This week we first revised Guru Stotram and practised a Shiva bhajan. We discussed what A stands for. Children learnt two values: Aspiration and Never to get Angry. We shared with others what we aspire to be when we grow up and learnt that we need to work hard towards our goal. We listened to the story of a boy called
Gopal. Gopal was losing his temper often and nobody could help him with this. His father had an idea. He asked Gopal to hammer a nail into their fence every time he got angry. He used up 30 nails in the first week. Soon he felt tired and decided to control his temper. His father told him to chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ while he worked with the nail to make the job easier. The number of nails started to reduce each week. Gopal also noticed that singing the line made his work easier. Soon, he started chanting ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ even when he was not
hammering the nails. He realised that he had not hammered a nail for a few days and so went to his father to tell him the good news. His father now asked him to gradually remove the nails from the fence. His father then
asked him, ‘What do you see in the fence?’ Gopal looked at the fence and replied ‘Many holes!’. His father then explained how every time he got angry and spoke bad words or did bad things, he left a permanent scar in
people’s minds. Gopal understood how much he had hurt people by losing his temper. From that day, he was determined not to ever be angry again. Not only that, he started chanting ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ every time he felt he might lose his temper and that made him better.
Homework: To share the story of Gopal with family and friends; To revise the Guru Stotram and Bhajan.
This week, we first revised Guru Stotram and then practised a Shiva bhajan. We then did an icebreaker activity where we introduced ourselves, and then worked out something common between each other (go to the same school, same favourite colour, same age, same favourite food, etc). We also revisited our class rules. In preparation of learning values and stories from our new book Bala Bhagavatam this year, we brainstormed what an avatar is, and when does the Lord appear in the form of an avatar. We played a game of passing the yo-yo and practised saying “tasmai Shree gurave namah”.
Homework: To share what an avatar is and to continue learning Guru Stotram.
This week we first revised Guru Stotram and practiced a bhajan. We then started revision of what we learnt till now from the text ‘Krisna,Krisna everywhere’. Creation goes through a cycle of 4 yugas – Satyayuga,Tretayuga,Dvaparayuga and Kaliyuga. The period we are now in is Kaliyuga.Kali means ‘to fight’. We will continue with the revision next class.
Homework: To continue learning Guru Stotram.
In class this week, we continued with chapter 21 of Kindle Life and also finished chapter 22. We started class by discussing sadhana from last week, which was to write down one example of how the BMI is involved in an experience you have during the week. Then we continued with our discussion on the two categories of intellect, the gross and subtle intellect. We focused on how the subtle intellect enables us to discriminate between the real and unreal. In this context, we went through a high-level summary of the three states of experience being the waker, dreamer and deep-sleep (noting that this is discussed further in chapter 23). We also briefly revisited the meaning of the three states of mind: Sathva (pure and noble), Rajas (passionate and egocentric) and Tamas (obstinate, arrogant and egocentric).
We started chapter 22 by discussing our flow of thoughts. We considered how the flow of thoughts making up the mind can be likened to how a flow of water makes a river. The flow in each case generates power and dynamism. We spoke about the methods that could be adopted for our mind to attain quietude when our mind is out of control. Meditation, talking to someone or taking a step-back and reflecting on how to approach the situation were all suggestions.
Sadhana: Write down an experience during the week where you were feeling overwhelmed or stressed and how you attempted to calm / quieten your mind (noting the method you adopt could be different to what we discussed in class).
This week we continued with the Logic of Spirituality. The BMI chart was explained this week. BMI stands for the Body, Mind and Intellect. Here body is our physical body, the perceiver of objects around us. The mind has two functions, as a collector of the endless stream of perceptions that pass through it and a instrument for feeling emotions. The intellect is our discerning organ, which generates thoughts, identifies right and wrong, and is responsible for higher level thinking which only humans possess. At the top of the BMI chart is OM, which represents the truth, the entity responsible for the entire universe. In between the OM and BMI are our vasanas. These are our desires or ego accumulated through the cycle of rebirths. To attain liberation, our goal is to eliminate our vasanas.
Chanting: To revise up to Verse 31 of Chapter 2 of the Gita.