Namastestu Sloka – Audio
Namastestu Sloka – Explanation
Namastestu Sloka – Video
Namastestu Sloka – Activity
- Namastestu Sloka – Pebbles or Coins
- Lotus Colouring Sheets
NAMASTESTU SLOKA – PEBBLES OR COINS
Aim of the activity – To make the group I children understand that the Chakra, Shankh and Gada in the hands Goddess Lakshmi represents Time (chakra), Sound (Shankh) and Energy (Gada) and hence we should never waste any of these.Materials required – Pebbles or Coins, Tin container
- The Children should sit with their backs to the Guru, perhaps in a circle facing outwards with the Guru in the middle.
- Ask the children to close their eyes and listen carefully.
- The Guru should drop the pebbles in the container one by one.
- As they hear the pebbles falling, the children are asked to count them one by one.
- At first they can all count them out loud together.
- Then ask the children to count the pebbles silently to themselves as they are dropped one by one into the tin. The Guru should drop a few pebbles very slowly taking them close to the tin container.
- As the children’s listening and concentration increases the Guru should gradually increase the number of pebbles dropped and also drop more quickly, maybe in twos and threes.
- Remind the children that they are not competing with each other but against themselves.
- Did you all enjoy this activity? Why?
- Initially why were there so many different answers?
- What happened when they stopped talking and concentrated better? Was it difficult to concentrate?
- Is silence important for focusing better?
- What are the different ways in which we waste our energy and time? How can we ensure that we don’t waste our energy and time in future?
Namastestu Sloka – Further Reading
When the Gods and demons were churning the ocean, in search of the Divine Nectar, of immortality, they found fourteen jewels one after the other. At one stage, while they were yet churning, there appeared Goddess Lakshmi, the daughter of the Ocean, she was beauty personified, fully decorated with lovely jewels. She had a vaijayantimala, the garland of Vaijayanti flowers (kind of Lotus) in her hands. As soon as the Gods and demons saw her, they had desire to marry her. They kept looking at her eagerly, to find out whom would she choose as her husband. The goddess looked around, but did not set her heart upon any one of them. Then she saw Lord Vishnu, who was resting upon Sesha and was not concerned about the worldly matters. He did not even care to look at her, what of desiring then? He was ever contained and blissful within Himself. Seeing Lord Vishnu detached to the worldly matters, Goddess Lakshmi thought him to be the right person to be her husband. So, she went to him and putting her garland round his neck, accepted him as her husband. Thus she acquired the seat of Shree (prosperity). As Lord Vishnu is possessing all Shrees such as Bhagyashree, Rajashree, Jayashree, etc., Being the consort of Lord Vishnu, she became the controller of the conch, that is power of creating sounds, the chakra., the control over the wheel of time, the Padma or Lotus is the mind and the hearts of all beings and Gada, the mace, that is the strength that protects the world. Since then she was known as Maya of the Lord. That is the feminine Prakriti aspect of Purusha. Thus she is worshipped even by Gods and sages.