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.

Nov 10th Class

Beginning prayers
Gitaa chanting
  • bhagavadgItaa 14th adhyaaya 1 - 10 shlokas
Story time
  • paaNDava-s go to forest (finish maitreyi’s curse and kRuShNa’s pledge briefly)
  • arjuna’s visit to the heavens
  • bhIma meets hanumaan
Ending prayers and pledge
  • sarve bhavantu sukhinaH, pUrNamadaH pUrNamidam
  • aarati and pledge 
Rashmi aunty and Sitaram uncle's class:

 In the morning we did our daily prayers then we did some geeta chanting. We also learned verse 9 which was pretty hard to pronounce in the beginning then later on we got better at it. When we were talking about the Mahabharata we learned that Maitreyi gave a horrible curse that Bhima will kill Duryodhana by ripping his thigh. When Krishna wanted to have a war with Duryodhana for taking YudhiShThira's kingdom, the Pandavas said no because they had to stay in the forest for twelve years. But if Duryodhana did not give the kingdom back in 12 years then they would have a war to get their kingdom back. In the forest, the Pandavas practice astra so that their mantra would give the arrows the ability to defeat the enemy easily and practiced their shastras too. Arjuna did meditation for Shiva so that he could get Shiva's weapon which was called the paashupataastra. Unknowingly, Arjuna gets in a fight with a hunter that is actually Shiva. Since they both hit their arrow at a wild boar, they both claim that it is their boar for killing it first which ended up causing a fight. In Arjuna's mind he is thinking that he should win the fight for Shiva but he still doesn't know that the hunter is Shiva. Then Arjuna prayed to Lord Shiva to help him to defeat the hunter!  The hunter was Shiva himself, so Shiva revealed himself and said that Arjuna was worthy enough of his weapon. Arjuna was not arrogant about his skills.  When he knew he couldn't defeat the hunter, he prayed to the Lord to help him.  That set him apart.  Then Arjuna gets the paashupataastra and goes to heaven to meet Indra.  In the forest, Bhima meets hanumaan.  When he went to get the 1000 petal lotus for Draupadi, he came across a monkey that was lying with his tail spread out.  When asked to give way, the monkey said, put my tail aside and pass.  When Bhima tried to do that, he could not even move the tail.  He realized that this is no ordinary monkey.  When he prayed, the monkey revealed himself as hanumaan, Bhima's brother, as both were sons of vaayu.  He blessed Bhima with more power and said he will be the emblem of Arjuna's chariot flag during war too.  At the end of class we did a quick closing prayer then went home.

Written by Aryan Dornala

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