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From Dharma Saathi Workbook, Step 2, p.13
… wonderful way to end your day – reflect on what you did during the day. Also the idea of thinking of Karma as savings account is easy for kids to grasp. They did not want it to be empty at all. They were trying very hard. …
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 1 – Karma 3
I learned never to not hit but to shake the hand of those you want to hit and to remember Krishnaji before hitting someone.
from Oct 15, 2012 email:
Thank you again for running this program for our kids and giving them this wonderful opportunity to learn about our great culture and heritage.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 2, Karma 1, Day 4, p.7
I killed a fly. It is bad karma because I took the life of an insect. Result: I found 3 more insects.
From Dharma Saathi Workbook, Step 2, p. 13
Aniket understands the concept of good and bad karmas, but doing good karmas all the time does not happen! Yes, he is more noticing/aware of his bad karmas and he does say that he will try harder to have zero bad karmas. He is definitely on the right path. Happy Face.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 4, Karma 2
… I learned that it doesn’t matter how grand or puny a Bhakti Center is. Even just your mind will do. Bhakti Center is a Bhakti Center.
The program is very enriching. Kids were very enthusiastic and involved. Overall very best program for kids in USA
From Dharma Bhakta’s Comments:
…. thanks also to NAHA for giving us this opportunity, for the patience and support from Dr. Hajratwala and I look forward to pursuing the Karma Award with our group.
Following Comments are from Group G-1318; largest group to date of 17 Dharma Students and 17 Dharma Saathis.
We wish we can include all the comments. We have selected 7.
Jayeeta R, Dharma Saathi, From Dharma Saathi workbook, Step 2, p.12
He is more positive and is trying to be more responsible with is actions. He argues less with family members and tries to understand the consequences that happen with good and bad actions.
Rajat N, Dharma Saathi, From Dharma Saathi workbook, Step 1, p. 9
It was a great experience doing Step 1 …. as even though we have a Puja place, he was lazy to do puja daily. But now does Puja by Mann regularly. I am so happy my son is learning.
Dhiren S, Dharma Saathi, From Dharma Saathi workbook, Step 3, p. 15
Until I read the step 3 description in the Saathi Workbook, I thought ‘reincarnation’ and ‘avatar’ were synonymous to ‘birth of the God’.
Shivam B, age 13, From Dharma Student workbook, Step 1, p.5
In this step, I have learned not to be so self-centered because while we have duties to ourselves, our duties to others supersede this. In addition, I have learned that there are certain things we have to do, not because we want to, but because we must do them, as it is our duty to perform certain good karmas.
Sai G, Dharma Student, age 13, From Dharma Student workbook, Step 1, p.5
Before this step, I had a very generic idea of Dharma and thought it meant your devotion to God. …. This incorporates many more aspects than I originally had thought.
Shree N, age 13, From Dharma Student workbook, Step 2, p.9
I thanked god in Mann by doing well in school; and studying before each test responsibly and I did not have to cram the night before. It was a good karma and I helped myself and thanked god. I also do my routine morning prayer and reflect on god’s blessings.
Akhil C, age 12, From Dharma Student workbook, Step 4, p.13
I pray in the morning every Tue and Thur and pray every night before I go to sleep. I also use the Bhakti Center for every festival. I hope everybody has a Bhakti Center so every one will be able to take the opportunity to pray to God.
thanks NAHA for allowing us to run the program here in fiji.
it is unique and something that should be taken advantage of by the youths.
we realy look forward to the first graduation .
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 4 – Bhakti – Karma 1
In my Bhakti Center there is an altar where all the gods are kept and a large Om symbol. I meditate and perform bhakti after I have taken bath and when I am free of grime and dirt.
From Karma Student Project Book, Adhyay 2 – Karma 2 – Dhan
I feel that in the aspect of Dhan, I have achieved the most. I have substantially cut down on unnecessary spending and resort to spending money only in circumstances where I have to. I use money more responsibly when it is given to me and I understand better the value of Dhan and how good Dhan can positively affect you.
From Karama Student Project Book – Adhyay 2, Karma 6 – Yatra
I felt good during all of my prayers, aartis, and pujas with the gods. I felt a connection to God and felt like there was total peace inside me. During these 3 days, the feeling that god was there to help me really was stronger, and this feeling gives a feeling of self confidence.
Vasant B., Dharma Student, age 9
From Dharma Student Workbook, p.5, Step 1, Karma 4
I will thank god by helping my mother prepare halwa. I will prepare cheerfully. Then I will take it to the temple with my family. At the temple, I will distribute the halwa my mother and I made to the devotees of the temple. I will also donate money to the temple.
Sahiti S N, Dharma Student, age 9
Step 3, Karma 1d. p. 9 of Dharma Student Workbook
In my next life, I would like to be -
A devotee of God who can defeat Passion, Rage, Greed, Delusion, Lust, and Envy, because then I will always have God in my mind.
Lalitha N, Dharma Bhakta
From Dharma Bhakta’s Comments page:
… Children will definately benefit from all these steps …..
From Dharma Saathi Workbook, p. 19, Step 4, Karma 8
Re: Bhakti and devotion, …. It has been incredibly enlightening experience.
Big thanks to NAHA for putting together a well structured framework for the Dharma award. In all of ours busy schedules, it did help us devote some time to religion as a family. Kids got into a habit of saying the gayatri mantra regularly. Have memorized Hanuman Chalisa also quite a lot !! It helped increase overall awaremess towards Hindu religion.
Both of our scouts will be taking the Karma award as they turn 13.
This program has explained the Hindu Dharma in very simple terms that has been beneficial to the student as well as myself…..
From Dharma Student Workbook, p. 16, Step 4, Karma 6
I will thank God by praying to him/her more often. I will help out not only in home and I will give more to those in need.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 3, Karma 5
‘Tell us how you thanked God’
I gave five dollars from my piggy bank to charity. I wrote down what I’m thankful for.
… We are satisfied beyond our expectations as how the Dharma Award has been benficial to the scouts, The NAHA has done a great job in providing timely material and great workbooks. The scouts have been continuing to ask about Dharma, Karma, Incarnation, and Bhakti and that is awesome! …
From Dharma Saathi Workbook, p.13, Step 2, Karma 6
This is a very important step, personally I saw change in Aditya as he started measuring his actions every time. He was nice to everyone in the family and helped his sister when needed.
It is pleasing to know that there is such a nice program available for Hindu Cub Scouts. ….. In my opinion, this program really helped him understand the concepts of Hinduism.
A lot of positive activities has been observed in Samay after Dharma program. Some of them are: 1. Understanding his duties and owning the responsibility, 2. Helping parents with daily chores, 3. Knows importance of Puja, 4. Knows more different gods, and 5. Knows more slokas.
From Dharma Saathi Workbook, p. 19, Step 4, Karma 8
I wish this activity last longer so I can get some knowledge while my son (is) learning from the priest. I feel like it is a lifetime experience which we will cherish forever.
From Dharma Student Workbook, p.9, Step 3, Karma 1
In my next life, I would like to be a soul in the divine world because the divine world is the highest you can go and you see real god there, not in maya.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 3, Karma 4, p.12
After reading a story about Matsya Avatar.
…. I have also learned that those who have the capability of taking action have the responsibility to take action…..
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 2, Karma 4, p.9
I have learned that you must have friends with good karma to protect you against people with bad karma.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 4, Karma 1.3, p.12
My Bhakti routine is saying slokas everyday in the morning after all my chores. I pray in the bhakti center downstairs or to the pictures on the wall. Everyweek I learn at least 2-3 new slokas.
The books included have been very helpful in structuring an organized program for the boys. …..They realized the importance of helpin others and being truthful in their life.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 1, Karma 1d, p.4
I help my brother if he is stuck on anything ranging from schoolwork to daily life.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 4, Karma 1.3, p.12
Well, everyday I pray to God after taking a bath and pray in the evening, usually from 7 pm – 8 pm. I say some prayers
Obtain and pick some good things from you and it aids me to solve a problem, thanks.
Step 3 – Incarnation – p.12
I believe this to be the most important step that is something that should be adhered to throughout your life. I will continue to stress the importance of good Karma to them.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 2, p. 10
I learned that what goes around comes around. If you do something good something good will happen to you.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 4, Karma 4, p. 15
…. I know how to give fruits and flowers to god. …..
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step4, Karma 2b – Mantra & Meditation
Write how you felt after you finished chanting.
I felt goosebumps on my material body.
From Dharma Saathi Workbook, Step 4, Karma 8.
My son …. is very interested in learning more in future. I am happy to educate myself along his side …… I enjoy(ed) working with my son on this project.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step3, Karma 3f.
Yes, I say it one hundred eight times every morning (Om Namo Shivaaya).
From Dharma Saathi Workbook, Step 2, p.10 – Overall impression
I started to do good karmas then ignoring them. Before I used to see any bad karma and I didn’t pay much attention but now I try to correct it.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 2, Karma 1, Day 4
I ate a moderate amount of food at a restaurant. That is good karma because I didn’t have a stomach ache.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 2, Karma 1, Day 7
I made my own food. That is good karma because my mom doesn’t need to make food for me. Result: My mom got more free time.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step 4, Karma 5, Puja
We had a big puja with our Indian community. We were the host family. We did bhajans and prayers. I made a presentation on Lord Ganesha. We cooked food for everybody.
From Dharma Student Workbook, Step2, Karma 1, Day 1 karma:
I cleaned up after myself. It is good because it made the house more sanitary.
Result: I felt more hygienic.
From Dharma Bhakta’s comments page:
…The Dharma program is well structured … They are immensely beneficial to the students in the pursuit of Hindu religious knowledge …
From Dharma Saathi Workbook, Step 1, p.8
I like the way the concept of Dharma is introduced in a simple manner to kids. ….
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