Please revise the 1st 2 slokas of Chapter 2 of the Gita. Below are 2 links that have the verses of Chapter 2.
In class we continued with the Alphabet Safari and learnt about the letter M which stands for ‘Mother’. Children talked excitedly about all the things their mother did for them. They listened to the story of Chinku the panda. Chinku lived with his mother in the forest. Every morning Chinku cried that he did not want to go to school but wanted to stay home with his mother. His mother told him about all the fun things he could do at school but Chinku was still reluctant. His mother asked him to put out his left hand, spread his fingers and then kissed the palm of his hand. She then told him how her love would go through his hand, up his left arm to his heart. Whenever he felt lonely and sad at school, she wanted him to put his left hand to his cheek so he could feel her love. Chinku obeyed her and became happy again. Children also heard the story of little Natasha who decided one day that she needed pocket money to clean her room. When she came home tired that day from school, she found a note from her Mum that listed all the things that her Mum did for her and the family from morning till night with a bill that said 0 dollars. Natasha was ashamed of herself and apologised to her Mum. She learn that love is priceless. We also discussed how there are other Mothers in this world – Mother Nature, Mother Earth, Mother Cow and Mother India/Australia as Mother is something or someone who gives, cares and protects us.
Homework: To share what they learnt with family and friends; To keep up their promise about helping Mum every day at home; To complete colouring sheet; To learn the second line of the pledge.
During this week’s class, we talked about the second virtue of Hanuman “balam” (strength). We played the game of Freeze to practise the Hanuman dhyana mantra by sitting still in meditation position and repeating the mantra 11 times. Saying the dhyana mantra not only invokes the blessings of Hanumanji, it also creates a Kavach (protective armour) around us. The children then heard the story of strong Pandava prince Bhima. He once went to the forest to pick a beautiful sweet-smelling flower for his wife Draupadi. A monkey’s tail blocked his path. He asked the monkey arrogantly to move its tail. The monkey pleaded Bhima to move it himself as it was an old monkey. Bhima tried to move the tail, but it simply wouldn’t move, no matter how hard he tried! Bhima now realised that this could only be Hanumanji – such was His mental strength that the physical strength of strong Bhima did not matter. Thus, the children learnt it was more important to have mental strength (strength in our thoughts) than just being physically strong. Some of us also shared some events in our life when we were in trouble, but praying to Hanumanji, saved us. Children then made a Japa Mala to use for meditation. Practising meditation is a way to improve our mental strength.
Homework: To practise Hanuman dhyana mantra by saying it thrice before going to bed. To bring japamala to class next week.
God resides in the hearts of those who bow down to and respect their Gurus! Guru is the remover of ignorance and we need teachers in our life right from the time we are born. Our parents are our first teachers and continue to teach us throughout our lives, but we need to respect our teachers at school, sports, arts, music, etc. Our spiritual teachers teach us how to be happy. We heard a short story about how a young couple were very excited about their first baby, but then they realised it was too much work and not as much fun- so they argued that since Humans are the top of creation, the baby would learn to survive and only put food, water, etc for him but did not teach him anything- he did survive and grew up to be boy but behaved like an animal! We learn different things at appropriate age in our lives but learning never stops till we are alive. Then they did an activity in which they listed everything they did during a weekday and a Sunday and which teachers were involved for each of those activities. An attitude of humility and gratitude is essential in order to learn anything in life-the kids have already learnt My 24 teachers in which everything and everyone around can be our teacher. As wisdom grows so does humility!
Homework: To show our respect and gratitude to our teachers during the week.
In class this week, we covered chapter 3 Kindle Life on Man’s Heritage. We first learnt that we need to be independent and not dependent on the world of objects. If we do become dependent on objects, we become slaves to the object and they consume us. Although we may not realise it, rather than us having control over the object, it is actually controlling us. We used the example of video games to illustrate this point. We get attached to them and feel the need to keep playing them for short term happiness. We also talked about the trust we have in different objects and people. We realised that we have trust in many objects and that we need to have trust in the knowledge we get in class as well. Only then can we practice these teachings effectively and change for the better.
Sadhana: Find an ideal such as a role model or God and explain why this is your ideal.
This week we finished chapter 24. We reviewed the concept of dynamic religion. We then discussed what is philosophy? It was determined philosophy is the science of religion and our ability to constantly question why things occur. We spoke about how it is essential to question and understand why we do what we do to gain the most out of the experience e.g. We attend a pooja and find it boring as we don’t know what it’s for, if we understand why the pooja is happening we can gain more from it. We then continued how each person has a different view on life but the foundations and core values remain the same. For example, respect is an essential value but is demonstrated in different ways. In Indian culture we refer to adults as uncles and aunties while Aussie culture refers to adults by first name. These differences may just represent differing expressions of the same core values. We then started on chapter 25 and discussed the idea of what is faith? We used the concept that first we must have belief then gain knowledge and experience to have faith then over time we can develop trust. These concepts will be discussed in more depth next week.
Sadhana: think of 1-2 things you might do during the week and you don’t know why you’re doing it – find out the answer and see if that changes your perspective on the activity e.g. Why do I do Aarti?
We listened to Gurudev on sloka 36 of chapter 10 – Vibhuti Yoga [Divine Glories]
‘I am the gambling of the fraudulent; I am the splendour of the splendid; I am victory, I am determination[of those who are determined], I am the goodness of the good’
Krishna in continuing to explain his vibhuthi – Glory goes on to explain how his presence is omnipresent and all pervading. These 54 items mentioned so far are to indicate ‘the One in the many’ and all suitable for meditation by sincere seekers.
Sadhana: To see the Lords statement of Goodness in the Good and Splendour of the splendid in our daily lives.