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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

Class #2 - September 23, 2018

posted Sep 9, 2018, 2:16 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Sep 25, 2018, 2:16 PM ]

Vedic Maths:
Rule: All from 9 and last from 10 - use for subtracting from 100, 1000, 10000 etc.

Rule: Multiplication - 
use a base of 100, 1000 etc
write the difference from base
add the diagonals
add or subtract from 00 or 000, as appropriate

Essence of the Bhagavad Gita:

Why are you special?   
What is the main difference between humans and animals?
What is common between humans and animals?
What makes you happy?
When would you feel true happiness?

Gita Dhyanam and Bhagavad Gita verse 2.14 chanting

Homework: What are the real problems of the world?

Class #1 - September 9, 2018

posted Sep 8, 2018, 7:45 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Sep 9, 2018, 2:02 PM ]

Topic:  Balvihar Journey
1. What have I gained from Balvihar?
2. What have I learned from Balvihar?
3. What are my expectations from the Youth Group?

Points to keep in mind:
Who is your audience?
Each team member should speak
Team members should share the work

1. Use facts and statistics to argue your case
2. Organize your thought process
3. Understand your topic; research; give references

Other ways to earn points:
Respect the other team
Information presented

Debate Format:
5 min each: Present your case (Team #1 then Team #2)
3 min in all: Both teams ask questions (Crossfire)
2 min each: Rebuttal
1 min each: Final Statements
Introduction to the Bhagavad Gita:
There was a king who had 3 sons.  Dhritarashtra, the oldest one, was born blind, so the next brother Pandu became the king.  Pandu had 5 sons: Yudhishtira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva.  Yudhishtira was the emblem of virtue whereas Duryodhana, Dhritarashtra's son was evil.
Pandavas : Kauravas = Good vs. Evil.
What happened before the war and what was the reason for the war?
Who is narrating the story of the war to Dhritarashtra?
Field of Sacred duty - Arjuna represents humanity - He is conflicted between acting as a soldier and as a human being - we are faced with choices every day in a similar way.  The Bhagavad Gita helps us to learn to make the right choices.
What do the words Bhagavad Gita mean?
In which section of the Mahabharata is the Bhagavad Gita in?  Bhishma Parva / Book of Bhishma
The timeframe when Krishna spoke the message of Bhagavad Gita was 3139 BCE.
The Bhagavad Gita was written in Sanskrit.
The Bhagavad Gita has 18 Chapters and 700 verses.

The Bhagavad Gita has 3 parts:
The first six chapters are about working with detachment from the fruits of work.
The second six chapters are on Bhakti / devotion to the Supreme i.e connecting with the Supreme through devotional service
The last six chapters are on Jnana yoga or Knowledge that connects with the Supreme.

Important: Bring your copy of the Bhagavad Gita to every class.

Introduction to Vedic Mathematics:

Class Introduction - August 26, 2018

posted Sep 8, 2018, 7:44 PM by Parshu Ananth

Bhagavad Gita Chanting - 2nd Set

posted Jan 20, 2018, 7:35 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Jan 20, 2018, 7:36 PM ]


nehabhikrama-naso 'sti  pratyavayo na vidyate
sv-alpam apy asya dharmasya  trayate mahato bhayat

In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.


vyavasayatmika buddhir  ekeha kuru-nandana
bahu-sakha hy anantas ca  buddhayo 'vyavasayinam

Those who are on this path are resolute in purpose, and their aim is one. O beloved child of the Kurus, the intelligence of those who are irresolute is many-branched.


bhogaisvarya-prasaktanam  ta yapahrta-cetasam
vyavasayatmika buddhih  samadhau na vidhiyate

In the minds of those who are too attached to sense enjoyment and material opulence, and who are bewildered by such things, the resolute determination for devotional service to the Supreme Lord does not take place.


trai-gunya-visaya veda  nistrai-gunyo bhavarjuna
nirdvandvo nitya-sattva-stho  niryoga-ksema atmavan

The Vedas deal mainly with the subject of the three modes of material nature. O Arjuna, become transcendental to these three modes. Be free from all dualities and from all anxieties for gain and safety, and be established in the self.


yavan artha udapane  sarvatah samplutodake
tavan sarvesu vedesu  brahmanasya vijanatah

All purposes served by a small well can at once be served by a great reservoir of water. Similarly, all the purposes of the Vedas can be served to one who knows the purpose behind them.


visaya vinivartante  niraharasya dehinah
rasa-varjam raso 'py asya  param drstva nivartate

The embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, though the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.


dhyayato visayan pumsah  sangas tesupajayate
sangat sanjayate kamah  kamat krodho 'bhijayate

While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.


krodhad bhavati sammohah  sammohat smrti-vibhramah
smrti-bhramsad buddhi-naso  buddhi-nasat pranasyati

From anger, complete delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost one falls down again into the material pool.


raga-dvesa-vimuktais tu  visayan indriyais caran
atma-vasyair vidheyatma  prasadam adhigacchati

But a person free from all attachment and aversion and able to control his senses through regulative principles of freedom can obtain the complete mercy of the Lord.


ya nisa sarva-bhutanam  tasyam jagarti samyami
yasyam jagrati bhutani  sa nisa pasyato muneh

What is night for all beings is the time of awakening for the self-controlled; and the time of awakening for all beings is night for the introspective sage.


yajnarthat karmano 'nyatra  loko 'yam karma-bandhanah
tad-artham karma kaunteya  mukta-sangah samacara

Work done as a sacrifice for Visnu has to be performed, otherwise work causes bondage in this material world. Therefore, O son of Kunti, perform your prescribed duties for His satisfaction, and in that way you will always remain free from bondage.


yad yad acarati sresthas  tat tad evetaro janah
sa yat pramanam kurute  lokas tad anuvartate

Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.


prakrteh kriyamanani  gunaih karmani sarvasah
ahankara- vimudhatma  kartaham iti manyate

The spirit soul bewildered by the influence of false ego thinks himself the doer of activities that are in actuality carried out by the three modes of material nature.


sri-bhagavan uvaca
kama esa krodha esa  rajo-guna-samudbhavah
mahasano maha-papma  viddhy enam iha vairinam

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: It is lust only, Arjuna, which is born of contact with the material mode of passion and later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring sinful enemy of this world.

Essence of Bhagavad Gita

posted Dec 5, 2017, 5:24 PM by Parshu Ananth

Attached are the "Essence of Bhagavad Gita" slides.

Bhagavad Gita Chanting - 1st Set

posted Nov 23, 2017, 3:16 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Jan 20, 2018, 7:37 PM ]

dhrtarastra uvaca
dharma-ksetre kuru-ksetre samaveta yuyutsavah
mamakah pandavas caiva kim akurvata sanjaya
Dhrtarastra said: O Sanjaya, after my sons and the sons of Pandu assembled in the place of pilgrimage at Kuruksetra, desiring to fight, what did they do?
karpanya-dosopahata-svabhavah  prcchami tvam dharma-sammudha-cetah
yac chreyah syan niscitam bruhi tan me  sisyas te 'ham sadhi mam tvam prapannam
Now I am confused about my duty and have lost all composure because of miserly weakness. In this condition I am asking You to tell me for certain what is best for me. Now I am Your disciple, and a soul surrendered unto You. Please instruct me.
sri-bhagavan uvaca
asocyan anvasocas tvam  prajna-vadams ca bhasase
gatasun agatasums ca  nanusocanti panditah
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: While speaking learned words, you are mourning for what is not worthy of grief. Those who are wise lament neither for the living nor for the dead.
na tv evaham jatu nasam  na tvam neme janadhipah
na caiva na bhavisyamah  sarve vayam atah param
Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.
dehino 'smin yatha dehe  kaumaram yauvanam jara
tatha dehantara-praptir  dhiras tatra na muhyati
As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change.
matra-sparsas tu kaunteya  sitosna-sukha-duhkha-dah
agamapayino 'nityas  tams titiksasva bharata
O son of Kunti, the nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons. They arise from sense perception, O scion of Bharata, and one must learn to tolerate them without being disturbed.
na jayate mriyate va kadacin  nayam bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah
ajo nityah sasvato 'yam purano  na hanyate hanyamane sarire
For the soul there is neither birth nor death at any time. He has not come into being, does not come into being, and will not come into being. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.
vasamsi jirnani yatha vihaya  navani grhnati naro 'parani
tatha sarirani vihaya jirnany  anyani samyati navani dehi
As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, the soul similarly accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.
nainam chindanti sastrani  nainam dahati pavakah
na cainam kledayanty apo  na sosayati marutah
The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind.
jatasya hi dhruvo mrtyur  dhruvam janma mrtasya ca
tasmad apariharye 'rthe  na tvam socitum arhasi
One who has taken his birth is sure to die, and after death one is sure to take birth again. Therefore, in the unavoidable discharge of your duty, you should not lament.
dehi nityam avadhyo 'yam  dehe sarvasya bharata
tasmat sarvani bhutani  na tvam socitum arhasi
O descendant of Bharata, he who dwells in the body can never be slain. Therefore you need not grieve for any living being.

Daily Prayers

posted Nov 23, 2017, 3:14 PM by Parshu Ananth   [ updated Nov 23, 2017, 3:14 PM ]

Daily Prayers - PowerPoint attached

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