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March 2009

SAGE AGASTYA

Balabhavan Coordinators

Bharathy Thridandam Nithya Sudhakar Sriram Srinivasan Contact:

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BB Announcements:

Thanks to all the parent volunteers who have dedicated their time and efforts in teaching our Balabhavan children. The Shivarathri Pooja led by the Panditji's for the Balabhavan children was well received and was very enlightening. Please look forward to some exciting events such as 'picture day' for all Balabhavan children in April, `family picnic day' tentatively towards the end of May and the `summer camps' starting in July 2009 BBC Team ______________________ March Birthdays: Toddler: None! Juniors: Yogitha Shastri Seniors: Kalyani Ramadurgam Super Seniors: None! ------------------------------Festivals of the Month: 3/27/09 ­Chandramana Ugadi Visit (http://www.shivavishnu.org) for more details

Class Coordinators Super-Senior Class: Sudhakar Devulapalli [email protected] Ashok Malavalli [email protected] Ram Krishnamurthy [email protected] Senior Class: Renuka Krishnan [email protected] Anitha Chidambaram

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Sage Agastya was born within Lord Shiva's mind. He is considered as the first and foremost person of Siddha. He is considered the guru of many other Siddhas. He is also called Kurumuni, meaning short (kuru) saint (muni). His contributions were to the field of Medicine (Siddha) and Astrology - especially Nadi Jodhidam (Josyam or Jothisyam). He is said to have lived for over 5000 years. One story about Agastya goes that once the demons had taken refuge in the ocean and it was difficult for the gods to conquer them, so they went to Sage Agastya for help. Then, after hearing the gods, the sage drank the entire ocean water and held it within him until the demons were destroyed. Another story has it that two demon brothers, Ilvala and Vatapi, planned to kill Agastya. One of them was good at changing into other forms and the other knew the Sanjivani mantra which, when said can bring back the dead to life. They hatched a plan that the one who could change form would turn into a goat and be killed and fed to Agastya. After Agastya had eaten the goat, the other would say the Sanjivani mantra to bring back his brother to life, who in turn would explode Agastya's stomach and come out thereby killing him. By the plan, one changed into a goat and the other disguised himself as a Brahmachari who invited Agastya to a meal. Agastya knew beforehand about the plan due to his immense Vedic powers, but he resolved to teach both demons a lesson. After the meal, Agastya simply rubbed his stomach saying Jeernam jeernam vathaapi jeernam; - literally, Digested, digested vathaapi is digested to digest the meal, while the other demon tried to bring his brother to life in vain. Agastya plainly informed the demon that his brother has been digested.

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Class Schedules

03-14-2009 - - - - - - - - - - - - Senior Class Story:Budha -Ashok Malavalli Shloka:SL:1-20,Review Aadityahridayam -Lakshmi Srinivasan Bhajan:Ramachandra Prabhu (p12,#14); Review Anantha Kalyana - Anandhi Krishnamurthy -Banumathi Sugumar Junior Class Story: Life in Forest -Shankar Parasaram Shloka: Adityahridayam, review Achutashtakam -Sangeetha Prahlad Bhajan: Bhaja Mana Raamam; Review Ram Ram Bhajo Man -Vijaya Purohit -Banumathi Sugumar 03-28-2009 - - - - - - - - - - - - Senior Class Story: Brihaspati -Bharathy T Shloka: SL: 1-25, Review Naamaraamaayana - Sheela Ashok Bhajan: Ram Ram Bhajo Man (); Review 2 other Ram Bhajans Junior Class Story: Ravana's abduction of Sita - Seetha Janakiraman Shloka: Adityahridayam, review Achutashtakam - Vijaya Purohit Bhajan: Review of all 3 Rama Bhajans -Radhika Chari

SAGE CHYAVANA

Chyavana was a sage in the Mahabharata and was the son of Sage Bhrigu and Puloma. Once, when a demon saw Puloma he thought she was beautiful and wanted to know more about her, so she asked the Fire God, Agni. Agni said that the person the demon saw was Puloma. Then the demon kidnapped Puloma because he wanted her to be his wife and caused Chyavana (when he was a baby in Puloma's body) to get angry and come out, then, he looked at the demon angrily and reduced him to ashes with his eyes. Years later, King Saryati went to a lake with his wives. Saryati's daughter Sukanya, found an ant-hill with an 'aura' glowing from it. When Sukanya dug up the dirt, she found a man who was meditating, who happened to be Sage Chyavana. She started screaming and everyone tried to run away in terror but therefore disturbed Sage Chyavana's meditation. He got very angry and asked to marry Sukanya in return for the sin that the King committed. The King instantly said yes knowing that Chyavana was such a great sage. A long time later, Chyavana was pleased with Sukanya's meditation and blessed her with three sons. They were named Dadheechi, Pramathi, and Apravan. After blessing her with three sons Sage Chyavana went to sanctify a river which was called Teertha Yatra. Sage Chyavana led the rest of his life in penance and the tonic that we find in the Indian stores called Chyavanprash was named after Sage Chyavana who was known for his ability to meditate and gain lots of strength and power. By Bhairav P. C

Class Schedules

03-07-2009 - - - - - - - - - - - - Toddler Class Story: Story of Rama -Nitya Sudhakar Sloka:Ramaaya Ramabhadhraya /Sri Rama Rama Ramethi -H S Ramani Bhajan: Rama Nama Tarakam (p9,#1);Aatma Rama (p11,#10) -Priya Ram Super Senior Class Discussion: Upanayana -Ram Krishnamurthy Sloka: SL: 1-25, Review Aadityahridayam - Latha Chandrashekaran -Viji Ramanarayanan Bhajan: Raghavam Karunakaram; Review of Sesha Saila Vasa -Latha Sundar - Bharathy T 03-21-2009- - - - - - - - - - - - Toddler Class Story: Panchatantra - Priya Ram Sloka: Ramaaya Ramabhadraya /Sri Rama Rama Ramethi -Radhika Chari Bhajan: Kamala Nayana Ram (p12, #13) - Hema Rangaswamy Super Senior Class Discussion: Upanayana -Ram Krishnamurthy Sloka: Review SL 1-30 - Lalitha Kodandapani -Shanti Kalluri Bhajan: Review of all 3 Rama bhajans -Latha Sundar -Anandhi Sriram

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Class Volunteers:

Story: Ashok Malavalli Bharathy Thridandam Nithya Sudakar / Priya Ram Ram Krishnamurthy Seetha Janakiraman Shankar Parasaram Bhajan: Anandhi Krishnamurthy Banumathi Sugumar Bharathy Thridandam Hema Rangaswamy Latha Sundar/Vijaya Purohit Priya Ram Radhika Chari Sloka: Lakshmi Srinivasan Lalitha Kodandapani Latha Chandrashekaran Radhika Chari/ H.S Ramani Sangeetha Prahlad Shanti Kalluri Sheela Malavalli Vijaya Purohit Viji Ramanarayanan Class Presentations Senior Class: 3-14-2009 Why do some Hindus believe in vegetarianism? Is there a rule about Hindus eating meat? -Aishwarya V 3-28-2009 Are only Indians Hindus? -Bharav P Junior Class: 3-14-2009 Why do some Hindus believe in vegetarianism? Is there a rule about Hindus eating meat? -Vinod K 3-28-2009 Why is the cow sacred for Hindus? -Shreya C

Why is the Cow sacred in Hinduism ?

Importance of Cow in Veda: Brahmins perform yagnas for the welfare of the community and the world. Two crucial ingredients for a yagna are dried cow dung (for fire) and ghee (for offering). Without cows, yagnas are not possible. Cows also give Panchagavyam (5 things relating to the cow.) This mix contains milk, yogurt, ghee, cow urine, and cow dung. Panchagavyam is healthy for the body and spirit. Divine Cow : All Gods and Devas are said to be present in the angas (body parts) of the cow. Vishnu, Shiva, Brahma, Lakshmi, and other gods reside at specific places in the cow. The cow is sacred and so worshipped by all. This is also why we have respect for the cows and do not restrict their movement. Cow's usefulness to society: Eating only grass and water, cows provide milk (and its derivatives). Cows help plough the fields and in the transportation of humans/goods (bullock carts). Cow hides are used to make the outer part of mridangam (Indian drum). Famous Cows: In Indian mythology, Surabhi, Nandini, and Kamadhenu are famous cows that have played important roles in helping the sages perform their Vedic rites. We respect cows for all the above reasons, and affectionately call them GOMATHA (mother cow). By Sankaran R

Why do Hindus regard the cow as sacred?

Cow is considered very sacred in our religion because its good qualities are those that we can emulate. A cow is compared to a mother in Indian epics. A cow is known for its nature of sacrifice. It gives milk to people just like a mother. A cow is a very sacred animal to Hindus and some Hindus even worship cows. In great epics there is a special place for a particular cow called "Kamadhenu" which fulfills every desire of any person. From then, cows are always being worshiped in India. The cow is the greatest giver on planet earth today. It gives us milk and cream, yoghurt and cheese, butter and ice cream, ghee and buttermilk. Its bones are the base for soup broth. It gives us our leather belt, leather seats, leather shoes, coats, cowboy hats and so many other things. The cow is the most prominent giving animal today taking nothing but grass and grain. By Aruna S -----------------------------------Please send your suggestions/comments on this newsletter to

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