New South Wales Region West recently commenced a new and exciting initiative to teach important slokas to SSE children who are interested. This initiative, which is part of a wider National initiative from the Education Wing and Devotion Wing, aims to help students learn prayers that will further strengthen their devotional sadhana. Through the chanting of slokas and other prayers, children unknowingly enter the complex world of spiritual awakening with much ease and the roots of their spiritual path are firmly grounded at a young age, in a very delicate and subtle way. The intention of the initiative is to teach simple slokas along with a clear explanation of their meaning. To enable these classes to take place teachers are currently being trained nationally so that they may commence these classes in their respective regions.
The first sloka lesson was held in NSW Region West on 13 June 2021 and was attended by 10 SSE students and 5 teachers. The classes was held from 9:00 am to 9:20 am just prior to the start of regular SSE classes. The classes were well received by the SSE children who were able to quickly pick up the lessons that were taught. Immediately after first class, students were able to confidently chant the first two slokas (Vakra Thunda Mahakaaya and Aumkara Bidhu Samyuktam), in front of other teachers and students.
A second class was held on the following weekend with the students being taught another two new slokas (Sarve Bhavantu Sukinah and Sahana Bhavantu).
The Sloka classes are planned to continue onwards in NSW Region West, with other Regions also planning to start Sloka classes for their SSE children in the near future.