Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

March 14, 2010

Mar 14 Class: Section 1

Sevikas: Nanda, Ruchi and Jacqueline

Home Fun Work:
Print out and have your child color this picture.
Discuss with your child who this picture is of, and why is he important to us.

Morning Prayers:
• OM Saha Naavavatu click here for text
• Vakratunda Mahakaya click here for text
• Sarasvati Namastubhyam click here for text
• Shree KrishnaH click here for text
• Shree Hanumaan click here for text

Quiet Time: One minute of silence. We had a distraction during our shell count ... so that was unfortunate. But next week, we all agreed that we will definitely sit quietly and focused ;-)

Bhajans: None

Geeta Chanting: Shlokas 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 click here for text, audio and on-line registration.

Letter of the Week: "U is for Unity"

Storytime: Hunter and the Net

Activity/Art Project: Color by Number Page (in Sanskrit) click here to view

Likhita Japa: none click here for राम  tracing card

Sanskrit Words of the Week: click here for complete list
• एकता (ekataa, unity)
• रक्तः (raktaH, red)
• नीलः (niilaH, blue)
• पीतः (piitaH, yellow)
• हरितः (haritaH, green)
• धूमलः (dhuumalaH, purple)

Ending Prayers: Aarti and prayers were conducted in the auditorium.

Comments: We missed quite a few of our regular friends today. Apparently, the rain and wind storm we had yesterday caused some flooding and road damage. Someone told us that in some cities they were having a hail storm this morning. (Mother Nature can certainly make us pay attention, when she wants ;-) Anyway, we hope that everyone stayed dry and safe — and look forward to seeing you all next week!

We learned a new prayer for Lord Hanumaan this morning. We all agreed that the words seemed a little hard at first, but with practice and by the end of the year, we will all be saying it with ease. The kids were reminded how Shree KrishnaH seemed a little hard just a few months ago — and now it's a breeze ... and they are able to listen for specific words and their meanings, to boot!

Our letter today was "U is for Unity." Aunty shared the much loved story of the "Hunter and the Net." Afterwards, to illustrate the beauty of unity, we did an activity of a "Color by Number" page. We discussed how  when we look at the page at first glance — all we see are a bunch of triangles with a number. However, after we color #1 red, then the image starts to have some interest. We see a field of red, and a bunch of triangles. Then we colored #2, # 3, etc. After all the triangles were colored, what we had were no longer just triangles, but a beautiful picture made up of many colors. The colors all worked together to create a thing of beauty for us to enjoy.

We are delighted to learn that each child remembered their character for the play. Wow!! To be truthful, the aunties thought they would have to go over the roles again. However, when Aunty called out "Bear # 1" the children who are operating that puppet held up their hands. Everyone remembered their character perfectly! Just so you know: we will not be having play rehearsal in class next week. However, in our following get-together (in April), we will resume rehearsals. Our hopes (and plans) are to have a few working puppets for the children to practice with. Keep your fingers crossed!

Guess no one is going outside to play this afternoon — perhaps God thought we needed to spend a day indoors reading or doing puzzles.  Hope you all stay warm and cozy ...

See you next week for our weekly party with God and Gurudev!