Weekly Class Summary 17th June 2018

Weekly Class Summary 17th June 2018

Introductory Balavihar:

In class we continued with the Fourth key message of our pledge.  “Ever ready to fight against the all low tendencies and false values, Within and without us.”

Children discussed the meaning and goal of the of Chinmaya / Balavihar army-Balavihar army is a group of disciplined  people  with  a  common  goal  to  fight  against  all  our  low  tendencies.  We  then  brainstormed  the meaning of  the  word ‘Low tendencies’  and ‘False value’.   Children learned  that ‘Tendencies are  also  called habits, so low tendencies mean bad habits. And habits are things we do repeatedly without thinking. Also, good habit  makes  us  happy  and  bad habits  may  makes  us  happy in  the  beginning, but  ultimately, they  make us unhappy, for e.g: eating chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner might make us happy while eating however later we might get a cavity in the tooth that will be painful. So, our Chinmaya army’s goal is to fight against all our bad habits so that we are happy all the time.

In Activity Time: we made our two puppets Milloo and Iloo to remind us of our good and bad habits.

Homework: To complete the colouring and revise the third line of the pledge.

Junior Balavihar:

We started by chanting the first 12 caupais of the Chalisa, and trying to understand what made Hanuman such an ardent devotee.  Much like the selfless devotion of a mother for her child, He was prepared to do anything for and  to  please  Lord  Rama.    Just  like  grandparents  who  never  get  tired  of  listening  to  the  stories  of  their grandchildren, Hanumanji loves listening to the glories of Lord Rama.

Prabhu charitra suneeve ko rasiya

Ramalakhana Sita mana basiya

You  always  take  delight  in  listening  to  the  glories  of  Lord  Rama,  and  you  have  Lord  Rama,  Sitaji  and Lakshmana permanently residing in your heart. We then heard the story of when Sitaji gifted Hanuman with her favourite and precious pearl necklace.  After a while, she saw the beads strewn on the floor.  Annoyed, She asked Hanumanji what this was.  Hanumanji said that He separated every bead and looked for Rama in each of them and couldn’t find Him, so threw them as they were useless to Him.  Sitaji queried if there was Rama in Hanumanji.  Without hesitation, Hanumanji opened His  chest  to  reveal  Sitaji  and  Ramaji  in  His  heart!    This  is  symbolised  by  the  various  temples  in  India  – Hanumanji temples do not have idol of Rama in them and we revere Lord Rama through Hanuman, however Rama temple has idol of Hanuman, generally at His feet.  Another incident was when Hanumanji saw Sitaji putting sindur in her forehead and asked her why.  She replied “this pleases Lord Rama.”  Hanuman covered His entire body with sindur to always be able to please Rama!

We then understood the essence of caupai 9:

Sukshma roop dhari siyahim dikhava

Bikat roop dhari Lanka jarava

You (Hanumanji) assumed the smallest form to present before Sitaji, and the most fierce form to destroy Lanka.

Hanuman used His power to change His size wisely.  He became big to cross the ocean to get to Lanka in search of Sitaji, then became small as a mosquito to present in front of Sitaji, and hide from sight of the surrounding demonesses guarding Her, and then became big again to show Rama’s power to Ravana and put Lanka on fire, when Ravana ordered to  burn Hanuman’s tail, the  pride of  a monkey.   After setting Lanka on fire, Hanuman became small again to loosen the fire rags covering His tale!  Thus He teaches us to use whatever resources we have, wisely, and make the most of every opportunity we get.

Homework: To share the story of how Hanuman was a good devotee of Lord Rama, and how He used His powers wisely.    To google  “Eternity Sydney” to  find out  the history behind  this.   To chant all the  caupais learnt.

 Senior Balavihar:

We  started  the  class  by  discussing  how,  during  the  week,  we  practised  the  virtue  of  being  kind  and  gentle towards  animals  and  people.  We  then  continued  with  the  tales  of  Krishna.  One    day  Krishna  wanted  to have breakfast in the forest. He got up early in the morning and played the flute. Hearing the beautiful sound, all the  gopas  woke  up  and  came  running  and  so  did  the  calves.  All  the  gopas  were  very  excited  to  go  to the forest and they were very playful and having a lot of fun along the way. Aghasura was the brother of Putana and Bakasura (who were killed by Krishna) and he wanted to avenge their deaths by killing Krishna. Aghasura took the form of a very huge and long python (nearly 8 miles long). He lay still on the road with his mouth wide open-his lower jaw on the ground and the upper jaw high in the clouds and he waited. When the gopas came near Aghasura, they came up with different ideas on what it could be: some thought it could be a giant serpent, some  thought  it  could  be  a  geographical  feature,  some  thought  it  was  a  mountain  range.  They  were curious to find out what it was and thinking if they were in trouble Krishna would save them like He saved them from  Bakasura,  they  all  walked  into  the  mouth  of  Aghasura.  Aghasura  still  kept  his  mouth  open  as  he wanted Krishna also to enter so he could kill him. Krishna thought on how to save he gopas and after a few moments  entered  the  mouth  of  Aghasura  and  lodged  himself  in  the  windpipe.  Aghasura  unable  to  breathe, choked and died. Krishna then released the gopas.  We learnt that we must learn to look where you are going before you walk into anything. Agha means ‘Sin’. Like Aghasura, Sin sits with its mouth open. We must learn to

recognise when and where it is waiting and avoid it. After the death of Aghasura, Krishna and the gopas went to the banks of Yamuna. As they were very hungry, they took the food that they got and  started eating-all the gopas sitting in a circle with Krishna in the middle. The gopas were having so much fun that they did not notice that the calves had wandered away. When they noticed they wanted to go looking for them but Krishna told them to  finish their meal and he would go searching for calves. Lord Brahma, seeing Krishna’s strength and power wanted to further test Krishna and in a moment of mischief hid all the calves in a cave. Krishna looked for the calves everywhere, couldn’t find them and went back to tell the gopas. But when he went back, the gopas were missing too! Brahmaji had hidden the gopas along with the calves. Krishna meditated for a moment and realised what happened. Krishna then  multiplied himself and took the forms of all the calves and the gopas. When they all returned home, the cows showed extra love to the calves and the mothers to the gopas!!-they were after all Krishna in various forms. Krishna, the gopas and the calves continued to go to the forest daily and an year has passed. Brahmaji came back to see how Krishna was handling the tricky situation and was puzzled to see two sets of calved and gopas-one set where he hid them in the cave and the other with Krishna!! Suddenly the  delusion  or  maya  of  Brahmaji  was  gone  and  he  saw  the  calves  and  gopas  as Krishna  and  then  as  Lord Vishnu.  He  understood  what  has  happened  and  apologised  to  Krishna.  The  Krishna-gopas  and  the  Krishna-calves disappeared and the calves and gopas from the cave came back to the forest and they had no memory of how long they were away. We learnt that the calves represent our sense organs-which will wander into the world and the gopas represent our mind-which is meant to control the sense organs and not run after them. When the calves and the gopas are with Krishna there is always happiness. We also learnt that when we are deluded (like how Brahmaji was) we become egoistic, unable to see the truth and we tend to show off. We must be humble.

Homework: To consciously remember to practise being humble throughout the week.

Junior JCs:

This week we continued discussing the pledge. Gurudev has conveyed the message that the whole world is a family and includes plants, birds and animals. This is his vision of oneness which inculcates harmony. He says to love and respect the world. We learnt how respect is acceptance – accept people for what they are and then interact with them. Standing signifies readiness – a preparedness to work, move or act. He wants us to serve as an army – a disciplined group of people working together towards a common goal, taking guidance from their seniors or teachers. We analysed the low tendencies that each of us have and shared means to help overcome them. We will continue to read and understand the pledge next week.

Adults:

For this week we began a summary of Chapter 11. Chapter 11 is entitled the Cosmic – Form divine and in this Chapter the Lord reveals his cosmic-form to Arjuna. This form encompasses the entire total physical bodies in the universe. The cosmic-form can only be revealed to mere mortals by single-minded devotion. With devotion the  form  can  be  ‘known,  seen  and  entered  into’.  This  is  explained  in  earlier  chapters  as  the  goal  of  self-realisation. A practical 5 step guide or Krishna plan is provided to gain insight into the Cosmic-Form. The 5 steps are 1) to dedicate all work to the Lord 2) live life with the goal being the Lord 3) devote oneself to the Lord 4) become free of all attachments 5) have no enmity to all persons.