Please revise the 1st 4 slokas of Chapter 2 of the Gita. Below are 2 links that have the verses of Chapter 2.
This week, we talked about Hanuman’s third quality “Yash” meaning fame. We brainstormed what fame means. Being famous means being popular like an actor, or a sport star or a wrestling champion. Fame is a side effect of hard work and working with a true or kind heart and becoming successful. We talked about some famous people like Gandhiji and Swami Chinmayanandaji (Gurudev as he is lovingly called). Gandhiji, the Father of the nation of India, followed the path of non-violence to achieve India’s independence from the British rule. We also discussed the traits of Pujya Gurudev. He survived in extremely cold conditions in the Himalayas to seek the truth from his spiritual gurus, Swami Sivananda and Tapovanji Maharaj. He spread the knowledge of the Gita in the form of gyana yagnas. He is the Father of Chinmaya Mission. On the occasion of Father’s Day, children also learnt that parents are our first teachers and “Pitro devo bhavah” (Father is like God). We played “tug of war” game, where two children sat down on either end, holding one corner of a scarf, and tugged on it without moving, when the other children said in unison :Jai Bajrang bali”. Some children won by not following instructions, others won because their partners let go off their corner. At the end of the game, the person who had followed all instructions and also focussed on the goal and held the corner steadily, won. He became famous amongst others, as he worked hard to do the right thing, and focus on the required goal.
Homework: To practise hard work and good concentration, by doing required homework daily. To practise Hanuman dhyana mantra by saying it thrice daily at bed time.
This week we completed Chapter 5 on ‘The Dual Path’. We learnt that self-control and discipline are extremely important in everything we do and that we must establish a practical code for healthy living. We talked about how as humans, we drift towards lower tendencies and lower values. For example, the class talked about how when playing video games, we tend to continue to play and forget our responsibilities and do not discipline ourselves with good routines. Continuing to give in to the lower tendencies develops bad habits that become more and more difficult to overcome unless we practise self-control and discipline. There are two distinct paths, the path of pleasant (preyas) and path of the good (sreyas). The path of pleasant is the path that entices us towards these lower tendencies whereas the path of good is based on sound morals established from the religious texts. This is the path we must take to gain long term happiness and a sense of fulfilment.
Sadhana: Write down three low tendencies that you drift towards and how we can change this.
Chapter 10: Verse 40
There is no end to My Divinie Glories, O Parantapa; but; this is but a brief statement by Me of the particulars of My Divine Glories.
So far Lord has given to Arjuna over fifty four instances, wherein the play of the Infinite as recognised through the apparent veils of matter. Krishna says that there is no end to my divine Glories and the instances which are given to Arjuna were only examples. Anyone who has passionately meditated upon these examples, will learn to recognise the Infinite (Self) in all its unending radiance enthroned in the bosom of every finite form.
Sadhana: Try to meditate upon one of the fifty four divine glories.