( Some months back the two sections of of our Friday school performed a skit. It was not anything revolutionary. The idea was that the student translate whatever they have learnt on stage. We also wanted each of the students to be on stage; some of them had never had that exposure. So each got a part even if it was a minor one)
Ananya and Arun are watching Television. Their mother calls out ‘Ananya, Arun……can you please get me some youghurt from the cold store?’
Ananya: Arun, you go
Arun: Why should I go, you go
Ananya: Why me, you go
Arun; Why me always, you go
Mother coming to them and saying, Why do you have to fight for that why don’t both of you go? The walk will do you good.
Ananya and Arun both together, ‘BUT’
On the street Arun sees a posh car, he shouts, ‘WOOOOOW, I want that’
Ananya sees a girl walking with a pretty dress and whispers I want that’
[ Children run around with different things in their hand cars, dolls etc while Arun and Ananya keep shouting I want this, I want that] Two boys go around holding a placard (WANTS)
Back home Arun says ‘Amma you know I saw such a nice car, why can’t Appa have such a car, why that stupid Toyota’.
And Amma’, Ananya says, ‘ I saw such a beautiful dress, I want that’.
[Background score I want this, I want that. Mother holds head in hands]
Mother: Listen, I forgot to tell you yesterday when we went out, we got some books for you both, come read
Ananya and Arun; Wow Akbar Birbal….Tenaliraman.
Ananya, I want to read Tenali Raman
Arun; No, I want to read it
[Chorus Me, Me while mother looks worried and walks off stage ] (Two boys holding SELF CENTRED)
[Children walk off stage while mother is with her friend Shiela
Mother:‘You know Shiela, I am worried
Mother: ‘My children are ever so demanding. They forever want something or the other. And they fight so much; I don’t know how to handle them’
Shiela;‘Hmm, children keep seeing new things and it is natural that they want those things’
Mother:‘But all their demands can’t be met right but both don’t understand’.
Shiela:‘Happens all the time, don’t we adults too sometimes become demanding. It happens because we give importance to ourselves and want to be our boss’
Mother is all confused.
Shiela:‘If we come to know that there is someone superior who gives us what we need, we will be happy and satisfied
Mother; You mean God, right
Shiela nodding her head: Krishna. Why don’t you send your children to Madhav garden they will learn a lot of values there and of course they will get some good association.
Mother nods her head
[Girls dancing to Sunder Gopala, Ananya tries to barge in. The others just make place for her. They dance a little while Ananya tries to match them.
Later in the class, Mataji introduces them
Mataji ; We have two new children, Ananya, Arun
Everyone smiles at them
Mataji: Ananya, Arun I am sorry but I don’t have more copies of this book. Can you please share with others
Arun snatches the book from his neighbour
Neighbour; Hey you don’t have to do that, we can always share
Arun: Share, can we? (Two boys holding SHARING IS CARING)
tad viddhi pranipatena
upadeksyanti te jnanam
jnaninas tattva-darsina ( BHAGVAD gITA SHLOKA 4.34)
TRANSLATION: Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.
Ananya: Does it mean I can ask questions?
Mataji: Yes but your questions should be intelligent. And you should ask the right person(Two boys holding ASK…….ASK)
Arun: Sub….submiss…what is that?
Mataji: Submissively that is humbly (Two boys holding BE HUMBLE)
[Silence in class and everyone is contemplating] (Placard SILENCE IS GOLDEN)
Obedience to teacher, nature, Lord is important because they know what is best for us.(Placard OBEY)
matra-sparsas tu kaunteya
tams titiksasva bharata
(BHAGVAD GITA 2.14)
TRANSLATION O son of Kuntī, 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.
Ananaya: What does that mean?
Mataji: it means that nothing is permanent. Ananya tell me when you get a new toy or a book. Will you always play with it or read it.
Ananya; No, I get bored with it and want something new again (Placard Chanchalam hi mann)
Mataji smiling: Yes sometimes we like something, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we are happy, sometimes not. Best thing is not to get excited but to keep a balanced mind always.
Voiceover; And in this way, Ananya and Arun get a new start. Whether they become better or not, only time will tell because isn’t it said A man is known by the company he keeps. If both keep learning from the scriptures with good association, they will get good values.
( A post after a long time on the auspicious occassion of Gita Jayanti)