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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.

 

 

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2.  SSSE Group 2 Archives

 

May 2nd, 2021:

“PURITY IS DIVINITY”  – MOTHER EASWARAMMA

Attendance: 24

OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

Swami Kodaikanal Bus 

Life Application follow up :1) See God in Everyone 2) Easwaramma day preparation 3) Gayathri beads of Love chanting

Swami’s answers for:

Swami, why was I born ?

Why must I work? Why can I not simply sit under this tree and read about God?

Are we alone in the universe? What are other beings like?

Affirmation

Closing prayers

 

April 25th, 2021:

“PURITY IS DIVINITY”  – MOTHER EASWARAMMA

Attendance: 23

OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

Hill View Stadium  

Life Application follow up :1) See God in Everyone 2) Easwaramma day prepration 3) Gayathri beads of Love chanting

Swami’s quote: The Gayatri has three parts: 1.Praise, 2.Meditation, and 3.Prayer. First, the Divine is praised, then it is meditated upon in reverence and lastly, an appeal is made to the Divine to dispel the darkness of ignorance and to awaken and strengthen the intellect.

Easwaramma day program sequence 

Student assignment and service projects:

Pressed flowers cards b) Women’s shelter (signup pending) c) Sprouts d) Mind map e) Being helpful at home f) Gayathri beads g) Tshirt as grocery bags h) Letters against isolation (pending)

Please see google sheet: 

Easwaramma day offering – Group2 SSE

 
Closing prayers 

 

April 18th, 2021:

“PURITY IS DIVINITY”  – MOTHER EASWARAMMA

Attendance: 22

OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

Swami’s parents – Mother: Easwaramma, Father: Pedda Venkamma Raju

Life Application follow up :1) See God in Everyone 2) Easwaramma day roles 3) Gayathri beads of Love chanting 
 Swami’s quote: “Humility, purity of thought and manners, meekness, surrender to high ideals, sensitivity, sweetness of temper, the particular blend of all these qualities is modesty. The modest woman wields authority in the home and outside, in the community as well as in the world. Her attention will always be on the limits that she should not transgress. Honour and praise come to her unasked and unnoticed”

Easwaramma day program sequence 

Student assignment and service projects:

Pressed flowers cards b) Women’s shelter c) Sprouts d) Mind map e) Being helpful at home f) Gayathri beads g) Tshirt as grocery bags h) Letters against isolation

Please see google sheet: 

Easwaramma day offering – Group2 SSE

 
Closing prayers 

 

April 11th, 2021:

“PURITY IS DIVINITY”  – MOTHER EASWARAMMA

Attendance: 22

OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation
Life Application follow up :1) See God in Everyone 2) Easwaramma day roles 3) Gayathri beads of Love chanting 
 Swami’s quote: “It is one’s duty to know the well-being of one’s neighbours. The least one can do is inquire how they are, what they need and the state of their well-being. Every day when you get up, find out how your neighbours are. This is a pleasant thing to do in the morning”

Easwaramma day program sequence 

Student assignment and service projects:

Pressed flowers cards b) Women’s shelter c) Sprouts d) Mind map e) Being helpful at home f) Gayathri beads g) Tshirt as grocery bags h) Letters against isolation

Please see google sheet: 

Easwaramma day offering – Group2 SSE

 
Closing prayers 
 
 

 

April 4th, 2021:

“PURITY IS DIVINITY”  – MOTHER EASWARAMMA

Attendance: 19

OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

Life Application follow up :1) See God in Everyone 2) Easwaramma day ideas 3) Gayathri beads of Love chanting

Swami’s quote: “The Romans addressed Jesus as ‘persona’ meaning “one of sacredness”. The English word “person” has been derived from this. It means that there is Divinity in everyone. That is why I address you as embodiments of Divinity. I and you are one. There is Divine Spirit in everybody. The very self is called “persona”. There is no life principle without Divinity!”

Easwaramma day program sequence 

Student assignment and service projects:

a) Pressed flowers cards b) Women’s shelter c) Sprouts d) Mind map e) Being helpful at home f) Gayathri beads g) Tshirt as grocery bags h) Letters against isolation

Closing prayers

 

MARCH 21st, 2021:
“PURITY IS DIVINITY”  – MOTHER EASWARAMMA
Attendance: 21
OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation
Life Application follow up :1) See God in Everyone 2) Easwaramma day ideas 3) Gayathri beads of Love chanting
Swami’s quote: “In everything you do, speak and act truthfully, using all the strength and talent with which you are endowed”
Easwaramma day program sequence 
Ideas from Students review from last class
Closing prayers


MARCH 14TH, 2021:
“PURITY IS DIVINITY”  – MOTHER EASWARAMMA
Attendance: 23
OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation
Life Application follow up :1) See God in Everyone 2) Easwaramma day ideas 3) Gayathri beads of Love chanting 
Swami’s quote: “God is the creator of all living beings of the world right from an ant to an elephant. Nothing can happen without the will of God. Even the small ants that you see are born out of the will of God
Easwaramma:   https://www.sathyasai.org/events/festival/easwaramma-day
Ideas from Students review from last class
Closing prayers

 

MARCH 7TH, 2021:
“PURITY IS DIVINITY”  – MOTHER EASWARAMMA
Attendance: 16
OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation
Life Application follow up :1) See God in Everyone 2) Easwaramma day ideas 3) Gayathri manthra chanting
Swami’s quote: “Today, people desire that only their family and children should be happy. But Easwaramma was not like that. Easwaramma had a broad mind. She wanted everyone to be happy”
Mother Easwaramma:   https://www.sathyasai.org/events/festival/easwaramma-day
Ideas from Students
Center opportunities – Shivaratri bhajan signup, Growing Sai’s love garden project, 
Closing prayers
FEBRUARY 28TH, 2021:
“PURITY IS DIVINITY”  – MOTHER EASWARAMMA
Attendance: 23
OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation
Life Application follow up :1) See God in Everyone 2) Gayathri manthra chanting 3) COME UP WITH A SERVICE ACTIVITY BY YOURSELF, DO IT AND SHARE IT IN NEXT CLASS!
Swami’s quote: “EASWARAMMA WAS THE CHOSEN ONE. I CHOSE HER TO BE MY MOTHER. THAT IS THE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MOTHER EASWARAMMA AND MYSELF”
Easwaramma:   https://www.sathyasai.org/events/festival/easwaramma-day
Ideas from Students
Center opportunities – Shivaratri bhajan signup, Growing Sai’s love garden project, 
Closing prayers

 

FEBRUARY 21st , 2021:

“PURITY IS DIVINITY”  – SERVICE

Attendance: 24

OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

Life Application follow up : Gayathri beads chanting with 108 Gayathri manthras per Swami’s pronounciation and chanting; See God in Everyone

Swami’s quote: “SERVICE TO MAN IS SERVICE TO GOD”; “HANDS THAT SERVE ARE HOLIER THAN LIPS THAT PRAY”

Discussion time – Why beads/ why lettersagainstisolation, what did you experience and how did you feel doing these activities?

Hitha aunty – experience sharing of Berniece Mead

Easwaramma day ideas from Students

What comes to your mind ?

108 Gayathri Manthra Chanting with Swami and energized a bead

Life application 1) See God in Everyone 2) Gayathri manthra chanting 3) COME UP WITH A SERVICE ACTIVITY BY YOURSELF, DO IT AND SHARE IT IN NEXT CLASS!

Center opportunities – Shivaratri bhajan signup, Growing Sai’s love garden project, 

Closing prayers

FEBRUARY 14TH, 2021:

“PURITY IS DIVINITY”  – SERVICE

OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

  • Life Application follow up : 22MIN GUIDED LIGHT MEDITATION – https://youtu.be/N3gKSl82olc
  • NAME SOME SERVICES YOU DO AT HOME, SCHOOL AND SOCIETY
  • NAME SOME SERVICES YOUR PARENTS DO AT HOME, OFFICE AND SOCIETY
  • NAME SOME SERVICES SOCIETY IS DOING TO YOU
  • SEE GOD IN EVERYONE

What is Service – Expressing love in selfless action; Helping others

Service activity – Create a connecting letter to help someone you don’t know.  Service done for www.lettersagainstisolation.com

Life application –

  • TAKE A BEAD IN YOUR HAND
  • CHANT GAYATHRI 108 TIMES WHILE HOLDING THE BEAD
  • AFTER CHANTING 108 TIMES, PRAY THIS BEAD HELP SOMEONE
  • KEEP THIS ENERGIZED BEAD SAFELY IN A COVER
  • ENERGIZE AS MANY BEADS AS POSSIBLE BEFORE SHIVARATRI (MARCH 11TH)
  • GIVE IT TO SENTHIL UNCLE OR HITHA AUNTY AFTER KEEPING ALL OF THEM IN PRAYERS
  • BEADS WILL BE CONVERTED TO BRACELETS AND GIVEN FOR HOSPITAL PATIENTS OR SENIOR CARE HOMES 

Swami’s quote: “SERVICE TO MAN IS SERVICE TO GOD”

Closing prayers

FEBRUARY 7TH , 2021:

  • “PURITY IS DIVINITY”  – SERVICE

    Attendance: 25

    OM, Gayathri Mantra, Light Meditation

    Life Application follow up : 5 Minute silent sitting after identifying (5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can feel, 2 things you can smell, 1 thing you can taste); SEE God in Everyone

    What is Service – Expressing love in selfless action; Helping others

    Service starts at home – Lend a helping hand video

    Discussion – Serving others hand to hand; Serving others face to face; Serving others heart to heart

    Life application –

    • 22MIN GUIDED LIGHT MEDITATION – https://youtu.be/N3gKSl82olc
    • NAME SOME SERVICES YOU DO AT HOME, SCHOOL AND SOCIETY
    • NAME SOME SERVICES YOUR PARENTS DO AT HOME, OFFICE AND SOCIETY
    • NAME SOME SERVICES SOCIETY IS DOING TO YOU
    • SEE GOD IN EVERYONE

    Swami’s quote: “LOVE ALL SERVE ALL”

    Closing prayers

     

  • JANUARY 31ST, 2021:

    “PURITY IS DIVINITY”

                  – “PATH TOWARDS PEACE”

    Attendance: 24

    OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

    Life Application follow up : a) Understanding others b) Spreading, kindness, compassion, love   c) See God in everyone 

    What exactly is Peace – It is the stage in which the senses are mastered and held in balance.

    Peace does not exist in worldy things.  Peace can be only found inside you.  I want Peace consists of three words – “I” the ego, “want” is the desire.  If you remove these two then you have peace

    Personal peace – Inner peace is the result of right action and awareness of truth (unity and oneness)

    Life application –

    5 Minute silent sitting after identifying (5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can feel, 2 things you can smell, 1 thing you can taste);

    See God in Everyone

    Swami’s quotes:

    “LOVE IN ACTION IS SERVICE;

    HANDS THAT HELP ARE HOLIER THAN LIPS THAT PRAY”

    Closing prayers

     

  •  JANUARY 24TH, 2021 :

    “PURITY IS DIVINITY”

                  – “PATH TOWARDS PEACE”

    Attendance: 26

    OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

    Life Application follow up:

         See God in Everyone

         Peaceful path song – express with your own creativity (tune it, rap it, color it, express it the way you feel)   

      Action plans for creating more peace in our lives

      Why positive thinking doesn’t work video

       Life application – a) Understanding others b) Spreading, kindness, compassion, love   c) See God in everyone

    Meditation session with Andy

     

    Swami’s quotes:

    When there is peace in the individual, there wil be peace in the family

    When there is peace in the family, there will be peace in the community

    When there is peace in the community, there will be peace in the nation

    When there is peace in the nation, there will be peace in the world

    Closing prayers

     

  • JANUARY 18TH, 2021 :

     

    “PURITY IS DIVINITY”

                  – “PATH TOWARDS PEACE”

    Attendance: 24

    OM, Gayathri Manthra, Light Meditation

    Life Application follow up on  

         Peaceful song – express with your own creativity (tune it, rap it, color it, express it the way you feel)   

          See God in Everyone

    The Nailed Fence – Uncle Lion Tales

    Be Calm Be Strong – Uncle Lion Tales

    The two wolves within

    Peace caterpillar activity:

    Life application: A) See God in Everyone B) In order to bring peace – fill the below C) Complete peaceful path song from last session

    Swami’s quotes:

               You Cannot Always Oblige, But You Can Always Speak Obligingly

               Speak with Love; Speak Good Words; Always Speak with a Smile

    Affirmation

    Closing prayers

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3.  SSSE Group 1 Archives

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: 10/10/2021

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

Value: Love

Sub value : Respect 

 Attendance: 30/39

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.

Life application 

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 the 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 make table in their book.

As part of 96 th birthday offering to swami, We asked children to write down their experiences of practicing the life Application as a letter to swami. The deadline for collecting the letters is November 4th.

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5.  SSSE-Group4

CLASS DATE:  October 10, 2021
TEACHER(S):  Mouli, Nirmala Aunty, Yadavan, Sai Y.
SUMMARY: 

3rd Group 4 SSSE Class for 2021-2022 Year

ATTENDANCE:

8

Main topic:

Today’s Group 4 SSSE class was an interactive discussion about mental health and wellness, facilitated by our guest speaker, Saikrishna. After 3 OM’s and a 3-minute meditation, we started by discussing how mental health and wellness relates to Swami’s teachings and the importance of taking care of your mind. We then discussed various topics on mental health and wellness, where students shared their viewpoints in a group discussion.  We concluded part 1 of the workshop this week, and next week we will continue part 2 of the workshop with our guest speaker. We also have a cooking service project for the students over coming weeks where the students will cook at home for the women’s shelter.

 

Note to Parents:

Sairam Parents –

Group 4 will continue to do virtual classes and our next class will be on Sunday, October 24th at 3:30pm.

-Group 4 Gurus

Jai Sai Ram!

 
 

 

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6.  Pre-SSSE

CLASS DATE: 10/10/2021 TEACHERS: Patti, Lakshmi, Saideepa,  Mona, Bhuvana
SUMMARY:

 ‘Keep the Mother Earth clean by Recycling’

ATTENDANCE: 10

We started the class with 3 Oms and Gayatri. We are learning to sit still during our couple of minutes session: ‘Swami is in our Hearts’. We did pretty good and teachers were happy with us. Lakshmi aunty and Mona aunty discussed with us how we can thank Mother Nature for providing so many resources to us through Sun, Air and Water which we have learnt for the last three weeks. They told us that the best way to thank Mother Nature is to keep the environment clean by Recycling. Today we learnt about recycling paper and cardboard. Patti read a book ‘Why should I Recycle’ by Jen Green. Lakshmi aunty showed us how we can take reusable plates, silverware, napkins instead of paper products when we go for picnic.  Mona aunty showed us to build  a bridge with recyclable paper strips. Saideepa aunty practiced the bhajan with us and suggested the activity for coming week. She has asked us to help our parents in recycling paper and cardboard.

10/03/2021:  Overview from a parent from Parents Discussion Group:  Each parent discussed the changes we have seen in our children ever since they started attending Pre-SSSE. We also talked about ways we encourage our kids to be kinder individuals, to be patient with other kids and shared how we reinforce good values with them. We concluded that parents share the most responsibility in our children’s character development and we have to practice what they learn in SSE every day. 

 

 

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