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Essentials of the Gita for Children and their Parents - Gita Ch. 13-18 (New York)

Posted Jul 20 2010 3:51pm
JKP Barsana Dham to Complete “Essentials of the Gita for Children &
their Parents” Class in NY this August

Inspired by the overwhelming response to parts 1 and 2 of its family
Gita class, JKP Barsana Dham, the U.S. ashram of Jagadguru Shree
Kripaluji Maharaj, will offer the 3rd and final part of this intensive
course in Long Island, NY this summer.

JKP Barsana Dham, the U.S. ashram of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji
Maharaj, will present part three of "Essentials of the Gita for
Children and their Parents", an intensive course on the Gita for the
whole family. Parts one and two, delivered during the mid-winter and
spring school breaks earlier this year, were attended by more than 120
adults and 60 youth, an unprecedented turnout for a week-long class on
the Bhagwad Gita in the New York area. The classrooms at the Vaishnav
Community Center, which hosted the event, were overflowing every
night, as families learned how to apply the philosophy of the Gita
into their life, one chapter of the Gita at a time. In part one of the
class, offered in February, students learned the main topics of the
first 6 chapters of the Gita. In part two, offered in March, they
studied chapters 7 through 12. Part three of the class, to be offered
August 22-28, will cover the remaining chapters of the Gita, 13
through 18. Part one (chapters 1-7) will be offered again this summer
at a new location, the Asamai Temple in Hicksville, NY.

The course, designed so that both adults and kids can learn the main
topics of the Gita in a relaxed and interactive setting, is presented
by Swami Nikhilanandji, who is a pracharak of JKP Barsana Dham and a
disciple of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. It is specifically
planned to happen during the school breaks so that youth can take full
advantage of the hour-and-a-half-long program each evening. Two
separate rooms are used, so that youth and adults can receive separate
instruction according to their personal needs. Using this format, one
chapter of the Gita is covered each night.

The program begins each evening with kirtan and vandana, followed by
instruction to the youth on the most important points of that night’s
chapter. One mother and father related that their son had spent the
whole month in between parts one and two of the class in eager
anticipation. Another family said that at their teenage children’s
urging they cancelled a family trip during the spring break so they
could attend part two of the class. Many took note of the insightful
questions asked by the kids who showed that they were indeed
processing the information and trying to understand it. The classes
moved along quickly in order to keep up with all the kids’ questions.
There was hardly a moment when there was not an enthusiastic hand in
the air eager to get the answer to a burning question. Video
highlights of the events can be viewed at Barsana Dham's You Tube
channel (  )

Following their instruction, youth move into the media room to review
their knowledge by playing a friendly game of Jeopardy. The Jeopardy
questions challenge them to recall the information they have just
learned in the class, while allowing an atmosphere of fun to prevail.
Meanwhile, the adults, who have been watching a video speech by
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj during the youth class time, return
to the classroom to receive their lesson on that evening’s Gita
chapter. Like the kids, the adults appreciate the clear explanation of
Krishn’s teachings by Swami Nikhilanandji. Much time is also dedicated
daily for question and answer with the adult group on that night’s
topics. You can see photos of the past classes on Swami
Nikhilanandji's Facebook page (  )

On the last day, youth are given an exam, and prizes are handed out
for the highest scores, as well as for perfect attendance. All youth
receive certificates of participation.

The final part of the “Essentials of the Gita” class (chapters 13-18)
will be offered August 22-28, 2010 at the Vaishnav Community Center,
100 Lakeville Rd, New Hyde Park, NY 11040. The timings will be as
follows: Sunday, August 22, 1:00-3:00 pm; Monday-Saturday, August
23-28, 7:00-8:30 pm. Part one of the course (chapters 1-7) is being
offered at a second location August 8-15, 2010: Asamai Temple, 80 E.
Barclay St, Hicksville, NY 11801. The timings for this course will be:
Sundays, August 8 & 15, 11:30am-1:30pm; Monday-Saturday, August 9-14,
7:00-8:30 pm. The course is offered free of charge. For more
information and to register, call (516) 281-5973.

Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat (JKP) is a religious, non-profit,
charitable, educational organization that was founded in India by
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj. Shree Kripaluji Maharaj is the
fifth original Jagadguru in the last 5,000 years. The main center of
JKP in the West is Barsana Dham ashram in Austin, Texas. It was
founded in 1990 by the foremost disciple of Shree Kripaluji Maharaj,
His Divinity Swami Prakashanand Saraswati.
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