Shlok Competition Held at Shri Kripalu Kunj Ashram
HOUSTON: In an attempt to educate children and to promote deeper understanding of God, a Shlok Competition for children was held in Shri Kripalu Kunj Ashram in Houston on January 30. Several children enthusiastically participated in the event.
There were some participants all the way from San Antoni. They recited shlok with closed eyes and folded hands along with the meanings on those Sanskrit verses. There was a 5 year old girl whose performance was absolutely stunning. Prior to the competition the resident Sanyasisni Didi Braj Banchary Ji also gave a short lecture on why earnest devotion is essential along with the recitation of verses, hymns and songs etc. In lack of deep devotion, mere knowledge of verses would result only in augmentation of ego, she said.
There was a question answer session as well in which one of the devotees asked, why after spending several hours every day in spiritual arena, one does not see any progress? Didi ji gave a very simple answer to the question saying, it is because one does not know “who should worship” and “who should be worshiped”. Due to ignorance one engages the physical body in the acts of worship (singing bhajans, performing arti etc) while the mind is indulged in worldly people and things. Doing stark opposite of that will ensure progress in the divine arena, that is engaging the physical body in worldly activities and indulging the mind in God. And one should worship God, not the celestial gods and goddesses for they are also under the control of Maya. They can not bestow us unlimited peace and divine bliss.
The event not only prompted children to learn some of the Shlokas, it also enlightened the parents on how to imbibe devotion in children.
The winners of the competition were
Age 9 – 15 years:
Winner: Meghna, 1st runners-up: Saurendro Gosh and Shravya Sankaran
Below 8 years
Sharanya,(age 5), Vikkram Sankaran (7), and Mohan (4) did so well that all of them were given equal prizes.
The next event at Shri Kripalu Kunj Ashram is the Bhajan Competition for Children which will be held on Saturday, February 12 from 3-5pm. There are 2 age groups below 8 years and 9-15 years. Free Registration!! Please register before 9th Feb 2011. The participants will lead the bhajan. Their performance will be assessed on the presentation and accuracy of rhythm and notes. Winner and runners up will be given prizes. Also, their names will be published in the http://www.indoamerican-news.com/
For more information call Lisa Gosh at 713-775-6588 or Neeharika Peter at 817-528-5027 or visit http://shrikripalukunj.org/events.htm