Its becoming more and more common to see meditation classes and Shloka Chanting lessons for kids in New York and California. But what about Aamchi India? Meet Divyaa, a lady determined to keep the beautiful culture of Shlokas (chants) alive and popular among young kids. BabyChakra got a chance to learn some useful tips and valuable lessons from her.
Divyaa teaches Shlokas to kids from 5-16 years. She says this is something she enjoys the most and she also does one on one classes. Her mission in life is to share the beauty of Shlokas with a younger audience so they benefit from this traditional form of meditation.
Divyaa shares there are many benefits of Shloka Chanting, however, the top 3 benefits are:
1. Improves concentration.
2. Reduces violence and anger among children
3. Creates values among children - i.e prayer for peace and healing for all beings. Prayer time should be a period of joy, devotion, and piety and never boredom or force.
Divyaa shares some simple Shlokas to get you started with your young ones!
1. Ganesha Shloka:
'Vakratunda Mahakaaya, Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva, Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada'
Meaning of Shloka: 'Lord Ganesha has a curved trunk with a powerful body. He has the brilliance of a million suns. May the Lord, remove all the problems from the actions I aim to achieve.'
2. Gayatri Mantra
'OM BUHR, BHUVA, SWAHA
OM TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASYA DHEEMAHI DHIYO YONAHA PRACHODAYAT'
Meaning of Shloka:'O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us.'
In Satyananda Yoga ashrams and centres all over the world, the tradition of chanting the Mahamrityunjaya mantra for the relief of suffering is maintained on a weekly or monthly basis. Each session begins with the remembrance of particular individuals who are known to be sick or suffering. Chant ..chant and chant more... Bliss is what we will live in- Namaste!
Kids as little as 5 can start chanting the Shlokas on Lord Narasimha (The lord with a face of a Lion and the body of a human and an incarnation of Lord Vishnu), Sudarshana Gayatri and Durga.
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