Importance of Thinking (June 2005)

All of us are thinking machines. We are thinking all the time – either consciously or sub-consciously. The kind of thinking we entertain has profound impact on our lives. We become what we think most of time. Any and every great – or shameless – event starts from a tiny thought. In our Vedic culture, sages have placed high importance

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Lord Krishna (April 2005)

Krishna was a dynamic incarnation (Avatar) of Lord Vishnu. Krishna’s incarnation brought a powerful influence upon Indian thought and life. Every aspect of Krishna’s life and deeds is a symbol indicating a subtle truth. Lord Krishna is represented in different forms in different pictures. Each form signifies meanings and teachings. In all the representations, there are some common attributes. Krishna’s

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Lord Shiva (February 2005)

When we invoke Lord Shiva, we are reminded of His divine power (Shiv Shakti) of rewarding the good and destroying the evil. When we study Lord Shiva’s picture, we find that there is a message in each symbol that adorns the image. 1.     The Water of the Ganges from the head has four messages for us. a.     It is very

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Ganesha Prayer (January 2005)

The first assignment of year 2005 for kids is “Ganesha”. There is an assignment for parents, too. Please help kids cut and paste a nice small picture of Ganesha in their journal. The mantra of the month is: VAKRA TUNDA MAHAA KAAYAA SURYA KOTI SAMA PRABHAA NIRVIGHNAM KURU MEY DEVA SARVA KARYESHU SARVADAA Meaning: O Lord Ganesha! The one with

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Revision (December 2004)

The assignment for this month is to review what we have learned this entire year. It is essential that kids understand the meanings of mantras they recite. As Auntieji suggested, this month kids should go over the mantras they have learned. In addition, please revise the topics we have covered throughout the year. Let kids pick the topic(s) of their

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Gratitude (November 2004)

This month’s topic for kids is Gratitude. In plain terms, gratitude means being thankful from heart. Could there be a better time for reflecting upon this topic than the month of Thanksgiving! Lets take this opportunity to discuss – and in the process imbibe – the values of gratitude in our lives. Lets sit with our kids and share our

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Indian Festivals (October 2004)

Probably, it is not an exaggeration to call India a country of festivals. Indian festivals are large in number and extremely diverse in nature, like festivals belonging to various religious beliefs, national and regional significant events, seasonal and sometime family traditions. These festivals not only bring excitement and thrill but also make our lives colorful. They remind us of our

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Law of Giving (September 2004)

We make a living by what we earn – we make a life by what we give –        Winston Churchill Giving and receiving are part of nature’s cycle. Whenever someone receives something, there is someone who has decided to give. Therefore, the desire to give should be as natural as expectation of receiving. Another interpretation of this law is you

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Law of Karma (August 2004)

As You Sow So Shall You Reap Law of Karma means that man reaps the fruits according to his actions. We find many examples of action and its fruit. He who does not walk with care on the road meets with an accident; one who eats too much becomes ill; a student who does not work for his examination fails;

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