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

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Grade 6 teachers.

May 11th Class - CORD Walkathon

Beginning prayers
Gitaa chanting
  • none
Brain Storming
  • Who are the beneficiaries and benefactors of a fund raising event?
Story time
  • Glass of milk
Ending prayers and pledge
  • sarve bhavantu sukhinaH, pUrNamadaH pUrNamidam
Rashmi aunty and Sitaram uncle's class:

Today is Mother's day as well as CORD walkathon.  We were walking 5 miles at the Mercer County Park, to raise funds and awareness about the services done by 'Chinmaya Organization for Rural Development' in India.  Before that, we had a brief class.  We then discussed who are the  beneficiaries and benefactors of this event.  We concluded, we were the beneficiaries and to whose cause we were walking, were the true benefactors!  Yes, we said it right.  By giving us the opportunity to serve, they were doing us a bigger favor than we could do by raising money for them.  They were teaching us to appreciate what we have been blessed with and to share heartily!  What goes around comes around.  We also heard a story about a similar scenario.  

There was a boy who was very poor and didn't have any food to eat. He decided to go to one of the houses and ask for something to eat. He knocked on the door of a house and a lady opened the door. He was too ashamed to ask for any food, or even for a glass of milk, so he just asked for a glass of water. The lady brought him a warm glass of milk, and the boy felt very happy. Years passed, and the boy became a doctor who worked at a hospital. The lady forgot about the good deed she had done. Then, the lady fell very sick and needed hospital care. She was worried about the expensive bills that she would have to pay. When she got better, she received the envelope that said "Hospital Bills". When she opened it expecting charges of thousands of dollars, there was only a note that read "Paid in full with a glass of milk". The boy had remembered the lady's act of kindness and had helped her in her time of need, even when she had forgotten.
I think that the lady was given her an opportunity to do seva to the famished boy. Similarly, the people in rural India who we support with the CORD Walkathon, are also helping us, by giving us the opportunity to help them and do good deeds.

Written by Stuthi Kuroodi

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