In class we continued with the letter G and learnt that G also teaches us the attitude of gratitude and to not be greedy. We did a brainstorming session on all the people we need to thank and came up with a list – God, parents, grandparents and teachers. We discussed why and how we should thank them. We then learnt why we should not be greedy through the story of King Midas. King Midas was a very greedy king. He had a beautiful daughter called Marigold. Even though he was very rich he always craved for more and more gold. When a fairy offered him a chance to have one wish granted, he wished that everything he touched turned into gold. Soon he was thrilled to see his room of gold. When he went to breakfast he could not eat or drink as the food turned into solid shining gold. Marigold came running to hug him and at his touch she turned into a golden statue. On seeing this, the King wept hard and realised his mistake of being greedy for gold. He prayed to the fairy who heeded to his request and everything returned to normal. He was never greedy again.
Homework: To complete the colouring sheet and learn/revise the Ganesha and Saraswathi slokas.
On our way back to Ayodhya, we reminisced the story of brothers Sampati & Jatayu, and Sugriva & Bali.
Elder brother Sampati, without a care of his own life, got in way of his vulture brother Jatayu and the sun, as Jatayu was soaring high as part of a friendly race with his brother. In the process, Sampati’s wings got burnt by the sun and he could never fly. As a true friend, Jatayu lay on the ground fighting his last breath, waiting for Rama to tell Him how Mother Sita had been kidnapped by Ravana.
The other incident was about monkey brother kings of the kingdom of Kishkindha situated near River Pampa and foot of Rishyamukha mountain, Sugriva and Bali. Raksasa Mayavi lured Bali into a cave, but Bali killed him. Seeing blood flowing out of the cave, younger brother Sugriva became sad assuming the loss of his brother and sealed the mouth of the cave with a large stone and became king. Somehow, Bali freed himself and returned to find Sugriva taken the kingdom. Sugriva tried to clear misunderstanding, but Bali was angry and would not listen. Children learnt how greed and misunderstanding between the brothers caused rift between them.
Homework: To revise all lines of pledge; To revise the bhajan taught in class.
We continued to explore concepts related to where God lives in our book P.O.Box Mr. God. This week we discussed how the Hamsa bird (a mythological bird which is able to separate milk from a mixture of milk and water) teaches us to extract the good from the world around us. We can do this if we cheerfully ACCEPT everything in our life. We explored this through 2 stories- one about a chameleon who wanted to have the long neck of the giraffe, the trunk of an elephant and the beautiful feathers of the peacock. However, when it’s wish was granted, the chameleon realised that it could not catch insects or feed itself and soon realised the importance of accepting and being happy with what it had. Another touching story was about a small boy who went to a pet shop and stressed to the shopkeeper that a puppy who no one wanted (as he had a limp due to a hip problem) was not any less worthy than the other puppies- he was able to understand this as he himself had lost a leg and had an artificial leg which limited his movements. The concept of positive acceptance was explored further. “God give me PATIENCE to accept the things I cannot change, COURAGE to change the things I can and the WISDOM to know the difference.”
Homework: To revise and reflect on how to cheerfully accept ourselves, others and circumstances in life.
Junior JCs/ Senior JCs:
The main motivation for man to perform any action is his search for peace. In class we discussed that there are two ways to find peace; one is to change the external world and remove the things that cause sorrow, the other is to change the internal mind. Changing our minds to attain peace requires acceptance of past situations and dealing with the present situation with a calm mind rather than being motivated by emotions. We clarified that calmness does not mean passiveness and lack of motivation. It also does not mean that we do not feel any emotions. It only means that we do not let our emotions control the way we behave because these create confusion within us. Instead we agreed to try and find a place of calmness in every situation that we encounter so that we can work from a place of inner strength and confidence.
Sadhana over the holidays: To find love and calmness in all our actions.
This week we studied Verses 28 and 29 of Chapter 10. Lord Krishna continues to explain to Arjuna his
eminence among the various earthly forms. The forms discussed include weapons, cows and serpents and
governors. Among governors he describes himself as Yama, the Lord of Death. We learnt that death is
nothing more than a transformation from one state to another. Death controls and regulates life on earth.
A humorous example was provided wherein if death is non-existent our great-great-great-great grandfather would be living in the same two-bedroom apartment as us.