Margashirsha Shukla paksha Ekaadashi ( or mokshada ekaadashi) in the Kaliyuga Samvatsara 5119, Thursday 30.11.2017, was spiritually celebrated as Geeta Jayanti this year. During the Dwaparayuga, Lord Shri Krishna narrated the divine Vedic philosophy to Arjuna on the battlefield of krukshetra which is still applicable in Kaliyuga . To mark this auspicious day, Sydney Sanskrit School hosted stage activities participated by the students, parents and chief guests. Here is the profile of the celebration and some drops of wisdom given by the eminent presenters.
Our trainee teacher, Miss lavanya Raman presented the welcome speech in Sanskrit. This was followed by lightning the lamp (deepajwalanam) by Ms. Veda Srinivasan, Vidushi Nikhila Kiran and Ms. Madhukanti. The stotram for deepajwalanam was sung by Master Ishaan. This was followed by the students chanting 15 shlokas of chapter one altogether. Later, with the blowing of the conch ( Shankha naada) , each student rendered the first shloka of each chapter of the revered text.
The importance of Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta was explained by Vidushi Nikhila Kiran. Children were asked to recognise various names of Lord Shrikrishna through enactments done by her with various mudras. Shri. Srinivasan ji gave an insight of Bhagwat Geeta and enlightened the attendees with other Geeta versions which were established earlier than Bhagwat Geeta.
Happiness in life is retained by the virtues which gives strengths and peace. The 18 virtues were analysed and composed as “The Song of 18 ities” by Shivananda Maharaj, founder of the Divine Life Society” The teachings in the form of song were passed on to children which were understood and chanted by them. The celebration was glorified by singing “Naamsankitan” by all teachers accompanied by Shri. Sumukha Jagadeesh on tabla. All the kids showed their enthusiasm by clapping the beats. Shri Radahakrishna mahodaya from Canberra gifted the students special copies of the Gita on this occasion. The event of Geeta Jayanti was concluded with “Vande Mataram” followed by very delicious food.