Please revise the 1st 15 slokas of Chapter 2 of the Gita. Below are 2 links that have the verses of Chapter 2
In class we continued to discuss the second line of the pledge. Children revised the meaning of ‘army’ and how we work together as the ‘Chinmaya or Balavihar army’ to do good. We made a hat that had the symbol of the Chinmaya Army. Children wore the hat with pride and marched around reciting the line. We then brainstormed the meaning of the word ‘courage’ and ‘discipline’. Courage is to be brave and discipline is to do the right things even if we don’t like them as they are for our good. They learnt that it takes courage to do the right things and how discipline is important to grow up as good citizens of the world. They heard the story of Lord Rama who was courageous and disciplined to obey his father and go to the forest for 14 years without any protest.
Homework: To complete the colouring and revise the second line of the pledge.
We started the class with a brainstorming activity where we created and drew our own Hanuman Flag in our books. Then, we shared one-by-one what is the trait we have that is like our father’s eg. play tennis like dad, funny like my dad, love sport like my dad. We realised that it is easy to copy the good qualities of our fathers and mothers. Much like this Hanuman also imbibed qualities from His three fathers: from Lord Shiva, He acquired devotion, compassion and austerity; from Kesari, He imbibed courage, Valour and loyalty, from Wind-God, He acquired strength, service and humility, and from Anjana, He inherited beauty, purity, gentleness and love.
The children then heard the story about how Rama and Hanuman came to be. Once Lord Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva were discussing how to get rid of Ravana’s wicked atrocities on earth, Lord Vishnu said that He will be born as Rama to end the misery and save everyone from the evil grip of Ravana. Lord Brahma suggested that the rest of the Gods assume lower forms as monkeys to serve Lord Vishnu in His human form on earth. So, all the monkeys that served Rama were none other than the Gods themselves. Vali was son of Indra, Sugriva was son of Surya, and Lord Vayu put His glow in the Shiva incarnate Hanuman, making Him brilliant. Children then did an obstacle course activity where they had to get under the tunnel, jump over obstacles and cross rivers to get to the finish line where Hanuman was. Along the course were also distractions like erasers, balls, pencils, chocolates etc. that they had to ignore (to not be distracted) to reach their goal as soon as possible. This taught them about using their intelligence, discipline and concentration like Hanuman if they wanted to achieve bigger goals. (Reach Hanuman who can provide them for all the little desires/distractions along their journey as well)
We then chanted the sixth and seventh caupai (Hanuman, the Brilliant):
teja prataapa mahaa jagabandan
This means: “You are an incarnation of Lord Shiva and son of Kesari. Everyone in the world respects You because of Your lustre and great Valour”
We will explore this caupai further next week:
Bidyavana guni ati chatura
Rama kaja karibe ko aatura
This means: “You are well versed in all lore. You are full of virtues; You are highly intelligent. You are ever ready to carry out the missions of Lord Rama.”
Homework: To share the story of the connection between Rama and Hanuman even before They met each other. To interview mum and dad to find out who their favourites are: God, sport, food, school subject, and city/place to visit. Write the answers in your book. To chant all the caupai learnt.
This week we first discussed the instances where we practised the virtues of forgiveness and sharing. We then revised the stories of Yashoda seeing the entire universe in Krishna’s mouth, Yashoda tying Krishna to the mortar and the release of Kubera’s sons from Sage Narada’s curse. It was midday on a hot summer day in Gokula. All was quiet in the noon sun when a fruit seller’s cry “Fruits, juicy fruits—–” broke the silence.
Little Krishna, who loved juicy fruits, ran out to the fruit seller and put his palms out asking “Fruits, I want”. Seeing the sweet innocent Krishna, the fruit seller put her basket down and teasingly asked him for money. Krishna looking confused repeated “Fruits, I want”. The lady deciding to tease him a bit more said “Ok, I will give you the fruits if you go in get a handful of whatever grains you have”. Krishna ran in and got a handful of grain but in his excitement and eagerness dropped all of them on the floor on the way. The fruit seller laughed seeing this and joyously pretended to take the grain from Krishna’s empty palms and lovingly gave him the juiciest fruit from her basket. She then watched with delight Krishna messily eat the fruit
and run inside. She then put her basket on her head and started back home. As she neared her house she felt her basket was getting heavier and on reaching home she put it down and uncovered the fruits. To her surprise, she found no fruits inside-only gold, diamonds and gems!!!! We learnt that when we offer something to the Lord (fruit, actions, thoughts, work), they will become pure, precious and everlasting. If we give something selflessly to the Lord, He will give back lots more. If we can take 1 step, He will take a thousand!!
Homework: To complete the virtue activity sheets. To continue the practise of forgiveness and sharing. To reflect on what we have learned from the stories of Krishna.
his week we finished Chapter 11 on the Law of Karma. We learnt that the effect experienced in the present life have causes in the past and the causes created in the present shall take their effect in the future. Karma involves both self-effort and destiny, not just destiny. Two activities were completed in class. The first involved observation of the things surrounding us and writing down everything we could see. The second involved everyone being given different words and writing down what we associate with those words. In both activities, everyone in the class wrote down different things. This shows that we each have different body, mind and intellect instruments and because of this, we each see and sense the world differently.
Sadhana: To write a paragraph on one example in our life where we got a good outcome because of self-effort.
This week we studied verses 52,53 and 54 of Chapter 11. In verses 52 and 53, Lord Krishna again iterates that the universal form cannot be easily seen and “even the Gods are longing to behold this Form.” The Universal form cannot be experienced by those who have performed austerities, nor by those who shower gifts, nor by those who perform sacrifices. So how can this universal form be known. In verse 54, the Lord reveals by single minded devotion the Universal form can be known, seen and entered into. To know is the first step in the path of spiritual knowledge. This first step starts by study of the Geeta and other holy texts. Then with intense self-reflection of the knowledge the seeker begins to see the truth of the Lord. In the final stage, the seeker enters or merges with the Universal form.