This week we continued with the letter G and learnt that it also stands for ‘ not be Greedy’. We listened to the story of King Midas from the Greek mythology. King Midas was a rich king but always wished for more. Once he did a good deed and was granted a wish. Midas wished that whatever he touched would turn into gold. And so it happened! The roses in his garden and the trees too turned into bright gold. He went into the palace and touched every object he could find and they all turned into gold. He wanted to treat himself with a big feast. But all the food and drink turned to gold too. He was a little annoyed but happy that he has getting wealthier by the minute. At that moment, his darling daughter came running. She was upset to see that the garden did not have the lovely fragrance it used to have. King Midas tried to console her by hugging her. To his disbelief, she froze and became a golden statue. Midas realised his mistake and regretted that he had been very greedy indeed and as a result lost his precious daughter. He cried and cried when finally God pardoned him and returned everything to normal.
Homework: To complete the colouring sheets and learn the Saraswati sloka.
This week, we started class by learning a new Krishna bhajan. We then chanted “Om namoh narayanaya” to calm our minds. We then looked at a picture of Varaha avatar to look at its various features and understand how the boar was capable of bringing Bhumi (earth) above from the deep sea. We then heard the story of Sage Kashyap and his beautiful wife Diti. Sage Kashyap spent most his day meditating, while Diti got bored. One day, Diti got so bored that she asked her husband to take her out. The sage told her, “Later!”, and continued with his meditation. Days passed, and Diti kept pestering the sage. One day, the sage gave up and went with her. After returning, Diti realised her mistake and that she had wasted the sage’s time where he could have focussed on God. She went to ask for forgiveness but Sage Kashyap told her it was too late. She was a victim of her own desires and also didn’t obey her husband, He told her that two wicked sons will be born to her, who would do all the wrong things, so much so that they will destroy the world and the Lord Himself will come down as an avatar to save the world. Eventually two boys Hiranyaksa and Hiranyakasipu were born to her. The children leant “As we sow, so shall we reap”. We then did an activity to sort different kind of pulses. If we sowed kidney beans, we would get only kidney bean plants growing. Similarly if you learn to play piano, only you (not me) can play piano. Also, if you are sick, only you will take the medicine to get better. No use your mum (even if she loves you so much) taking the medicine. In essence, if you do something wrong, wrong result will come to you. And, if you do the right thing, right results will come to you.
Homework: To find an opportunity to do an act of goodness, and thus to start a good chain reaction during the week. To write “Om namoh narayanaya” 3 times in their book.
This week we started by revising what we learnt last class and how we must have a balanced mind under all circumstances. Krishna, Balarama, Nanda and family left for Mathura with Akrura and when it was mid-day Akrura stopped by the banks of Mandakini river to perform mid-day worship. Krishna and Balarama freshened in the waters and came back to sit in the chariot. Akrura took their permission and went to bathe and offer his prayers. While bathing he saw Krishna and Balarama in the water. Confused he ran back to the chariot to check and found Krishna and Balarama sitting there. Surprised he ran back to the waters and this time to his utter wonderment saw in the water the vision of Lord Vishnu resting on the thousand headed snake and surrounded by sages and devotees!!! When they reached Mathura, Akrura invited Krishna and Balarama to his house but they promised him to do that after Kamsa was killed. Akrura then left to inform Kamsa that the boys have arrived. Meanwhile Krishna and Balarama roamed the streets of the city and took in the beautiful sights of Mathura. Many people offered the boys the best of what they had. A little later, a young girl carrying a pot of fragrant paste passed them. She was Trivakra (one with 3 bends). She had a beautiful and kind face but was a hunch back. When Krishna asked her to give Him the paste, she replied that she was a maid at Kamsa’s palace and each day she took fragrant pastes for Kamsa but that day she will lovingly give it to Them. Krishna and Balarama applied the sandalwood paste to their neck and arms. Krishna thanked her and put his feet on hers and with two fingers gently lifted her chin and straightened her. The hunch back was now a shapely young woman! We learnt that when we constantly think of Krishna we imbibe in us His qualities. We also learnt that we must think of the Lord while doing all our activities and when we do Puja we must do so with devotion like Akrura and the Gopis.
Homework: To complete the virtue sheet and to practise doing Puja everyday.
This week we continued on with chapter 26 and further discussed Maya and our understanding of the three personalities derived from it. The proportions of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas vary between each person, and can sometimes differ with time and situations that we go through. Maya, in a sattvic (pure) state reflects the God Principle. The God Principle encompasses the three main accomplishments of the world that we see every day, they can be represented as The Creator (Brahma), The Maintainer (Vishnu) and The Destroyer (Shiva). As individuals, they are helpless on their own, how can Lord Vishnu maintain if there is no creator or destroyer? Therefore we found that the three need each other to work together and manifest. In a Tamas quality it produces mental agitation and this leads to three common negativities: Don’t know, Can’t understand and Have no experience. These negative concepts can be removed with three main practices: listening, reflection and meditation. In the next class we will continue to discuss these three practices and move onto the quality of Rajas.
We listened and studied sloka 14 of Chapter 13. Lord starts His description of the All-pervading Self-consciousness. “With hands and feet everywhere, with eyes and mouths everywhere, with ears everywhere He exists in the world, enveloping all” We also reflected on the Sadhana questions from last week regarding the 20 attributes needed and the description of Brahman as both ‘Sat and Asat’. Questions for this week: 1] What is concentration? 2] what is the importance of ever seeing in mind one’s goal of true knowledge?
Chanting: To revise up to Verse 45 of Chapter 2 of the Gita.