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Week 7 Story:Strained Lineage and the House Fire

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Long ago Prince Vichitravirya fell for a beautiful woman named Ambika but atlas her heart belonged to another. He'd watch her and tell her that someday he'd be king and all the world shall be hers should she request it. Nervous and frightened she did not want to displease the soon-to-be king so she neither confirmed nor denied his advances towards her. What Vichitravirya didn't know is that she was in love with a man named Vyasa. As she became betrothed to Vichitravirya she wept. One night Ambika sought out Vyasa and the two consummated their love for one another never to see each other again. Ambika was soon pregnant and worried so she made a request of her husband-to-be that before they wed she wished to take a pilgrimage to fast and pray, taking only her lady's in waiting. Vichitravirya accepted her proposal and she left. Over the course of her pilgrimage she gave birth to a baby boy and named him Pandu, she quickly gave him up to a local Yadava chief named Shurasen…

Reading Notes: Mahabharata Part D

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Yudhishthira was discussing with Krishna Bhishma's end and said to send Arjuna who objects. Bhishma challenges Arjuna and refusing to fight a woman is struck down by Arjunas arrows. Men became bloodthirsty slaying family members and all alike. Ghatotkacha is slain by Karna. Dhrishtadyumna cuts off Drona's head for he is blinded by sadness. Arjuna fights Karna, Gandiva is broken but Arjuna keeps going and kills Karna.

Karna and Arjuna fight to the death

Reading Notes: Mahabharata Part C

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Yudhishthira is in the forest and a brahmin tells him to pray to the Sun God. A copper pot is given to him and his family remains in the forest fasting and praising for 12 years. Krishna visits and promises to Draupadi that she will be queen again, but she is still upset and complains to Yudhishthira. A holy man visits saying Ajuna will be undefeatable if he goes into the mountain and receives the blessing of the great god, so he goes and fasts and lives on air. Arjuna begins to fight a mountain king who turns out to be the Great God. He was blessed and given gandiva a divine bow. The other Gods showed up and blessed Arjuna with even more gifts.Arjuna goes to the celestial city The Pandavas went to the Himalayas where they were reuinted by Ajuna. Bhima meets his half brother Hanuman. Hanuman explains to him how the four castes work and how things were before.


Bhima and Hanuman

Week 6 Story: Toto and the Mountain

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Dorothy and the gang travel to the Emerald City to seek out the Wizard of Oz, each with something in mind they so desperately want. The Wicked Witch of the West watching, all so mindful, is hellbent to stop the ruby slipper wearing ginger and her band of misfits.

"Oh how I cant wait to return to my beautiful Kansas farm, we may not be able to grow crops due to all the tornado's but still: there's no place like home." Dorothy gleefully stated as they skipped in unison. 
"Well if you can't grow crops then what do your scarecrows have to defend?" asked Scarecrow. 
"Well, you see all of our scarecrows ended up as firewo-" 
"POPPIES!" interrupts Lion.
"Oh they're beautiful!" exclaims Dorothy.
"Now this is a field worth guarding" Scarecrow states impressed.
"-And there is the Emerald City! We are so close, let us not get distracted by the poppies and move forward!" shouts the ever so goal-oriented Tin Man.


Watchin…

Reading : Mahabarata Part A

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There is a  goddess named Ganga of the Ganges. Eight vasus are cursed to be born as humans. Ganga willing to help tells them they must each sacrifice 1/8 of their power to her son and they agree. She meets and marries king Shantanu and asks him to never question her or she will leave. As the vasus' are born to her one by one she casts them into the river Ganges to die and return to celestial form. The eighth is born and the king attempts to stop her so she leaves, but before she goes she explains it all. She later returns with a son for the king and names him Devavrata. King Shantanu in his old age lusts after Satyavati, a girl born of a great bhramin and a fish, but is not blessed to marry her because the King will not denounce Devavrata as heir and refuses to give any son born unto Satyavati the throne. Devavrata renounces his claim so that his father may marry Satyavati. She gave birth to two sons who ruled in succession one after the other, the first dying in battle and the se…

Reading Notes: Ancestors of Rama

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Dilipa and Sudakshina were sad for they had no children. So they decide to visit a sage. Apparently, they passed a divine cow named Surabhi and she cursed them to never have kids for not paying their respects to her. The sage tells them they must serve Nandini the divine cow's daughter. So every day Sudakshina worshipped Nandini and then brought her into the forest who was then watched over by Dilipa; at the end of each day Nandini was brought back out of the forest to Sudakshina. One day to test Dilipa a lion attacks Nandini, the lion says he's guarding a tree for the gods and Nandini trespassed so she must die. Dilipa begs the lion to take his life instead of Nandini's. It ended up being an illusion created by Nandini. Nandini blessed the for Dilipa's actions with a son which they named Raghu. Raghu grows up to be a mighty prince and warrior. Dilipa is trying to perform 100 sacrifices and Indra is determined to keep the title solely for himself, so he goes invisible …

Reading Notes: Sita Sings the Blues

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I decided to watch Sita Sings the Blues by Nina Paley. I wanted to get a good visualization of it all in my head. I loved how she used the Ramayana and incorporated these hilarious narrators. The entire time three narrators are trying to make sense and recount what happened, they sometimes get it wrong and quickly forget themselves. They are also quick to point out where the Ramayana contradicts itself and they laugh about it saying do not challenge these texts. They add a very comical dialogue and do a great job retelling these epics. The musical accompaniment is truly perfect. The creator used 50's style jazz love ballets and they fit ever so seamlessly into the storyline and plot. So many times does Sita sing for Rama for him to save her or that he's "knocking at the door" Nina Paley did an incredible job with this music selection. It's funny how this entire story has a comical side, from the animation to the narrators to even the music. I truly enjoyed this r…

Storybook Plan

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It's all about Hanuman baby!

Introduction: the wonderful legend of Mount Mainaka
Mount Mainaka
Mount Mainaka! More Mainaka
I will be expanding into the stories of the 3 Demonesses:
Surasa: Ref Simhika: Ref Lankini: Ref
I am excited to see how this storybook takes shape around my good friend Hanuman! To see it in all it's glory via Hanuman's own personal account click here:
AllAboutHanuman
Hello, I'm Hanuman

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(Statue of Hanuman)


Week 4: Toto and the Mountain

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Dorothy and the gang travel to the Emerald City to seek out the Wizard of Oz, each with something in mind they so desperately want. The Wicked Witch of the West watching, all so mindful, is hellbent to stop the ruby slipper wearing ginger and her band of misfits.

"Oh how I cant wait to return to my beautiful Kansas farm, we may not be able to grow crops due to all the tornado's but still: there's no place like home." Dorothy gleefully stated as they skipped in unison. 
"Well if you can't grow crops then what do your scarecrows have to defend?" asked Scarecrow. 
"Well, you see all of our scarecrows ended up as firewo-" 
"POPPIES!" interrupts Lion.
"Oh they're beautiful!" exclaims Dorothy.
"Now this is a field worth guarding" Scarecrow states impressed.
"-And there is the Emerald City! We are so close, let us not get distracted by the poppies and move forward!" shouts the ever so goal-oriented Tin Man.


Watchin…

Reading Notes: Ramayana Part D

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Hanuman and the Mountain
By far one of my favorite stories in the Ramayana this one is easily top 3. The story begins with Indrajit praying to the Fire-God who blesses him with a Brahman weapon which he then uses to commit a massacre. Thousands of bears and monkeys lie dead thanks to Indrajit when Hanuman arrives. Jambavan, the bear king, sees Hanuman and his sorrow is momentarily lifted. He asks for Hanuman's help telling him he is the only one who can save those fallen. He tells Hanuman he must travel to Himalaya the mountain king and return with healing herbs from the top of the mountain only then will those who've been slain be saved. Hanuman travels to the Himalayas to search for the herbs. Unfortunately, he cannot find them and so his next best solution to take the whole mountain cause why not? His return to Lanka is an embraced one as all those who had fallen begin to wake up as if from a deep slumber. 


Hanuman and the mountain

Audio Laura Gibbs: PDE Ramayana Hanuman and…

Reading Notes: Ramayana Part C

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My hero Hanuman 

Hanuman is the man per usual and is saving Sita. At first, she thinks it might be one of Ravana's tricks but it is indeed Hanuman. The piece turns into a beautiful poem. Hanuman declaring he's come to rescue her on Rama's behalf. Then Sita goes into a flurry of powerful statements of Rama her love. I'm a sucker for a good poem and this was so beautiful. Hanuman may be Sita's hero but he's also mine.


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Hanuman Captured
Hanuman finds Sita and rescues her but is still furious that someone dares touch his mistress. He goes about destroying the dwelling when Ravana finds out. Ravana sends Jambumali to kill Hanuman but is not successful, he merely wounds Hanuman who then crushes him. Prince Aksha and his rakshasas also attempted to stop Hanuman and met their deaths swiftly. Next up in the ring was the deadly Indrajit. Indrajit tried and tried but missed every shot, knowing he couldn't kill the monkey he decided to ensna…

Topic Research: Hanuman and the Demonesses

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I decided to expand on my initial idea of Surasa when I learned she was one of three demonesses Hanuman had to overcome on his way to Lanka to save Sita. It worked well because I needed three stories and there are three of them.

Surasa:
As we know his encounter with Surasa is an epic one. She tests his might and his wit. Apparently, the gods and sages asked Surasa to test him and the reasons vary from text to text. One says it is to prove he is worthy of a task such as saving Sita, another says the gods do not trust him and want to test his strength and mind and another even says the gods just want to hone Hanuman's abilities even further thus making him stronger. Regardless the test is epic and in the end, Hanuman outwits Surasa she then returns to human form and blesses him.


Simhika:
While flying across the ocean Hanuman is caught y the tail end of his shadow by the demoness Smihika. She attempted to swallow and eat him instead Hanuman shrank in size and entered Simhika's mout…

Feedback Strategies

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Process Praise:
Carol Dweck yet again shines some light on some very useful information. In keeping with how to make a growth mindset a habit, she studied process praise vs people praise. It's fascinating how when praising effort it reinforces the growth mindset and a knack for killing laziness. Reinforcing the person: "you're so good at _____" keeps them fixed that they cannot try new things or be good at other things because we are praising talent. On the flip side reinforcing process: "you've worked really hard and it shows" teaches one that they can accomplish anything with enough work. It reminds of when Tim Notke said: "work beats talent when talent doesn't work". I love this article's stance.

Mirror:
I truly do resonate with Carol Dweck and her growth mindset approach to life and understanding of how to set kids up for success. She explains in five qualities how to best give feedback with young readers. What I loved most about th…