- Please learn verses 1 to 10 in this link Geeta Chapter 15 slokas for class next Sunday. We shall continue with chanting from next week.
- Please note that term fees are due by 2nd week of term(5th Feb 2017).
- Please also note that a second Balavihar class is being held at Heathwood from Sunday, 29th January 2017 at Aashirwad, 95 Laurel St, Heathwood 4110 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm every Sunday of school term. Please contact Priya on 0413 490 308 / 3372 3494 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Please spread the word to family and friends.
- Kindly block your calendars for the following upcoming events (further details on the events will follow soon
11th March 2017 : Trivia Nite
8th to 12th April 2017 : Free Public talks in English by Swami Swaroopananda on ‘Yogas of the Geeta’ based on the Bhagavad Geeta
In class both Junior and Senior Balavihar kids recapped the rules of Balavihar class. They revised the 3L’s that Balavihar stands for 1. Learn – about God, prayers, chanting, meditation 2. Love – everyone 3. Laugh – together not at anyone. They listened to the story of ‘The Noble King, curious crown Prince, devotional Minister and intelligent Cook’ to understand better why they came to Balavihar & what they learnt here.
Once upon a time there was a noble king who was loved by all. He had a very efficient and devotional minister who had great faith in God and everyone in the kingdom was very religious. The king had an intelligent and curious son who was the crown prince and who was trained by the minister. Although he followed all religious rituals advocated by the minister, he always had doubts about who this God was. When the King died and he was crowned the new king, he asked the old minister the following questions: Who is God? Where is God? What does God do? He then said that if the minister could not provide satisfactory answers to these questions within 45 days, then he would ban all places of worship in the kingdom and no one would be allowed to pray to God. The minister was very worried and set out to find answers from learned men, sages, saints in the kingdom, but no one could provide a proper answer. Exhausted he returned to his home after 44 days. His cook for many years could not see his minister like this and on finding out reason for stress, told him not to worry and that he would answer the king. The next day, the cook went and told the king that he would answer the questions for the minister, but would do so only if the king let him sit on the throne and he sat at his feet like a student. The King was curious and was willing to do anything to get the answers. The cook asked for a brown cow, bowl of milk and green grass and also a candle and matchsticks. Then he provided the answers:
Who is God? God is the one who makes a brown cow who eats green grass give us white milk!
Where is God? He lit the candle and asked the King where the light is and so God is everywhere.
Just then the minister came crying and apologising to the king for being unable to find answers and was surprised to see his cook on the throne and the King at his feet. What does God do? God makes an ordinary cook sit on the throne, the King at his feet and makes a wise minister cry!!
Although we know God is everywhere we cannot see and feel his presence most times. The kids will learn how they can see and feel God always during their subsequent Balavihar classes!
Homework: To share the story and lessons learnt with family and friends.
As it was the first class of the term and we had new JCs who had graduated from senior BV, we introduced ourselves. Each of the JCs gave a summary of their major achievement from 2016, an important teaching that they remember from attending Chinmaya Mission classes. They also explained what they hope to achieve from these classes in 2017 and how they will go about doing so.
This week, we listened to the Introduction and Verse 1 of Chapter 10 – Vibhuti Yoga – The Yoga of Divine Glories. Gurudev gave us a brief summary of Gita chapters 1 to 9. Gurudev kept our mind on the path of meditation on the teachings of the Gita so far – how the peculiar mental condition of the dejected Arjuna in the opening chapter was transformed by the Lord through the various spiritual techniques stage by stage, like: Work is worship (Ch 2), Art of action (Ch 3 to 4), Rise above the selfish ego and egocentric desires in the Spirit of Yagna (Ch 5), Meditation upon the Infinite (Ch 6) and the very many exercises in meditation (Ch 7 to 9). In this chapter, we are going to experience a brief and approximate analysis of the ‘perceptible’ glories of the Lord as Sarva-loka Maheswarah (the Lord of the Universe). The Lord enlightens Arjuna on how best he can keep in touch with this Eternal aspect of the Truth even when he perceives the pluralistic world.
Sadhana: To reflect and meditate on the concept of Lord as ‘SarvaLokaMaheswara’