SSE Children of Seremban Centre Soar Swami’s Values On Kites
By Sis. Chandrika Nair, SSE Education Coordinator, Seremban
In a world where children are glued to the television and with the advent of play stations, kite Flying let alone kite making ,is an activity that’s hardly heard of or attempted. Children today have really missed out on this simple, outdoor activity that was once a favourite sport among Malaysian children.
So with this in mind, on July 31st 2011, as early as 8am, the gurus of the Sathya Sai Organisation of Seremban decided to pull their students out from the comfort of their homes to venture into kite -making and kite- flying. The orphans of the Nandeeshwar Home in Seremban were also invited to be part of the event. The event was held at the Seremban 2 City Park.
When the kite competition was suggested at first to the SSE children, everyone was so excited because no one had ever flown or made a kite before! Gurus thought it would be a good bonding session since parents would be involved in the event. Then, it was decided why not bring in some caring and sharing. So the orphans were also invited. Parents and gurus cooperated by bringing in food and gifts for them.. Children contributed the kite materials for the children of the home so that they too could participate. The older children in Group 4 acted as facilitators. “Go green” was also one of the themes, so everyone brought their own plates and tumblers to reduce the use of polystyrene food containers.
The competition was for the highest kite flown and the best designed kite but with a difference. Each kite had to have one of Baba’s many value –based quotations on the kite. The child also had to explain the meaning of the quote that he had chosen on the kite to the judge. The children were discouraged from using the same quotations and were encouraged to find Swami’s sayings on the internet. Thus, children and parents alike were made aware of Swami’s sayings.
So there were many value- based objectives inter-twined in the whole programme . It culminated not only with everyone having lots of fun and bonding but also with all the children and parents being happy that they too helped in spreading a lot of love, cheer and caring and sharing for the less fortunate.
Prior to the event, for weeks the children and gurus prayed hard that there would be no rain and if there was, then it would be reduced to merely kite designing at the centre. Swami I am sure approved of the event and hence we were blessed with fine weather and a gust of wind just as the kids set out to fly the kites.
To all gurus out there,pl do try it with your children for I assure you it’s truly fun-filled.
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