Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda

May 23, 2010

May 23 Class: Sections 1 and 2

Sevikas: Nanda, Indira, Ruchi and Jacqueline. Many thanks to our helper moms and dads today!!!

Home Work Fun: Click here to print out this coloring page. Discuss with your child who this picture is of. What was his name when he was a child? Where was he born?

Rehearsal Photographs: Click here to view

Morning Prayers:
• Saha Naavavatu click here for text
• Vakratunda Mahakaya click here for text
• Saraswati Namastubhyam click here for text
• Shree KrishnaH click here for text

Quiet Time: 1 minute 30 seconds of complete silence and excellent counting with our focus game. We were determined to trick our young friends — but couldn't do it. The aunties will try again next week for sure! Wish us luck ... :-)

Bhajans: Ganapati, Ganapati (click here for text and audio)

Likhita Japa: None

Letter of the Week: None

Story: "Punyakoti" and "How the Squirrels Got Their Stripes"

Games and Activities: KrishnaH Vadati (click here for complete text)

Comments: Many thanks to all of the parents for bringing your children early for play rehearsals. We really appreciate your understanding about our last minute auditorium assignment. This will be the last time that we get to work with the stage before our End of the Year Program (June 13.)

The kids did great this morning with the rehearsal!! And boy, are things really coming together nicely. It seems like all the chaos and confusion has finally passed, and we are in the "smooth sailing" mode. We will be having another mandatory practice at the ashram on June 5. We request that you bring your child for this get together. The more we are able to practice, the smoother the performance will be on the big day :-) We should have the ocean backdrop completed and ready to use for this rehearsal. (Sarvesh, get ready to do your part!) We know that sometimes the kids have been a bit bored waiting for the rehearsals to take shape ... trust us we completely understand. But, please reassure them that those days are long gone ... rehearsals will be much shorter and efficient from now on. We really applaud these kids and their perseverance — they have been super troopers — starting from Day 1!

Many thanks to the moms who stayed in class today and helped sew the waves onto the ocean. You did a fantastic job — and these finishing touches are going to make the backdrop look so much better. At this point, it seems like we are just going to be doing some touch-ups on all of our props. So, if any of you want to exhaust some creativity — please continue to join us at the ashram on Saturday from 4-6. We'll be needing to do some color touch ups and ironing the wrinkles out of the coconut leaves.

Also, please don't forget that your child should be dressed in black or navy blue on June 13. The clothes do not have to be formal, just dark in color. Make sure to pack along their "nice clothes" to change into after the performance.

We've been told that we're having an ice cream party on June 6th — so don't forget to pack your appetite. Congratulations to all the Kindergarten and Pre-K children for having the most registrants in the Geeta Chanting Competition. You are all winners in our book — you guys did a super job!!

Guess we're now getting a mini break — Memorial Day Weekend is coming up. We hope everyone has a very peaceful, safe and relaxing weekend. For those of you who are attending the Memorial Day Camp — we hope you have a wonderful time and can't wait to hear about all the fun.

And, of course, the best news about Memorial Day Weekend is: "The pools are finally going to open!!!!"

See you all on the 5th of June at the ashram play rehearsal.