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Doer??

We are going through difficult times. Who had thought that a virus could cause so much havoc? Plans have been disrupted. Schedules have changed and the style of working has changed drastically.

Every morning I wake up thinking that will I get milk today? What rumours will rock today? The deepest of slumber have been jolted by an anxiety, what if…..But life is such.

And that leaves me ashamed. Even though I understand that nothing is in our hands because we are just puppets and yet there is fear and anxiety. Faith and devotion gives us ‘Abhaya’(fearlessness). But me I just tremble. I say that because times are such or is it my own lack of belief in the superior being.

But time and again it is proved that nothing is in our hands. Maybe it is a man made catastrophe, maybe not but the truth is the outcome is beyond us.

There was a picture circulating in whatsapp which resonated with me

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The funny part is that this material world is actually a cage where in we have been sent to rehabilitate, so that we can remember our actual position and try to go back to our original abode.

This we understand in our present condition. A virus has made us understand about our actual position; it is also made us understand how powerless we are. Nothing was and nothing will be in our control.

We may gloat of our material accumulations or our scientific progresses but the fact remains that we are not the doer.

When Arjuna in the midst of the battlefield is bewildered and refused to fight? Krishna asks him why do people think that they are the doers when actually it is the three modes of material nature doing everything.

prakrteh kriyamanani
gunaih karmani sarvasah
ahankara-vimudhatma
kartaham iti manyate (BG 3.27)
TRANSLATION
The bewildered spirit soul, under the influence of the three modes of material nature, thinks himself to be the doer of activities, which are in actuality carried out by nature.

How long we will think of lording over nature and take advantage of it to satisfy our cravings. It is but inevitable that nature will take revenge one day.

But the best part is that now as we remain indoors it is the nature which takes a breather. The air is purer, we can hear the birds chirp and the animals are free to roam as they like. At least let us be happy about that.

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Assessment !!

From time to time it is necessary to evaluate ourselves. It helps to know what we have learned and how much we have evolved.

With this objective in mind every year around the end of February or beginning of March, I conduct some form of assessment for the children of the school where I take weekly Bhagavad Gita class. Last year I had taken a quiz on the Bhagavad Gita for only two standard ie. Children of the fourth and fifth standard. The children had performed exceedingly well. And I was so proud that day.

This year the plan was to make it bigger and better. The assessment would have to be enjoyable and yet quantifiable. After a lot of brainstorming and consultations with my seniors, a format was prepared.

While the first 2 standard would get just colouring sheets, for the others it would be more elaborate. And the way they coloured…..my jaw touched the ground.

For the others we started with complete the shloka. I would give a part of the shloka and children were asked the preceding or succeeding part. That was the icebreaker and the children participated enthusiastically.

Then children were divided into groups of 10 and given jumbled shlokas. They had to arrange it in proper order. Out of the 20 teams only one did a minor mistake. After they arranged it they were supposed to illustrate the shloka according to their understanding. Initially they panicked. It was something very new to them. I had called some friends and my son to help me out that day. So we allayed their fears and boosted their morale. And the way they opened their minds was .. just wonderful.

This illustrates about how the soul progresses from infancy to youth to old age to death and then to a new body.

Some more pictures

The immense joy that the day gave me as a teacher/preacher cannot be explained in words. In actuality it was my assessment as to whether my children had understood me or not.

Definitely the memories of that day will be etched in our memories forever.

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