Please revise the 1st 8 slokas of Chapter 2 of the Gita. Below are 2 links that have the verses of Chapter 2
Introductory/ Junior Balavihar:
This week, we further explored the quality of alertness (Ajaadyam). Alertness is being aware. To be aware, one must live in the moment. If one is alert and aware, (s)he can be helpful, as (s)he knows what’s happening around. When asked “Do you remember the colour of the roof of your house or the kitchen bench top, or the number of the bus-stop closest to your house?”, a few of us had to really scratch our heads! The children then heard the story of lazy Leo the lion, who wanted to be king of the jungle but not do anything for the animals. The animals realised that they did not need him. They shouted, “Leo, you must step down. Give up the throne and give off the crown!” Leo was sad to leave the savannah. Some time later, he came back to see how everyone was going without him. He realised that they did not seem to miss him. Then, he noticed a beaver helplessly crying in need to cross the river, who Leo helped carry across. Then, there was a very hurt rhino being chased by the bears. The rhino who had been running madly in pain as a wasp had bit him, happened to run over the bear’s house and trample it and then running harder to save himself from the chasing bears, bumped into a tree and had a big bump on his forehead. Leo now put some moist leaves in the rhino’s bruise to comfort him. Once the rhino had settled, Leo helped the bears to rebuild their house too. That way, Leo had become very helpful, being alert and aware of people around, and doing his bit to assist, thus winning hearts. Thus, he had become a true king (of hearts)! The children enacted this story to share summary with everyone else.
Homework: To share Leo’s story with family. To say dhyana mantra thrice before bedtime every day. To practise the fist four lines of Chinmaya Pledge
We revised the learnings from previous weeks.
In class, we discussed Chapter 11 on The Law of Karma. We began by discussing what each member of the class thought karma was. The initial thoughts were that karma is our destiny, however, we realised that there is more to karma than just destiny. The law of karma is made up of two components. The first is prarabdha or destiny, and is the product or the effect of the past. The second is purusartha or self effort, and involves the capacity to choose our present action. The sum total of all past purusartha will be equal to his present prarabdha. What one meets in life is destiny and how one meets it is self effort.
Sadhana: Think of a scenario where many of your actions have led to a certain result. List down these actions and what the result was.
An experience consists of a subject (which is us), an object (anything external) and a relationship between the two over time. Gaining a better understanding of the nature of both the subject and object improves the nature of the relationship. When we interact with an object, we do so at 4 levels: physical, mental (emotional), intellectual (rational) and spiritual. When one of these is not present or in disagreement with the experience eg: when we emotionally dislike a homework we have been assigned, then there is a lack of integrity which results in lowered productivity and happiness. The level of integrity between our 4 personalities determines our level of happiness such that higher the integrity higher the happiness and vice versa. When all 4 personalities are integrated and fully present in an experience (also known as meditation or mindfulness) we gain a higher level of satisfaction, success and happiness from the experience.
Sadhana: to practice mindfulness while doing your homework and house chores.
We studied and discussed Verse 17 of Chapter 11 – Viswa Roopa Darsana Yoga – The Universe in the Lord
Continuing his description of the Cosmic-Form, Arjuna said to Lord Krishna: I can see You as Vishnu, with the Crown, Mace and Discuss. You are Pure Lustre Itself, as resplendent as the blazing Sun and Fire, spreading lustre all around and incomprehensible.
The Ultimate Reality, being infinite and eternal, cannot be defined directly by the finite words. The words, as such, with their direct meaning do not define the truth, but they can lift a reflective-mind to the realms of direct experiences.
When a human intellect can understand and comprehend a happening, it is no more a wonder. The intellect is then satisfied by its description or explanation. But when we experience something for which our intellect cannot immediately provide with a logical explanation, the incomprehensibility of it all makes it a wonder. In moments of wonderment the intellect is stunned into a bewildering silence.
‘Light’ as used here is not “light” as we experience in the world outside. What we experience can only be an “object”, not the “subject”. In Vedanta the Self is considered as Light because of its essential expression, in all living beings, as consciousness.
Sadhana: Read up to and end of the verses studied.