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The Sandeepani Ashram Sunday School (SASS) is an initiative by ISKCON Atlanta to nurture our future generation of children with the rich culture and knowledge from our Vedic scriptures on how to become better people, leaders and servants of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the society at large.
Every year we have a new intake of students that can join and be a part of this wonderful Sunday school where children can come together to learn and grow through the medium of various activities tailored to their age group. Some of these activities include learning:
- Poetic Vedic verses from the Bhagavad Gita
- Melodious spiritual songs
- Moral life lessons from historical writings such as Srimad Bhagavatam, Ramayana and Mahabharata
- More about different stories through fun games
We bring you all these services at nominal charge of USD 60 per child per semester (September to December).
We welcome all of you to register your children at the link below
Janamashtami-2020 virtual celebrations
This year's Krishna Janmashtami Children's Competitions organized by the Sandeepani Ashram Sunday School (ISKCON Atlanta) saw over 150 children virtually present their talents and skills for the pleasure of the Lord on August 9, 2020. We provided here some pictures of the winners of the different competitions held. We had the following competitions for the children,
1. Bhagavad Gīta Shloka Copetition (Group 1: Age 5-9, Group 2: Age 10-15)
2. Drawing Competition (Group 1: Age 5-9, Group 2: Age 10-15)
3. Fancy Dress Competition (Group 1: Age 0-5, Group 2: Age 6-10)
We look forward to seeing your children present their wonderful talents and skills for Sri Krishna at these events in the future as well.
So Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura is an ideal guru. He was not a sannyāsī; he was gṛhastha, householder, living with family, wife, children. Still, he was guru. So anyone can become guru. Not that a sannyāsī can become guru. A householder also can become guru, provided he knows the science. Caitanya Mahāprabhu, when He was talking with Rāmānanda Rāya... Caitanya Mahāprabhu was a sannyāsī, very highly born in brāhmaṇa family, very learned scholar. So He was talking with Rāmānanda Rāya, a gṛhastha, governor of Madras. And He was questioning, and Rāmānanda Rāya was answering. That means he was taking the part of guru, and Caitanya Mahāprabhu was taking the part of a disciple.
So he was hesitating, Rāmānanda Rāya. He thought himself that "I am a gṛhastha; I'm not even a brāhmaṇa. Besides that, I am dealing in material affairs. I am governor, politics. And Caitanya Mahāprabhu is a sannyāsī, born of a high-class brāhmaṇa family. So it does not look well that I shall teach Him." So he was hesitating. Caitanya Mahāprabhu said, "Oh, why you are hesitating?" He said,
kibā vipra, kibā śūdra, nyāsi kene naya
yei kṛṣṇa-tattva-vetta, sei 'guru' haya
[Cc. Madhya 8.128]
He said, "Don't hesitate. Either one may become a brāhmaṇa or one may become a śūdra..." Kibā vipra, kibā śūdra. Vipra means brāhmaṇa, and śūdra, śūdra is the fourth-grade human being. Brāhmaṇa is the first grade. So kibā vipra, kibā śūdra. He may be a first-grade human being or the lowest grade human being, or he may become a sannyāsī or a gṛhastha. It does not matter. Anyone who knows the science of Kṛṣṇa, he can become a guru. This is the verdict.
Because spiritual science does not belong to the bodily platform. It is on the spiritual platform. It is very nice. Just like when you go to a lawyer or to an engineer or to a physician, you do not inquire whether he's a brāhmaṇa or śūdra. Simply you have to know whether he's a lawyer. That's all. Whether he's a physician actually. If he knows the medical science, he may be a brāhmaṇa, he may be a śūdra, he may be a sannyāsī, he may be a householder—it doesn't matter.
Your business is with a physician, with a lawyer. Similarly, your business is to understand Kṛṣṇa. So anyone who knows Kṛṣṇa perfectly, you have to go there. Tad-vijñānārthaṁ sa gurum evābhigacchet [MU 1.2.12]. It is... Vedic injunction is not that you have to approach a sannyāsī or a gṛhastha or a Indian or American. No. Gurum. And guru means who knows the science of Kṛṣṇa.
So this Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura was gṛhastha, very responsible officer, magistrate. And he was so exalted that he would come from his office generally at five o'clock, then take his supper and immediately go to bed. Immediately. Say at seven o'clock in the evening he goes to bed, and he wakes up at twelve o'clock. So suppose he goes to bed at seven o'clock in the evening and wakes up at twelve o'clock at night; it is sufficient sleep, five hours. One should not sleep more than five to six hours. Minimize as far as possible. – Lecture by Srila Prabhupada (Sep 01, 1971 London)
Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada