March 13 Bala Kendra Class Update
Mar 16, 2011 by varsha
om namah sivaya
Shruthi Class (voice training for bhajans) took place from 2:30 to 3 pm. We used this class to help prepare the kids for singing for Amma in June. Madhavi, Sangee and Saavitri are helping the kids do the three bhajans in a small group format (Dinom Ke Dukh Harta, Guru Charanam and You Mean Everything to Me). All bhajans are on-line. Please try to bring your kids to this class so they can get some one-on-one training.
Mantra Practice took place from 3 to 3:30 pm.
Pooja and Karthik became Pundits and Chitra became an Acharya. Congratulations!!
We then did regular the opening prayers and group concentration and
japa, starting at 3:30 pm.
Then the small groups met individually.
1) Younger Group continued its study of various deities and their
symbolism. The group covered the story of the marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati and the concept that the Lord is pleased with devotion and love not with fancy offerings. One of the kids, Rishabh, told the story of Kubera; Vikram will tell a story to the group next time.
dharmaatprachyutashiilaM hi puruShaM paapanishchayam |
tvaktvaa sukhamavaapnoti hastaadaashiiviShaM yathaa ||
"Renouncing a person of sinful resolve (even though it is a relation) whose
conduct has deviated from righteousness, one attains happiness, as one shakes
off a venomous serpent from his hand." Vibishina tells this to Indrajit that even if
one is kin, if they are doing unrighteous deeds, one has to renounce that person.
(Younger Group is K to 2nd Grade. Middle is 3rd to 5th. and Older is
3) About 10 parents continued their study of Amma's speech at the U.N. on the Universal Power of Motherhood.
(Kindly bring a copy of the speech to the next class if you will be participating in the Study Group--link was sent earlier.)
4) We practiced practiced "Guru Charanam" (on the website).
This bhajan will be sung by the kids for Amma in June.
) Please be on the look out for the Questions of the Week that Cyber
Auntie, Varsha Govindani, has been and will be circulating. Varsha
Govindani can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
6) Look out for Upcoming Events at www.balakendra.org
Homeless Feeding on March 19
Asana workshop for kids and parents, East Bay Children's Satsang, etc.
Please do have your child do daily practices and fill out the
Practices Sheet which is under Curriculum on the website. We can then
recognize your child in class.
Also please make sure your child signs the attendance sheet
class so we can recognize them with a trophy for high participation at
the end of the year (80% or more class attendance earns a trophy.)
If any child would like to lead the pledge and has learned it by
heart, kindly let me know.
Next class is on March 27 and Viraj will lead the pledge.