Please revise the 1st 7 slokas of Chapter 2 of the Gita. Below are 2 links that have the verses of Chapter 2
This week in class we did the letter R again which stands for Rama and Responsible. The word responsible was new and long – to be responsible means to be answerable for our actions. They learnt examples from everyday life as to how to be responsible. They listened to the story of the brave knight George and the dragon. Once upon a time a brave knight was passing through a city which was deserted. All the people were hiding inside the city fort that was locked. As he stood outside the gate he noticed a young girl walk out of the fort sobbing. He quickly approached her and asked her what the matter was. She said she was going towards a dragon that was troubling the city people by eating their animals and crops. Now that all animals were gone, she was going to give herself up to the dragon to be eaten. She warned the knight to leave the place immediately. But the knight told her to show him the dragon. He then bravely tackled the dragon and killed it. He felt responsible to save the lives of the people. Children also learnt about Lord Rama whose life story teaches us to be responsible.
Howework: To learn up to the third line of the pledge.
This week, we revised the six Hanuman values that we have learnt: Buddhir (Intelligence), Balam (Strength), Yasho (Fame), Dhairyam (Courage), Nirbhayatvam (Fearlessness) and Arogata (Good health), and recapped on the stories we learnt. We discussed if chanting the dhyana mantra every night had made a difference in anyone’s life. And yes it did! Some things shared “no more nightmares”, “saying the mantra before swimming race helped me push myself further to be awarded a gold medal”, “eating healthy food to ensure healthy body and healthy mind”. We also practised chanting the Hanuman dhyana mantra by repeating after the loudest chant. The children did a craft activity to work on creating their very own Hanuman. We will complete this craft activity next week, for the children to take it home.
Homework: Practise chanting the dhyana mantra by saying it thrice daily. Practise the Chinmaya Pledge by saying it before eating dinner every day.
Senior Balavihar/Junior JCs:
We heard couple of short stories to explore concept of charity: a young boy deciding to have plain ice cream instead of a ice cream sundae so that he could leave a tip for the waitress who appeared to be stressed out; Smoky Buddha story- how when we think only of our own selfish needs and not give or share with others, we become black and impure! Here is a brief summary of the answers from the kids following an intense brainstorming session on what really is charity?
Why should I do charity?- When we have something that others need, we should give and share it, not hoard it for ourselves as it makes us feel happier, better, improves self-worth, confidence.
Whom should I do it for? Whoever needs it- could be other people, animals, environment!
When should I do it? Timing is important- we should do charity when it is required and can have maximal impact in making a difference.
How should I do it? Attitude is very important- charity should be inspired by love, empathy (not pity), no expectations and gratitude (thankful that you are given opportunity to help rather than develop sense of pride/ arrogance).