Bhagwad Gita course was conducted at SMS recently. The course consisted of learning verses of Bhagavad Gita with meaning, reading and singing the Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam stories. At the end of the course, a test was conducted which consisted of 20 multiple choice questions. The SMS students performed very well. Three Students secured hundred percent; 2 students secured 95%; one student secure 90%; and two students secured 55% and others secured 60 to 85 percent. All the students who did the test with minimum full attendance were issued certificates which were given on stage on Saturday the 16th of February after the School Assembly: Iskcon Vrindavan President Pancha Gauda das and Iskcon Vrindavan Youth Forum Coordinator Sureswara das(who conducted the Bhagavad Gita course for our students) were on stage to award the certificates.
“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife”. The first edition of the Bhakti Fest Kirtan took place on the 3rd of February in the afternoon from 4 pm to 8.30pm. Kirtan is a form of devotional musical performance (which glorifies the name of Krsna through a Mantra) that elicits a response from the crowd, in a call and response way: we invited several stalwart practitioners of this devotional art form, such as The Kirtaneers from the U.S.,Vaisaki das and Jahnavi Harrison from the UK. Many of our girls attended the event and actively participated with enthusiasm by singing and dancing. The event was well attended and successful enough for FFLV to consider another one to take place later this year or in 2020. Sharing with you some of the moments captured during the fest:
“For my first trip to India, I was sure that I wanted to do service and felt like Vrindavan would be the perfect place to do so. The month I spent volunteering at Food for Life was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. My weeks were filled with joy, love, appreciation, and a lot of selfies with the girls. I am so grateful to have had the chance to come to the Sandipani Muni School and get to interact with such amazing teachers and students and to see what FFLV is really about. I spent some time in the kindergarten hugging and high fiving tons of the little ones and doing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” approximately a hundred and seventy times a day. The smiles they had transcended the language barrier and I always looked forward to going to school and getting tackled with hugs […]