SWAHA International

Hindu based non-profit organisation based in Trinidad & Tobago

SWAHA SWADESHI RESULTS 2016

POETRY    

12 years & under

1st. Vade Rajcoomar-         Gyaan Deepak Kirtan Mandali

2nd. Suhani  Beharry-          Gyaan Deepak Kirtan Mandali

3rd. Divya Chirkoot-            Divya Ashram

   13-16 years

1st. Ravindra Ramharack-              Gyaan Deepak Kirtan  Mandali

1st. Uddesh Sahadeo-                      Gyaan Bhakti Mandali

3rd. Sarojini Beharry-                      Gyaan Deepak Kirtan  Mandali

   17 years & over

1st. Nandini Arjoon-                        Gyaan Deepak Kirtan  Mandali

2nd. Satyadev Arjoon-                     Gyaan Deepak Kirtan   Mandali

3rd. Jason Seunarine-                      Tulsi  Manas  Mandir

 

                       STORY-TELLING

12 years & under

1st. Kashav  Maharaj-                      Sanatan  Brahma.

2nd. Alicia John-                               Gyaan  Deepak Kirtan  Mandali

3rd. Kamryn  Bandoo-                      Divya Ashram

 13-16 years

1st. Sarojini  Beharry-                     Gyaan  Deepak Kirtan  Mandali

2nd. Shash Ramsaroop-                  Divya Ashram

3rd. Radha  Sookram-                     SWAHA Hindu College

  17years & under

1st. Praveen  Rajcoomar-                  Gyaan Deepak Kirtan  Mandali

2nd. Krishna Seetaram-                     Tulsi Manas  Mandir

2nd. Demi Ramraj-                            Longdenville Hindu Mandir

 

VISUAL ARTS

3- 5 years

1st. Darrion Ramlochan-              SWAHA Sangre Grande ECCE Centre.

2nd. Ambhika  Seelal-                   SWAHA Preysal   ECCE  Centre.

3rd. Abhinav  Persad-                    Gyaan  Deepak  Kirtan  Mandali

3rd. Vaishnavi  Persad-                  Gyaan  Deepak  Kirtan  Mandali

6- 9 years

1st. Munivar  Maharaj-                Sanatan   Brahma

2nd. Avidesh Narine-                    Gyaan   Jyoti  Mandali

3rd. Kaleb Mohammed-              Tulsi  Manas  Primary School

10-12 years

1st. Divya  Chirkoot-                         Divya Ashram

2nd. Destiny  Ragoobar-                  Gyaan  Jyoti  Mandali

3rd. Nishana  Maraj-                        Gyaan  Jyoti  Mandali

13-15 years.

1st. Sephia  Ragoobar-               Gyaan   Jyoti   Mandali

1st. Anisha  Ramnarine-             SWAHA Hindu College

3rd. Kelsi  Ramrattan-                 Sukh  Shanti  Bhakti Mandali

16-18 years

1st. Bindhi  Colai-                        Gyaan   Jyoti  Mandali

2nd. Brittany Ramsaroop-           Sri  Raam  Dhaam

3rd. Neil  Ragoobar-                   Gyaan  Jyoti  Mandali

Over 18 years

1st. Shalini Singh-                    Sukh  Shanti  Bhakti Mandali

2nd. Ravi Ragoobar-                Gyaan  Jyoti  Mandali

DIGI-ART

1st. Gyaan Deepak Kirtan  Mandali

2nd.  Gyaan  Jyoti  Mandali

3rd.  Sanatan  Brahma

 

 CLASSICAL DANCE

1ST. Tulsi  Manas  Mandir

2nd.  Sanatan Brahma

 

FOLK DANCE

1st. SWAHA Hindu College Dance Group

2nd.  Gyaan Jyoti  Mandali

3rd. Longdenville Hindu Mandir

 

CHORAL SPEAKING

1ST. Gyaan  Deepak  Kirtan  Mandali

2nd. Sri Raam  Dhaam

3rd.  SWAHA  Hindu  College.

 

         BHAJAN

1ST. Om Shakti Mandali

2nd. Gyaan  Deepak  Kirtan  Mandali

3rd. Divya Ashram

 

INSTRUMENTAL

1st. Divya Ashram

2nd. Gyaan  Deepak  Kirtan  Mandali

3rd. Sri Raam  Dhaam

 

LOCAL SONG

1st. Gyaan  Deepak Kirtan Mandali

2nd. Om Shakti  Mandali

3rd. Divya  Ashram

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Usako Naheen Daykhaa

5223Usako naheen daykhaa hamnay kabhee

Para uskee zaroorata kyaa hogee

Ai Maa, ai Maa, tayree soorata say alaga

Bhagavaana kee soorata

Kyaa hogee, kyaa hogee

 

Insaana to kyaa dayvataa bhee

Aanchala mayn palay tayray

Hai svarga isee duniyaa mayn

Kadamo kay kalay tayray

Mamataa hee lootaayay jisakay nayana

Aisay koyee moorata

Kyaa hogee, usako…

 

Kyon dhoopa jalaayay dukhon kee

Kyon gama kee ghataa barsay

Yay haatha duvaao vaalay

Rahatay hain sadaa sara po

Too hai to andhayray patha mayn hamayn

Sooraja kee zaroorata kyaa hogee…

 

Kahatay hain tayray shaana mayn jo

Koee oochhay bola naheen

Bhagavaana kay paasa bhee maataa

Tayray pyaara kay mola naheen

Hama to yahee jaanay tujhasay bareeha

Sansaara kee dowlata kyaa hogee…

We have never seen the face of God.

O Maa, but what is the need to behold a face that would, in no way, be different from Yours?

Not only ordinary beings, but great personalities were fondled in Your lap. 

Heaven on earth is found at Your feet.

What other being can reflect mother’s love in the eye?

When your hands are placed on our heads to bless us, how can pain and distress ever touch us? 

What need is there for sunlight when you are there to guide us in times of emotional distress?

No one can compare with you in greatness and majesty. 

Even God cannot fathom your love. 

No richness in the world can supercede you, O Mother.

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A Mother’s Love

maxresdefaultOnce upon a time there lived a boy named Rajiv. He lived with his mother, Sita, in an old house. His mother sold vegetables in the market near to their home. She worked whole day and never took a rest. She lived only for her son but her son only lived for alcohol. He hated his mother for being poor. Every night and day he would drink excessively. His mother would beg him to stop but he never took heed to what she said.

One night, while drinking in the bar, he felt a heavy feeling in his chest, which was followed by unbearable pain. Beads of perspiration ran down his face. He felt as if his heart wanted to jump out of his chest. He was soon lying motionless on the ground, unable to say or do anything. In a split second he saw his entire life flash before his eyes.

This was interrupted by a bright flash of light. He saw a beautiful lady all dressed in a yellow saree, sitting on a fierce but tame tiger. Silver sparks shimmered in the pitch black background that surrounded her. She had a wonderful warm smile, which spread over her face. ‘Deeyas’ surrounded her. She talked directly to Rajiv. She said, “Rajiv, why are you doing this? Why Rajiv? Why?” He opened his mouth to answer but nothing came out.  Tears were the only thing that came out, buckets of tears. A smile came over Maa Durga’s face. She said, “Son, you don’t have to say anything. I understand everything.” She continued, “The person you need to apologize to is your mother. You have hurt her son. You have hurt her.”

Just then the room went pitch black. Nothing could be seen and nothing could be heard. He awoke on a hospital bed unable to move. The doctors told him that he had a heart transplant and that a generous donor gave her heart willingly. Rajiv asked the doctor who donated the heart and the doctor replied that it was his mother. Rajiv froze in astonishment, tears filled his eyes. The only thing he wanted to do was to apologize to his mother but it was too late. Her mother gave him a heart filled with love but all he had given her was hatred.

All of a sudden the electricity went, the room went pitch black. A gold spark shimmered like a diamond in the dark. It was the soul of his mother. She said, “Son you never gave me love, only hatred, but a mother always forgives.” She continued, “I have loved you and I will always love you my son. I will always be with you. You have my heart forever. Bye son, bye.” Rajiv cried and cried his eyes out.

Moral of the story: Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short time but hold their hearts forever. Never treat you mother badly and never think you have all the time in the world because people don’t last forever and time waits for no one. You will never miss the water until it runs dry.

 

By: Radha Sookram, Student of Swaha Hindu College

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Hinduism’s perspective of Mother

devi_trinity1According to Hinduism, God creates, maintains and destroys the universe but the power with which these functions are performed is called Shakti (universal energy), the Divine Mother. This is the origin of mother worship and thus the idea that the human mother is worthy of reverence and worship just as the Divine Mother or Shakti. The saying, “Maatri Devo Bhavah” is therefore a maxim that speaks to the seemingly boundless, endless and all-encompassing power of the earthly or biological mother, a power that equates with that of Divinity.

In Hinduism, mother is the one person who is considered to be the most exalted and worthy of respect and service. She is one of the five mothers worthy of worship, according to scriptural injunctions. The unparalleled love possessed by a mother for her children is the subject of praise and reverence in numerous stotras and other scriptural verses. No doubt, mother is the very embodiment of qualities such as love, sacrifice, forbearance and selfless service to her children.

The powerful ideals exemplified by outstanding mothers through the ages and pages of Hindu scriptures have very clearly demonstrated that women, and more so mothers, have been given a pedestal position in a world of many different relationships. And why not? The example of Shri Raam as a child, as a young adult, a married householder and even as king, gives credence to the saying that Mother is the first Guru; she is indeed the first God. He taught by example that Mother’s blessing is integral to success. His first action as he arose early in the morning was seeking His mother’s blessings. He needed her good wishes and benediction before going to the forest. On His return from exile, one of His first actions was to bow at the feet of His mothers. The mere presence of the mother invests one with protection; the reverse deprives one of sustenance and fulfilment. Indeed, such an example of Shri Raam, God in human form, teaches the world that the source of bliss and blessings is at the feet of “Maa” – mother.

The word “Maa” comprises the Hindi consonant “Ma” and vowel “aa”. This consonant pertains to the heart which evokes the emotions of love, joy and happiness while the vowel relates to “aanand shakti” or the power of bliss. It is not by chance, then, that one’s mother is the treasure-house of all bliss, love and success. Like Durga Maataa, the essence of “ichha shakti” (power of will), like Lakshmi Maa, “gyaan shakti” (the power of knowledge) and Saraswati Maataa, “kriyaa  shakti” (power of activity), the earthly mother ensures that her child is a well-nourished child, whose activities are directed by her will and with proper knowledge.

The power wielded by mothers on their children’s lives spread far beyond worldly experiences and the impact created by them starts from the womb. Even before a child is born the mother’s impressions strike deep roots within his consciousness. The example of Prahalad is phenomenal as he was engrained with devotion to Lord Vishnu while still within his mother’s womb. Maha Shiv Puraan also records how Bhagavan Shiva appeared to fulfil the request of child Upamanyu who was taught devotion using the “Panchakshar Mantra” by his mother. Many are the scriptural episodes that prove the unique and effective role of the earthly mother in a child’s upbringing. None can assume her role. She is irreplaceable. The importance of the  mother in her role as educator is aptly summed up in the following scriptural quote: “From the point of view of reverence due, a teacher is ten-fold superior to a mere lecturer, a father a hundredfold to a teacher and a mother a thousand-fold to a father.”

As special emphasis is placed on the earthly mother this month, in celebrating Mothers’ Day, it may be worthwhile for all to reflect on the contribution of mothers since, for seven life-times, one can never repay the debt one owes to one’s parents.

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Maatri Devo Bhavah- Mother is God

Five Mothers that Hindus revere.

I believe in 5 mothers whom I worship.

These 5 mothers are:

1). My Birth mother or the person who gave birth to me

Parvati_Ganesha

 

2). Mother Earth or Prithivi Devi

mother earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3). The Divine Mother or Devi Maataa

devi maa

 

 

 

 

 

 

4). Mother Cow

mother cow

 

 

 

 

 

 

5). The holy books or scriptures in Hinduism

Hindu scriptures

 

 

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Title: Save Our Tradition

What is going on in our world today?

Have we no morals and no values, o bache?

Their sacrifices have been forgotten

And our land is home to downtrodden

Hamaare man, easily tarnished

Achha karam kamaai, all banished

Our people have gone astray

And our ancestors, we continue to betray

We have been guided with wisdom that is set

We owe it to our ancestors to repay our debt

Be grateful for our tradition

Yeh hum kul ke Santan!

Stand proud but remain humble

Good teachings are always simple

Go back to our scriptures and seek the truth

Study doha aur katha and guide our youth

Honour your traditions and do not denigrate

The values in our society we must regenerate

Do not forget the past and clean up our Karma

Do what is right and practice your Dharma

Oh my children let us all be thankful

For the path that has been paved for us, let us all be grateful

Let us stand together and proudly say,

Dhanya Dhanya Vaad De!

By Amrika Sepersad-Reemaul, SWAHA Sri Raam Dhaam

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Examination tips

exams1The month of May is the month of examinations, from SEA, to CXC, Cape to tertiary levels.  Review and revise are the techniques that many students will use. Recency and frequency help some to remember well. Here are a few tips that can be most useful in the last study sessions before the examination days:

  • Make short notes on index cards as opposed to having long paragraphs of content.
  • Colour coding and graphic representations are creative ways to remember information.
  • Collaboration and peer teaching are scientifically proven to be helpful. Form little study groups.
  • Information is available with the touch of a button. When you are unsure about a topic or topics, search for YouTube videos or other online websites that are full of resources. If using this approach, please take note of the site and ensure that it is a reliable one.
  • Cleanliness is next to Godliness. When studying, ensure that your work area is free from clutter.
  • Do not study if you are tired. Ensure that you are rested and fed and then proceed to study.
  • Take little breaks during your study sessions. It is advised to take 5-10 minute breaks after 45 minutes of studying.
  • Practice makes perfect. Constant revision and completing past papers are ways to prepare you for the real examination. When doing past papers, pay attention to the word count that is required and the suggested time frame that is given.
  • Before studying, always pray that you will retain what you have learnt and you will be able to apply your knowledge effectively in the examination. Thus, seek the blessings of Lord Ganesh and Saraswati Mata.

 

Lord Ganesh

Prayer for the removal of obstacles

Om VakratundaMahaaKaaya,

SooryaKotiSamaPrabha.

NirvighnamKurumay Deva,

SarvaKaaryeshuSarvadaa.

 

Mother Saraswati

Prayer for Knowledge

Om YaadeviSarvaBhooteshu,

BuddhiRoopena Sang-stitha.

Nmastasyai. NamasTasyai.

NamastasyaiNamoNamah

 

Mrs Sunita Maharaj

Teacher 111

SWAHA Hindu College

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