14th October 2018 Class Summary
This week, on the occasion of Navratri, we started the class by learning about the significance of the festival. The 3 sets of 9 days are celebrated in reverence of Goddess Durga (cleansing), Goddess Lakshmi (enriching) and Goddess Saraswati (learning). We also learnt a Devi bhajan. Then, we continued learning about our superhero Hanuman. We talked about Hanuman as the protector. We brainstormed why we should not complain about things going wrong in our lives? To facilitate this thinking, we discussed if we would eat the ingredients like flour and baking powder and oil that go in the making of a yummy chocolate cake. The answer was “no”. Similarly, God has a plan and eventually everything works out for the best. If we surrender to him and have faith in Him, we automaticallydo all things that please the Lord, thus constantly imbibing His good qualities in us. We then did an activity to reiterate what is meant by surrender. Two teams were formed. Each team had to work together to walk to a target while holding as many balloons with their body as they could, and without touching their hands to the balloons. While doing this, they were asked to focus on Lord Hanuman. The team that kept saying “Jaya Hanumanji” carried more balloons and won against the other (the team that was focussing only on carrying the balloons). We then chanted the related caupai together:
Saba sukha lahai tumhari sarana,
All those who seek refuge in You, enjoy every kind of happiness. Why should one be afraid of anything when You are there to protect?
Homework: Practise chanting of the chalisa till caupais learnt. Share the story and the bhajan learnt.
This week we discussed the significance of Navaratri and learnt the Devi Mantra (attached).
This week we did chapter 21 of Kindle Life, The Path of Divinity. We discovered that we have three conditions in which our mind functions, in Vedanta they are called ‘sattva’ which is the pure and noble, ‘rajas’ the passionate and agitated and ‘tamas’ the dull and inactive state. We are neither one or the other of these three thought conditions, a combination of the three make up our individual personalities. These three materials form up the material in which the human mind and intellect are composed. We also discovered that within our intellect we have two sub-sections, the first is the ‘gross intellect’ and the other is ‘subtle intellect’. In our lives there are two main aspects with which we discriminate towards, the world of objects and spirituality. The ‘gross intellect’ is the part of our intellect that discriminates towards objects and the realm of objective science. The ‘subtle intellect’ is the discrimination between the spirit and the terrestrial. That is why we must develop both intellects and not neglect either in our lives.
Activity for Navaratri: we chose a bad habit that we have and found ways in which we could change/replace it and be more productive.
We resumed Term 4 with sloka 12 of chapter 12. Lord says “Knowledge is indeed better than practice; meditation is better than knowledge; renunciation of the fruits-of-action is better than meditation; peace immediately follow renunciation.” Lord summarises the sequence to be followed by the seeker starting from practice, encapsulating the steps given in the previous 6 slokas.
Chanting: To revise up to Verse 23 of Chapter 2 of the Gita.