BalaMitra-February2024

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Magha masam

Feb 10 - March 10

IN THIS ISSUE

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If I was a Brown Bear

My experience of performing Surya Namaskar at school

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Dallas East Vibhag - Bala - Monthly Newsletter

KARYAKARTA MESSAGE

Namaste, bala friends!

The month of February is important to Hindus for several reasons. First, we have the holiday of Vasant Panchami, which was celebrated on February 14 this year. This holiday, also known as Sri Panchami, is celebrated in many parts of Bharat and Nepal. We celebrate this day by worshipping Goddess Saraswati, who represents knowledge and creativity Vasant Panchami is also important because after a long winter, we can start preparing for the arrival of spring and all of its wonderful colors. Bright yellow mustard flowers bloom at this time of the year That is why many people wear yellow clothes and enjoy yellow-colored foods such as rice on this day.

The second important day for Hindus this month is the birthday (Jayanti) of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on February 19. He was the founder of the Maratha Empire and tirelessly fought for Hindu freedom against Mughal oppressors while upholding Dharma. He is a true Hindu hero!

As Hindu Americans, the entire month of February is also notable for us because it is Black History Month. It is important for us to learn about African Americans and their fight for freedom and equality throughout history.

Finally, congratulations to all of you on being creative and sharing your talents through Bala Mitra magazine! I hope that you will continue to write, draw, and tell the stories of the Hindu culture and community as you get older

East Vibhag Shakha Details
Why I Like
Go To Shakha Mridangam Birthdays Birthdays Hindu Heroes Dallas

If I was a Brown Bear

If I was an animal preparing for winter, I would be a brown shy but intelligent bear Bears have the largest relative brain size of any carnivores. Brown bears know when they are being hunted by a hunter or another animal. A bear has excellent hearing ability. Bears hear high pitch. Bears see in color and have good vision similar to humans. Bears are fast, they can run more than 60 KPM(37 MPH) Brown bears have a good sense of smell, which enables them to sniff food from a far distance. Brown bears are very active at dusk and night. If I was a brown bear, I would use all of my awesome abilities to hunt and gather food.

If I was a brown bear, I would use all spring, summer and fall months to prepare for winter. I would eat about 90 pounds of food each day until I am very big in size. I would eat berries and salmon. Bears often weigh around 180-600 pounds in these months, which helps them get ready for hibernation. I only have a few months to eat because as winter comes I would not eat, drink, urinate or defecate. All I would do is sleep and more sleep. I would shed the extra fat during this time. To protect myself from the cold, I would build a den with a narrow entrance First I will choose a large tree, or logs or a cave Then I will start digging. It would probably take 3-7 days to finish digging the den. Once the den is set up, I will get leaves and branches into the den for insulation. It will keep me warm in winter. Even though I would be inactive during hibernation, I would be vigilant and wake up quickly if the den gets flooded, or if there is any sign of danger Until spring comes….sweet dreams everyone!

My experience of performing Surya Namaskar at school

My experience of doing Surya namaskar at school was good. It was a special thing to do because this was my first time doing it. It was also my first time doing it with a group that does not go to shakha. I got to spread this special type of yoga around my classroom. I even walked them through the special things it does to help our body. After that, we did the main part, the Surya namaskar. We all did it together step by step.

After doing Surya namaskar with others for the first time, I felt I was confident to do it more. My friends told me that they loved it and got energized. This made me feel good because I showed them my leadership skills. When we were doing Surya namaskar, it made me happy because people were happy and it made the mood seem nice.

Why I Like To Go To Shakha

I love attending Shakha for various reasons. For me, Shakha has always been an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I go to Shakha to stay rooted and connected to my culture and continue learning about the Hindu Dharma There are several activities and things to do for everyone The main reason I love going is because I believe Shakha provides each person with a sense of belonging and togetherness.

To begin with, Khel is my favorite part of Shakha. I love the different kinds of games we play, which allows me to engage with other Shakha kids My favorite Khel is dodgeball and gaga ball

The best part about Khel is when we separate into teams and get to compete with others in games. I find that team games are a great way to get to know each other and learn teamwork.

The next thing I enjoy is exercise and yoga Yoga is calming and has many benefits My favorite yoga is Surya Namaskars. I like how there are multiple steps and parts. By doing yoga, I feel more fit and calmed. It has been a great habit for me and has encouraged me to attend Shakha.

Another reason I like attending Shakha is because of Boudhik. As part of Boudhik, we learn a variety of lessons from teachers and gain religious knowledge Learning how to recite different shlokas is very fun and is a great learning opportunity. Each shloka represents another lesson about life.

To conclude, my Shakha experience has been very beneficial for me, and these are the reasons I like to attend Shakha.

Mridangam
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Birthdays

Happy Birthday!

janma dinamidam ayi priya sakhe santanotu te sarvadä mudam prärthayämahe bhava satäyusi isvarah sadä tväm ca raksatu || punya karmanä kirti marjaya

jivanam tava bhavatu särthakam

||
Paarth Mohata Feb 4 Ranveer Singh Feb 20 Nila Nair Feb 6 Yashu Tiwari Feb 1 Manasvi Feb 27 Anshul Mukkawar Feb 19 Anvi Nakshatra Battula Feb 22 Vedanth Renganathan Feb 27

Birthdays Hindu Heroes

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

February 19, 1630

“When you start loving your goals by all your heart and mind, then from the grace of Goddess Bhawani, you will surely get the victory”

Sarojini Naidu

February 13, 1879

Sarojini Naidu was an Indian poet and political activist. An important figure in the Indian Independence Movement, she was a proponent of anti-imperialistic ideas, women's rights, and civil rights. Her illustrious career as a poet earned her the nickname Nightingale of India.

Krishnadevaraya

February 16, 1471

Great emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire from the Tuluva dynasty

Birthdays Hindu Heroes

Dayanand Saraswati

February 12, 1824

Hindu philosopher, social leader and founder of the Arya Samaj, a reform movement of Hinduism.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

February 18, 1484

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a 15th-century Indian saint. His mode of worship characterized by ecstatic song and dance rituals had a deep influence on Vaishnavism in Bengal He expounded Bhakti yoga and founded Gaudiya Vaishnavism. His birthday is celebrated as Gaura-Purnima by his disciples.

Ramakrishna Paramhamsa

February 18, 1836

“The Man who works for others, without any selfish motive, really does good to himself”

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was an Indian yogi during the 19th-century and the spiritual guru of Swami Vivekananda

Dallas East Vibhag Shakha Details

Agni (Kishor)

Sunday 9:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Children's Garden Montessori 8565 Gratitude Trail, Plano, TX - 75024 #469-269-2535

Chaitanya

Saturday 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM #479-866-2575

Chetana

Saturday8:15AM-9:55AM

SaiNrityaAcademy

2751,SouthStonebridgeDr #1 MckinneyTX-75072 #972-207-9137

Jagruti

Sunday 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

6205 Coit Rd, #168 Plano TX 75024 #314-677-7687

Kesari

Friday 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM 635 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080 #972-482-8584

Maitri

Sunday 9:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Children's Garden Montessori 8565 Gratitude Trail, Plano, TX 75024 #469-666-8966

Pragathi

Saturday 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

KJ Dance

5444 FM 423 #700, Frisco, TX 75034 #617-756‐9204

Prayag

Sunday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Heritage Montessori School 1222 Alma Dr, Allen TX 75013 #650-283-3300. #425-229-7206

Prerana

Sunday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Children’s Garden Montessori Academy 8565 Gratitude Tr, Plano TX 75024 #626-200-5913

Prithvi Kishor

Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM #469-666-8966

Shaurya (Kishor)

Sunday 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Children’s Garden Montessori Academy 8565 Gratitude Tr, Plano TX 75024 #214-697-5663

Unnati Shakha

Friday 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

12465 FM 428, Celina, TX 75009 #201-637-4983

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