Jai Shri Mataji
I wanted to share our impressions of the Cabella school (while it is still fresh in my mind!) with everyone mainly because it is Shri Mataji's vision and it is so amazing what is happening there. I am in the field of early childhood education in Dallas and I was really looking forward to experiencing this sahaj school.
We were so blessed to get to spend a few days at the school. So here is how the day starts, the yellow school bus picks up the two teachers first and then they drive to pick up the children at Centrassi which is the boarding school where the children stay. The children run to the bus and all scramble to hug and sit near their teachers and then once everyone is settled they drive down the hill to go to school, spontaneously someone starts singing a bhajan and the others join in. The days I was there was before Shri Mataji's birthday and their music teacher had composed a beautiful song for the special occasion so they were singing that song. Here are some of the words of this beautiful song;
Mother on your birthday we bring you our hearts like open flowers
Mother on your birthday a garland at your feet with purest fragrance
Please bless your children so we can offer you today all that will please you and bring you happiness.
we pray that please let us do what you would like to have us do
for always you are in us and we are in you
Mother on your birthday we thank you for your love that you have given us
The children all knew this song by heart and were singing it so beautifully. It was so nice to see that they were all happy and excited to start the day. All most all of them came to the bus happy and smiling except one little girl one morning she was crying and I looked at the teachers to ask what is wrong with her? and one of them whispered back, "she is sad some mornings but will be fine." It was interesting to watch what happened next the rest of the children kept singing joyfully and within a couple of minutes this little girl joined in and was just as happy as the rest of them. The vibrations had balanced her emotional side so quickly it was so impressive. It was such a joyful and heart warming experience to ride in the bus with the children and the teachers all looking forward to the day.
Then we got to the school and there was this excited chatter amongst the children as they took off their coats, hats and gloves since it was still quite cold when we were there. Then everyone headed for the carpet and got ready for meditation. I was so pleased to see the children come and sit down quietly no one had to call them or tell them what to do. They know the routine and enjoy doing it. We all did a collective namaskar and gave bhandhan and rose our kundalini's. One of the teacher's asked one of the children to lead the meditation. This little boy started with this simple prayer, shri Ganesh please come in my moladhar, please clean my moladhar, please help us to have a good day, please help us to be nice to everyone. It was such a sweet and simple prayer but the vibrations were so strong. I have to say the school has a very strong presence of shri Mataji, as you meditate you can feel HER there very clearly.
The rest of the morning continued very smoothly it was like the divine was in charge and the day was just following. I could sense the teacher and the children were one. I noticed some definite difference between these children and the children I see in the classroom I visit. These children were so eager to learn, they love to read, they were so loving and caring towards each other one example we were doing math work in small groups and I was working with four children and one of them was struggling with a concept and this little boy was helping her with the answer and I said let her figure it out give her some time and he smiled and whispered to me "but this is too hard for her and I have to help her." I was taken a back with this response he was not just doing it because he was excited and couldn't wait for her to answer it, he was doing it because he didn't want her to feel bad and help her understand it! they are very individual and creative and don't copy each others art for example in Dallas if one child uses the color red they all want to use it and draw what the other person is drawing but not these realized soles they are happy to be themselves and express their creativity, they learn new concepts really fast- their teacher would introduce them to a concept and within minutes they were grasping it, it was amazing to watch it is as if their brains are so clear and full of vibrations that they can grasp things so much faster than ordinary children.
One of the examples of how the day follows is that we had just had the shivrati puja so the teacher was asking them which puja did we just have and they all replied the shivratri puja and then she was asking them about shri shiva and they knew all the details about Shri Shiva and then she said which puja is coming up next and they said Shri Mataji's birthday puja and that turned into a geography lesson they identified India on the map and found Chindwarda and talked about where they live and how that relates to India and Europe it was cool to watch. Then they decided they would like to make birthday cards for shri Mataji and they worked on their cards off and on the whole week during free time. Everyone one of them drew beautiful pictures all different and original and some of them created poems by themselves, they spelled it out phonetically and I was so impressed with what they were writing. Here are a couple of examples of what they wrote.
Happy birthday shri Mataji, you are shinning like a sun and stars.
Shri Mataji you are blooming like a flower which is so beautiful.
Shri Mataji you are so good smelling like perfume.
Shri mataji you are so good because you say what is good and bad.
the little boys and girls of Centrassi give you a present
thank you for the love and joy
thank you for the world and thank you for the otus
one last one!
shri mataji we love you x2
and so many of them wrote thank you for the school.
To continue with the week! The curriculum was so multicultural and hands on. They had a lesson on spring and how plants and flowers grow after the winter. They planted little seeds and took care of them everyday. It was so cute they would come to the classroom all excited and rung to their plants to see if they had sprouted yet and everyday at least one of them would say the plant is not growing yet! They also learned that in Iran the 21st of March is celebrated as the new year so in Iran they don't have new years day on January 1st like the rest of the world. The children were exposed to the new years celebration in Iran by one of the teachers and she talked all about the harvest time which is related to new years. The children are fully engaged and involved in all the learning. They have times when they do small groups to give more attention to each child and then they do things in a large group where they all participate together. They have a full day with lots of learning going on all the time. They have outdoor time and this was so fun to watch since they don't have a lot of plastic junk to distract them they make up games and use their imagination to play outside. It was great to just listen to them and catch a glimpse of their imagination.
I have to say we feel so blessed to have been a part of this amazing and magical world for a few days. We would like to thank the teachers for giving us this opportunity and for letting us being a small part of their classroom. I wish all the realized children of the world could attend this wonderful and beautiful school.
The children said it best, "Shri Mataji thank you for the school"
Jai Shri Mataji