Sahaj Sandesh No: 2006.22 - Monday, March 20, 2006
Dear Sister / Brother:
ON TOUR WITH REV. MASTER
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
12-Mar-2006 to 18-Mar-2006
Report by brother Bhupendra Chuphal, India
Master continued His stay in Bangalore and stayed in the Zonal Ashram, which is located at the outskirts of the city in the lush green environs. Master's cottage is surrounded by Mango trees and is away from the noise of the city. He sat out few times in the mornings in solitude. He also conducted morning satsangh on 12th March. During one of the informal discussions deliberating on the obstacle we face in our spiritual progress, Master said, " I have one Master and you have many". He explained that we get pulled away by many drivers, like our jobs, family, society etc, which He metaphorically referred to as Masters.
Centre for Research, Education, Sadhana and Training (CREST) being such an important project, Master visited the CREST center again on 14th March. Master earlier had said that He has enormous hopes from the CREST center and took the opportunity to explain the entire concept of this institution to all those assembled with Him. During this visit, Master decided the spot where Babuji's sculpture would be placed. The sculpture is done by an artist who is also an abhyasi brother from Jaipur who had just arrived in Bangalore to meet Master. For the CREST library, Master has so far visited 4 different book shops in Bangalore and has handpicked about 500 books. After long hours in these book stalls, Master insists on cataloging the books himself. On being asked how would one read so many books in one lifetime, Master replied, "you should try to inculcate the book reading habit sincerely". He also said that the best age to start serious book reading is 8 years and we should at least read one book a month.
In another conversation, Master emphasized that we should read, listen and speak, in that specific sequence. He elaborated that we should read for knowledge, listen to ascertain the situation, and speak only based on our knowledge and according to the situation. He added that, frequently, we speak without the having done the first two steps.
After two weeks of stay at Bangalore, Master left for Chennai on 18th March at 3:50 PM. Master is returning to Chennai after spending about 50 days on tour.
NEWS FROM THE LALAJI MEMORIAL OMEGA SCHOOL
Report by brother V.K. Somakumar
Greetings! The academic year 2005 – 06 has been a year of pleasant surprises, achievements, accolades and rewarding experiences. To start with
ISO 9001 – 2000 Certification by AQSR obtained.
The school was short listed as one among the four schools for the fourth stage of INTEL Award for best integration of technology contest at the National Level. The other three schools were Birla High School for Boys, Kolkata; Springdales School, New Delhi and M.E.S.Kishora Kendra, Bangalore. Results are declared and the first two schools have been selected.
You will be happy to know that Lalaji Memorial Omega School was the only school to be short-listed in Tamilnadu.
Three of our teachers were short listed for the second stage of Intel Awards 2005 contest for School Teachers (private primary) out of 27 at all India level. Out of this, one of our teachers could reach up to Stage 4 of the contest.
School has been inspected for composite provisional affiliation to CBSE. We are awaiting for the grant of affiliation.
Organized three major celebrations during this year
Rev. Master was present for both the National Functions and presided over the function on the Independence Day and hoisted the National Flag on the Republic Day. Children’s Day & Book week celebration titled “Purusha & Prakruti.” was conducted for three days 11, 12 & 13th November, 2005 with the inauguration of “Science, Value based spiritual exhibition, Arts & Crafts and Book Exhibition. Three leading booksellers participated in the Book exhibition.
Fifteen Intra class competitions were conducted for children of Standards I - V and 198 prizes were distributed. Organized 22 field trips for students of Pre KG – Standard V. It is a great pleasure to inform that the very first field trip to Chennai Central Railway Station got published in four leading newspapers in Chennai (July 29th 2005)
Bhoomi Puja for Hostel Block and Learning Centre was performed on 20th January 2006 in a simple manner. Construction work is in full swing and will be completed by end of May 2006.
Admissions for the academic year 2006 – 07 for students from Pre KG – Standard VIII is in full swing. We have already received 400 applications and conducted two Interaction/entrance tests, with two more in the pipeline.
The school will reopen on 14th June 2006.
All these have been made possible by the combined efforts of a dynamic management, dedicated band of facilitators, encouraging parents, ever willing students and a host of well wishers backed by the unfailing patronage of the Managing Trustee, our Revered & beloved Master.
Schools Selected to participate in Stage IV
Birla High School for Boys Junior Section - KOLKATA
M.E.S.Kishore Kendra - BANGALORE
Springdales School - NEW DELHI
Lalaji Memorial Omega School - CHENNAI