React, Responsibilty and Realise/Realisation

~Saranya and Ranjith

This story is about reacting to the problem, realizing  and being responsible.  If problem occurs in our life  either we react to the problem or we do realize and react.

Parikshith

(The story behind Srimad Bhagavatam)

 Parikshit, was the son of veera Abhimanyu and Uttara and was the only successor of the Pandavas.

After Krishna left the earth, the Bhu-devi sank into uncontrollable sorrow due to the entrance of Kali (Kali yuga, the age we live in). All kinds of adharmic activites starting taking place. There was a slow withdrawal from our Vedic heritage, charity decreased, adherence to Satya or Truth reduced. But King Parikshit, with his power, controlled Kali and kept him under check. Kali however begged Parikshit Mahaaraja not to kill him saying that following the dharma of time, since it is the start of Kaliyuga, he must be allowed to come and must not be killed. Thus obeying the kaala-dharma, Parikshith allowed Kali to saty in some specific places such as places of ill repute such as gambling, slaughter houses and the like.

Once after a long hunt in the forest, completely exhausted, Parikshit reached the ashram of a great rishi, Shameeka maharshi. The maharshi at that time was in deep meditation and completely detached from the external world. Hence, he did not notice the exhausted Parikshit mahaaraaja. King Parikshit, completely exhausted and very thirsty, thought that the maharshi, despite being aware of his exhaustion, chose not to offer him even water. In anger, he performed an act he normally would never have done. The anger itself and the way it was manifested was due to the presence of Kali it is said, because the King was a strict follower of Dharma and would have never shown allowed himself to get angry in such a manner. Thus in anger he put a dead snake around the neck of the rishi to insult him and left the ashrama. A little while later, the rishi’s son Shrungi, arrived and saw the dead snake around his father’s neck. Realizing that Parikshit had done this act, he cursed Parishit saying within a week’s time, the King who had insulted his father thus would be killed by Takshaka, a mighty snake. Meanwhile the maharshi opened his eyes from his deep meditation and learnt about all that had happened.

Maharshi Shameeka told his son Shrungi “Anger is the main hindrance to tapas / sadhana / meditation. It is a big hurdle for one who follows the path of Dharma. He never should give way to anger. One must always think twice before he acts and never come into the clutches of anger. One’s anger is his greatest enemy. A person loses his dharma-adharma discrimination, does not think and causes harm to others and himself because of anger. Parikshit mahaaraja is not an ordinary king. It is because of him that Dharma is still alive on earth today. It is because of him that Kali has been restricted. ”

“Alas! What a great sin you have committed yourself today in awarding such a heavy punishment for the small mistake King Parishit committed! Your command of intelligence is still immature.  Completely protected by his just way of rule, all beings in Parikshith’s kingdom enjoy prosperity. Once he is killed because of your curse, this world will be full of thieves who immediately trouble innocent, unprotected souls like they are lambs. Because of this curse, there will be great social disruption. The wealth everywhere will be seized by thieves and among the people there will be murder and molestation as also abuse of money, women and animals. The righteous civilization, of humanity united in proper conduct of progress in the vocations and stages of life according to the Vedic injunctions, will at that time systematically be vanquished. The protector of the religion, the king, is a highly celebrated emperor, a direct, first class devotee of the Lord, a saint of nobility and a great performer of horse sacrifices. When he, hungry and thirsty, is stricken with fatigue, he never deserves it to be cursed by us like this.”

“I am quite sure, Parikshit mahaaraaja will not give you a counter curse, such a great king that he is. Good people do good to those who help them and to those who hurt them as well. Mahatmas do not even feel the pleasures and sorrows, everything is same.”

The Maharshi thus regretted the curse of his son and certainly did not think that the insult by Parikshit was a sin. Generally saints are not distressed or happy when others pull them into worldly dualities because they are situated in the transcendence of the soul. These incidents (such as the dead snake put around his neck) they consider insignificant.

In the meantime, King Parikshit realised what he had done was something terrible, something he should not have done and thought thus, “Alas, it was uncivilized and evil what I did to the faultless, grave and powerful Maharshi. Because of the contempt of what I did against that godly person, I undoubtedly very soon will meet with a very troublesome calamity. I certainly hope that that will happen so that I will be relieved of my sins and never do anything like that again.”

Shameeka, knowing that now nothing could be done (since the words of his son Shrungi could not be undone), sent word to King Parikshit informing him about Shrungi’s curse. Thus did Parikshit mahaaraaja come to know about the curse.

Having heard that he only had seven days to live, Parikshit handed over his kingdom to his son and sat down at the banks of river Ganga in order to fast and observe religious rites unto his death. Many sages and wise men came to see him. Parikshit paid his respects to them and humbly spoke about his decision to fast. He stood with folded hands before them as someone whose mind is detached from worldly affairs. And thus it came to pass that the king, having arrived at that decision, fully self-controlled, seated himself near river Ganga. On this occasion the gods, who from the sky had seen that the king would fast until his end, all in praise scattered the earth with flowers, continually beating celestial drums in pleasure. All the great sages who had assembled there praised him for the wisdom he had thus shown.

It was at that time the great Suka Maharishi came that way, and he was received with great respect by the audience seated around King Parikshit. Then Parikshit asked him a question: “What is good for man, especially at this hour when his life is about to end? What should such a person hear about, repeat, do, remember and worship.”

How are we to answer this question? What is good for any person? In the freezing heights of the Himalayas, it is good to have a blanket over oneself. But a blanket is not good in the hot deserts of Africa; we would like to have cold water there. When we are hungry, it is good to have delicious food; when we are vomiting due to illness, it is good not to eat at all. Anyone who desires his or her own good cannot answer this question of what is actually good for oneself, because whatever answer we give, we will find it is connected to some cause thereof, and it is not the final good.

Riches will end, the body will wither, and life is uncertain. None of these things connected with life in this world can be regarded as really good in their ultimate sense. Then, what is really good for the human individual? The difficulty in answering this question arises because we think that we are living only in this world of sensory perception.

So, when we ask the question, “What is good for us at the end of time?” it is implied that it is that which is good for us at all times because, knowing the brittleness/short life of things in the world, all times are the end of time. The supreme good, therefore, is the Supreme Brahman, the Ultimate Reality that we call God which is intimately, vitally, inextricably connected with our own souls.

Suka Maharshi said, “This inquiry of yours, O King, for the good of all people is the best thing you can do. This subject of study carries the approval of Rishis. The subject matter is the supreme of all, Divine, God, is worth the attention. O Emperor, there are countless subject matters to hear about in human society that are of interest to those who, attached to their household life, are materially engrossed and are blind to the reality of the soul. They spend their lives, O King, with sleeping, making money, taking care of their family and other such related activities. They are unable to see the fleeting nature of these activities. For that reason, O King, He (Divine/God) must be discussed, glorified and remembered who as the Supersoul, the Supreme Personality, the controller and vanquishing Lord, frees those who are of desire from their anxieties.

Thus in response to the question Parikshit asked, Suka Deva narrated the stories of Bhagavatam. It is believed that this great scripture, the Srimad Bhagavatam, is like a delicious nectar. It is a combination of bhakti or devotion, vairagya or renunciation and jnana or knowledge. Jnana, vairagya, and bhakti – all the three are combined in a wonderful manner in the narration of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Sri Krishna Himself is supposed to be living in this wonderful scripture. Whoever studies the Bhagavatam is supposed to be reading the life of Lord Krishna Himself.

tava kathamrtam tapta-jivanam

 kavibhiriditam kalmashapaham

shravana-mangalam srimad atatam

 bhuvi grnanti ye bhuri-da janah

 

your story which is like Amritam revives the scorched spirit of a man;

purifies a sinner, the holy men thrive on it.

To hear it is auspicious and peace generating.

Those who chant your name are the real benefactors.

Srimad Bhagavatam

Independance Day Celebration Aug 15th @ Isai Ambalam School

~Saranya & Poovizhi

On India’s 73rd Independence Day, 15 August 2019, children from Isai  Ambalam school celebrated the Independence day with bonfire, run , flag hoisting and cultural events.

We started our day at 5:00 am with bonfire and meditation for an hour in Matrimandir amphitheater at Auroville.

Students started their run from Auroville Matrimandir went across
Auroville communities, villages and reached the school. They covered around 7.5 km and the STEM land
team and teachers at the school followed and encouraged children to complete the run. This video documents the run.

Reset Password in Ubuntu

~Saranya & Sundar

Saranya forgot her system (Ubuntu 14.04) password and instead of recovering it she wanted to reinstall 18.04 OS, that’s when I showed her how to reset the admin password.

How to reset password in Ubuntu:

  1. While booting the system press esc.
  2. Choose advanced boot options then choose recovery mode and select root give enter.
  3. It will open the terminal in root:
  4. In that Terminal type: mount -o remount,rw /
  5. mount -o remount,rw /
  6. type: password type your password

To mount:

mount -rw -o remount /

How to check the list of users in your system (Ubuntu):

-d: -f1 /etc/passwd ; check list of users

passwd accountname ; to change password

Reflection On One-Day Vipaasana Course

~Saranya

One day Vipaasana Course Reflection:

Buddha

By attending this one day course I enjoyed the real peace and harmony. I understood through my own experience the meaning of Dhamma, it means the universal flow of nature and impermanence. Whatever sensation I felt in my body I was able to accept it and not react to it with either craving or aversion. That helped me to train the habit pattern of my unconscious mind and come out of my misery. In the One Day Course, I shared my peace and harmony with others with Metta.

I acknowledge Sanjeev and Deven for creating the space for us to grow and I will use it in my life.

 

flexbox froggy

~Saranya

CSS Basic:  I learnt CSS basics and learnt to practice the CSS basic with game flexbox froggy. It was an interesting game. If you need practice on CSS please go through this game https://flexboxfroggy.com/.

Flexbox froggy

 

Project sharing on Information processing

~Saranya

On Monday children from 8th grade shared their project with 7th grade. The project was based on multiplication. For example 2 shirts and 2 pants with two colour in what way i can wear the shirt and pant. From this I need to look at all the possibilities of colour and dress.

7th Grade children didn’t get what they were saying. Sanjeev gave feedback to Deepak and Mani on their project after getting feedback then and their itself they (Deepak and Mani) explained their project by drawing on the board. 7th grade and 8th grade took notes and their doubts got clarified by Deepak and Mani.

Here is the snapshots:

TLC visited STEMland

~Saranya

From TLC around 14 children and one teacher her name is Maya came to visit STEMland.  They wanted to have an idea of how STEMland works and they want to have similar set up to their school. Children were curious about the way we work and the rules we follow.

Fig:1 Playing Games
Fig 2: Solving Cast Puzzle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children were happy and they were curios to solve puzzles also they followed our STEMland rules. I felt that what they expected that was fullfilled for them on that day (Thursday 11/07/2019)

Install Alice3 on Ubuntu 18.04

~Saranya

Alice 3 for Ubuntu 18.04

Step 1: Install oracle JDK (download the .deb file from this link  and inside the link select the  file call Java SE 11.0.3 (LTS) for ubuntu 18.04)

Step 2: Set Path

Type this command in terminal:

sudo nano /etc/profile.d/jdk11.r  then give Enter

It will open a vi file there you type the below line in vi file:

export JAVA_HOME=”/usr/lib/jvm/jdk-11.0.3”

export PATH=”$PATH:${JAVA_HOME}/bin”

Press Control+x to exit the file

Step 3: Check JAVA version:

Command: java -version

Step 4: Make the Alice3 file excutable 

Go to that alice directory and type below command

Command: chmod +x filename then give enter

Step 5:Run the file by using ./filename

Session On New School Software and 7th Grade scratch Course

~Saranya

In STEMland we give freedom to children to choose their plan on their own.  Using the software children choose their plan for a week and they will work according to their plan. We build a software for children to track their progress. The software which we built was having small issues on uploading data also we did it manually, so we wanted to do it automatically.  We got suggestion from our team and children. It took 4 months to complete the new school software.

Home Page

We had a session with 9th Grade on New school software. Children said it was more comfortable than the old software.

Make Plan Page

7th Grade children are new to STEM land, so we wanted them to start from Scratch. We explained what is STEM land and ground rules of STEMland. Sundar and Logeshwari started the Scratch course and I supported them to organize the laptops in STEMland. There were five groups. In each group they gave one task. 6 Children from 7th Grade choose to come at during their activity period also. During the activity period they were doing their scratch project eagerly and I supported them to complete their task.