L for “LOVE” (Love is the special feeling in our heart).
When we love someone, we want to do everything that would make the person happy. Even if that means we must work hard or sacrifice, and we will do it without any complaint.
In class we discussed that, God gave us sun, moon, rain, eyes, ears, nose, mum dad, brothers, sisters and friends because he loves us. We need to show love to God by taking care of everything he gave us …To be a loving person, one does not have to give material gifts. One can show his or her love by doing good and behaving well with others and showing care and respect.
Story: Teachers Birthday.
Craft: we made a puzzle house with paddle pop sticks and glue.
Just as the house falls apart without glue, our life will collapse without Love!
“Glue binds a house. Love binds a home”
Homework: Solve the word puzzle with your parents and colour the L sheet.
Children learnt about the main significance of Diwali and they learnt about the 3 Gunas or qualities – Tamas Rajas Sattva. Where they displayed their understanding of the 3 gunas …Tamasic being lazy angry jealous, Rajajsic being ambitious greedy and selfish and Sattvik being pure noble and peaceful. They were asked to keep the intent of asking Goddess Laxmi to grant them with abundance of wisdom for this Diwali. They played a game where the focus was tbe remembrance of the name of the Lord rather than the intent of winning.
This week we started with the new text ‘My 24 Teachers’. Uddhava, a devotee of Lord Krishna, requested Him to enlighten him with the knowledge of how to live in this world. Lord Krishna then narrated the dialogue between King Yadu and Dattatreya. Dattatreya was a wandering saint with a happy and peaceful appearance and King Yadu wanted to know the secret of his happiness. Dattatreya said that he roamed the earth and learnt the art of living from his 24 teachers. We will learn from this text what Dattatreya learnt from his 24 teachers. We then did an activity where the children were asked to play a game of their choice for 10 minutes and at the end of it we discussed what we learnt from the activity. We learnt that to play any game we need to have rules, instructions on how to play and also we need a coach or teacher. Having a goal or reward can be motivation to continue with the game. We also learnt that we must listen to the coach with the right attitude to play the game well. Listening to the coach is a recipe for success. We then learnt the 1st Verse of Guru Paduka Stotram – a hymn in praise of the feet of the Guru.
Guru Paduka Stotram
Anantha samsaara samudhra thaaraa
naukaayithaabhyaam guru bhakthithaabhyaam
Vairaagya saamraajyadha poojanaabhyaam
namo namah sri guru paadukhaabyaam.
Homework: To learn the first verse of the Guru Paduka Stotram
We started chapter 28 of Kindle Life ‘Gayatri Mantra’. Each mantra has a presiding deity. In this regard, by chanting a mantra and by visualising the form of the deity, the devata is invoked more easily. When japa is undertaken, the form of the devata is to be maintained in front of the mind’s eye. There are two schools of thought for practising japa; (1) ritualistic formalities and sacred acts are to be performed as limbs of the japa-yoga; (2) alternatively we considered that the more preferred school of thought is that sincerity, faith and love can lead to faithfully doing japa (hence, ritualistic entanglements are not necessary).
There are three types of mantras:
1.Tamasic: mantras that invoke the low powers of nature;
2.Rajasic: mantras that excite and manifest might and power; and
3.Sattvic: mantras that are of the quiet and purely spiritual types.
Further, all these mantras fall into two classifications; (a) those that need to be only chanted; and (b) those where the devotee must know the meaning of the mantra to constantly uphold the divine theme (by nature, these mantras are generally an invocation).
Next week in class, we will continue chapter 28.
Sadhana: Continue with japa – aim to complete this 3-4 days per week. Also maintain a journal to record any observations from undertaking japa.
We did Sloka 23 of Chapter 13. The Lord explains the different roles/stages through which the Purusha manifests for us. The supreme Purusha in this body is also called the spectator, the permitter, the supporter, the enjoyer, the great Lord and the supreme Self.
Chanting: To revise up to Verse 49 of Chapter 2 of the Gita.