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Class #14 April 28, 2019

posted Apr 6, 2019, 9:07 AM by Balvihar Teachers Y1

This is our last class.

Quiz will be given at 10:15am sharp. Students will have 30 minutes to take it.


Presentations will start at 11:10am.

Parents are welcome to attend.

Class #13 April 7, 2019

posted Apr 2, 2019, 5:49 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Apr 6, 2019, 9:11 AM by Balvihar Teachers Y1 ]

Agenda for class on 4/7

9:50 - 10:00 : Arrival

10:00 - 10:40am : Karma Topic

10:45 - 12:30pm
Preparation for group project. The groups were finalized during last two classes.

The project would be to incorporate two of the following in a presentation, supported by shlokas (For example, use the Bhagavad Gita or use as a reference).

One Supreme Being
Yamas and Niyamas
4 Stages of Life

2 parts:

a) Presentation of concepts (verbal with/without presentation) – 5 minutes

b) Creative portion - through a personal medium: art, music (rap, pop, group) or poetry or dance – 5 minutes


Conceptual Clarity
Shloka References

11:30 - 11:45pm

Review of Shlokas 

Sanatan Dharma features attached
Study guide attached
Essence of Bhagwad Geeta Attached

Class #12 - March 24, 2019

posted Mar 30, 2019, 7:39 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Mar 30, 2019, 7:45 PM ]

Bhagavad Gita

Three modes of material nature:

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna talks at length about the "three modes of material nature." These are subtle forces that influence our behavior as well as every aspect of our physical, mental, and emotional world. The Sanskrit term for these forces is guna, "rope," and the Gita explains how they pull us to act in various ways, even against our better judgment.

The effects of Sattva-guna, the mode of goodness, are seen when an atmosphere of peace, serenity, and harmony prevails in our environment and ourselves. Rajo-guna, the mode of passion, is felt as insatiable desire for temporary things, striving for more and more of them, and perpetual dissatisfaction. Tamo-guna, the mode of ignorance, is indicated when there's laziness, depression, intoxication, and insanity.

The fourteenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita contains elaborate descriptions of the modes, their symptoms, how they affect us, and ultimately how to become free from their influence through the practice of bhakti-yoga

Mode of Goodness (Sattva-guna)
Mode of Passion (Rajo-guna)
Mode of Ignorance (Tamo-guna)

Class #10 - February 24, 2019

posted Mar 30, 2019, 7:37 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Mar 30, 2019, 7:43 PM ]

Bhagavad Gita: Who am I?  Soul and its properties

Difference between body and soul
Car and driver
Apartment and Occupant

Where is the soul situated?

What is the difference in the size of the soul between elephant and ant?

Activities of the soul (through the body):
1. Takes birth
2. Grows
3. Stays
4. Produces offspring
5. Dwindles
6. Dies

Properties of the soul:
Neither birth nor death

More about the soul:
Is man just a powerful computer?  What is the difference between a human and a robot?
Am I God?
What is the difference between God and human?
What is common between God and human?

Is God eternal?  Is the soul eternal?
Why can't we become God?

Soul vs Supersoul

Jivatma                 vs.         Paramatma
Individual soul                    One Soul
- Many                                   - Same one situated in everyone
- Remembers this life            - Remembers past, present and future
- Anu (minute)                       - Vibhu (big in quality not size)
- Limited cognizance             - Fully cognizant
-Servitor                                 - Served (Supervisor - monitors activities of atma)

Two birds are sitting on a branch

Class #9 - January 6, 2019

posted Mar 30, 2019, 7:34 PM by Parshu Ananth


Impromptu Speaking (see attachment)

How to prepare a speech (see attachment)

Bhagavad Gita

Shlokas covered: 8.9, 7.14, 10.10, 10.11

Class #8 - December 16, 2018

posted Mar 30, 2019, 7:22 PM by Parshu Ananth

Krishna - The Supreme Person

Definition of God (Six Opulences)

Bhagavan means one who possesses opulences.

The six opulences of God are:
  1. Wealth - Lakshmi, the Goddess of Fortune is his consort.
  2. Fame - Even today we are talking about Krishna's greatness.  The fame of people fades eventually.
  3. Knowledge - Original creator of everything, so naturally he knows all areas of science.
  4. Strength - Krishna lifted Govardhana Hill.
  5. Beauty - Even when he was on the battlefield, he looked as young as a 16 year old youth.
  6. Renunciation - Though he is the owner of everything, he is detached from all possessions.

Class #7 - December 2, 2018

posted Mar 30, 2019, 7:19 PM by Parshu Ananth

Understanding the meaning of God

In this world everything and everyone has some source.
The root of all existence is God.
God is the Supreme Father of every living entity.

Who created God?
God was never created.  Since we are inside the time domain, our bodies are created and destroyed.  God exists outside the time domain.  He has been existing eternally and will continue to exist eternally.
In the search for the source of one object after another, God is like the period - the source of everything.

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1: "God is the one from whom everything emanates"

Brahma Smahita 5.1: "Govinda, Lord Krishna is the cause of all causes, but He Himself has no other cause"

How do you define God?
1. Source of everything
2. Cause of all causes
3. The Supreme Controller
4. The Supreme Proprietor
5. The Supreme Enjoyer

Although we may try to enjoy independent of God, we derive only flickering pleasure from our so-called enjoyment.  This is because we, living entities, are all part of God.  Therefore, we are simply Co-operators or Servants.  We can achieve true happiness only by serving God with love, understanding Him to be the ultimate enjoyer.

Class #6 - November 18, 2018

posted Mar 30, 2019, 7:18 PM by Parshu Ananth

Bhagavad Gita

Is there a Supreme Controller?


What is the importance of the human form of life?
The human form of life is not meant just for eating, sleeping, mating and defending, but for inquiring about the cause of suffering and the true destination of life.

The real problems of life are: Birth, Old Age, Disease and Death.

The three-fold miseries are...  

Those arising from body and mind
Those arising from natural catastrophes
Those arising from other living beings

Can technological advancements solve the problems of life?

What is human life meant for?
Human life is meant for the permanent eradication of miseries by attaining an eternal life of bliss and knowledge.

Start with understanding:
  • Who am I?
  • Who is God?
  • What is my relationship with God?

Do you believe in God?

When we see something that is designed intelligently, we ask about the designer.

What is your conception of God?
God is not a matter of speculation.  He has to be understood through hearing from a true spiritual authority.

Many so-called philosophers have concocted speculative theories about God.  

God is the supreme controller.  We living entities are tiny souls, are not God, nor can we ever become God.

We are eternally servants of God.

Class #5 - November 4, 2018

posted Mar 30, 2019, 7:07 PM by Parshu Ananth

Bhagavad Gita

Who am I?

What are the differences between body and soul?

Car and driver - can a car move without a driver?

Apartment and occupant

Class #3 - October 7, 2018

posted Sep 9, 2018, 4:23 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Oct 8, 2018, 6:02 PM ]

10:00-10.05  Attendance
10:05-11:00  Debate  ( Western/American Culture has a Positive Influence)
11:00-11:20  Vedic Mathematics 
11:20-11:40  Gita Shloka Chanting 
11:40 -12:30 Discourse/concepts on Gita

Action Items

Answer to the question asked in last class
What are the real problems of the world?

Debate Format:
5 min each: Present your case (Team #1 then Team #2) Check your email for team members
3 min in all: Both teams ask questions (Crossfire)
2 min each: Rebuttal
1 min each: Final Statements

Grading Rubric
Attached below

We will have two teams debate. They will be scored using attached classroom debate rubric.
Everyone else prepares and researches on the topic.
We will randomly choose 6 kids to give a speech. They will be scored on the basis of attached individual speech rubric. They can speak in favor or against according to their preparation.

Recap of Class
Debate went well.  Great job done by the 6 students who spoke.
Shlokas chanting: B.G. 2.14, 2.71, 8.16, 2.51

Story of the King and the Fool.

Criteria for real problems:
1. Common to all
2. No one wants it 
3. No one can avoid it

Real problems of life: Birth, Old age, Disease and Death

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