SSE

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1.  SSE group1

CLASS DATE: 02/09/2020 TEACHER(S): Jagruthi, Aruna,,Resmi
SUMMARY: 

Showing kindness in our actions

ATTENDANCE:  19

 

Lesson Plan:

Started with 3 om’s and prayers .

We did guided mediation for a few minutes based on the steps of light meditation

A part of doing good deeds we discussed how we can show kindness to the environment by conserving water, electricity, food and avoiding pollution. 

We shared stories from Swami’s life of how Swami showed kindness . How he stopped rooster fights in the village, and stopped mistreating animals for races. How Swami asked a hunter to shoot only with the camera and How Swami used to carry water for his family and neighbors.

As part of watching your actions we are continuing the homework this week of using kind words and doing kind actions. We have also added not wasting food, water or electricity to our homework.

Class notes for 1/19/2020

The kids did an experiment in class using baloons to demonstrate how every action has an equal and opposite reaction. They then came up with common actions where we see equal and opposite reaction like walking and swimming.

 

Class notes for 1/12/2020

We watched a video in class on how echo resonates whatever you say. If we say good, the echo also returns good words and angry words return angry words. 

We also built a boomerang in class to see how it comes back to us when we throw it. We discussed how just like the boomerang comes back to us, our actions also come back to us. So we should be watchful of our actions.

We ended the class learning the bhajan Govinda Krishna Jai

 

 

Homework : Parents please continue to encourage your children to mark their journal every day if they have used Kind Words and did Kind Actions.

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2.  SSE-Group4

CLASS DATE: 1/18/20 TEACHER(S):  Mouli and Nirmala Aunty
SUMMARY: 

Seva Project – Women’s Shelter

ATTENDANCE:

10 + 6  

Main topic:

This week, G4 cooked and served at the Women’s Shelter in Raleigh. 10 G4 kids prepared the meals of vegetarian chili, bread, salad and dessert and 6 G4 kids served the food at the Shelter.  

Note to Parents:

Sairam Parents –

Group 4 will have the next class on Sunday, February 9th.  Our next Seva Activity is breakfast service at the Women’s Shelter on February 16th.

Jai Sai Ram!

-Group 4 Gurus

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3.  Pre-SSE

CLASS DATE: 02/09/2020

TEACHERS: Section 1: Patti, Saideepa, Mona,  Thatha  

Section 2: Patti, Sharanya, Bhuvana, Padma, Ganesh

 

 

SUMMARY:  Help Ever, Hurt Never ATTENDANCE: 30/37
What an exciting day we had in our class today! We are talking about how community helpers help us in the community. Today we learnt how doctors help us in the community. Patti invited Dr. Vini Raman to be our guest speaker. She brought lots of props and demonstrated to us through role play how doctors help people. We loved her story of Asha who doesn’t listen to her mom, goes by herself on the slide and gets hurt. She brought a wooden plank which she pretended as a slide. She painted Asha’s part of leg with red paint like she is bleeding. She kept on asking questions and we had so much fun in answering. The lesson we learnt: doctors help us when we get sick; they also make sure that we stay healthy and that’s why they give us shots. Thanks Vini aunty for coming to our classes. Hope you can come again.Rest of the time we read books about doctors, sang bhajans, and did art work. Of course we ate snack in between our busy schedule. 

Note to Parents from parents discussion group:  Practice creating a decision-rich environment in your home. Find opportunities to give child age appropriate choices wherever you can so they can practice their decision making skills.

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4.  SSE-Group3

CLASS DATE: 02/09/2020 TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadher
SUMMARY:  6 Internal Enemies ATTENDANCE:  18

02/09/20

After invoking prayers, class was opened for discussion if they observed the 6 enemies in their day to day activities in the last week.
What happened as the internal enemies became stronger? Everyone agreed that it makes you feel sad, stresses out, impacts health in negative way and one will not be happy.
But Swami says our Goal is to be happy, happy (though we have these 6 enemies working against us?), how to help ourselves to be happy? Watched this video again.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD_C8KQrzFk  
Then we asked a question what is way/tool/technique to deploy to overcome the 6 enemies. In this class we discussed one such tool (Gayatri mantra) through the story of Vishwamitra. Asked students to identify the 6 enemies in the story as the story is being narrated. How a person with 6 internal enemies got elevated to highest spiritual status (Bramharshi). How Gayatri mantra was revealed to him. Followed by short discussion on story. Class ended with chanting 3 times Gayatri mantra followed by 3 shantis.

02/02/2020

After the invoking prayers, we started with review of what was discussed in last class.

We continued on the topic “6 -internal enemies”. We watched 3 videos related to internal enemies “greed”, “jealous” and “anger”.  Below are the links to those videos. After each video we discussed and reflected on how it relates to our daily lives.

Video on Greed

Video on Jealosy

Anger in sports 

Then we concluded the class on how we can conquer these enemies as told by Swami.

Desire for God alone; Get angry for not able to connect him more; Get greedy for his guidance and love; Attach to his form; Be proud that God is there to protect and guide you; Feel jealous (and get inspired) of others those who are showered with God’s love;

01/26/20 

Sairam
After the invoking prayers, we started with a question we had asked towards the end of last class.

In the year 2020, as MLK Jr, what would you like to change in the world? What is the root cause of the problem that you would like to address?
We observed that the problems children stated(like climate change, discrimination etc) raised from 6 internal enemies. i.e. Desire, anger, Greed, attachment, pride, jealousy.

All the children are divided into 6 groups, each group representing one internal enemy.

Each group is asked to discuss and present on the following questions.

a. How do you see this form as enemy in you.
b. How does it effect you (Spiritually – drag you down; materially – slows you down)?
c. How to overcome it?
d. Any story. (Personal or mythological or contemporary)

Below are the responses.

1st enemy – Desire
Focus on eliminating bad desire
1. When we want things that we don’t need it becomes our enemy
2. It can cause us to do negative things to fulfill our desire
3. By asking yourself if you actually need the thing you desire
4. Napoleon: for desire of increasing empire, caused him to be exiled from France

2nd Enemy – Anger

1. Make you act before you think.
2. Reasoning is colluded.
3. Makes relationships go bad.
4. Direct anger in right channel.

3 Enemy – Greed
1 you put yourself first
2 you don’t spend money well
3 you can limit yourself
4 King Midas: King of gold

4th Enemy – Attachment
1. Leads to sorrow grief or violence
2. It can make you do wrong things which you don’t intend to do.
3. Ceiling on desires; use caution with objects and people.
5th Enemy – Pride:
1. When people say things and you feel inferior to others.
2. It makes you feel better than others and could make others not like you.
3. Humble yourself, ground yourself, and offer everything you do to Swami.
4. The lion king: Scar got prideful of having the roar, and believed that he should be kind so he killed mufasa. But in the end Simba killed him.

6th Enemy.. Jealousy/Envy
1. Since attachment sends out negative feelings, it associates with enemies, (negative)
2. It disturbs your internal peace, and affects your goal.
Also the root cause for other “enemies”
3. We can take it in a positive way, for eg. Take it as an inspiration
4. People get jealous of Hype beasts, and want to get what they have (for eg. Airpods pro, Gucci shoes etc.)

01/19/20 

1. Invoked Sarva dharma prayers.
2. Students who went to Puttaparthi during holidays (Prem/Raj/Shivani) shared the experience of their trip. Here are the best things they observed in Puttaparthi.

 a. Super-Speciality hospital is truly a temple of healing.
 b. Shared a story of a poor teenage girl who was operated for free for tumor on her face.
c. Magnificence of the Music college.
d. Simple living of a professor living inside the ashram.
e. How wonderful the Chaitanya Jyothi museum was.

3. Social Conformity – revisited – getting out of negative effect – Story of a swami’s classmate at Uravakonda.
 (Crocodile Jaws – From Sanathana Sarathhi Dec 1977)
4. Short discussion on the story.

Note to Parents:

One practice to take up for unity of thought word & deed is to ask them to understand the meaning of the songs they are singing/playing. We will practice this as a class for upcoming bhajan opportunities our class gets.

 

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5.  SSE-Group2

CLASS DATE: 01/05/2020

TEACHERS:Hitha Raj, Aditi Verma, Jalaja Peechu

Summary:Emotional self awareness. kindness

ATTENDANCE: 15

 

Sairam,

We started the class with 3 Om’s, Gayatri mantra and light meditation. We reviewed last weeks life application.This Sunday we reviewed everything that we have learned so far since we had 2 weeks break and so an opportunity to refresh ourselves.

 

 

Life application: They need to journal 3 things.

  1. Today I am grateful for….
  2. One awesome thing happened today was………
  3. My happiness scale (pick one) : very happy,happy, neutral,sad, very sad.

 4. continue doing kind acts and  what your parents ask you first time.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO PARENTS:

1. We would like all the students to be on time by 3.25pm we are staritng the class by 3.30pm.

Class room door closes at 3.30pm.

If any students come late they have to wait outside the door till we finish prayers and meditation.

2. As a parent your responsibility to check the home work ( life application ) which we give them to follow through the week.

Once you as a parent commit to the follow up with your kids the results are impactful.

3. Treat this spiritual learning as a beautiful foundation to your kids who are the future generations of leaders.

Swami has given us the opportunity to be the part of this huge responsibility. Let’s stand up to build this great future leaders.

 

 

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