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  • 7930 Arjons Drive, San Diego, CA 92126 Phone: (858) 549-3940 April 2013 Issue 4



    April 2013

    Balabhavan Coordinators

    Latha Sundar Lalitha Krishnamoorthy

    Hema Rangaswamy Kumar Gowda

    [email protected]

    Class Coordinators

    Super-Senior Class:

    Krishna Meduri [email protected]

    Senior Class: Radhika Chari

    Pavani Balebail [email protected]

    Junior Class:

    Sushma Natarajan Rajashri Balaji

    [email protected]

    Toddler Class: Vanitha Santhamoorthy

    Vandana Santhanam [email protected]

    Registration coordinator:

    Kumar Gowda

    Newsletter Coordinator: Krishna Meduri:

    [email protected]

    Newsletter Editors

    Keshav Tadimeti Sankaran


    Topics of the Month

    Aruna Sudarshan Shreya Gopala


    Adi Shankaracharya was born as Shankara in around 788 AD in a Brahmin family in Kaladi village of Kerala. He was born to Sivaguru and Aryambal. It is said that Aryambal had a vision of Lord Shiva, in which he promised her that he would incarnate himself as her first-born child. Adi Shankara showed great intelligence right from his childhood. He mastered all the Vedas and the Vedanta in gurukul itself and could recite the epics and Puranas by heart. One day when Shankara was taking bath, a crocodile caught hold of his leg. Shankara called out to his mother. Aryambal came running and to her horror found her son in the grip of the crocodile. Sri Shankara hurriedly stated that his life was nearing to an end, but if he became a Sanyasi, he could start a new life. Thus Sri Shankara obtained permission from his mother to become a sanyasi. He left Kerala and moved North in search of a Guru. At the banks of the river Narmada, he found the river gushing forth into floods. By using his powers, he encapsulated the river in his Kamandalu and released it in the banks of the river. Sri Govinda Bagavathpadar, an ascetic who saw this, took him on as a disciple. He taught the vedas to Sri Shankara. He also taught about Advaita, the principle that every one in this world is the manifestation of God and that God and Atman are one and the same. The philosophy and teachings of Adi Shankaracharya were based on the Advaita Vedanta. He preached 'Non- Dualism'. It means that each and every person has a divine existence, which can be identified with the Supreme God. The bodies are diverse, but the soul of all the separate bodies is the same, the Divine One.

    -Aruna Sudarshan

    BBC Announcements:

    It was wonderful and heart- warming to see some of our Balabhavan children perform the Shivarathri puja on March 17th. A big thank you to Pandit Sridharaji and all the parent volunteers who did an amazing job in organizing the event and helping us keep the tradition alive and successful. We will be celebrating Ramanavami puja on April 21st Sunday at 4:00 pm. Please be on the lookout for the evite and the puja handout. If you have any questions, please contact any one of the balabhavan coordinators.

    BBC Team _____________________

    April Birthdays:

    Toddlers: Nandika Annamali


    Kavya Raamkumar Reetesh Sudhakar

    Srujan Gutta Sumana Srinivas

    Super Seniors:

    Keshav Tadimeti Srinidhi Malavalli

  • 7930 Arjons Drive, San Diego, CA 92126 Phone: (858) 549-3940

    April 2013 Issue 4 2


    April 2013

    Class Schedules 4-6-2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - Toddler Class: Story: Young Dhruva-Concept of Children's Early Connection to God; ART: Vishnu

    - Vijaya Purohit Sloka: Gajaananam & Vakra- tunda-mahakayam

    -Shankar Parasaram Bhajan: Kamala Nayana Ram (pg 12); Review Rama Nama Tarakam, Atmarama

    - Sushma Havanagi Super Senior Class: Story: Re-Birth: Breaking away from the cycle of birth and death

    - Ram Krishnamurthy Sloka: Subrahmanya- Bhujangam 19- 24

    - Viji Ramanarayanan Bhajan: Review: Shri Rama- chandra kripalu (pg11); Raghunandana

    -Viji Ramanarayanan, - Anandhi Krishnamurthy

    4-20-2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - Toddler Class: Story: Young Markandeya- Concept of omnipotent God; ART: Shiva

    - Shankar Parasaram Sloka: Review of Ramaaya raamabhadraaya,Shantakaram, & Sri Rama rama rameti

    - Viji Ramanarayanan Bhajan: Review Kamala Nayana, Rama Nama tarakam, Atmarama

    - Rajashree Balaji Super Senior Class: Story: Avatara: Concept of Avatara

    - Ashok Malavalli Sloka: Subrahmanya Bhujangam 25-30 - Shanti Kalluri Bhajan: Rama Bhajans: Shri Ramachandra Kripalu, Raghavam, Bhajo Madhura Harinam -Latha Sundar


    SATHYA SAI BABA Sri Sathya Sai Baba (1926 - 2011) was a highly revered spiritual leader and world teacher, whose life and message is still inspiring millions of people throughout the world to turn God-ward and to lead more purposeful and moral lives. He is widely regarded to be a reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi - a saint who became famous in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Maharashtra and had died eight years before Sathya was born. Sathya Sai Baba publicly declared his mission in 1940, at the age of 14. Since then, he daily exhibited in practical and concrete terms the highest ideals of truth, right conduct, peace, love, and nonviolence. He often stated, "My life is my message." Each day, hundreds of pilgrims make their way to Puttaparthi, a tiny hamlet in Andhra Pradesh where Sathya Sai Baba's ashram (spiritual headquarters) is located. They come not only from India but from every corner of the world. The name of Sathya Sai Baba's ashram is Prasanthi Nilayam, which means "abode of the highest peace". Sathya Sai Baba said that his followers do not need to give up their original religion saying, “My objective is the establishment of sanatana dharma, which believes in one God”. He declared that his mission was to re-establish the principle of Righteousness, to motivate love for God and service to fellow man. He consistently called on all mankind to Love All, Serve All and repeatedly asserted that the essence of all Scriptures is Help Ever, Hurt Never! Sathya Sai Baba initiated several public projects such as hospitals and schools to help and serve people in need. In essence, he gave his life selflessly to the service of mankind.

    -By Shreya Gopala

    Class Schedules

    4-13-2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - - Junior Class: Story: Story of Vali and Sugreeva - Sushma Natarajan Sloka: Namaramayana -2

    - Srilekha Krishnamurthy Bhajan: Ram Ram Bhaja mana (pg ); review Ramachandra prabhu & Bhaja mana rama - Magesh Hariharan Senior Class: Story: Rajasuya Yaga conducted by Yudhishtira / first honor for Krishna / Slaying of Sisupala

    - Rashmi Madukara Sloka: Namaramayana -2

    - Shankar Parasaram Bhajan: Review Ram Bhajans (Rama Namo, Sri Lakshmi Ramana, Raghavam)

    - Lalitha Krishnamoorthy, Sangeetha Prahalad

    4-27-2013 - - - - - - - - - - - - - Junior Class: Story: Search for Seetha

    - Seetha Janakiraman Sloka: Namaramayana -3 - Sushma Havanagi Bhajan: Sharanam Siddhi Vinayaka; Review Prathama Ganapathi - Padmini Venkatachar ----------------------------------- Senior Class: Story: Story of Sisupala- Duruyodhana disgraced by Draupadi Sakuni’s plot for revenge. Invitation for the game of dice and the wager

    - Viswanath Basavaraja

    Sloka: Review Namaramayana - Anupama Sudarsha

    Bhajan: Vanamali Radha RamaNa, Gajanana Hey Shubhanana - Bala Adimurthy, Nithya

    Sudhakar (back up)