Tuesday, Jul 17 2018
Lessons learnt in the SSE programme - 01 Apr 2013
Of the many things that my gurus have taught me, I would like to share with you some of the messages I have learnt about Ceiling on Desires(COD) on Food and Time. The theme for the year adopted by the Centre is, "Desire Less, Help More." 'Desire Less' does not mean that we should have no desires. All of us have desires, however, we should put a ceiling to them and learn to be satisfied with what we have.
When I was much younger, I used to complain about the food that my parents gave me. My mother would always tell me to eat my vegetables but I would always refuse. All this was, until one day when my gurus showed us a video of starving children in poor countries who had no food to eat. After the class, I was very saddened by what I saw. This gave me an idea to buy food like oats and other food products to give to charity. Doing this gave me immense joy. As Swami has said countless times, "Hands that serve are holier than lips that pray." It is important to give to those who cannot afford it and Swami's blessings would always be with us.
I would now share with you the second component of COD that I have learnt during my SSE classes. Swami has said, "Time waste is Life waste." Time and tide waits for no man. For some of us who like to play a lot, we usually just play for a long time. However, doing this wastes a lot of time. It is not wrong to play but we should always practice time management. If we waste time doing something that is not important, we would lose the chance of doing something of greater importance, forever.
Let me share with you my personal experience about time wasting. When I was much younger, I used to finish my tuition' and immediately come home, throw my books on the bed and go and play! Because of this, I did not have enough time to finish my homework and either stayed up late to finish my work or sometimes would not even finish my homework.
However, after learning about COD on Time at my SSE class, I decided that I should change my ways and practice better time management skills. This allowed me to finish my homework on time always. I started learning faster, and became a better student before my teachers, because I always finished my work.
During the SSE lessons, we have a lot of fun by playing games, listening to stories and watching videos about Swami's teachings. We are also given opportunities to sing bhajans and give talks which improves the confidence within us. I am truly grateful for having been given the chance to be part of the SSE program.
Swami always says that the end of Education is character. SSE helps us build our character and become better children.
JAI SAI RAM