SSSE Group 2 Archives

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


LASS DATE: 11/06/2022

VALUE: Truth 

Sub Value: Honest

Attendance: 15/28

Honesty:

  • Being straightforward in speech and conduct
  • Behaving sincerely
  • Following through on one’s promise.
 Summary of class:
We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Light Meditation.

We discussed last week’s Life Application.

 Morning Prayer:  parents please encourage students to practice and recite the Shloka every morning as soon as they up from the bed. we had an opportunity to continue with the honesty is the best policy.

Game time: 

We had a fantastic time playing the coin game. 
Students were divided into 3 groups and given the cup with the water and each group were given one penny, drop the penny in the water and try to cover the penny with quarter and dime. It needed more other coins to cover the penny. 
The inference of this game is once you tell one lie( cent) you have to cover much much lies ( quarter , dime) so the moral of the game is do not let the lie weigh it down and also wats tell the truth no matter what. 

We also had an opportunity to watch the Robot story about being honest. 


Swami’s words about Honesty:

    • Speak the truth but pleasantly.
    • Simply becausebabstatement will be welcome to the hearer,don’t speak it out to winhis approval.
    • If speaking truth will cause grief or pain, keep silent.

    • Food prayer: 

      We recited the shloka and the meaning and a beautiful stories why it is important to pray before you partake the food. 

    • Bramharpanam ( please refer the parent chat message 
    • Swami’s words on Food Prayer.
    • We should partake food with a sathwic (pure, serene) mind. Our ancestors recommended the offering of food to God before partaking. Food so partaken becomes prasad (consecrated offering). Prayer cleanses the food of the three impurities caused by the absence of cleanliness of the vessel, cleanliness of the food stuff, and cleanliness in the process of cooking. It is necessary to get rid of these three impurities to purify the food, for pure food goes into the making of a pure mind. It is not possible to ensure the purity of the cooking process because we do not know what thoughts rage in the mind of the man who prepares the food. Similarly, we cannot ensure the cleanliness of the food ingredients because we do not know whether it was acquired in a righteous way by the person who sold it to us. Hence, it is essential on our part to offer food to God in the form of prayer so that these three impurities do not afflict our mind.

    • Affirmation: 

      The Class wrote their affirmation in the notebook

  • LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY

    please encourage this week’s action plan, and they can make notes for the whole week with their notebook.

  • Morning prayer: as soon as you are up, please recite morning prayers 
  • Food prayer: before you partake food
  • How did you practice truthfulness today: yet of the day or before going to bed reflection of the day time.
  • Any chanting/ meditation or service and what is the importance of it. Please ask your students about it.
  • Bedtime prayer; before going to bed. 
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AS A TEACHER, YOU AS A PARENT AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS. 

Important information for Parents: 
  1. We encourage everyone, especially Students, to practice The Prayers daily (Life application)
 Sai Ram

CLASS DATE: 10/23/2022

VALUE: Truth 

Sub Value: Honest

Also talked about the importance of Diwali!

ATTENDANCE: 21/28

 Summary of class:
We started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri Mantra & Meaning, followed by Light Meditation.

We discussed last week’s Life Application.

 Morning Prayer, Recited the Morning prayer and its meaning again. Nice to see half the class was familiar and reciting every day. Please encourage students to prayer this shloka as soon as they rise from the bed.: 

Karaagre Vasate Lakshmi, Karamadhye Saraswati

Karamoole Tu Govinda, Prabhaate Karadarshanam

Meaning :

I focus on my fingers (Kara: hand; Agra: top/tip) and I visualize the abundant blessings of Goddess Lakshmi , who dwells there.

I focus on the center of my palms (Kara: hand, Madhya: middle) and I visualize the abundant blessings of Goddess Saraswati, who dwells there.

At the base of my hand (Kara: hand, Moola: bottom), I visualize the infinite blessings of Lord Vishnu, who dwells there.

And so, I focus on my hands every morning and seek divine manifestation

 We continued the topic on the value Truth – Subvalue Honesty. And had a chance to play button game. Students enjoyed playing it and the inference of the game is how difficult to with hold the dishonesty and always honesty is the best policy. Ask students how they enjoyed it.

    • Swami’s words about Honesty: 
    • In spite of all appearances, honesty is still the best policy.
    • A single lie has to be buttressed by a hundred others, while the truth is the easiest, simplest, and safest line of behavior. 
    • Be what you preferred to be, speak what you intend to do, and talk about what you have experienced-no more, no less.
    • Diwali/Deepavali significance: 
    • Please refer the  video on the parents what’s app group.
    • We shared the significance and the importance of the festival. And had a beautiful activity to create the draw Rangoli with rangoli
    • Students thoroughly enjoyed the activity which showed the creativity, focus, true liking and festivity.
    • Affirmation: 

      The Class wrote their affirmation in the notebook

  • LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY

    please encourage this week’s action plan, and they can make notes for the whole week with their notebook.

  • Morning prayer: as soon as you are up, please recite morning prayers 
  • Food prayer: before you partake food
  • How did you practice truthfulness today: yet of the day or before going to bed reflection of the day time.
  • Any chanting/ meditation or service and what is the importance of it. Please ask your students about it.
  • Bedtime prayer; before going to bed. 
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AS A TEACHER, YOU AS A PARENT AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS. 

Important information for Parents: 
  1. We encourage everyone, especially Students, to practice The Prayers daily (Life application)
 
Sai Ram
 
 Class Date: 10/02/2022

Value: Truth

Attendance: 21/33

 Class Summary: 
Started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri mantra and it’s meaning, Light meditation. 

Guest Speaker: Priya Raghunanan Who an ardent devotee of Swami and her both the children were my Group 2 students 15 years ago and one is Pilot in training and one more is studying in Italy so proud of them.  Priya is certified Phyliss Crystal mention of meditation. 
but in the class she was able to guide the love and light guided meditation for 10 min and students enjoyed it. She followed by the Devi bhajan. 
Thank you Priya you lighted the class with your beautiful energy!

As it was Navratri and Gandhi Jayanti: 

we had an opportunity to show a video on the importance of Navrathri and shared a story on the Truth about Gandhi’s life 
we able to discuss and share the importance of the Navrathri celebrations and Gandhi Jayanti! 
please ask our students about the story and what they understood with those amazing stories! 
quiz time: 
we quizzed the students about different names of Devi, name few Devi bhajans, name few Devi shlokas 
students well participated and also enjoyed. 
we also talked  about 5 mathas Swami mentions
Bhu matha, Go matha, Deha matha, 
PLEASE FIND THE OTHER MATHAS? 
Congratulations! On Aishwarya and Saketh to sing in the center very well done. Thank you for taking this opportunity to sing to our beloved Swami
Thank you for the snack for the whole class parent volunteer Aditi , children enjoyed it 
    • Swami’s quote:
    • You must always adhere to truth and fulfil  all the promise you make. Then, I will be with you, wherever you are and at all times. 
      Affirmation: 
    • Whole class had a chance to write the affirmation in their note book. 
  • LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY

    please encourage this week action plan and they can make the notes for the whole week with their notebook.
    1. Morning prayer : as soon as you are up please recite morning prayers 
        2.Food prayer: before you partake the food 3. How did you practice truthfulness today: yet of the day or before going to bed reflection of the day time. 4. Any chanting/ meditation or service 5. Bedtime prayer; before going to bed. 
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT WE AS A TEACHERS YOU AS A PARENTS AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS. 

    Avatar day is coming up in Greensboro please let us know if any of our students can participate on Saturday Oct 15th 10-5pm 

  • Any questions we are just a call away. 
 

Class Date: 9/25/2022

Value: Truth

Attendance: 24/28

 Class Summary: 

Started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri mantra and it’s meaning, Light meditation. 

Sharing:  life application from last week.

Recap of the last class: 

TRUTH –
  • Introduction to TRUTH 

    The quality or state of being True, that which is fact , actual Event, real thing. 

  • What SWAMI says about TRUTH.
    Give truth( Sathya) first place in your thought, word and deed. In everything that you do use all the strength and talent with which you are endowed.
    • Swami’s quote:
    • You must always adhere to truth and fulfil  all the promise you make. Then, I will be with you, wherever you are and at all times. 
      Affirmation: 
    • Whole class had a chance to write the affirmation in their note book. 
    • STORY TIME; 
    • Tall tale: Students were given a task to distinguish between the truth and False: 
    • they did a great job in doing so and were able to discuss why truth is important value to follow. 
      video: we watched the video of the significance to telling the truth. 
      please see the attached video in what’s app parent group . 
      Swami’s quote: 

      The experience of truth alone can foster love. Truth is the current and love is the bulb it illumines through truth, you can experience love, you can visualize truth.

  • LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARY

    please encourage this week action plan and they can make the notes for the whole week with their not book.
    1. Morning prayer : as soon as you are up please recite morning prayers 
        2.Food prayer: before you partake the food 3. How did you practice truthfulness today: yet of the day or before going to bed reflection of the day time. 4. Any chanting/ meditation or service 5. Bedtime prayer; before going to bed. 
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT WE AS A TEACHERS YOU AS A PARENTS AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS. 

    Avatar day is coming up in Greensboro please let us know if any of our students can participate on Saturday Oct 15th 10-5pm 

  • Any questions we are just a call away.  
Sai Ram 

 
Class Date: 9/18/2022

Value: Truth

Attendance: 24/28

Class Summary:

Started with 3 OMS, 3 Gayathri mantra and it’s meaning, Light meditation. Game time:We had a chance to play  Pictionary where the students were divided into 4 teams, a scenario was  give to each team to draw and  remaining teams need to guess. They all did a great job. 
after all the scenarios were discussed( please ask our students what were the scenarios) We discussed the scenarios pertaining to school, home, etc
we had an opportunity to see a video of  how truth can change your outcome. after the video we were able to discuss. 
also discuss why we sometimes not speak the truth, what is the reason?
because fear of getting in trouble, attention, testing boundaries, fear of punishment, avoiding pain, what other people think of them, pretend.they need to look cool etc 
So what is Truth 
TRUTH –
  • Introduction to TRUTH The quality or state of being True, that which is fact , actual Event, real thing. 
  • What SWAMI says about TRUTH.Give truth( Sathya) first place in your thought, word and deed. In everything that you do use all the strength and talent with which you are endowed.
    • Swami’s quote:
    • You must always adhere to truth and fulfil  all the promise you make. Then, I will be with you, wherever you are and at all times. 
      Affirmation: 
    • Whole class had a chance to write the affirmation in their note book. 
  • LIFE APPLICATION – DAILY SPIRITUAL DIARYplease encourage this week action plan and they can make the notes for the whole week with their not book.
    1. Morning prayer : as soon as you are up please recite morning prayers 
        2.Food prayer: before you partake the food 3. How did you practice truthfulness today: yet of the day or before going to bed reflection of the day time. 4. Any chanting/ meditation or service 5. Bedtime prayer; before going to bed. 
    PLEASE NOTE LIFE APPLICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT WE AS A TEACHERS YOU AS A PARENTS AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BE PRACTICING AS TRIPLE PARTNERS. 

    Avatar day is coming up in Greensboro please let us know if any of our students can participate on Saturday Oct 15th 10-5pm 

  • Any questions we are just a call away. 
Important information for Parents: 
  1. We encourage everyone, especially Students, to practice The Prayer
2. Please read and acknowledge the Parent’s Pledge3. Please review the Media Consent Form and confirm your decision digitally4. We strongly encourage you to participate in the Go Green Offering for Swami’s 97th Birthday; follow the link for details and registration https://www.sssgc-zone1.org/offering/5. We will send details about The Hormonous Homes program shortly; please take this opportunity and join us for the Transformative Sessions. Looking forward to an excellent SSSE year, we will formally begin our classes on Sunday next week, 18th September 2022.Sai Ram

Beginning of Spiritual Year 2023 – 2024


End of Spiritual Year 2022 – 2023


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.
e.com/wathttps://www.youtubch?v=-X3ioCyyVT8&t=19s
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

Click Here for Previous Class Notes 


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