March 27 Bala Kendra Class Update
Mar 29, 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.
Amulya became a Champion! 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 continued its study of Lord Shiva and covered the story of the bringing of Mother Ganga to the earth. The story was used to discuss jealousy (Indra's jealousy of the yagya of Sagara) and how Kapila Muni's anger caused the destruction of the sons of Sagara and how Bhagiratha sacrificed so much for the welfare of his ancestors.
pApAnAM vA shubhAnAM vA vadhArhANAM plava~Ngama |
kAryaM kAruNyamAryeNa na kashchinnAparAdhyati ||
"Kindness is to be shown by a noble person either towards a sinner or to a virtuous
person or even to a person who deserves death, for, there is none who never commits a
(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. The focus today was on "What is real love and its application to our lives as householders?".
(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 continued practicing "Guru Charanam" (on the website).
This bhajan will be sung by the kids for Amma in June.
5) Please be on the look out for the Questions of the Week
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
: East Bay Children's Satsang on April 1
, Bala Kendra Bake Sale on April 9
, Yoga Asana workshop and Nature Walk for kids and parents on May 1
Please do have your child do daily practices and fill out thePractices 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 April 10 and Bhargav will lead the pledge.