Article 14: Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights.
Article 29: Education should teach us to respect others.
We had an insightful afternoon learning about Hindu beliefs, traditions, culture and the festival of Diwali with Kirtida. We were able to ask lots of questions and learned lots form the answers were were given.
Kirtida told us about what happens at the Hindu temple. We learned that worshipers take off their shoes as a mark of respect and to keep the temple clean. We know a bell will be rung to let God know that people are coming to the temple room. Once in the temple a person may bow their head or touch the ground as a mark of respect and there can be music and meditation. as well as the sharing of food at the temple.
We found out that Diwali, which began in India, is believed to have started at least 2,500 years ago. However, as Lord Rama is cyclical it could have been earlier.
New vocabulary we learned:
samsara: refers to the belief that all living beings cyclically go through births and rebirths.
atman: refers to a person’s ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’. Hindus believe that atman is part of the spirit of Brahman, their ultimate God. Hindus also believe the atman is eternal, meaning it never dies.
Bhagavad Gita: the most sacred conversation ever between Lord Krishna and his friend Prince Arjuna where the Lord enlightens Arjuna about the biggest truths of the universe.
avatara: an incarnation, or representation, of a god. Avatars usually take the form of humans or animals.
moksha: the ultimate goal within Hinduism, to leave this cycle of rebirth (samsara) and become one with the god Brahma.
Namaste: a Hindu greeting.
Kitrida also taught us how to play a rhythm on the drum and dress in some traditional clothing.
There is so much more we learned too, so ask us if you see us around school.