12 July, 2006
As they did last year, this year too the Laguna City Bal Vihar group were to do a skit for the programme on the occasion of Swami Chinmayananda's birthday on 06 May 2006.
We stand as one family
bound to each other with love and respect
We serve as an army,
courageous and disciplined,
ever ready to fight against
all low tendencies and false values
within and without us.
We live honestly
the noble life of sacrifice and service,
producing more than what we consume
and giving more than what we take.
We seek the Lord's grace
to keep us on the path of virtue,
courage and wisdom.
May Thy grace and blessings flow
through us to the world around us.
We believe that the service of our country
is the service of the Lord of Lords,
and the devotion to the people
is devotion to the Supreme Self.
We know our responsibilities;
give us the ability and courage to fulfill them.
OM TAT SAT
Thus began the programme for the year 2006, with a whole group of junior children reciting the Chinmaya Mission Pledge.
The Laguna City group (very ably led by their teacher Mrs. Charu Srikant) was to enact a skit which exemplified para 3 of the pledge.
That day, we had in our midst, Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Rani Laxmibai, Chatrapati Shivaji, Meerabai, Sage Valmiki, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and many more brave, courageous personalities from Indian history.
Only during the rehearsals on stage did Shivaji decide to leave the stage and take a walk - cos he desperately needed to go to the toilet :-))
Shivaji's mom made doubly sure that there was no such repeat incident.
The kids had put in a lot of effort into their roles and the play was very good and their costumes were awesome.
Among many others, one other good thing that came out of this skit and the eventual practice sessions was the curiosity and interest that manifested itself in the kids -that need to know more about the great leaders of India and through the leaders - different facets of the country which they hail from.
Bal Vihar is now taking their summer break too and classes are due to resume in September 2006.
Posted by Gauri at 2:38 PM