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1.  SSSE Group 3 Archives

2/28/21

We started with beginning prayers & recap of previous topics: Follow the Master, Face the Devil, Fight till the end, this class was how can we finish the game.

We shared a picture and few prompts that students had to discuss and present.

  • What are your comments on the picture? 
  • What makes a person impure while growing?
  • Do you think of any story/incident related to purity and innocence?
  • Think of a caption for the picture above.
  • What does the child get from God

Conclusion

  • Child showed pure devotion in the picture
  • Peer pressure, exposure to the world, being judged pollute devotion as we grow
  • Students shared lot of stories where the outside world did not influence their devotion (Meera, Prahalada, Kannappa, Sai Geeta..)
  • If we can establish & maintain that pure connection to Swami, then Swami will help finish the game by being with us every step of our fight against the devils
  • What are your connections to Swami: Prayers, chanting, service, music, letters

2/21/21

We started with beginning prayers & recap of previous topics: Follow the Master, Face the Devil, this class was what Fight till the end means.

We divided students into 5 breakout rooms, each room was given a category. They had to  discuss & present.

  • Discuss what does Follow the Master, Fight till the end mean in the context given to you
  • Obstacles you will or might face and how to overcome them.
  • Discuss with Examples and inspirations from own/role models. 
  • How can you keep yourself motivated

Categories:

  • Sports\Martial arts: 
  • Singing: 
  • Instrument: 
  • Academics: 
  • Dance: 

Conclusions

  • Each team presented, overall, all the obstacles\devils identified in each category were 80% internal to us 20% are external 
  • Internal enemies keep coming back (example procrastination, anger, fear) so the fight against them or practice or sadhana is continuous
  • Since most of them are internal, effort has to be made by us
  • We shared a funny story told by Swami about internal enemies coming back.

Motivation

  • We have to be grateful for the learning opportunities each of us has. No one questions, why me for talents they have, so it is our duty to do justice for talent\opportunities Swami has given us.
  • We have to follow our master, Swami our conscience, listen to his teachings to keep ourselves motivated
Feb 14th 

We started with beginning prayers.

Inter faith food drive- Feb community leads confirmed 

Recycling project- student presented in group 2 today

Group 3 Tutoring – 3 Grp 1 students paired. 2 tutors started on Friday, one to start on Monday

Valentine day pre sse presentation & Tutoring experience sharing

Experience sharing: We discussed last week’s fight with the devil (fear and anger) with respect to recent activities (Valentine day program and Tutoring).

  • Did you have a fear of failure: Students said, yes because they did not know what & how to do it.

  • How did you overcome it? Understand the audience’s needs, plan what to present, practice it many times, put love and effort into it. 

  • Good vs Bad fear: Good fear helped practice many times and be prepared before the event.
  • Did you doubt yourself even before the event: Yes. Prayer to the rescue

Fear of failure goes down when you have to take up the same activity again, but many opportunities in life come only one time, so don’t let the fair stop you. Take up the challenge but plan, practice, pray & you can do it with Swami by your side. 

  We reviewed the SMART goals and added what % do they think they were successful for the month of Jan & Feb. We discussed what they are doing to improve & tips to help them.

    • FEBRUARY 7TH , 2021:

      We started with beginning prayers & going over service project updates

      Inter faith food – Feb community leads signup

      Recycling project- student presented research on this topic

      Group 3 Tutoring – 2 tutors & students finalized (schedules & pairing)

      Valentine day pre sse presentation- program finalized

      Topic:

      We discussed, why Fear is a devil we need to fight?

      Good fear – regulates us. Examples: fear of becoming obese makes us avoid junk food, fear of low grades makes us focus more.

       Bad fear – Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of losing friends, fear of public speaking, fear of appearance, fear of unknown, fear of God.

      Fear arises from
      1. Ignorance – Half knowledge

      2. Not able to see clearly

      3. Considering ourselves weak

      4. Thinking we are not complete

      Leads to Worry => Stress => dimmed discrimination => unethical behavior

      How to face the fear?

      1. Effort: Manage time, put full effort to gain knowledge and skills

      2. Affirmation: I am complete and full

      3. Trust: Why fear when I am here says Baba

      4. Faith: Take refuge in God – My swami can turn things from any situation. 

      This requires continuous practice.

       

    • JANUARY 31ST, 2021:

      We started with beginning prayers & going over service project updates

      Inter faith food – Jan donations

      Recycling project

      Group 3 Tutoring

      Valentine day pre sse presentation

      Topic:

      We discussed, why is Anger a devil we need to fight? Physical & emotional problems it creates.

      Students gave, examples from mythology, history, contemporary situations of anger that caused damage

      “Follow the Master” & hear from our Swami what to do to face this devil, anger. 

      4 Tips to help Control Anger given by Swami- Video we watched 

      We discussed effective way of communication when angry with some scenarios (at home, school)

      Life Application: Have a log how many times got angry in a day, how many times you were able to manage it with  tips from the video.

    • JANUARY 24th 2021 :

      We started the class with beginning prayers.

      Student leads presented their E-day program idea to the class.

      We reviewed monthly food drive donations collected by community leads.

      Topic:

      We showed students 4 pictures and asked them to come up with Swami quotes they can think of. We got many quotes like Why fear when I am here. You take one step, I will take 100 steps etc. Students also gave the quote that is intro to the topic: Follow the Master, Face the Devil, Fight to the End, Finish the game.

      We discussed, Who is the Master that Swami is asking us to follow, Is that Master always with us to ask questions and guide, we shared example of Arjuna & Krishna where master was always there to guide, Swami students who always had Swami physically to guide. But current situation who is this master? Students concluded it is our conscience.

      Conclusion: Master is Swami & he is our conscience. Learn from his life and teachings. Also train to tune into your inner voice. Goal of SSE is to raise students with clean and clear conscience

      We discussed, What is the Devil we have to face? Students gave many examples like internal enemies, anger, lethargy, fear of failure, thought -inability to take up as they think tasks are huge, stress, anxiety, fear of public speaking….  

      We ended the class to make an effort to listen to our conscience and we will learn how to face the devils they mentioned in the subsequent classes.

    • JANUARY 17th 2021

      Session 2: Learn good & get Inspired from others lives. Students presented many inspiring real life experiences they learned from the interviews. 

      New service project proposal & plan was reviewed with students.

      Update on existing service projects progress.

      Valentine’s day, E-day idea discussion & plan.

      1/10/21

      We had parent teacher meeting @ 3:30pm. It was very encouraging to see 99% parents join, provide feedback and listen to the student presentations.

      During Christmas break, students were asked to conduct interviews of their grand parents, uncle/aunty etc to Learn good & get Inspired from others lives. Students presented to both teachers and parents many inspiring real life experiences they learned from the interviews. 

      Whom did you interview?

      What did they aspire to achieve in their lives

      What were the struggles/hurdles they faced & how they overcame them

      What did you learn from them?

      How will you bring these lessons into your own life to practice?

    • December 20, 2020

      Today’s was last class on Oneness topic

      Analogy: Showed students many lamps that were not lit except one. All of the others were lit using the one lamp, post which students cannot identify the one that was used to lit them all. Message: Everything is spark of the divine, but we forgot our source. 

      We played a Ted Ed video on the discovery of Higgs Boson aka God particle and Higgs field. Quantum physics shows God particle is one that is giving energy to all, the Higgs boson field pervades whole universe that we cannot see but gives mass to the particles. 

      We then watched Q&A with Swami on this same topic asked by his students and we dwelled upon Swami’s message for us and Life application. 

      Life Application:

      From Swami’s message: How to gain confidence, I am God

      Life Application

          • Mindful living: Always think before every action about the source of the energy (consciousness in you) example
          • When you play instrument – hands moving, memory- attribute to that God/energy in you.
          • When eating, drinking, studying – attribute it to the God/energy in you
          • When you see nature (Water, flowers, fruits)- attribute to the energy (same consciousness in all)
          • Practice God qualities- kindness, compassion, love.

      Class presentation

    • December 13, 2020

      We started with prayers, had an icebreaker (make a wish for someone else this Christmas, what will that be and for whom). Students mentioned well being on front line workers, everyone who lost family members or jobs during the pandemic.

      Based on last class, students were supposed to set SMART goal to practice from now thru next Swami birthday, monitor and track it. Each student shared their goal and we discussed how to track & measure progress while practicing them. We will share the goals with parents so they can help as well.

      We had open discussion about: Oneness with nature

          1. What are the 5 elements how are they connected to you?
          2. How can you respect nature through your actions?
          3. Can you share some rituals/customs that keep reminding us that nature is God
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    •  December 6, 2020

      We started with prayers, had an ice breaker (number of dishes you had on Thanksgiving meal) This led to being thankful & our Inter Faith food drive progress, contributions for Nov and plan for Dec. We narrated two stories that Swami shared during a discourse about 1) Story showing how one bad habit can take you down like while digging a well 2) Story showing how one good habit can take you up like while constructing a wall. Activity time: Students were divided into 5 break out rooms & asked to pick one bad habit & tell with example how it leads to many more and 2) pick one good habit show examples how it helps build yourself. Students presented for bad habits: procrastination, lying, wasting time, laziness, too much device time. for good habits: self confidence, Discipline (twice), doing our duties, positive self talk We talked about these good habits in terms more SMART goals. We also discussed different means to learn good virtues: Stories, experience from others, parents, teachers, Swami. To help more learning, we have asked them to Interview their grandparents, uncles/aunts or anyone to get to know their lives and get inspired. Goal: Students have to pick one good habit for Swami’s birthday, parent’s birthday or even their own birthday to start practicing. Students prepare & present their thoughts on Oneness with Nature/Universe in next class.

      Summary of the discussion & class presentation 

    • November 8, 2020

      Students watched a video as homework, they discussed in breakout rooms and presented to the class their thoughts.

      Summary of the discussion & class presentation 

      Thought Vibrations -What are you broadcasting?

          • Your intentions/emotions positive or negative are creating vibrations around you and also attracting similar vibrations from the universe
          • A negative emotion/thought impacts you first before it reaches the other person.
          • Positive affirmations and thoughts are the key for the success.

      Word Vibrations 

          • Masaru Emoto experiments on impact of vibrations created by words.
          • There is relation between sound vibration and the form it takes.
          • CERN (Geneva) experiment on atom vibrations and form.
          • Watch your words, use them wisely.
          • Do not raise your voice to prove your point.
          • Most of the time, the tone (how you say) is more important than the message (what you say)

      Deed Vibrations 

          • Do more and more deeds to show Love, Compassion, Kindness round the clock. 
          • These deeds generate highest vibrations for person doing the act, receiving & watching/hearing the act. We discussed how we get emotional while watching a scene in the movie.
          • Self Love
          • Service at home
          • Community service     
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    • November 1, 2020

      After invocation prayers we started with an ice breaker, reviewed food drive service and communications on google hangouts

      Today topics

      1) We played Kahoot that covered quarter 1 topics. 

      2) we had students divided into 8 breakout groups, gave each grp one topic to discuss for 15mins. Each grp presented the summary of their discussion to the class.

          • Grp 1: Open minded (what is it, how it helps, how to practice, qualities of person with open mind)
          • Grp 2: Learning things faster  (brain hormones, how it helps, tips, practice)
          • Grp 3: What is unity in worldly sense and in spirituality (examples of diversity, unity, practice)
          • Grp 4: Who is dear to God (devotee, qualities, practice)
          • Grp 5: Purity (define, why is it important, how to purify, practice)
          • Grp 6: 4 Qualities for pure heart (what are they, example scenarios, practice)
          • Grp 7: Bad company (define, examples, how to handle, practice)
          • Grp 8: Stress & Anxiety (what, when, how, practice, tips)
          • Grp 8: Science behind sacred sounds (sounds & vibration exp, sacred sounds, how they help, sounds and water, practice)

      Please find link to the class presentation.

      Home work:

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    • October 25, 2020

      After invocation prayers we started with an ice breaker, reviewed food drive service and communications on google hangouts

      Today we discussed about

      1) What rituals in Navratri are meant to help see divinity in all

      2) What is Anxiety, what symptoms do they notice & when does anxiety kick in

      3) Three tips to overcome anxiety. These 3 tips have to be practiced daily.

          • Sit in a comfortable position (on chair/ground), close your eyes and chant OM 3 times, with each OM imagine a circle of protection forming on top of your head
          •  With eyes closed Chant Gayathri mantra 3 times, with each chant imagine a circle of protection forming around your body
          • Positive Self talk –  talk to Swami in your heart, Swami please help me put my best effort and take ownership of the result

      4) Sounds & frequency impact on matter and water

      5) Science behind scared sounds and how they help curb anxiety

      Grp 3 had Swami birthday bhajan today. Please find link to the class presentation.

      Class notes for previous classes can be found here.

    • October 3, 2020

      As class we dwelled deeper into what does oneness mean? what is the definition of Unity per Swami. Black Lives Matter was a topic to discussed & examples to help identify oneness in diversity.

      What does unity mean? It is not the combination of many; it is the realization of oneness. Satya Sai Baba

       Please find link to the class presentation.

CLASS DATE: 10/3/21

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY: Body is a miracle of God

ATTENDANCE:  21

Topic: When everyone of us is gifted with this wonderful machine/instrument body, should we not love and take care of it? I know that, but let’s discuss everyday problems we face. 

  • What are some examples of negative body image? 
  • Do you have or want to share one thing you are insecure about, do you look someone down for it? 
  • How do peers, media impact body image.
  • List 4 unhealthy behaviors to change body image.
  • List 3-5 ways to maintain healthy body and image.

 Breakout rooms: We had two breakout rooms, one for boys & one for girls to discuss above questions & present it to the class.

Summary: 5 ways to maintain healthy body & image

  • Aim to be the best you can be, do not be ashamed of yourself.  1)Eat healthy food and avoid/reduce junk food. 2) Do exercise/yoga & meditation for physical and mental health. 3) Avoid screen time whenever possible. 4) Take care of your personal hygiene. 5) Give back to the community to boost your self esteem  and confidence 6) Show gratitude to your parents & God for this wonderful gift
  • Embrace and be proud of how you look, how nature is moulding you as your genes, your heritage and culture goes into it.
  • Focus on what makes you memorable? what is your strength? 
  • Do not compare with others, you are different and that is what sets you apart and strong. Beauty is not zero sum.
  • Daily affirmation: I am beautiful\handsome inside and out.

We started discussion, what sets humans & animals apart. Students gave many answers: Mind, Love, Emotional Intelligence, Discrimination. We will continue the this discussion in next class.

Next Class: Discover your inherent potential, Body is temple of God. 

Note to Parents:

Swami Birthday self transformation offering: Each student summarized their understanding of the topic, Love towards parents and introspected where they can improve. Each student identified their transformation ideas that they will follow.  Each student was asked to write up the transformation ideas on a paper, show it to their parents and post it in their room or fridge so they can be reminded of the offering to Swami.

 

 

CLASS DATE: 10/17/21

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY: What did Swami say about Habits and Character

ATTENDANCE:  17

Today we learned Swami’s message about habits and character. We watched a Swami video and Megahana (YA from MA) took a session on the same topic. Presentation is here  

In the breakout rooms, students wrote up habits (as SMART goals) they would like to develop to better themselves 5 years from now.

Next Class: Pancha Koshas 

Note to Parents:

Swami Birthday self transformation offering: Each student summarized their understanding of the topic, Love towards parents and introspected where they can improve. Each student identified their transformation ideas that they will follow.  Each student was asked to write up the transformation ideas on a paper, show it to their parents and post it in their room or fridge so they can be reminded of the offering to Swami.

 

 

CLASS DATE: 10/24/21

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY: Pancha Koshas

ATTENDANCE:  14

 In this class we learned about pancha koshas (five sheaths) of Human body through a story of Brighu and his father Varuna.  We learned what constitutes each kosha,  how to purify them and how Jyothi meditation can helps in this regard. Students summarized their understanding of the topic.  Click here to see the presentation deck  used for the class. 

Next Class: Quiz, Diwali etc 

Note to Parents:

Swami Birthday self transformation offering: Each student summarized their understanding of the topic, Love towards parents and introspected where they can improve. Each student identified their transformation ideas that they will follow.  Each student was asked to write up the transformation ideas on a paper, show it to their parents and post it in their room or fridge so they can be reminded of the offering to Swami.

 

 

CLASS DATE: 10/31/21

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY: Diwali, Kahoot quiz

ATTENDANCE:  14

 In this class we learned about Diwali. We understood the meaning of Diwali and when it is celebrated. We also learned two stories related Diwali. One about killing of Narakasura and one about Rama returning back to Ayodhya. We learned spiritual significance of Diwali.  Click here to see the presentation deck  used for the class. 

Next Class: guest speakers

Note to Parents:

Swami Birthday self transformation offering: Each student summarized their understanding of the topic, Love towards parents and introspected where they can improve. Each student identified their transformation ideas that they will follow.  Each student was asked to write up the transformation ideas on a paper, show it to their parents and post it in their room or fridge so they can be reminded of the offering to Swami.

 

 

CLASS DATE: 12/14/2021

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY: Student led, topic Gratitude

ATTENDANCE:  15

We had group 2 gurus come in today for interactive session on Celebrating Christ and his messages.

Presentation link

We discussed about

Who is Christ

Importance of Christmas 

what did Swami say about it,

Christmas carols

how to practice teachings

 

CLASS DATE: 01/09/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY: Parent led topic “Faith”

ATTENDANCE:  15

Today in our class we have Manoj uncle as a parent guest speaker. He spoke to us about importance of “faith in God” and how to cultivate that. He started his presentation with few quotes on the topic and a short video discourse clip on the same. We discussed on those quotes and the video clip. Everyone of us shared an experience or a story of having faith in God.  Apart from how “faith in Swami” gave him strength to face difficulties, Manoj uncle gave us some practical tips like sitting straight, 30sec silent sitting, raised eyebrows, namasmarana etc helps us cultivate that faith. 

 

CLASS DATE: 01/16/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Faith in God

ATTENDANCE:  14

In the last class we continued on the topic of “faith in God” from last class. In this class we learned it through the story of Dhruva. How his unwavering faith in god led him to become a polar star. In this story we also learnt how we can re-direct our worldly disappointments, how faith will be tested etc. Also, Valli presented go-green tips for January. We ended the class with understanding of Makara Sankranti.

CLASS DATE: 01/22/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Social Conformity

ATTENDANCE:  14

Today in our class,  Kaavya Raman presented on topic “Social Conformity”. We learnt about positive and negative influences of social conformity. 5Ds (Duty, Devotion, Discipline, Determination, Discrimination) can help us find out if it is a positive or a negative influence. We learnt about some examples and ABC of life (Avoid Bad Company). Then we broke out into different rooms to discuss conformity at home, school and friends.  Please see the presentation for more details. Sairam

 

CLASS DATE: 01/30/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Discipline

ATTENDANCE:  14

Sairam dear parents,

In our class today (01/22), we discussed on the topic “Discipline“. We listened to short audio clip of Swami’s discourse on Discipline. Then we went into different breakout rooms to discuss about the following topics related to discipline.

 

Breakout room questions

  1. Give an inspiring example(s) of a person(s) following Discipline.
  2. How can we follow discipline in our day-to-day life?
  3. What are the benefits of following discipline?
  4. What happens if there is no Discipline?

 

All the students came up with one life application each. Please see the jamboard to see the discussion summary and the life applications students came up with.

 

https://jamboard.google.com/d/1vJZQraeI10BD5GXly-kjOKtulxqnyAyUaa9p09ZHGws/edit?usp=sharing

 

Sairam

 Group 3 Teachers

 

CLASS DATE: 02/06/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Judging others

ATTENDANCE:  17

Sairam dear parents,

Today in our class (02/06/22) Vishal gave us a presentation on “Judging others”.  In his presentation he talked about

  1. Why people judge
  2. Why we shouldn’t judge
  3. What does it mean to judge someone etc.

 

We were split into 4 breakout rooms to answer the following questions in jamboard

  1. On what grounds people are judged?
  2. How do you feel when you are judged?
  3. What was the reason when you judged others?

 

We ended the class with a small video clip of Swami talking about this topic.

 

Here are the links.

Swami’s video

presentation

Jamboard

 

Sairam

 Group 3 Teachers

 

CLASS DATE: 02/13/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Connecting to God through Bhajans

ATTENDANCE:  14

In our class today (02/13/22) Shivaani presented on the the topic “Connecting to God through Bhajans”. After the presentation we discussed some inspiring stories of devotees who connected to God through their singing. Then we were split into 4 breakout rooms. Each group chose a bhajan and they presented to class on how they connect to swami through that bhajan.

Sairam
Group 3 teachers.

 

Here are the links.

presentation

Sairam

 

 

CLASS DATE: 02/20/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Service

ATTENDANCE:  14

 

Sairam dear parents,
Today (02/20/22) in our class Krishna and Siddharth presented on topic “service”. After the intro, we were split into different breakout rooms where we discussed on question related to service. Then we saw a video about service in which swami talks about how service should be rendered.
1. Without expectation of praise or material gain
2. See God in whom service is being rendered
3. Reflect on how the act of service improved you spiritually.

Then we read a swami’s childhood story that illustrates how as a young Satya swami helped his family members and villagers with His selfless acts.

 

Here is the presentation. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1l7Bt2Pe649ug3ehq63LCX1JvnEL0Uvotw26Vhmxv7m4/edit?usp=drivesdk

Sairam
Group 3 teachers

 

 

CLASS DATE: 02/27/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Service

ATTENDANCE:  14

 

Sairam Parents,

Continuing on the topic of Service, today (02/27) in our class we have Brother Lakshman & Aswini Kumar both Swami students as guest speakers presenting on Grama Seva they did when they were students in Prashanthi nilayam. Attached is the presentation.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1X2-pQltri09_agVGA7KZQEcDymfrNtuH/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=103160435559620068055&rtpof=true&sd=true

 

Sairam

 Group 3 Teachers

 

 

CLASS DATE: 03/06/2022

TEACHER(S):  Nalini, Gangadhar

SUMMARY:  Anger Management

ATTENDANCE:  14

Sairam Parents,
Today (03/06), in our class we have our group 3 student, Vishwajith presented on the topic “Anger Management”. He presented on what causes anger, tips to controll it(WATCH technique), Swami’s quotes, a small video, what is said in Bhagavadgita about anger management etc. Attached is the presentation deck.

Sairam
Group 3 Teachers

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SZFAirUkLY-4Tj215lRIn49xqfubkOurRANPldYBDSg/edit?usp=sharing

 

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2.  SSSE Group 2 Archives

Group 2 SSSE Teachers: Hitha Raj, Jagruthi Mariwalla and Deepthi Ravulakollu


27th March 2022

 
 
20th March 2022
Attendance: 25/31
Eashwaramma Day  preparation as a team 
Summary of Today’s class:
We started our class with Omkar 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayathri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation.   
Life Application: Sharing time  from last class
  • Take a jar/box or any plastic container
  • AWARENESS of GOD being Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient 
  • Add FAITH & TRUST
  • And continue to respond with LOVE and empty your Jar 
  • If your jar is already empty continue to add colorful beads with love.
  • Show your jar and share your experience with the class
E- Day brain storming as a team:
A very productive discussion as team and we have a plan to execute it and assign the roles and students finalizing the start to the start to completion of the 30 min presentation.
 Swami’s quote:
Do Good.  Be Good and see Good. Do Everything with Love.
 LIFE APPLICATION:
  • Take a jar/box or any plastic container
  • AWARENESS of GOD being Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient 
  • Add FAITH & TRUST
  • And continue to respond with LOVE and empty your Jar 
  • If your jar is already empty continue to add colourful beads with love.
  • Show your jar and share your experience with the class
  • Important information regarding Eashwaramma day celebrations on Sunday  May 8th 
  • Please make sure you know its a in person celebration from group 2 we sure are requested if the parents not ok with students performing in person please let us know. 3/20/22 we will be finalizing the presentation and the roles will be assigned goo.
Affirmation: Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.  
Closing prayers: The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to our next class.
Sai Ram
Note:  Shivaratri bhajan in the center refer Raleigh  sai center News letter for details.

6th & 13th March 2022
Attendance: 22/31 & 24/31

Summary of class:

Divine love: 

We started our class with Omkar 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayathri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation.   

 Life Application: Sharing time  from last class

  • Take a jar/box or any plastic container
  • AWARENESS of GOD being Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient 
  • Add FAITH & TRUST
  • And continue to respond with LOVE and empty your Jar 
  • If your jar is already empty continue to add colourful beads with love.
  • Show your jar and share your experience with the class

 Today we started with Faith and Trust in God

What is faith?

FAITH is unwavering belief in GOD 

You believe in yourself because your SELF is GOD 

You have an unshakeable FAITH in GOD deep down inside you

FAITH in YOURSELF and FAITH in GOD are identical.

 Faith -Trust-Believe

  • I am in you, with you, surrounding you.
  • I am always guiding and guarding you as the eyelid protects the eye!
  • Story time 
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyAazf0UdJs&t=9s

 Swami quote: 

Help Ever

Hurt Never

Activity Time – Sai Essence 

Zip lock bag filled with water and pencil experiment to show how faith in God is demonstrated.

 Bhajan:

We had an opportunity for Shivani Gadepalli from group three stopped by and taught the class the following  Bhajan. Please listen to the audio and the lyrics and practice at home so any interested students can participate in the next group 2 turn to sing bhajan in the center.

I Am God, I Am God, I Am No Different From God
I Am The Infinite Supreme, The One Reality
I Am Satchidananda Swaroopa
I Am Om Tat Sat Om
I Am Love, I Am Truth, I Am Peace Eternally
I Am Ever Pure Delight, I Am Always Full And Free
Fear And Grief Can Never Touch Me [ I Am Om … ]

https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/i-am-god-i-am-god

Please, refer the what’s app parents message for the audio.

Go green tips on saving water.

Take showers and cut down on your time.

Load the laundry and dish washer full before you run the machine

Swami says water is a do one energy do. It waste it and it is life energy. 

 LIFE APPLICATION:

  • Take a jar/box or any plastic container
  • AWARENESS of GOD being Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient 
  • Add FAITH & TRUST
  • And continue to respond with LOVE and empty your Jar 
  • If your jar is already empty continue to add colourful beads with love.
  • Show your jar and share your experience with the class
  • Important information regarding Eashwaramma day celebrations on Sunday  May 8th 
  • Please make sure you know its a in person celebration from group 2 we sure are requested if the parents not ok with students performing in person please let us know. 3/20/22 we will be finalizing the presentation and the roles will be assigned goo.

Affirmation: Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.  

Closing prayers: The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to our next class.

Sai Ram


27th Feb 2022
Attendance: 29/31
Summary of Today’s class:
Divine love: 
We started our class with Omkar 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayathri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation.   
Life Application: Sharing from last class: In the break out rooms 
Show your jar and share your Transformations in the break out rooms.
Questions:
1.How was your transformation from week 1,2 and 3 of the jar activity?
2.How did you feel after the transformation ?
3. How do your  Always respond with love in future?
  It was very well participated break out room discussion and every single student participated and well received and well taken I to action on everyday awareness of being in love, with love and of love where you constantly encourage to be in three O – Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent.
God is omnipotent, all powerful
God is omnipresent, present Everywhere.
God is omniscient, All knowing.
After the break out room students summarized what they discussed and came up the with Swami’s quote. Guess what all the three break out rooms had the same Swami’s quote. That is below.
 Swami quote: 
Help Ever
Hurt Never
 Bhajan:
We had an opportunity for Shivani Gadepalli from group three stopped by and taught the class the following  Bhajan. Please listen to the audio and the lyrics and practice at home so any interested students can participate in the next group 2 turn to sing bhajan in the center.
I Am God, I Am God, I Am No Different From God
I Am The Infinite Supreme, The One Reality
I Am Satchidananda Swaroopa
I Am Om Tat Sat Om
I Am Love, I Am Truth, I Am Peace Eternally
I Am Ever Pure Delight, I Am Always Full And Free
Fear And Grief Can Never Touch Me [ I Am Om … ]
https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/i-am-god-i-am-god
Please, refer the what’s app parents message for the audio.
 LIFE APPLICATION:
  • Take a jar/box or any plastic container
  • Be aware of GOD being Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient And continue to empty your Jar.
Affirmation: Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.  
Closing prayers: The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to our next class.
Sai Ram
Note:  Shivaratri bhajan in the center refer Raleigh  sai center News letter for details 

20th Feb 2022
Attendance: 24/31
Divine love
Summary of Today’s class: 
We started our class with Omkar 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayathri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation.   Difference between  
Human love and Divine love
Life Application: Sharing from last class:
Show your jar and share your experience with the class
  • What did you do to empty the Jar ?
  • What were your observations ?
  
How to develop Prema/divine love?
Now continuing the discussion to the next level, we bought in what Swami says about having vices in us.
 Prema can cultivate through two methods.
 First  Method- Always consider
  • The faults of others, however big, to be insignificant and negligible.
  • Always consider own faults, however insignificant and negligible, to be big, and feel sad and repentant.
  • By this means, you avoid developing bigger faults and defects
You can acquire qualities of brotherliness and forbearance.
Second Method – Love for God
 
Whatever you do, alone or with others, 
Do it remembering that GOD is Omnipresent. 
GOD sees, hears, and knows everything 
Activity:
We had an opportunity to show an activity of tumbler, paper and water bowl.to show how air is every where so is the God everywhere.  Please, ask your kids, what does tumbler, water and the bowl represent and what was the amazing inference they learnt form this activity to show God is Omnipresent.
Whatever you speak, 
Remember that GOD hears every word. 
Discriminate between the true and the false, 
And speak only the truth.  
Story:
We had an opportunity to show that God is all knowing  a short  video. Please, watch with our student and ask questions about what they understood about it.
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What ever you do, discriminate between right and wrong, and do only right. Endeavor every moment to be aware of the omnipotence of God.
Story/ video:
We had an opportunity to share the Mrs. Rathanlall  story from minutes 21.06 to 26.66  a 5minutes video to share the ominipotentent story how Swami all powerful story narrated by Mrs. Rathanlal herself.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwznRTJ-dA4&t=1s
Swami quote: 
God is omnipotent, all powerful
God is omnipresent, present Everywhere.
God is omniscient, All knowing.
LIFE APPLICATION:
  • Take a jar/box or any plastic container
  • Be aware of GOD being Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient 
And continue to empty your Jar 
Affirmation: Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.  
Closing prayers: The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to our next class.
Sai Ram
 

13th Feb 2022
Attendance: 27/33
Divine Love
Summary of Today’s class: Divine love: We started our class with Omkar 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayathri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation.   Difference between Human love and Divine love
Sharing the Life application from Last week:
Take a jar and fill it up with any household pantry item like dry beans, Cheetos or nuts, etc to fill up the jar if you have exhibited anger, unkind words, or any negative emotions like fear, sadness, jealousy, etc 
Almost the whole class participated and discussed very well what made them fill up the jar. It was nice to see the reasons they filled up that jar. 
How to develop Prema/divine love?
Now continuing the discussion to the next level, we bought in what Swami says about having vices in us.
 Prema can cultivate through two methods.
 First one- Always consider
  • The faults of others, however big, to be insignificant and negligible.
  • Always consider own faults, however insignificant and negligible, to be big, and feel sad and repentant.
  • By this means, you avoid developing bigger faults and defects
You can acquire qualities of brotherliness and forbearance.
Once discussed the above we watched the video, see the below link. 

https://youtu.be/72HHgLeTbpY

Activity :

  1. Role played three scenarios of speaking unkind words, anger, and being negative.
  2. Balloon activity showing how these vices can blow up the balloon if you let it affect you and react to it and how can we  convert these unkind to kindness and love. .        Please ask our students what they learnt from the role play and the balloon activities.

Discussion take away after the activities 

  • Can we experience love for others or God?
  • Reaction v/s response
  • Forgive and forget
  • When you catch yourself being unkind, bring yourself back to kindness and love.

Swami quote: ” love lives by giving and forgiving”

LIFE APPLICATION:

  • How are you planning to empty the Jar? From last week
  • Put your plan into action and empty your Jar, every time you have been kind, caring, loving
  • Show your empty jar and share your experience with the class.

Affirmation: Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.  

Closing prayers: The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to our next class.

Sai Ram

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6th Feb 2022

Attendance: 27/33

Divine Love

Summary of Today’s class: Divine love: We started our class with Omkar 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayathri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation.   Difference between Human love and Divine love

Human love:

Love is a basic principle of human nature. It is confused with the affection of the mother to her child, attachment between family members, the dependence of friend on a friend, relationship of teacher and pupils. In every of these, there is a trace of egoistic need can be recognized, Love without ego is genuine love. It is pure, full, and free.

 Divine Love 

  • God’s love is more intense than thousands of mothers.
  • It is not offered to satisfy any desires.
  • He offers Himself. God loves because the happiness of the loved one is loved by him as his own happiness. 
  • God’s love is so sweet and soft. One who believes “I am yours” he will never neglect him.
  • You are sincere in surrender, you have earned the ultimate goal of life.

You have to conduct yourself in such a way that God’s love is drawn towards you and constantly on you.

 We had a chance to watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jdVp1TFQvM&t=326s

 Activity :

Please, check with students about today’s activity about Divine Love ” Bucket, mug and Sponge Activity”. Students participated in a very active discussion and shared their thoughts about the activity. very impressed by the students’ involvement in the participation.

Story:

Ice cream Story of Divine was told in the class. Please ask our students about this wonderful story.

Swami quote: 

” All things are beautifully seen through the eyes of love “

Go Green Tips:

Presented by Valli group 3 student, for February. Please refer parents whats app group.

Affirmation: Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.

Life Application: 

  • Take a jar/box or any plastic container 
  • Each time you – 
    • FEEL ANGRY 
    • SPEAK UNKIND WORDS
    • EXPERIENCE NEGATIVE EMOTION

Add a pebble or a chit or a special shape or a bead or any small objects into the jar

  • Show your jar and share your experience with the class next week.

 Closing prayers: The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to our next class.

Sai Ram


30th Jan 2022

Attendance: 30/33

Selfless love – Service – Selfless service

Summary of the class: 

We started our class with Omkara 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayatri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation.  It was a wonderful class with teams presenting and performing on their stories, morals, and Swami’s teachings. 

Today’s class summary:

 We had  11 groups of 3  students each in a group prepared as a team and presented the following topics on the selfless service :

It was great treat for us to see their fabulous presentation delivered with professional, love, team work, communication, over challenges and leadership as a team:

Here are topics they presented:

Swami’s Super speciality hospital, bills gates foundation, Mother Theresa, ocean project, sathya sai educational institutions, selfless service at home, service at school, Mahathma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.  The topics were covered from home to the nation.

We were super proud of there delivery and creativity.

Thank you Parents for your effort, and your supporting our students, we greatly appreciate you.

Selfless Service is the Worship you offer, to the God in Everyone.

 Affirmation:

Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.

Life Application:

Selfless Service  –  Community

Food drive for Inter-faith Food Shuttle, Durham by Group 3 SSE Students every month

(Non-Perishable Food Items), Drop the at Brother Param’s place:

Address: 719 McRae Rd, Cary

https://raleighsaicenter.org/newsletter/#service

Closing prayers: The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to our next class.


 23rd Jan 2022

Attendance: 31/33

Selfless love – Service – Selfless service

Summary of the class: Selfless love – Service – Selfless service

We started our class with Omkara 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayatri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation.  It was a wonderful class with teams presenting and performing on their stories, morals, and Swami’s teachings. 

 

Today’s class summary:

We had a chance to have three beak-out rooms and participate in the activity of discussing.

Q-What is the difference between Chore/ Duty / Service?

Q-Why we should do Service?

It was a great discussion and participation from students. After the discussion, we have divided the students into three groups and given them a beautiful topics to research on the selfless services rendered by these organizations

As Swami always says service starts from home. So, we have given them the topics from home to school to community to country and and  the world. Please, refer the what’s app parent group for the group and students assigned.

 We had Chance to watch this beautiful video of selfless service 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpAh_vpKQYE

Swami quote: Help Ever, Hurt never 

Life Application:

Selfless Service  –  Community

Food drive for Inter-faith Food Shuttle, Durham by Group 3 SSE Students every month

(Non-Perishable Food Items), Drop the at Brother Param’s place:

Address: 719 McRae Rd, Cary

https://raleighsaicenter.org/newsletter/#service

 

Closing prayers: The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to our next class.

Sai Ram


16th Jan 2022

Attendance: 29/33

Selfless love – Service – Selfless service

Summary of the class:

We started our class with Omkara 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayatri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation.  It was a wonderful class with teams presenting and performing on their stories, morals, and Swami’s teachings.

 What is service? Action of helping or doing work for someone

What is selfless service? Selfless Service or Seva is a service that is performed without any expectation of result or award for the person performing it.

Swami’s Words on Selfless Service

Engage yourself in selfless service. The reward for it will come of its own accord….whatever you do, do it with all your heart and to your full satisfaction. The satisfaction will give you the reward and recompense. It will confer all the strength…Acquire this true wealth.

 

Characteristics of Selfless Service: 

We revised the first 5 characters introduced in the last class 

  1. Selfless service to others develops awareness of the truth of oneness.
  2. God Himself, and the elements of nature, such as the sun and earth, provide supreme examples of selfless service
  3.  Selfless service is the means to develop the spirit of sacrifice.
  4. Selfless service promotes tolerance, love, inner peace, and the experience of the brotherhood of man.
  5. Selfless service provides practice in all human values, including sacrifice

And, learned the next 2 characters: 

  1. Helping others with love and selflessness always brings the grace of God. we watched a beautiful story about “Grace of God!”

7. Selfless service is one of the highest forms of spiritual practice because its focus is on helping others rather than one’s self.

We discussed the concepts of sadhana vs Seva based on

And, we watched a video in which Swami tells about three main practices that are important while doing selfless service or Seva

Swami Says: https://youtu.be/4n2-ihxOChQ

Swami quote:

Help Ever, Hurt never

Go Greem Tip for the Month of January by Valli <Add slide>

Affirmation:

Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.

Life Application:

Selfless Service  –  Community

Food drive for Inter-faith Food Shuttle, Durham by Group 3 SSE Students every month

(Non-Perishable Food Items), Drop the at Brother Param’s place:

Address: 719 McRae Rd, Cary

https://raleighsaicenter.org/newsletter/#service

Closing prayers: The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to our next class. 


 9th Jan 2022

“Selfless Love – Service – Selfless Service

Attendance: 28/33

Summary of the class:

Selfless love – Service -Selfless service 

We started our class with Omkara 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayatri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation.  It was a wonderful class with teams presenting and performing on their stories, morals, and Swami’s teachings.

 What is service?

The action of helping or doing work for someone

What is selfless service?

Selfless Service or Seva is a service that is performed without any expectation of result or award for the person performing it.

Swami’s Words on Selfless Service

Engage yourself in selfless service. The reward for it will come of its own accord….whatever you do, do it with all your heart and to your full satisfaction. The satisfaction will give you the reward and recompense. It will confer all the strength…Acquire this true wealth.

Characteristics of Selfless Service:

  • Selfless service to others develops awareness of the truth of oneness.
  •    God Himself, and the elements of nature, such as the sun and earth, provide supreme examples of selfless service
  •    Selfless service is the means to develop the spirit of sacrifice.
  • Selfless service promotes tolerance, love, inner peace, and the experience of the brotherhood of man.
  • Selfless service provides practice in all human values, including sacrifice. 

https://youtu.be/84YuQQ79Vcw

We had an opportunity to show Mother Teresa’s life story of selfless service to mankind. (please, Che k with our students what did they understood with selfless service with this story)

The remaining 2 more characteristics will be continued in the next class

Swami quote:

Help Ever, Hurt never

Affirmation:

Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.

 Life Application

Choose one selfless service at – 

family / home / school / community 

Without……….! 

  • Expectations
  • Reward
  • Personal gain

Share your experience in the next class

Closing prayers: 

The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.

If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to our next class.

Sai Rama


19th Dec Summary:

“Talent Show”

Summary of the class:

We started our class with Omkara 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayatri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation. 

We shared the story of Jesus Birth and the gifts from 3 Kings. We also discussed Swami’s message for Christmas and the importance of Love. Later, each one of our students presented their talent to the class and we all had a wonderful time. 

Swami’s Quote:

Jesus taught that God is Love. Instead of recognizing this basic truth, men are allowing hatred, envy, and other evil qualities to pollute their love. Man is gifted with the quality of love not to express it for selfish purposes but to direct it towards God. Jesus declared that there was nothing great about returning good for good. They should do good even to those who harm them.

The ideals taught by Jesus should be put into practice. That is the right way to celebrate his birthday. Whomsoever you adore, you must try to live up to his teachings.

Life Application: 

Service Projects:

https://raleighsaicenter.org/newsletter/#service 

Christmas is all about spreading love, joy, and happiness. Participate in any of the projects and share your experiences with us in the next class. 

Closing prayers: 

The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.

Happy Holidays! See you in the New Year, 2022! 

Sairam


12th Dec 2021

 “Selfless Love”

Attendance: 32/35

Summary of the class:

We started our class with Omkara 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayatri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation.  It was a wonderful class with teams presenting and performing on their stories, morals, and Swami’s teachings.

  1. Lord Rama’s Story – Love, Respect & Obedience 
  2. Sravan Kumar’s Story – Dedication & love
  3. Saint Pundalik’s Story – Service & Devotion 

Swami Says: 

Love your Parents and Show your Gratitude. The most sacred teaching of the Vedas are – 

Matru Devo Bhava, 

Pitru Devo Bhava, 

Acharya Devo Bhava  

Bhajan:

We had Shivani Gadeplalli (Group 3 Student) visit our class and teach us a wonderful Bhajan.

You are my mother, you are my father, you are my nearest, dearest, friend

You are the ocean, you are the mountains, you are the beginning, and the end

I love you, Lord, you make me see

See you in everyone, see you in me

Sai I am in you and you are in me

Please check Group 2 SSSE what’s app for the audio file. 

Life application:

  • Take the teaching/or takeaways from three stories and apply them to your everyday practice, then share your results in the next class
  • We will be celebrating Christmas in our next class. Bring your skills, creativity and we’ll show them off next week.
  • Join Us with a Christmas dress, colors, and joy for the next class

Affirmation:

Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.

Closing prayers: 

The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.

If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to our next class.

Sai Ram

 

 

 


5th Dec 2021

 “Selfless Love”

Attendance: 27/35

Summary of the class:

We started our class with Omkara 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayatri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation.  

We discussed last week’s life application and how children practiced selfless love towards parents

The class topic was how to Recognize and share Selfless love with Parents.

 We had breakout rooms to discuss 3 different stories about Love, Respect, Obedience, devotion, service and dedication towards Parents – 

  1. Lord Rama’s Story – Love, Respect & Obedience 
  2. Sravan Kumar’s Story – Dedication & love
  3. Saint Pundalik’s Story – Service & Devotion 

Swami Says: 

” Revere Your Mother and Father As GOD”

Life application:

Team building activities with each group, every team will communicate and connect this week so they get to present their story, their learning, morals, and what are the action plans they will be practicing in their life to show selfless love towards parents. And will have a great opportunity to share in the class next week.

Things to keep in mind regarding presentation 

  1. Each team will have 15 mins to present in the class.
  2. Everyone in the group must participate 
  3. Research,  collaborate and build your presentation in a creative way.

Affirmation:

Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.

Closing prayers: 

The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful. If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. 

Sai Ram


28th Nov 2021

No SSSE class was conducted as it was Thanksgiving Holiday Week

If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers.

Sairam


21st Nov 2021

 “Selfless Love”

Attendance: 23/35

Summary of class:  

We started our class with Omkara 3 times and our activities – Chanting of Gayatri Mantra, reading out its meaning, and Jyothi Meditation. We played a game on Kahoot, themed on Swami’s Birthday and Thanksgiving.

We discussed last week’s life application, experience from daily Prayer, and Meditation

In this class, we introduce the topic of Selfless Love. And the best example of selfless love is our parents.

Our class was focused on Selfless Love – our Parents, we watched the below videos:

https://youtu.be/ZpCfOZbnYWQ

https://youtu.be/UrxwZCSLwsc

Swami Says: 

As you take care of your parents, you will be taken care of by your children. Therefore, at this age, we must know the value of respecting our parents. I tell the boys many times that your blood, food, head and mind are given by your parents. So first you must pay your respect to your parents. Since parents have given you birth and have brought you up, you must first pay respect to them, even before God. God has given us mud and water, but the pots are made by the potters and not by God. In the same way, God has created our parents, and they, in turn, have given us this form. We owe this form to our parents. Your parents are the foundation of this body. Therefore it is said, Matru Devo Bhava, Pitru Devo Bhava – Mother is God, Father is God. Parents are Divine. Even today, we may find a wicked son, but never a bad mother. Parents bring you up with so much love. You should never forget your parents’ love. Remind yourself of their love and lead a life of integrity and morality. 

Life application:

1. We would love you to observe the Selfless Love shown by your Parents.

2. What are your ways to show selfless love to your Parents.

3. Put it into action/ practice / express your love in a creative way and share with us here. On this  link below

 https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1mJTRLms38BKEONF8h9IdvbfN2p-C6J7d?usp=sharing

Affirmation:

Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.

Closing prayers: 

The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.

If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to our next on 5th Dec 2021

Please Note – No class on 11/28/2021 as it is Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. 

Sai Ram


14th Nov 2021

No SSSE class was conducted as it was Global Akhanda Bhajan day. 

If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers.

Sairam


7th Nov 2021

 “Self-Love – Body Is The Temple”

Attendance: 29/36

Summary of class:  

We celebrated Halloween in our class, It was wonderful to see students and teachers dressed up in different characters. We started the class by chanting Om, followed by three Gayathri Mantra, meaning, and Jyoti/ light meditation.

We did share in detail last week’s life application. 

Swami quote: 

 “Start the day with love,  

  Spend the day with love,

  Fill the day with love,

  End the day with love,

  This is the way to God!

In today’s class we focused on the physical body and how important hydration, nutrition, cleanliness and exercise are to maintain our body. We talked about the physical form of our body and the aura around when we are filled with light, love, and divinity

We watched the video about aura – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F7DmBLT9DQ

Life application:

1) Follow Swami’s quote every day 

2) Pray every day and feel the change in your energy/ vibrations.

                                                      Or

-Do Jyoti/light meditation every day. The link is attached below.

                                               https://youtu.be/C9kpnGyOJSI

3) Share your experiences with us in, next class.

 Affirmation:

Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.

Closing prayers:

The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.

If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers.

Please note, we do not have SSSE class next week as there will be Global Akhanda Bhajan. Looking forward to seeing you all in the class on 21st Nov.  

Sairam


31st Oct 2021

 “Self-Love”

“Mind-emotions-awareness, acknowledgment & processing”

Attendance: 32/36

Summary of class: 

We celebrated Halloween in our class, It was wonderful to see students and teachers dressed up in different characters. We started the class by chanting Om, followed by three Gayathri Mantra, meaning, and Jyoti/ light meditation.

We did share in detail last week’s life application. 

Swami quote: 

 “Start the day with love,  

  Fill the day with love.”

Today’s class was about acknowledging and processing emotions. We watched the following two videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJOjpprbfeE 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bKuoH8CkFc

Here are some of the ideas or suggestions for expressing your emotions and finding ways to let them out.

  • Taking a walk
  • Quiet time/ alone time
  • Hug
  • Listening
  • Asking for one  more opportunity/ chance
  • Talking to parents, teachers, and adults nearby
  • Meditation, chanting, bhajan, writing (& tearing/ crumpling) 

Life application:

1) It is the practical application of lessons in-class teaching how to practice in daily life as a family. In this class, we have the following practice-

Color activity-experience your emotions color!

  • Take a tight lid jar. 
  • Fill it with water. 
  • Add glue-up to one spoon. 
  • Add the color/glitter of your emotion.
  •  Shake it well. 
  • Watch it settling down.
  •  Note your observation and share it with us in the next class.

And continue with 2 – 4 from previous life applications. 

Affirmation:

Individually each student shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.

Closing prayers:

The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and Shanti”- May all the beings in all worlds be happy and peaceful.

If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to seeing you all in the next class.

Sairam


 24th Oct 2021

“Self Love”

 Attendance: 25/36

Summary of the class:

We started the class with chanting Om, followed by three Gayathri Mantra, meaning  and Jyoti/ light meditation.

 We did shared in detail  last week’s life application. Today’s class we did special activity in breakout rooms and did discussion which emotions they  connected the most after watching movie “Inside Out”. Share your experience in detail. We had wonderful insight of their most felt emotions.

Swami says:  “Start the day with love!”

Life application:

It is practical application of lesson in class teaching how to practice in daily life as a family . This class we have following practices-

1. Be aware of your emotions for coming week and each day put them into various colors as follows-Red-anger ,Green-disgust, blue-sadness, yellow-joy and purple for fear. Color them with Emoji’s. Share your homework into following google link.  

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1mJTRLms38BKEONF8h9IdvbfN2p-C6J7d?usp=sharing 

And continue with 2 – 4 from previous life applications. 

Affirmation:

Individually each students shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.

Closing prayers:

Class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and shanti”- May all the beings in all words be happy and peace.

If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to see you all in next class.

Sairam


17th Oct 2021

 “Self Love”

 Attendance: 29/36

Summary of the class:

We started the class with chanting Om, followed by three Gayathri Mantra, meaning  and Jyoti/ light meditation.

We did shared in detail  last week’s life application.

Today’s class discussion what is self love? Swami says body is temple, we must take care of it  at all three levels, mind-emotional,

body- physical and

soul-spiritual.

We saw two short videos of Inside-Out a movie to understand different emotions

https://youtu.be/dOkyKyVFnSs

https://youtu.be/ZK4rPwvpklI

Valli from group-3 came and shared tips for practicing Go Green. Link is shared below,

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1aiAxYaRlP0CF-CUNudYiq8WA0ERBRyMJvjfcsc-mSM4/edit?usp=sharing

Shivani from group 3 was invited to help practice bhajan in the class :

Bhajan: https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/i-keep-feeling-your-love

2 students from boys ( Aryaman and saketh)  and 2 girls (Humana and sahasra) are singing in the center bhajans this coming Thursday.

Swami says:  “Life is love, enjoy it!”

Life application:

Adding to the list of life applications shared last week, please do the below:

Watch Insight Out movie with the family. Which emotion did you connect with? write it down and draw emoji. You can get creative as you want. Take a picture and post it on folder below.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1mJTRLms38BKEONF8h9IdvbfN2p-C6J7d?usp=sharing

And continue with 2 – 4 from previous life applications. 

Affirmation-

Individually each students shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.

Closing prayers-

The class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and shanti”- May all the beings in all words be happy and peaceful.

If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to see you all in next class.

Sairam


 10th Oct 2021:

“Responding With Love”

Attendance: 28/36

Summary of the class:

We started the class with chanting Om, followed by three Gayathri Mantra, meaning  and Jyoti/ light meditation.

We did discussed in detail  last week’s life application.

Bhajan: https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/i-keep-feeling-your-love

Please practice at home  with  link sent in whats app parents chat  so 2 students from boys and girls can sing in the center bhajans this month

 Swami says: “Help ever; Hurt never”

Life application:

It is practical application of lesson in class teaching how to practice in daily life as a family . This class we have following practices-

  1. Practice Jyoti/ light meditation with your family. Practice Light meditation everyday. Link of meditation is as follows- https://youtu.be/C9kpnGyOJSI

2. https://www.sssgc-usa.org/1008sadhana/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/SSE1day1008Flyer-sssgc.pdf
Please check this link and choose the choice of sadhana /practice as a individual and as a family. https://www.sssgc-usa.org/1008sadhana/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/SSE1day1008Flyer-sssgc.pdf

 Swami’s centenary birthday celebrations, there’s a personal sadhana initiative happening for 1008 days starting 19 Th Aug of this year, which culminate on Nov 23rd 2025.

All of us can participate as per our convenience, including children.

Please check out the details here
https://www.sssgc-usa.org/1008sadhana/

For children, these are various sadhana that they can choose from

https://www.sssgc-usa.org/1008sadhana/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/SSE1day1008Flyer-sssgc.pdf

3.Swami Birthday Offering

Birthdya Offering

Please choose a challenge to transform. As Swami always says I do not need your devotion I need your transformation.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zJRt-efoTmWM4skdzJc_buUO-fGCzGKxckkA_n-WkqQ/edit?usp=sharing

4. Watch Insight Out movie with family. Which emotion you connect with? write it down and draw emoji. You can get creative as you want. Take a picture and post it on folder below.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1mJTRLms38BKEONF8h9IdvbfN2p-C6J7d?usp=sharing

Affirmation-

Individually each students shared and wrote their affirmation for the day.

Closing prayers-

Class was concluded by chanting three times “Samastha Lokaah Sukhino Bhavantu” and shanti”- May all the beings in all words be happy. and peace.

If you have any questions feel free to approach any of the teachers. Looking forward to see you all in next class.

Sairam

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3.  SSSE Group 1 Archives

 

class of 4/3/2022

We began with 3 AUMs , chanted Sai Gayathri and Asathoma Sadgamaya followed by bhajan (https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/we-bow-him-who-removes-all-obstacles

Followed by  meditation using visualization technique. 

We continued our discussion on water sense and focused on how we can be more conscious and responsible about not wasting water. We shared many practical ideas with kids and we all have decided to implement one idea this week. Here are the list of tips we shared:

  1. Using a water cup while brushing.
  2. Time your shower ,try to avoid a long shower.
  3. Use the dishwasher rather than washing manually.
  4. Clean your bike with a bucket of water instead of hose.
  5. Use less water toys
  6. Use leftover water in your water bottles or cups to water plants.
  7. Collect cold water from the shower (before it becomes warm) and use it to water the plants or other cleaning purposes.

Announcement: please follow the respective whats app group for Easwaramma day practice sessions.

Life Application:  children will continue to fill the table they created in the previous class and see the changes as they get more mindful about water usage now.

 

class of 3/20/2022

We began with 3 AUMs , chanted Sai Gayathri and Asathoma Sadgamaya followed by bhajan (https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/we-bow-him-who-removes-all-obstacles) and thumb  meditation. 

We continued our discussions on the importance of water, why we should save water, Where do we get water for our daily needs.  We also discussed how we get rain and how water is a renewable resource. We watched a video to understand why is it  important to save water. 

https://youtu.be/EFdgfQJm1sg

Announcement: Next week we will meet in person to participate in the baffle project and have a parent teacher meeting to discuss the upcoming Easwaramma Day celebrations in May.

Life Application:  children will fill the table they created today to understand approximately how many gallons of water we use everyday for common uses at home and also discuss about water bills with parents. 

 

Class on 3/13/22

We began  with three AUMs. Chanted Sai Gayathri and Asatoma Sadgamaya (new sloka), followed by a bhajan (https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/we-bow-him-who-removes-all-obstacles) and thumb meditation

Today we started new topic – kindness towards environment. Teachers talked about the importance of water in sustenance of life. We talked about how the natural resource , water, that in consumable form, is so limited although the earth is covered by 70% water. Children also shared various facts about water and the message that we need to start conserving water came across.

We reviewed the life application that children were practicing and had shared us through slides. It was very inspiring to see how children are being kind in several different ways at home, at school and to the broader community.

Announcement : Children can start thinking about their submission to the SSSE Children’s magazine for our center under the theme of “kindness”, it could be in any format that they like – drawings/paintings/poem/story/experience/puzzle etc . Children can refer the previous year magazines : https://raleighsaicenter.org/sse/ (please scroll to the bottom f page). Let’s target end of this month for submitting. The instructions for upload will be shared later this week. Kindly help your children as needed.

Life application

Children will talk to the family about consumption of water at family level.

Class of 3/7

We began  with three AUMs. Chanted Sai Gayathri and Asatoma Sadgamaya (new sloka), followed by a new bhajan (https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/we-bow-him-who-removes-all-obstacles) and thumb meditation

Today we had a guest speaker, Gopal Somu, who has been the service coordinator for our center and is involved in many service activities. He talked to the children about how service starts at home by helping our own family members and slowly expanding it to the community. We have a lot of service activities that we as a family can participate. He specifically talked about the following ones:

1.Soup Kitchen  – Cooking fresh breakfast for Men’s shelter once a month

2.Sandwich Service – Brown bags breakfast with Sandwich/Fruit/Cookie/Juice for Salvation army

3.Park Cleaning – Children and family can participate, one coming up very soon

4.Pillow service – Pillows for cancer patients

Children were very excited about the services and wanted to know how they could participate. We will be sending out communication when we have service activities where they can participate. If you are interested in knowing more about the service activities at our center, please visit : https://raleighsaicenter.org/newsletter/#service

Today was the last day of presentation for children and they all did a wonderful job of sharing inspring stories that they read about their own experiences.

Life application

We are so excited to hear from children how they have been practicing kindness at home/family/community/school etc. We have a google presentation created where each child can have a slide for themselves. They can write in words or add pictures of how they have been practicing kindness: Here is the link : https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HPNRvez8eE98YUGZpaSaHDfqgeka0hiE?usp=sharing
They can copy a slide of their choice and add their content.

Class of 2/27

We began  with three AUMs. Chanted Sai Gayathri and Asatoma Sadgamaya (new sloka), followed by a new bhajan (Om shivaya om shivaya – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AndQpOkR07s) and thumb meditation

We talked about being kind even in situations where it may not be easy to do so. For instance, during a competition. We asked children if we can be kind to our fellow participants/opponents during a competition or a tournament. They had such wonderful responses – some said we could be kind by saying nice words like ” you did a good job” or “Congratulations” or smile or even helping them with some tips to improve. It was great to hear and it seems like they also are doing it!

Teachers narrated a touching story of Jesse Owns during the 1936 Olympics. Jesse Owens an American and great athlete was not qualifying for the long jump which he was very good at and just had had one more chance left. His tough rival Luz John a German, saw that and knowing his potential, gave him tips on how he can give his best and qualify. He followed that tip and eventually won the gold medal. Owens says, the friendship that he made with Long is most memorable moment of his life. It takes lot of courage, sportsmanship and goodness a heart to help your opponents.
https://www.historynet.com/tell-him-how-things-can-be-between-men-on-this-earth-jesse-owens-unlikely-friendship/

We had great presentations from our children and very touching stories and narration on kindness

Life application

We are so excited to hear from children how they have been practicing kindness at home/family/community/school etc. We have a google presentation created where each child can have a slide for themselves. They can write in words or add pictures of how they have been practicing kindness: Here is the link : https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HPNRvez8eE98YUGZpaSaHDfqgeka0hiE?usp=sharing
They can copy a slide of their choice and add their content.

Class of 2/20

We began  with three AUMs. Chanted Sai Gayathri and Asatoma Sadgamaya (new sloka), followed by a new bhajan (Om shivaya om shivaya – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AndQpOkR07s) and thumb meditation

We had a wonderful class today with one of our parents, Dr. Anjana. She talked to the children about her own experience of  helping the community through her profession. She talked to us about how she got inspired at a very young age to become a  pediatrician when she saw so many little children needing medical attention when she visited the hospital at Prashanthi Nilayam. She shared experiences with us about the different medical camps that she attended to help the needy.

Our take away was to always pray to Swami in whatever we want to do and seek his help. He would definitely answer our prayers when it is sincere and we have the goal of helping and spreading kindness

We had great presentations from our children and very touching stories and narration on kindness

Life application

We are so excited to hear from children how they have been practicing kindness at home/family/community/school etc. We have a google presentation created where each child can have a slide for themselves. They can write in words or add pictures of how they have been practicing kindness: Here is the link : https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HPNRvez8eE98YUGZpaSaHDfqgeka0hiE?usp=sharing
They can copy a slide of their choice and add their content.

Class of 2/13

We began  with three AUMs. Chanted Sai Gayathri and Asatoma Sadgamaya (new sloka), followed by bhajan and thumb meditation

We had a fun class today where we revised what we had learnt through a kahoot game. 

Children did an awesome presentation through story narration, sharing how they are practicing kindness themselves.

We had a nice craft activity for the valentine’s day : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9i8fVgOOgk

Life application

We are so excited to hear from children how they have been practicing kindness at home/family/community/school etc. We have a google presentation created where each child can have a slide for themselves. They can write in words or add pictures of how they have been practicing kindness: Here is the link : https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HPNRvez8eE98YUGZpaSaHDfqgeka0hiE?usp=sharing
They can copy a slide of their choice and add their content.

Class of 2/6

In today’s class, we talked about another great personality, who is known as an epitome of kindness and compassion, Mother Teresa. We narrated the story of Mother Teresa and how right from her childhood she had the strong feeling to do something for people in need. She started as a teacher and moved from her home country to Calcutta, India. As she saw the sufferings of the poor people i her community and realized what was needed was medical help more than education. She again had the strong desire to provide the medical help to the sick people. Although she did not have resources, she never gave up her intentions to do good for the people. She had strong faith in God that He would help her. People hearing about her goodwill and her acts of kindness started pouring in different ways to help her in her mission. She established various institutions – orphanages and hospices – and her kindness and compassion spread vast and wide across the countries. She was finally rewarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Message : Having the right intention and faith in God are the key to be able to serve the community. We may not have all the resources and power to do it, but God is going to help us i various ways to be able to serve and spread the kindness. And most importantly, kindness is contagious, one act of kindness leads to another. As children, we may not be able to do big things, but certainly can help with what we have, pray to God and also talk to parents/teachers/elders about any thoughts/suggestions they might have to help people around them.

Children did an awesome presentation through story narration, sharing how they are practicing kindness themselves.

Class of 1/30

We began  with three AUMs. Chanted Sai Gayathri and Guru shloka, followed by bhajan and silent sitting

Last class, we spoke about the great leader Nelson Mandela and his kindness towards the community and nation and the highlight of how he was kind even to people who was not kind to him. We started with the question of  how we can handle situation when others are mean/not kind to us.

We had a wonderful guest speaker Dr. Sindhura, a psychiatrist. She started with a question to the children about the places where we find people not being mean to us/bully us. Children answered that it could be in school/park/playground/shops etc.  She gave us 3 powerful weapons we could use in the situations. 

1.Protect yourself – Don’t engage with the person and tell a person in authority if they are around (teacher/parent/adult/grown up)

2.Send positive thoughts to the person, thoughts are powerful and can help the person to become better.

3.Ask Swami for help. Swami has given the wonderful 5 human values for us to follow. Practice right conduct by self protecting, Practice love and peace by sending positive thoughts. Practice non violence by not engaging with the bully.

She also talked about how bullies feel when they are mean to others and may be they behave that way because something is going on with them. So sending positive thoughts will help them.

We had great presentations from children on their observation/practice of kindness through stories that they have read/heard/self created

Life application

Please talk to children about what we learnt in class today and share your own stories. In addition, discuss as a family how we can be kind to people around us – starting with family and then neighborhood/community.

 

Class of 23/1/2022

We began  with three AUMs. Chanted Sai Gayathri and Devi shloka. 

Children sang the bhajan-  ‘“Gopala Radhe Krishna” : https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/gopala-radhey-krishna-govinda-govinda

 We have been talking about kindness in the last several months, starting with family, friends and then extending to community and also animals around us. Extending the thought, today we talked about a great leader who worked with love and kindness to get equality and justice to the entire country from the discrimination that people faced. The great leader is Nelson Mandela, who believed that solution to all the problems even the big problem like discrimination of people based on skin color can be solved by kindness and compassion. His life was a great example of that and even more that he was able to be kind to people even though they were not kind to him. A story about him after he became a President was shared. He was sitting with his officials at a restaurant and saw a person sitting by himself. He was so kind to ask to join them at the table. The man did not speak a word and was trembling as he ate. Later, he disclosed to his officers that that was man who was the jailor when he was in prison. He had not treated him well, but in spite of that he was able to show his kindness even to those who were not kind to him. A great trait to have and we are reminded of Swami’s saying – Love all, serve all.

Children shared their own thoughts of how we can be kind to our friends/classmates. We should not be treating people differently just because they are different from us. Each one of us are unique and are special in our own way!

We had great presentations from children on their observation/practice of kindness through stories thatthey have read/heard/self created

References :https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/history/general-history/nelson-mandela/

 

Class of 16/1/22

We began  with three AUMs. Chanted Sai Gayathri and Devi shloka. 

We practiced bhajan  ‘“Gopala Radhe Krishna” : https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/gopala-radhey-krishna-govinda-govinda

In the last week, we talked about kindness to animals. Continuing the same theme, we had a guest speaker, Sayee Shruthi, who is in college to become a veterinary doctor. She shared her experience as she is getting to treat different animals. Animals have and understand feelings  just like us, so it is important to be nice and kind to them. Vets show kindness to animals by taking care of their health and their welfare. We can also do small acts to show kindness to animals like helping in animal shelters, learn more about animals, taking care of our pets etc. Swami was a role model for all of us on how we can be kind to animals.

Life application

1. start the day with love
2. End the day with love
3. To take up two chore and do it with out being told to do it.

 

Class of 9/1/22

We learnt a new bhajan  ‘“Gopala Radhe Krishna” : https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/gopala-radhey-krishna-govinda-govinda

In continuation with the kindness theme, we talked about kindness to animals. How Sankranthi is a special festival as we have a festival dedicated to celebrate animals – Kanumu/Mattu Pongal – the 3rd day of Sankranthi. We talked about the festival of Sankranthi and how it’s celebrated by different names in different parts of India. It’s a harvest festival and worship day for Sun God.

We specifically talked about the Kanumu – a day to show gratitude and thankfulness to animals. We watched a video on how it is celebrated in Sai Gokulam. We also narrated a story of Swami where he showed kindness to the buffaloes who brought in water on their backs when He visited Horsley hills.

 

Class of 12/12/21

We began  with three AUMs. Chanted Sai Gayathri and Devi shloka. 

Practiced previously learnt bhajans  ‘“Bolo Narayana Jai Jai Vittala’ and  “Swami take my hand, Jesus take my hand”

Today’s class is all about Christmas. We started with the birth story of Jesus, the prophecy of the wise men, we talked about some of his teachings on kindness and compassion. We then played riddles related to Christmas celebrations. We the made an ornament for Christmas tree, a Santa star! Was a very fun class. 

  Life application

1. start the day with love
2. End the day with love
3. To take up two chore and do it with out being told to do it.

 

Class of 12/12/21

In today’s class we talked to children about one another Swami’s magnanimous projects. That is grama seva. We talked about why Swami started the grama seva, how he wanted to share his love with all the people in the villages and make them feel that they are cared for and looked after. We explained about the preparations that went in to carry out this service, the details to which swami went into to make sure that what is being served is of best quality, the fervor and enthusiasm of each one involved in the service, the response of the villagers to Swami’s love. We showed them the video clippings from the grama seva documentary.

In addition we had brother Aswini, an alumnus of Swami’s university, as a guest speaker. He spoke to children in much more detail about grama seva. He shared his personal experiences doing the service during the seven years that he was blessed to be part of. Children really enjoyed listening to his experiences and had loads of curious questions to ask him.

Class of 12/05/21

Today’s class is about kindness. One of the many ways to spread and share love is through acts of kindness. Here we wanted to focus on the initial thought or impulse that leads to kind acts and how the intention behind the act is far more important than the act itself. The first story we wanted to share that brings home these points was the story of mother Eswaramma and her three wishes. Swami often talks about the mother as a person with a kind heart and a broad mind, always looking after everyone’s wellbeing. She had three simple wishes – to build a small hospital, a small school and a well for drinking water to benefit the people of her village. Since her intentions are pure, selfless and for the greater good of humanity those simple wishes took gigantic proportions and were transformed into super speciality hospitals, university and water projects. 

We then had a fun activity with jumbled words.

 Class of  11/14/21

Swami’s 96th birthday is around the corner and so we decided to turn this class into a fun filled ‘all about Swami’ class.

Started with one minute of silent sitting, imagining / visualizing swami. We then played trivia on swami using kahoot. Then instead of teachers talking about swami we asked the children to let us know what they know about swami. They did so by answering these two questions- 1. what physical features of Swami do they like eg: His hair, His eyes, smile etc. 2. What is their favorite Swami’s teaching. Everyone participated in this discussion and children sited swami’s quotes ‘Love All Serve All’ , Help Ever Hurt never’ , His love for animals, His kindness and serving nature, His smile , His eyes as though looking at you as their likes and favorite teachings. 

We then played Simon says Game in Swami says style. Children enjoyed it. We ended the class by singing Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam bhajan.

Class of 11/07/21

We began  with three AUMs. Chanted Sai Gayathri and Devi shloka. 

Practiced previously learnt bhajan  ‘ Bolo Narayana Jai Jai Vittala’

We started the class by talking about the significance of Diwali, as told by swami. One of the highlighting features of Diwali is lighting of lamps, diyas. Swami says, “ You can light millions of lamps from just one lamp and yet the first lamp does not stop emitting light. Love too is like that, share it with a million and still it will be as bright as when it was alone.”

We then moved onto the storytelling session. Extending from the theme of friendship that we started last class we introduced the concept of ‘love with understanding’ through a story. The title of the story is, Mukthi- The Lion Cub taken from Uncle Lion’s Tales. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OJj1a3MO2Tc

After watching the video we engaged the kids with retelling of the story. Some of the questions we discussed were, who is Mukthi? What did the sheep think about Mukthi? How did they criticize him? Is it fair to say that? Had they understood who he was, would they say that? Have you felt left out anytime? Have you helped any who felt left out? What did Guru do to Mukthi? What was the lesson he taught Mukthi? We concluded the discussion saying in spite of all the differences we have among us in terms of how we look, how we dress, the language we speak, the food we eat, the choices we make, our likes and dislikes, each one of us is special. We have to accept and appreciate each of our differences. We are all children of God.

In line with this theme we did a simple activity wherein children  would trace out both their palms one next to the other and along the fingers of one palm they would write five things about themselves. 1.Name 2.something that makes me happy 3.something I am good at 4. Favorite food 5. Something I like about school. And along the fingers of the other palm they would write what they think would be their friend’s choices. The idea here is to see if there are similarities or differences between each other, and if they are willing to accept each other as they are.

 Life application
1. start the day with love
2. End the day with love
3. To take up two chore and do it with out being told to do it.

Class of 10/31/21

We began the class with three AUMs. Chanted Sai Gayathri and Devi shloka. 

Practiced previously learnt bhajan ‘ Love is the way, Love is the only way.’’ Learnt  a new bhajan ‘ Bolo Narayana Jai Jai Vittala’

Today’s class was on the sub value- Friendship. We started the class talking about what it means to fill our hearts with love. We gave the analogy which swami often talks about, which is if there is sweet nectar in a vessel, however many holes one may put in the vessel, you will only get the sweet nectar and not poison. Therefore if we fill our hearts with love, our thoughts will be full of love, our looks will be full of love, our actions will be full of love, everything will be full of love. So far in our classes we talked about love for God and love for parents. One other way to express love toward people around us is friendship. We then narrated the story of Krishna and Sudama and discussed how a friendly bond was established between them. We highlighted the important aspects of a good friendship like helping, sharing, understanding, including everyone and not finding differences between each other. Children shared their moments when they made friends with someone whom they helped.

We then made a Halloween craft and played Simon Says Halloween style- that was really fun

Life application 

We added one more life application activity to the list. That is to pick two chores that children would do all by themselves without being told by parents, and do it every day sincerely. Eg: It can be as simple as brushing teeth, having bath, getting ready to school, placing their shoes and school bag in their place after coming from school……..

Please talk to your children and discuss as a family how we can show our love for God. Share any stories that you may know along the same lines to re-emphasize how God is always listening to our prayers and responds to us when He knows the it is the best time

The life application for the next few weeks is to ‘start the day with love and end the day with love’. Children can choose any of the different ways of expressing their love, for eg: with a smile, by remembering god, by saying a prayer, by thanking god, by silence sitting etc. Please Encourage them to be consistent with one activity for a certain period of time. We asked them to practice it just after waking up and right before going to bed. They will also record it in their spiritual diary with a tick if they did it and with a cross if they didn’t do it. We have posted  the pdf of the spiritual diary sheet, if you want to print it. They can also draw the  table in their book.

Class of 10/24/21

With today’s class we will be winding up he lessons under the sub value -Respect. Breakout room 1 had a group discussion with children, giving each one of them a chance to review what they learnt and understood from the stories and activities. Most of the children were able to articulate the gist of the learnings. Breakout room 2 engaged the kids with a story on swami’s life entitled ‘Ideal Son’. The story narrates how swami as a young boy exhibited ideal behavior helping out his parents, siblings, grandfather and people in his village by doing chores for them. One of the points we emphasized was that he did it all with great joy and without being told by anyone what to do.

For the final activity of the class we had a fun science experiment / object lesson. The experiment is called – Magic Milk. For details of the experiment itself please refer to this link. https://www.scholastic.com/parents/kids-activities-and-printables/activities-for-kids/math-and-science-ideas/home-science-experiments-color-changing-milk.html. The takeaway from this experiment is that our house is like a bowl and the milk in the bowl is our everyday life. The colors we drop into the milk are the duties/responsibilities of each family member- one color for each. Now when we do our duties/responsibilities with an attitude of love and respect as depicted by the detergent, our life will be colorful, joyful and beautiful as shown by the diffusion of colors throughout the bowl. Hope it all makes sense!!!!!

 DATE: 10/17/2021

TEACHER(S): Aruna, Sunitha, Resmi , Sharanya 

Value: Love

Sub value : Respect 

 Attendance: 28/38

Class of 10/17/21

We began the class with three AUMs. Chanted Sai Gayathri and Devi shloka. 

Sat for a minute of silent sitting.

Practiced previously learnt bhajan ‘ love is the way, love is the only way.’

For the main part of the class, continuing with the sub value- respect for parents, we talked to children about how ants can teach us the lesson on self-reliance. We talked to them about how the worker ants take up specific jobs in their ant colonies- some help in gathering food, some help in safeguarding the colony, some help in taking care of young ones, some help in cleaning up the trash piled up in the colony. They all do their job with sincerity without being told by anyone what they have to do. We emphasize on the aspect of doing one’s job/chores without being told by anyone.The result is a harmonious living. We then brought out the same learning into their day to day experience of doing their chores without being told by parents. And do it to show respect and love towards parents. We also told them that when we make our parents happy, Swami will be happy. Children were completely engaged in the discussion and came up with great answers.

We clubbed the discussion with an activity, where children would figure out how to put jumbled up words in order to form a sentence – which is the learning from ants. And the sentence is – we can do Our work without being told to do it.

Then the Children in breakout room 1 were engaged with a story titled ‘ideal son’ from swami’s life. Here we talked about how Swami helped everyone in his house by taking up chores as well as did his own chores without being told by anyone and won the praise and appreciation of everyone around.

Life application 

We added one more life application activity to the list. That is to pick two chores that children would do all by themselves without being told by parents, and do it every day sincerely. Eg: It can be as simple as brushing teeth, having bath, getting ready to school, placing their shoes and school bag in their place after coming from school……..

 

Class of 10/10/21

We began today’s class with 3 Oms followed by Sai Gayathri. 

Learnt a new shloka—

sarvamaṅgalamāṅgalye śive sarvārthasādhike .

śaraṇye tryambake gauri nārāyaṇi namo’stu te ..

O auspicious element of all auspicious actions, incarnate of welfare who fulfils all desires, worthy succour of all devotees, three-eyed, bright-featured, Narayana’s consort, salutation to you.

We then sat down for a minute of silent sitting by focusing on breath.

For the main part of the lesson we moved to the next sub value – Respect for Parents. 

The teachers did a role play, enacting an interaction between mom and daughter on a typical Monday morning. Priya, the daughter, starts her day doing her prayers, eats breakfast and goes to school. After she leaves for school, mom carries on with her day to day work of cleaning the house, running errands. Inspite of being tired she bakes Priya’s favorite banana bread and would be eagerly waiting for Priya to return from school.

Priya comes home, throws her bag away and picks up the IPad and goes to her room. Mom is trying to speak to her but she doesn’t respond. When mom asks if something was wrong she says, “ Mom, go away. I don’t want to talk to you. 

We then had a discussion with children about what they think is going on with  Priya, is her behavior correct? How else could she have answered to her mom? Bringing out the message – why is it important to show respect to parents for what they do.

We then practiced the previously learnt bhajan. Please encourage children to learn the bhajan at home.

Ended the class with a fun game. For the game we gave 10 different scenarios for children to decide whether their behavior was correct or wrong. If correct they stay within the hula hoop, if wrong they jump out

 Class of 10/03/21

We began the class with 3 AUMs followed by Sloka chanting and silent sitting.

We had 2 breakout rooms

For the main part of the class we continued with the theme -Love is God. God is Love. We discussed about the life application of spiritual diary. We talked about how it can help us track our progress of thinking about God right as we wake up and before going to bed.

In today’s class, we talked about how God accepts and responds to our prayers in whatever form, if done with pure love and sincerity. It’s story of a juggler named Francis who after his day’s hard work, would visit the church everyday. As he did not know any prayers, he would show his juggling skills to Mother Mary, as an offering. One day, while juggling in front of the altar in the church, he gets hurt and Mother Mary herself comes down to save him. The story brings out the essence of true devotion and how our consistent prayers are listened by God and we are always protected. Children shared various ideas of their own to show their love for God like Thinking of God, Saying a heartfelt “Thank you” or “I love you” to God.

Story: https://sssbalvikas.in/en-the-grace-of-god/

We then practiced the same bhajan that we learnt last week. Please encourage children to practice it at home as well. 

We did a craft activity by adding little “hearts” to a string and appending to the “big heart” that was done in the first class. Children can write down their offering to God everyday, on each of the hearts, if they like to do so.

 Class of 9/18/2021-9/19/2021

We began with 3 AUMs and learnt Sai Gayatri.

The topic that we will dive into for this year is one of the human values- Love. The craft that we made in our last class made a perfect segway to talk about the concept Love is God and God is Love.

We began by showing the children a video with a beautiful song in the background which says ‘All you need is love, love is all you need’.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8DmZRD1jZc8We asked them to share what it is they liked from the video and why- just to know how they connected to Love emotion. 

Swami says Love transcends the five senses of perception, which means we can not see, smell, taste, hear or touch love but we know it exists and it is present everywhere. We then explained this concept with the help of apple and air analogy.

Swami also says Love is his swaroopa, his form.So we said if we were to give a form to that  love, which we cannot perceive with our senses, that form is God. And if we fill our hearts with love God will make it his home and live in our hearts.

We then told a story of Radha and Krishna to bring home the point that god lives in our hearts. Here is the story as told by swami- “Once, Rukmini invited Radha to her house. On receiving the invitation, Radha at once came to her house. Those days idli, dosa, cakes, etc., were not known as they are today. People would offer milk or curd to guests. In her exuberance of hap- piness, Rukmini offered her hot boiling milk in a glass. Radha used to offer everything to Krishna before partaking of it. She said, “I offer it to Krishna (Krishnarpanam) and gulped the boiling hot milk.

In the evening, when Krishna came to Rukmini, she performed His Padaseva (pressing His feet), and she was shocked to notice blisters on His feet. She asked, “Oh Lord! What has happened? Who caused blisters on Your feet ”? Krishna replied, “It is your own doing. When Radha came to you in the morning, you offered her hot boiling milk without bothering to check whether it was fit for drinking. She offered that milk to Me before drinking. Therefore, these blis- ters have come on My feet”.

We then learnt a beautiful bhajan on love. Please find the audio clip for the bhajan as a separate post in the group.

We also played a fun word search game.

 

Class of 9/11/21-9/12/21

We began the class with 3 AUMs followed by chanting three shlokas.

 The first class was more of a fun and interactive class. At first children introduced themselves with their name, their grade and by listing things that they like. 

We then played a ‘scavenger hunt ‘ game. Children had to look for the following three things in a 2 min time span: Something that makes me laugh, Something I like to share, Something that is my favorite color. This game gave us a peek into the various things that can make children laugh- funny toys, funny books, pictures of siblings, ruler with kangaroos, smiley face toy………We also got to know their prized possessions that they would like to share and their favorite colors. All in all it was a fun game.

We then made a heart shaped paper craft with their favorite Gods picture glued in the center. 

Since the theme/value that we will be taking up for this SSSE year is LOVE, we thought this craft would symbolize the theme very well.

We ended the class with a bhajan.

 

Class Notes for 4/17-4/18

Lesson Plan:

This year we are focusing on Swami’s teaching of Unity is divinity, purity is enlightenment.

 Lesson of the day :

We are almost toward the end of SSE school year and so in this class we decided to review our learnings from the entire year. We did this in the form of games and quizzes. Children enjoyed them thoroughly and the best part was they remembered every detail of what was taught several months ago. We also had a session of Q&A- where children could ask questions or doubts that they had while practicing the value. 

Some of their questions were ( paraphrasing  the questions)- How does swami remove impurities from the food we eat? Why is the Gayatri Mantra named so? How can we control our thoughts with our breath? How old is swami? Does swami have any siblings? Have we (to teachers) seen swami? How do we talk to God? 

Children also shared their favorite topics/stories /experiments that they learnt in class. 

Life  Application :

Practice silence sitting  by focusing on breath before chanting Gayathri Mantra. Set aside a particular time for everyday prayers, appointment with God

 Continue chanting the food prayer, track your screen time and green time with the time  tracker.

Note to parents

Please encourage children to work on their Sai Samarpan articles

 

 

Class Notes 4/10-4/11

We started the class by chanting the Gayatri Mantra. We recapped what we discussed in last class about appointment with God. The teachers did a role play where a child is praying hard to get selected in soccer tournament, but is doubtful if God is hearing, as he thinks there are so many other children praying and so God must be busy. Children were asked to share their thoughts on what we should be persistent in our prayers. All children unanimously agreed, we have to play with faith in God, belief in oneself and also maintain a positive attitude. We subtly brought the point that delays are nor denials, it’s just that God gives the best for us and at the right time. The story about Sabari on her steadfast faith and her devotion to Lord Rama.

Class Notes 4/3-4/4

We started the class by chanting the Gayatri Mantra.

Since we were meeting after a week’s break we reviewed our previous learnings. This was an interactive session with children.

We went ahead and learnt the technique of silence sitting by focusing on breath. We learnt that to move from mind being full to being mindful this technique helps. The way it is done is by remembering the triangle which has three sides, the first step is to breath in for three counts, the second is to hold the breath for three counts and the third step to breath out for three counts.

We then talked about how important it is to be regular with our prayers – setting aside a particular time in the day and doing silent sitting and prayers every day at the same time. We then narrated an experience of Dr. Srikanth Sola, cardiologist at SSSIHMS whitefield,who after being very regular with his meditation for decades one day delays it for half an hour because he decides to shave and take shower before meditation. And so while he was shaving, swami opens the bathroom door and tells him that he has been waiting for him for half an hour, closes the door and leaves. Dr.Sola says the time we set aside for our meditation and prayers is like our appointment time with God, our interview with God. 

We talked to children about how God is more than eager to sit with us and converse with us during our prayers. And it is in that silence that we can hear his voice, inspiring us and guiding us.

Life  Application :

Practice silence sitting  by focusing on breath before chanting Gayathri Mantra. Set aside a particular time for everyday prayers.

Class Notes for 3/20-3/21

Started  the class by chanting the Gayathri Mantra.

We introduced a new sub-topic SILENCE under the main topic prayers.

We explained to children that just before we sit for prayers it’s important that we steady our mind and calm it down from all the thoughts and distractions it’s engaged in.

We used the analogy of a bowl filled with water to make our point. In this analogy the bowl is the body and the water is the mind. When we shake the bowl the water too will start shaking but when we set the bowl aside for something the water settles down and stays still. So the first step to calm the mind is to still the body.

Then we brought in the concept of breath to steady the mind.

We played an audio book titled ‘ The Boy Who Searched for Silence’ by Andrew Newman. In the book the boy discovers that silence is within him and he can take it with him everywhere he went. 

We then spoke about how swami compares the mind to a mad monkey and one of the ways to steady the mind is to keep it engaged and busy. Swami says this can be done by bringing mind’s attention to the tip of the nose and focus on the breath.

The class was an interactive session, we initially asked the children to remain silent and asked them to notice what went on in their minds when they sat in silence, we then asked them to focus on the breath and asked them if there were any differences from the first time.Though all the children were not able to sit still and engage in the activity fully some of the children could see the difference and understood the concept of breath.

Class Notes for 3/13-3/14

We began the class by chanting the Gayatri Mantra.

We then asked all the children to share their understanding of the Gayatri Mantra and their experiences of chanting the mantra. Each of their answers are unique and awe inspiring. 

We then talked about the overall meaning of the Gayatri Mantra by explaining that it has got three elements in it—— description/praise, meditation, and prayer. Talked about what is being described, what we are meditating on and what we are praying for.

We then shared two stories of devotees who have experienced the grace and benevolence of the Gayatri Mantra during times of trouble and on their health.

Played a crossword puzzle on Gayatri Mantra 

Ended the class with delightful set presentations by children showcasing their talents.

 Class Notes for 3/6-3/7

We began by chanting the Gayatri Mantra five times.

We then talked about the meaning of the Gayatri Mantra as explained to us by swami— what does each line in the mantra denote, the significance of the form of Gayatri devi, the benefits we derive by chanting the mantra and how and when the mantra be chanted.

To provide a conceptual understanding on how the Gayatri mantra  protects us from all troubles, illumines our intellect and purifies our minds we conducted an activity/experiment. It’s called the penny and candle experiment.

After gaining some insight into the meaning and significance of the Gayatri mantra, to be able to relate to real life benefits of chanting we played a video of Sri Sathya Sai primary school children relating their experiences of how chanting Gayatri mantra helped them tremendously with their studies and in times of trouble.

We then learnt a Shiva bhajan— Shivaya Namahshiva Shivaya NamahShiva Shivaya Namath Om Namah Shivaya.

We ended the class with another round of amazing and inspiring presentations by students, which they learnt staying away from the screen and in turn reducing the screen time.

Life  Application :

 Continue chanting the food prayer, track your screen time and green time with the time  tracker, Chant 108 times Gayatri Mantra towards the bead project.

Class Notes for 2/27-2/28

Started the class by chanting Aum and slokas followed by silent sitting

Lesson for the dayBegan by reviewing the newly introduced topic from last class, which is prayer.

Discussed with children what their understanding of prayer is and concluded that prayer is one that helps us to connect with God. Prayer is nothing but a conversation with God. We then pointed to the Gayatri mantra as one of the most powerful prayers.

Narrated the story of sage Vasista and king Viswamitra on how the Gayatri mantra came into existence.

Outlined some of the key features of the Gayatri Mantra.

Chanted the prayer five times as a chant along with swami’s audio clip.

We had yet another amazing presentations by students showcasing their talent which they developed utilizing green time and reducing screen time.

Ended the class talking about ‘the bead project’. This is a service opportunity where in we take beads and energize them with 108 recitations of Gayatri mantra, which will  then be collected and made into bracelets for the needy people. We have asked the children to energize at least one bead and return it before shivaratri.

  • Life application: Continue the time tracker for this week as well and compare the time spent for each category from last week. Chant Brahmarpanam before every meal

  • Class Notes for 2/20-2/21

    Started the class by chanting Aum and slokas followed by silent sitting

    Lesson for the day: We started new topic on purity today – Prayers. A wonderful story from nature on purity was narrated. Dakshinamoorthy , an epitome of peace was once taking a stroll on the sea shore. He was enjoying the beauty of the waves and the the resounding OM from the sound of waved. As he was engrossed in this, he noticed that the gust of wind brought a bunch of straw and some trash which feel on the ocean. The waves in the ocean, immediately pushed the trash to the shore. When Dakshinamoorthy noticed this few times, he asked the ocean, why it was not taking it into itself. The ocean calmly replied that they were impurities and did not belong to ocean and hence it was gently pushing it away. It was then he realized what a profound lesson the ocean was teaching us, our nature is to be loving and to have pure thoughts and anything that not pure comes to us, we must discard it. This process can be achieved by different means, one of the powerful methods is by Prayer.

    Activity: The class did an experiment in alignment with the above story where they had a glass of water, some lentils and a kerchief. The lentils was mixed in the water and then poured into a bowl with the kerchief acting as a filter. 

    Through this simple activity children were immediately able to catch that the kerchief filtered out the lentils and let only the water seep through it

    We also played a quiz to talk about different methods of Prayer – Bhajans/Meditation/Namasmarana/Likhita Japa/Vedams/Ritual Poojas/Reading Holy books/Listening to Discourses/Spiritual messages.

    Take home message: With the above analogy, the point that was brought home was, Prayer is like the filter, that helps us to filter out unwanted thoughts and emotions.

    We ended the class by discussing the time tracker from last week and was very heart warming to see many children focussed on increasing the green time by engaging in constructing activities like gardening, learning music on their instruments, making utility out of waste etc.

    Eight children demonstrated what they did during the green time, very inspiring! Kudos to all the children and thanks to parents for the follow through and reinforcing the teachings from the class

    Life application: Continue the time tracker for this week as well and compare the time spent for each category from last week. Chant Brahmarpanam before every meal.

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    Lesson for the day: We started with a recap of what we learnt in the previous classes by playing a quiz on kahoot.   How purity of vision is important for us to have pleasant and positive thoughts, fast paced movies and videos has impact on our mental and physical health, we lose the opportunity to explore if we only watch. 

    Inference

    Hands on activities give us the complete experience , for eg: watching a recipe show does not give us the complete understanding of the dish. We gain understanding by actually doing it and experience the process. There’s lot of will power that comes into picture when we want to achieve our goal.

    Take home message: Have a exploratory mindset and spend time learning and doing than just watching. Increase the “Green time” by having the creative mindset and reduce the “Screen time” as part of it.

    Children shared the time tracker life application that they did last week and compared the green vs screen time. It was very inspiring to see children actually tracking their time and being conscious.

    In the spirit of increasing the green time, a list of activities have been shared with the class. Children can choose one activity out of it and work on it the coming weeks. This will increase their “Green time”. They will also be presenting and sharing the class

    Life application: Continue the time tracker for this week as well and compare the time spent for each category from last week.

  • Class Notes for 2/6 – 2/7

    Lesson for the day: Began by narrating a student’s experience where swami taught him to always be watchful of his actions.

    We posed questions to the children about how we can be watchful of what we see. What should we look for to decide what is right to watch and what is not right to watch in the context of screen time.

    Showed two videos to bring out the contrast. One was fast paced, action packed, dramatic with loud sound effects, and the other was normal paced, fun to watch and with pleasant background sound. 

    Inference

    Watching fast paced video leads to hyper stimulation of the brain, which in turn tricks us into thinking that the normal pace in which we operate is boring.

    Our brain registers all the emotions that we experience merely by watching/reacting to something on screen. And Some of these negative emotions do come in the way when we have to behave our best.

    Loud sounds do affect us with our focus and attention.

    Take home message: Be watchful of what we watch

    Activity: Did an activity to show how jarring sounds vs pleasant sounds affect our focus.

    Practiced the bhajan – Govinda Rama Jai Jai Gopala Rama

    Life application: It’s an activity to track screen time. Details are posted in a video format in WhatsApp groups.

  • Class Notes for 1/30-1/31
    We started with sloka chanting, bhajan and silent meditation. Children shared how they felt when they were sitting in silence with eyes closed. 

    We talked about etiquette in SSE class. SSE is a learning place and we are invoking Swami to be with us, so it’s all the more important that we conduct ourselves in an appropriate way – presentable clothing, sitting in a proper place, no food near us, participation in the class etc. We also watched a cute video of two children offering  card to Swami’s photo and how he blessed them by dropping a flower from the photo, indicating he is always with us.

    We continued with the topic of Power of vision and how it can impact the purity of thoughts. A beautiful story of Swami where He demonstrated how purity brings out the strength both mentally and physically. Swami once had a hand wrestling match with the institute boys. Even though there were multiple boys against Swami, He could easily defeat them and he mentioned it was due to his purity from head to toe, that he was able to do it.

    Then, we talked about how the 5 sense organs are like “doors” to the body, sight being one of them. What you see, “enters” your body and affects your thoughts and also emotions. Just like we keep our homes safe by not allowing poisonous creatures to enter and allow only our family, friends and relatives, we should do the similar to our body also, by allowing only good thoughts to enter our mind.

    Children shared last week’s life application experience, how watching their favorite show/playing video game had an impact on their thoughts/emotions.

    Life application : Observe feelings as we watch/see things around us (outside, at home, on screen) and note down in journal under 2 columns – pleasant and unpleasant feelings. eg : Pleasant feeling – saw a family of deer, felt joyful.Unpleasant feeling – watched a dramatic scene on tv, felt agitated. This can be done as a family activity with a meaningful discussion

  • Class Notes for 1/23-1/24

    We started with sloka chanting and silent meditation. Children shared how they felt when they were sitting in silence with eyes closed.

    We did a recap of what we did last week and discussed the food journal. Next we asked children what other thing other than food can impact our thoughts Children came up with wonderful answers like words, actions can make others happy or can hurt. Then we played a game where few pictures were shown one by one like a birthday party decoration, lego game, chocolate box, barbie dolls, theme park and Gods’ photos. For each photo we asked them what thought came to mind when they first saw it. Children shared, some of them had the desire to play with the dolls/legos. excited and happy, wanted to eat the chocolates thought about Swami and the cute Ganesha. 

    It was to bring home the point of “Power of vision”. What we see has an immediate impact on our thoughts and cascade into different emotions. So, it’s important to watch our thoughts when we see anything, could be TV video games etc.

    We concluded with a fun game of emojis, to bring out different emotions that we can have.

    We learnt a new bhajan : Allah Allah karo pukar

    Life Application: Continue food tracker if children want to, Chant food prayer before every meal. In addition, ask children to note down what thought they had when they were watching their favorite TV show or while playing their favorite video game. We will be discussing this in the next class

  • Class Notes for 1/16-1/17

    We started with sloka chanting and silent meditation. Children shared how they felt when they were sitting in silence with eyes closed.

    Next, we discussed about the food journal tracker. Children had updated the tracker daily where they identified the food that they ate for each of the meal – breakfast/lunch/snacks/dinner fell into which category – Happy(Satwik)/DonalDuck (Rajasic)/Sloth(Tamasic). This was based off of last week’s discussion. Then we looked at the tracker to see if we could have more “H” and children shared their ideas on what they can replace for junk/processed food . The suggested baked items instead of deep fried, fresh fruit juices /milkshakes instead of aerated drinks high in sugar, jaggery/honey instead of refined sugar. In essence, everybody agreed that we have to eat Rajasic and Tamasic food in moderation.

    Then we talked about what constitutes a “Happy Kitchen” . Few things we can do

    • Do not watch TV/other devices during meals
    • Help mom/dad in kitchen in small ways
    • Help with laying the dining table/cleaning up
    • Chant prayer together before meals
    • Enjoy family time

    We also had fun time with “food riddles “.

    Finally, we had a wonderful fun activity where children made a food art with cut vegetables/fruits

    Life Application: Continue food tracker for this week. Chant food prayer before every meal

  • Class Notes for 1/9-1/10

    We started with sloka chanting and silent meditation. Children shared what sounds they heard while sitting silent, many of them are able to hear multiple sounds, even very feeble sounds like door opening, someone walking down stairs etc

    We recapped about what we learnt before holidays – How Purity of food affects our thoughts.

    Story/Video: We watched the video of Sloth from Zootopia, the hyper active Donald duck and then of a Happy Boy who shared his lunch with a stranger who was hungry. Then we discussed why they all behaved differently. One of the big reasons for behavior is, nature of food. We slowly learnt about Satwik(healthy food) – keeps us happy, Rajasic(spicy and oily food- Donald duck) – makes us angry, Tamasic (processed food, high sugar content – Sloth) – makes us lazy. So, we need to watch the food that we eat.

    We learnt a new bhajan – Narayan Narayan Bhaja man Narayan

    Life Application: Make a food tracker table to track food type eaten for every day/ever meal. Use different color pens to mark them as “H”, “D”, “S”. Chant food prayer before every meal.

  • Class Notes for 1/2-1/3, 12/26-12/27

     Break for holidays

  • Class Notes for 12/19

    We started with sloka chanting and silent meditation. Children shared what sounds they heard while sitting silent, many of them are able to hear multiple sounds

    We are discussing why purity of food is important. We learnt the food prayer – Brahmarpanam and its meaning. The meaning of the prayer is that the act of eating is same as yagna. Just like items are offered to the fire in yagna, food is offered to the divine energy in the form of digestive fire. So, we have to be prayerful while eating and swami has has said personally he would remove al unwanted things from the food we eat, if we pray before meals.

    Story: There is a beautiful story of Swami. Once during a lunch , Swami was sitting and a school boy offered the food to swami. He took a pinch of the “vada” and then he told the boy, he took the chilly from the “vada” which may be spicy for the boy, symbolically telling he will remove all impurities from food, if we pray to him before meal.

    Activity : We made a 3D heart shaped Christmas ornament to celebrate Christmas.

    Life Application: Chant Brahmapranam before every meal

  • Class Notes for 12/12

    We started with sloka chanting and silent meditation. Children shared what sounds they heard while sitting silent, many of them are able to hear multiple sounds

    We started with discussion on what are the thins that can affect the purity of our mind. One of the important thing that affect our thoughts is food. 3 steps of purity of food – Pathra shuddhi (purity of container for cooking), Padartha shuddhi (purity of the ingredients) and Pachaka shudhi (cook’s thoughts). 

    Story : Narrated a story of a priest who was invited to king’s palace for a feast. The priest who was a good hearted person, at the end of the meal stole the silver cutleries. When he went back home, he was thinking why did he do it. he next day, he went back t return it and then the court ministers were called for help to find out what made him steal and then return back. They found out that the rice that was cooked was taken from the thieves who were caught the previous day, so the rice was stolen material. This induced the thought of stealing into the priest’s mind, who otherwise was a very good hearted person. This showed us how much our thoughts are impacted by the food.

    Activity: We put the 3 steps of purity for food preparation into practice by doing a recipe. We cleaned the ingredients and the container that we used and we were chanting slokas or bhajan while preparing. we made a “happy cracker” by decorating cracker with grated vegetables and grated cheese/spread.

    Life Application: Say any prayer or a “thank you” to God before eating any meal. have happy thoughts while eating.

  • Class Notes for 12/5

    We started with sloka chanting and silent meditation. Children shared what sounds they heard while sitting silent, many of them are able to hear multiple sounds

    We started new topic – Purity. We discussed what is purity – keeping your surroundings/yourself/house clean.

    Why is it important – Helps us connect with God. What you put inside(feelings/thoughts/emotions) is what comes out in the form of words/actions.

    Activity : We did 2 activities to bring out the ida of purity. A clean glass of water in a transparent glass. Add stones, dried leaves/sticks to eat. Now it becomes not suitable to drink. Second one, we took a cellophane tape and rubbed it on carpet, then when we tried sticking, we were not able to as it had dirt on it. Same way when we have not pure thoughts, we will not be able to connect to God.

    Life Application: Keep your surroundings clean.

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4.  SSSE group1

CLASS  DATE: 4/10/2022

TEACHER(S): Aruna, Resmi, Sharanya, Sunitha.

         Value: Love

      Kindness towards nature (water conservation)

 Attendance: 15/37
 

Class of 4/10/2022

We began with 3 AUMs , chanted Sai Gayathri and Asathoma Sadgamaya followed by bhajan (https://sairhythms.sathyasai.org/song/we-bow-him-who-removes-all-obstacles

Followed by thumb meditation. We discussed  life application on water conservation and concluded lesson plan on water sense . Next, we talked about Easwaramma day celebration, why it’s celebrated as children’s day with cultural offerings by SSSE children and shared pictures of Easwaramma day celebration in Sai Centers around the world. We also talked about how it’s not just a presentation on stage but a humble offering filled with love and gratitude  to our dear Swami and mother Easwaramma and we discussed the importance of practice and how it helps build confidence when we put in sincere effort. We also narrated a Swami experience which explains how Swami always recognized sincere efforts.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AiKGr1kZLis&t=24s

Announcement: please follow the respective whats app group for Easwaramma day practice / recording sessions.

Life Application:  children will continue to fill the table they created in the previous class and see the changes as they get more mindful about water usage now.

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5.  SSSE-Group4

 

CLASS DATE: April 10th, 2022

TEACHER(S): Sai Y., Nirmala Aunty, Mouli
SUMMARY: 

Group 4 SSSE Class for 2021-2022 Year

ATTENDANCE:

13

Main topic:

SaiRam, in the April 10th SSSE Group 4 class (13 Group Students attended), we met in person at the HSNC hall, Room 10 and started with chanting 3 OMs and then reviewed and discussed –  SAI Tutoring Update which the majority of Group 4 students are participating as tutors,  Sai Samarpan article offerings due date of Sunday April 17th, and upcoming Service Projects – Rise Against Hunger and Morrisville Stream Cleaning.   We then went into this week’s interactive class workshop led by Sai Y. which was on Time Management and Stress Management.   The discussions focused on Swami’s perspectives on Time Management and then How students managed their time, how they prioritize things getting done, what takes longest to get done, what are main distractions.   Then, discussions were focused on Stress Management Strategies and importance of Habit Stacking.   Class was concluded with OM and 3 Shanthi’s.

Thanks, and JAI SAI RAM!

 

Note to Parents:

Sairam Parents –

Group 4 will have and our final class for this SSSE term on Sunday, April 24th at 3:30pm at HSNC. Thanks.

-Group 4 Gurus

Jai Sai Ram!

 
 

 

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6.  Pre-SSSE

CLASS DATE: 04/24/2022 TEACHERS: Patti  Mona, Saideepa, Lakshmi, Bhuvana
SUMMARY: God is Love ATTENDANCE: 12

We started the class with 3 Oms and Gayatri. We visited with Swami in our heart and invited Him to our class. Today our teachers talked to us about ‘Love’. Patti said that ‘God is Love.’ Patti also talked to us about Swami’s quote: ‘Start the day with love, Spend the day with love, End the day with love.’Today was the last day of our virtual class. All the teachers entertained us with singing , dancing, acting like animals, making yummy snack. It was so much fun to come to Pre-SSSE class every Sunday from 9:45 to 10:45. We will miss the routine in summer. Next Sunday we will be getting together at HSNC in person to practice our dance for Easwaramma Day program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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