Happy summer break to all!! See you in September at the ashram premises, for a new balavihar year!

Check the thumbnail on the left for the video and stills from the play.

Grade 6 teachers.

Oct 20th Class

Beginning prayers
Gitaa chanting
  • bhagavadgItaa 14th adhyaaya 1 - 9 shlokas
Story time
  • shishupaalavadha
  • Game of dice
  • paaNDava-s go to forest
    Ending prayers and pledge
    • sarve bhavantu sukhinaH, pUrNamadaH pUrNamidam
    • aarati and pledge - at auditorium
    Rashmi aunty and Sitaram uncle's class:

    We did our regular prayers and gItaa chanting.  We learnt verse 9 too.  Today, we also chanted the gItaa verses till 8, without help!  That was a big progress we were all happy about!
    During the story, we learnt that, before beginning the raajsuya yagna, yudhiShThira was supposed to do agra-pooja.  As he was wondering who is worthy of it, everyone suggested Krishna.  But one person didn’t agree. shishupaala said, “How dare you do the puja to Krishna it should be done to me. Anyway, Krishna used to be a cowherd, he’s a thief.” He kept on insulting Krishna.  Krishna was actually related to shishupaala.  His mother had asked for a boon for her son shishupaala, that he will forgive 100 grave mistakes but after that, he will kill him.  Eventually when shishupaala passed the 100 mark of grave mistakes, Krishna cut off his head. Being God, Krishna could just change people's mind, almost like magic.  But he won't.  He lets people decide for themselves!
    Later, Duryodhana is jealous of the prosperity of the paandava-s. So, Duryodana’s Mama shakuni, suggested to call them for a game of dice. yudhiShThira bet his whole Kingdom, and he lost. Then he bet himself and everyone else with him and he lost that one too. So, everyone became a slave to Duryodhana.  He still never stopped.  Duryodhana’s mama had dice where whatever number he said, it rolled that number. Kauravas kept winning.  Then, yudhiShThira bet his wife, and he lost again. Then Duryodhana got arrogant and sent his brother to drag the princess, yudhiShThira's  wife draupadI, down from the castle by her hair because she wasn’t there at that time. Nobody was allowed to help her because everyone was now a slave. Then she started to pray to Lord Krishna. Later, Duryodhana’s brother dushshaasana tried to pull off her sari. But, the sari went on forever and ever. Then, dhritaraaShtra said he will grant 2 wishes to draupadi.  With that, she made herself and her husbands free from slavery. Bheema promised he would kill dushshaasana with bare hands and will break the thigh of duryodhana in the battle. While they were leaving, duryodhana asked yudhiShThira to play one last game of dice. They made a bet that whoever losses will have to live in the forest for 12 years and 1 year incognito (nobody should be able to recognize them). Obviously yudhiShThira lost, because of the manipulated dice and they all had to go to the forest. Then, yudhiShThira's wife prayed to Krishna again. Krishna gave akshyapaatram. That vessel would give as much food as they desired, until the minute draupadi eats.  After that, there is no more food for the day!  That way, they could live in the forest without much hassles.
    We then left for the auditorium for aarti and pledge.

    Written by Suraj Mukkamala

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