. God, being the source or the touch of reality in every one of us, is both the Material and the Efficient cause. We must become the Instrumental cause and allow Him to work through us.
Sadhana for the week: Constantly remember that we are only an instrument in His hands. Try to become the hollow instrument through which the Lord can play His notes.