It's after the temple's Sunday feast.
Packed into our van, the children laugh and jostle one another as we head for the gurukulato watch a video of Krsna's pastimes. Nimai, the four-year-old brother of one of our
students, starts singing the Hare Krsna maha-mantra.
He sings quietly at first. Then his singing builds in volume and picks up a clear rhythm and melody. Eleven-year-old Visnujana starts to play the mrdanga drum he'd brought to the feast. Soon all the children are singing together. The singing is their pleasure, and they taste the spiritual sweetness of the Lord's name.
Activities and resources for teaching and guiding ages 4-18.
HOLIDAYS! A break from routine, a special mark on the calendar, a day that can ab- sorb a child’s mind for weeks or more beforehand. Holidays connected with Lord Krishna help children become absorbed in pleasing Him. The calendar of the Hare Kåñëa move- ment overflows with days to celebrate. Major festivals commemorate the divine birth, or appearance, of Krishna and His incarnations. Other festivals celebrate Krishna's pas- times and the anniversaries of the appearance and passing of pure devotees of the Lord.
Unfortunately, we might neglect to take full advantage of the intense spiritual effect Krishna conscious holidays can have on a child’s life. On minor festival days, the occasion may pass by unnoticed, or there may be only a scriptural reading geared to an adult audi- ence. Adults may even plan events mostly for adults. Children come to the adult gather- ing, but they simply learn that a holiday means being bored, or running and playing wildly.
How can our children find the spiritual highlights of their lives in festivals?
Day Activities and Resources For Teaching and Guiding Ages 8-12
Each festival can be the focus for a five-day week, with a concentration each day on one of the five most potent items of devotional service as related to that festival. This program is flexible and can be used in other ways. For example, it is entirely possible to take one item of devotional service and concentrate on it for more than one day, or even an entire week. And, some people might want to only spend one day on a festival. For children in non-devotee schools as a supplementary program in the morning or evening. For children being home-schooled to enrich the devotional part of the program. For regular academic schools that are related to Krsna onsciousness. For Sunday schools, children's clubs, and similar supplementary programs.
For children in non-devotee schools as a supplementary program in the morning or evening
For children being home-schooled to enrich the devotional part of the program
For regular academic schools that are related to Krishna consciousness
For Sunday schools, children's clubs, and similar supplementary programs
Dig a trench in the ground and fill it with water. Pretend it's the Yamuna River. Pretend to be Balarama and ask the river to come to you. Then hit the ground with a stick, pretending it's a plough.
Play like monkeys, coo-coo birds, peacocks, and cows in the Vrindavana Forest.
Mix honey and fruit juice, offer to a picture of Lord Balarama, and drink it with friends.
Hear the simplified stories of Balarama that are in this book. Act them out.
Read the story of the Yamuna River not coming.
Draw a picture showing something from one of the Balarama stories.
â Say which story is your favorite and what you like best about it.
READING & ACTIVITY BOOKS
Lord Caitanya loved to have kirtan every day. He never liked to stop chanting Hare Krishna.
One day clouds gathered in the sky. They cracked with thunder and all the devotees became afraid. Lord Caitanya took His karatals and began to chant:
hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare.
He looked up at the clouds and chanted loudly. In a moment all the clouds went away. The sky became clear and the bright moon rose. Lord Caitanya danced and chanted with His happy devotees.
This article gives an example of a curriculum planning process that focused on first situating an academic unit in Krishna consciousness, before then proceeding to cover the government Board of Studies' syllabus outcomes. This led to better outcomes for the students, more inspiration for the devotee teacher and appreciation from the Board's inspectors.
Our Bhaktivedanta Swami Gurukula school in Murwillumbah, Australia, is a government registered and funded school. Therefore we periodically have inspections by the Board of Studies to ensure that we are achieving the outcomes set out in the Board's syllabuses. During the initial meetings with staff, in the year prior to our recent inspection, the Board's inspector made the comment that he could see how the planning documents had the philosophy of Krishna consciousness sprinkled throughout, but he didn't really see how the whole curriculum was being presented through the cultural vision of Krishna consciousness, as distinct from other non-Krishna conscious schools.
A textbook compiled for use in the Vedic education at Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School
BIRTH AND CHILDHOOD OF SRILA PRABHUPADA
In a little house in the suburbs of Calcutta (now known as Kolkata), a baby boy was born to Rajni De and Gour Mohan De. He was named Abhay Charan, or ‘one who is fearless having taken shelter at the Lord’s Lotus Feet’. It was also Nandotsava or the day Nanda Maharaj observed a great feast and celebrations in honor of Lord Krsna’s birth. Abhay Charan’s uncle also called him Nandulal. He was also later called Moti, Nandu and Kocha lovingly by his family...
by Gandhari Devi Dasi
A learning resource for primary school.
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