iMPAct Newsletter December 2010

Table of Contents

    Sadhana: Daily Spiritual Practice

    by Jaap Khalsa Gardner

    To me one of the greatest benefits of an education at Miri Piri Academy is the opportunity to experience the daily practice of group Sadhana.

    The Siri Singh Sahib Yogi Bhajan spoke often about the benefits of a daily practice of Kundalini Yoga and meditation.

    This poem from his book Furmaan Khalsa speaks eloquently and emphatically about the purpose of Sadhana;  To “Become One with God!” no less!


    In sadhana the sadhu lives.

    In Sadhana the nectar of God’s love rains down.

    In Sadhana come the blessings of Simran,

    Awareness, and Divine understanding.

    In Sadhana is the meditation of Raj Yoga.

    In Sadhana see God’s glory.

    In Sadhana experience infinity.

    Sadhana is the daily meditation of the sadhu.

    Oh Yogi! Become one with God!

    -Yogi Bhajan-

    As an adult we don’t always have the practical means to join in with a daily group for Sadhana.  In fact, as the mother of two young children and the wife of an amazing man, I always find it interesting that somehow I find my own needs at the bottom of my daily “To Do” list.  Last year my physical, spiritual and mental energy was at its all time low. I realized that in order to keep my life going smoothly I needed to get myself to the top of the list. My first step in this new self-care routine was to:

    • Do a daily Sadhana. No matter what was or is going on in the house, be it screaming kids, sink full of dirty dishes, Dora the Explorer in the back ground, I do my chosen daily Sadhana.
    • Get at least 31 minutes of some meditation or prayer.
    • In the evening, once everyone’s in bed, I close my day with another 31 minute meditation. When I am really tired its only 11 minutes!
    • When time is a pressure I do a minimum of 3-11 minutes of something in the morning and night.
    • If I find myself slipping from the top of the list, I don’t beat myself up over it, I just give it a boost back to first place so I can be best for myself, my family and my beloved community.

    We may not always be able to experience group Sadhana the same way the students of Miri Piri Academy are able to, but we can still put our spiritual health first for at least few minutes each day.  We can still experience infinity.

    The Big Game

    by Savitri Kaur, 12th Grade, Girls Soccer Team Captain

    We started our practice about two months before the big game against the American Embassy team from Delhi. The doubt in our minds about our skill level in comparison to the other team was definitely strong, but did not keep us from staying committed and giving it our all.

    Two students, Amritpal and Jaspreet Singh, were our coaches. It was the first time having our friends as the people who boss us around, yell at us when we don’t give it all we’ve got, and sacrifice their own time to help us gain strength and stamina. We practiced twice a week, and towards the end, almost every day.

    It was tough in the beginning, but in the end they were the ones who taught us all we knew to beat the American Embassy team. We were shocked, our coaches were shocked, and even the AES team was surprised.  The first game, the score was 2:1 MPA in the lead. After lunch there was a second game, the score was 5:1, again with MPA in the lead.

    Every year when we switch off going to Delhi, or inviting the American Embassy teams to our school, we have a blast! Interacting with kids our age from other countries who are also living in India for the majority of the year is like no other. We can share experiences and relate to each other. It’s even more of a blast when we successfully win the games!

    It’s the end of the year. Get your tax break and support MPA!

    Your donation will not only go to support Miri Piri Academy, but you can also obtain a substantial tax break!  We are so blessed to have monthly contributors that give from $11 up to $300 per month. Funds are used to support the students directly through our Financial Aid Fund, to help with operational costs and for capital improvements. We are also in the process of establishing an endowment fund.

    Thank you to all of the donors who make our program possible! We encourage all of our parents, friends and alumni to be a part of ensuring Miri Piri Academy’s future. If you are already donating, we encourage you to consider increasing your monthly donation. Simple email us at [email protected] and let us know what change you would like to make.

    What’s Happening at MPA

    The 40 day Sadhana is complete and the full Academic Day Schedule begins from 22nd November 2010

    The students are preparing for their first semester Exams. The schedule is as follows:

    • Grade 12: 13th December 2010
    • Grade 10: 16th December 2010
    • Grades 9 and 11: 17th December 2010
    • Grades 4 to 8: 20th December 2010

    We will be emailing the first semester Report Cards on the 29th December 2010.

    Enrollment and financial aid applications for the 2011-2012 school year will open Jan 1st, 2011. We will contacting you soon with instructions for enrollment and financial aid. If you know anyone who is interested in enrolling their child please email us at: [email protected] so we can send them instructions as well.

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