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The 3rd Year Annual Day Celebrations of Madhurya Sloka Class conducted by Bhuvana Kumar was held in Koramangala on the 17th July 2010. Over a 100 children have been a part of this journey since the commencement of the classes in July 2007.
This year featured a variety of entertainment program(s) commencing with a Ganesh stuthi. Different age group (s) of children performed a mix of dance, play, slokas recitation, heritage quiz, storytelling, Mahamantra divyanam etc.
Children in the age group of 4- 6 yrs. performed a dance set to the famous song “Natawarlal Giridhar Gopal”. This was followed by Sri Krishna Sudama Play. Children above 6 yrs then performed a dance sequence set to the most divine song “Maraindhu Vandhu Vennai thirudum Kalla Krishna”. All the children then participated in a Heritage Quiz revolving around the history of Rama & Krishna. A few children then narrated some of the moral stories learnt in the class. An added attraction to the function was the performance by the children from Kalkere village, who danced in the divyanamam style to the chanting of Hare Rama Mahamantra. Every child dressed in the costume of Krishna & Gopi depicted a truly divine environment.
The audience present was overjoyed by the versatility of events featured in the Annual day function.
This year, we had the privilege to honour Sri Naveen Bhatt since it was he who inaugurated the first session of the Class 3 years back. Sri. Naveenji then spoke about the power of “Bhagwan Nama” and how “Nama” alone can take us to a level of attaining spiritual upliftment as well as material benefits that we desire. Over a 100 people (parents and well-wishers) were present on the occasion
Smt. Rajni Sridhar, Sri. Sridharji, Smt. Vijayalakshmi, Sri Krishnadas from GOD organization participated in the function.
Many parents volunteered to join the cause of our “GOD” Organization to the service of children & mankind.
On 11th July 2010, a Workshop was organized in the Hindu center to interact with children and the teachers who take spiritual classess on a weekly basis. Sri Ramanujamji participated and led the workshop.
The first session was with the subjuniors – There were energetic children upto the 5th grade. They chanted shlokas sweetly. Then it was story time. Ramanujamji told the story of the Butter thief Krishna. THe children were very very overjoyed listening to the naughty leela of Krishna. Then a small quiz program was done with the group about details regarding Krishna leela. The session ended with Mahamantra chanting.
The second session was with Junior group who wqere 6 to 8 graders. They were learning sri rama rama ramethi shloka and the budhir bhalam shloka. Ramanujamji explained the background to the first shloka and explained word by word meaning of the second shloka. The 6-3-2 Mahamantra chanting was taught and practised. Mahamantra stickers were presented to all the children.
The third session was with the seniors, who were learning Ramayana. Some interesting aspects of Ramayana and the wonderful qualities of Sri Rama was discussed with the group. The session ended with mahamantra chanting.
The fourth session was with the new batch of teachers who have volunteered to teach in the Hindu center. Ramanujamji talked about the nobility of the teaching, esp if done voluntarily. Teaching is the easiest way to expand one’s consciousness and we learn rapidly as we teach. Ramanujamji congratulated the benign step to teach children selflessly.
The morning was fillled with sweet thoughts of the benign service The Hindu center is doing for the uplift of Singapore culture and values.
Avadi satsang had organized a summer programme “Madhura Maarudham” for satsang children at the residence of Kovoor Shanmugam, who coordinates for satsangs in and around Avadi on 6th June 2010 from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
Global Organization for Divinity – Bangalore chapter conducted the 2nd year “Madhurya Heritage camp” in Koramangala from 06th to 17th April 2010 in the residence of Bhuvana Kumar at Raheja Residency. The response to the camp was encouraging. 41 children in the age group of 4 -12 years participated in the camp
The camp featured Slokas, Bhajans, Yoga, fireless cookery, first aid, lots of craft work, moral stories and mythological games for all age groups. In addition, for children in the age group of 7-12years, Balakaandam and Sundara Kaandam slokas from “Nama Ramayana” were also taught. Everyday, the camp started & concluded with the chanting of Mahamantra by the entire group. There was an added attraction of “Puppet Show” for the kids conducted by a professional artist Smt Jayashree.
Children enjoyed every session of the camp as could be gathered from the feedback provided by them to their parents almost every other day. Apart from the above, the camp inculcated the habits amongst these kids of helping the younger one’s, participation in group activities, over come shyness etc.
Smt Bhuvana Kumar, Smt. Rajni Sridhar , Smt Vijayalakshmi, Smt Jayanthi Venkatadri, Smt Rajini, Smt Roopa gurumurthy, Smt. Chandra Shankar & Ms. Aparna Sankarnarayan from our satsangh were of full support to the camp. Smt Rajalakshmi from Raheja Residency, a well wisher to all GOD activities was a pillar of strength in the camp activities.
On the concluding day of the camp (17th April 2010), parents of the participating children were invited to the party hall, where the children presented all the Slokas & Bhajans that were learnt during the camp. All the Art & craft work done by the children were put on display. Children were also presented with gifts. Hand made dolls made by Smt. Rajini Sridhar was also displayed for sale. Parents were also given a short introduction to the various activities of the GOD organization. Over 100 people were present on this occasion. Sweets & Savories were also distributed.
Parents appreciated the activities done during the camp and were overwhelmed that their children have learnt so many Slokas & Bhajans in such a short period and the effort of “GOD” Organization to the service of children & mankind. Many parents pledged continued support to many more program of such nature. Some of the feedbacks received from the parents are…
- It was a valuable experience. Children enjoyed and learnt a lot about our tradition – Priya & Manav Subodh
- My kid enjoyed the camp. It would have been nice if the camp was for a longer duration – Rohini & Vijay
- Kids loved it. Please have a second session. Timings – Good. Activities – Great, Group size – Perfect, Venue – Perfect – Uma & Balasubramaniam
- It was very good experience for the kids & parents. I was amazed when my younger daughter of 4 yrs was able to sing long slokas with clarity & happiness which was unknown to me. I would like to stand & support this organization all the time. – Geetha & Vinodh
- Yours is such a different camp. It was such a wonderful gift to the Raheja children to learn our great Indian culture – Venkat
- It is commendable to see such young kids learn slokas & bhajans. Thank you for all the efforts. Very good art & craft work. Next time please include devotional dance for the kids – Kudos for your expert team – Neelam Malik
- Navdeep has lot of interest in learning our culture. Your camp & sloka class has helped him. Almost all the recipies that you have taught, Navdeep has tried on his own at home as well. Thank you for your wonderful initiative. – Jaya & Biju
March 19 2010, 7 pm – 9 pm
The evening was a special one indeed at the KL Namadwaar Center. All satsangh children/ youngsters trained wonderfully by Smt Nathanji presented a 2-hour program in Sri Bhagyanathanji’s presence which included sloka recital, story telling and singing.
The highlight was the “Brahma mohana lila” drama. The involvement and energy of the children was tremendous. The costumes, background music and casting which included Sri Krishna, the gopis/gopas, cows and peacocks were perfect. The scene in Vrindavan was captured to the best of their ability by the children.
In the end, Bhagyanathanji delivered a concluding talk appreciating the efforts taken by the children and the parents in putting up the beautiful skit. A bag of goodies with prasadams blessed by Sri Swamiji was given to each child.
March 15 2010 2 pm to 3 30 pm
“Realising your true strength”
Workshop at Global Indian International School
on behalf of GODivinity Trust, Dr Bhagyanathanji conducted a 90-minute workshop for the students of the Global school highlighting the importance of harnessing mind power in today’s competitive world. He explained the concept of meditation in a manner that suited the student community perfectly. The impact that sound has on mind was nicely explained with audio files in order to help drive the great significance of the sacred mantras in general and Mahamantra specifically. The audience was from various geographical origins and the manner in which the subject was handled was truly commendable. The honourable principal and teachers also participated in the workshop.
The session began with a few students getting into the interactive mode form the very beginning. The content of Bhagyanathanji’s lecture was so clear, inspiring and in tune with the students’ mental frame that almost everyone got into the interaction very soon. It was wonderful to see the students participate with very smart questions which were fielded with clarity and humour by Bhagyanathanji. in the end, the students felt so inspired by the talk that they wanted to have a session of silent prayer and meditation soon after the talk praying for success in the coming examination.
On 7th January 2010 ,students of Maharishi vidya mandir &Raghavendra mat.hr.sec school gathered at the Rama navami mandapam ,Karaikudi. More than 300 students of X and XII classes assembled there for the mass prayer session conducted by Sri.Balaji of our satsang.The session started at around 9.30 am and went on till 11.00 am.Sri.Balaji stressed on the importance of self cofidence with the help of a few parables and ended with a beautiful message that God shall never let down people who have faith on him and self confidence is nothing but faith in him who is our own self.The session ended with a beautiful chanting of mahamantra of the students.The principals of these schools have asked us to conduct many such sessions for the benefit of the students.
In the afternoon,Sri.Balaji visited Azhagappa mat hr.sec school,where more than 1500 students of X and XII standards had assembled at an auditorium.Sri.Balaji described the power of mind by narrating the great achievements of Hanuman in Sundara kanda.sri.Balaji emphasised on the fact that any act of ours can become legendary if it is done with absolute passion and zero distraction.The entire hall reverbrated with the mahamantra dhwani at the end of the session.
In the evening,Sri.Balaji visited Aavidayar koil govt.hr.sec school students and addressed more than 800 students.He talked about the greatness of the mind and the grace of the lord in instigating that power and ended it with the mahamantra chanting.
On 8th Jan, Sri.Balaji visited SMS boys hr.sec school and addressed more than 1000 students who assembled at their ground.
He talked about the greatness of God’s creation and the special significance of creation of mankind.Sri.Balaji insisted on the power of mind and self confidence which is none other than the Supreme Almighty.The session ended with wonderful chanting of Mahamantra by the students.
In the same evening ,Sri Balaji visited Saraswathi VidhyaSala Girl’s Higher Secondary School of Pudhuvayal.Students around 250 from X and XII Standards got the wonderful opportunity to attend the lecture.He explained the power of self confidence with few examples.He narrated the beautiful meaning of “GET” -- Grace ,Effort and Time .How a person can get (or achieve) his goal through God’s Grace ,Hardwork and in the proper time quoted with the example of a farmer.How a farmer makes his land ready for cultivation in proper time with his hardwork and and how he waits for God’s Grace in the form of rain.Students enjoyed the whole session with the same enthusiasm from the start.Session ended with chanting of mahamantra by the students for 11 times.
On December 28th 2009,on behalf of Global Organisation for Divinity India Trust, Dr.A.Bhagyanathan, Personal Secretary to Sri Muralidhara Swamiji delivered a lecture between 2.45pm to 3.45 pm at the Teachers consortium at Sri Sankara Vidhyalaya Hr.Sec. School, Selaiyur, Chennai.
About 300 teachers all over tamilnadu have attended to the program. The topic was Relevance of Spirituality in modern times. He underlined the importance of inculcating the spiritual values among students especially chanting the Maha Mantra. All the teachers attentively listened to the lecture and appreciated.
The Semifinals and Finals of the PURANAVA 2009 Interschool quiz program concluded successfully at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Khincha Hall, on the 25th July 2009 with the competition going to its peak with each school vying for the coveted Crystal Trophy with GOD etched on it.
The program commenced with a prayer song by Ms. Manasa of the GOD family.
The semi-finals and the finals had the fragrance of zeal and competitiveness in the participants, each trying to outwit the other.
In all there were 10 schools (each school had 2 student participants) for the semifinals. The schools which participated in the semi-finals were: Hymamshu Jyothi Kala Peetha, Poorna Pragya, Adarsh Vidyalaya, Gnyanakshi Vidyaniketan, Chinmaya Mission (Ulsoor), Chinmaya Mission (Koramangala), Vasavi Education Trust, Cadambi , Navodaya and Cambridge. The students were from the 6th to the 8th standards.
Four schools namely Hymamshu,Poornapragna,Chinmaya Koramanagala and Navodaya qualified for the finals.which was conducted by Ramanujamji from Chennai.
The finals comprised of 6 rounds namely, a direct round, slokas, Dumb cherades, Taboo, Audio visual, and Rapid fire. The challenging questions posed by Mr Ramanujamji were answered equally challengingly by the participants. It was nice to hear the participants reciting the slokas to perfection. In fact, it was in the dumb-charades round that the tough question posed to Himamshu was very nicely enacted by one participant and equally well grasped and answered by the other within just 3, secs left the audience dumbfound and spellbound. The competition went neck to neck between Himamshu and Poorna Pragna and finally Hymamshu won by 3 points by virtue of an answer which was just almost correct and were awarded Grace points! And William Wordsworth’s famous saying “ Much is sought through prayer than the world could think of” proved a point in the victory!
The winners were Hymamshu, represented by Eeshwar G and Shishira R Maiya were awarded the Crystal Trophy and the runners were Mythili and Seshagoplan from Poorna Pragya. However none of the participants went empty handed.
The programme was presided by Shri Shankaranarayan, Joint Director, ESI Karnataka.
The power point presentation on activities of GOD and Sir Sri Swamiji’s pictures around the hall added ambience to PURANAVA 2009.
The entire programme was well compered by Dr.Aparna. The welcome address was given by Sri Gurumurthy and the vote of thanks by Lakshminarayanan. Sri Jayakumar worked behind the scenes on the technicalities for the quiz. Mrs. Kanchana conducted the semi finals which was well supported behind the stage by Mrs. Vijayalakshmi, Mrs.Chandra, Mrs. Raji and Mrs. Bhuvana. The entire event was videographed by Sri Manikantan of the GOD family.
The program concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.