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.

May 18th Class

Beginning prayers
Gitaa chanting
  • bhagavadgItaa 14th adhyaaya 1 - 27 shlokas
Story time
  • war or peace
  • karna and kunti
  • the battle begins - gItopadesha
  • Picture time - for the inaugural souvenir 
Ending prayers and pledge
  • sarve bhavantu sukhinaH, pUrNamadaH pUrNamidam
  • aarati and pledge 
Rashmi aunty and Sitaram uncle's class:
Today in class we did prayers and started of with the Mahabarata. We learned that Krishna told Karna that he is Kunti's son. Karna tells him that people were making fun of his birth and only duryodhana stood by him.   Hence he won't betray duryodhana.  Bhishma knows this too. He is the commander in chief of the Kauravas, so Karna is not allowed to fight until Bhishma is the commander in chief. The Pandavas make Drishtadhyumna (Draupadi's brother) the commander in chief of their army. After all this happened, they started preparing for the war. The Pandavas prostrate to Bhishma, Drona, and Kripacharya and blessed for victory.  Any one who bows to his elders, automatically becomes a winner! Sikandini (Draupadi's sister), who was Amba in the previous birth, was born as a girl, but transferred to a man to fight in the war. Bhishma says that he won't fight in Shikandini's presence as she was born woman.  Dhiritarashtra says that he doesn't want his sons to die in the war. Veda vyaasa gives divine vision to Sanjaya.  Sanjaya narrates the events on the battle field to Dhiritarashtra.  He says that Arjuna threw down his weapons and didn't want to fight. Krishna tells  Arjuna why he should fight, and explains it to him in the 18 chapters of bhagavadgeeta.  So, the gItaa was told by kRuShNa to arjuna on the battle field, before the war began.  In between(11th chapter), when arjuna came to know kRuShNa is the Lord Himself, he wished to see his form in its entirety.  Then the Lord showed him His vishwaroopam (universal form).  arjuna was mesmerized. After the conversation, arjuna was prepared for he war mentally.  He arranged their army in the vajra (diamond) formation and fought fiercely.  Abhimanyu (Arjuna's son) and Uttara (Abhimanyu's wife, Uttare's brother) fought in the war.  Uttara died valiantly on the battle field.  Many people died on the paanDava's side on the first day.  Bhishma was very intense on them.

We also went to take pictures for the souvenir today.  We were all dressed colorfully and went with big smiles to get our pictures taken :).

Written by Sriman Vaidyanathan.

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