Hinduism is ripe with stories that have been told through the generations to teach the basic truth of our oneness with God and the search for God within each of us. This month, we use the stories of the celestial entities, or gods, from the ancient texts to teach these truths. Note: The term “gods” do not indicate that there are several gods that are worshipped by Hindus. They call the Supreme Being, Brahman, which is that all reality and truth which we discover within ourselves. See Entire Lesson Here
The Wisdom of the River
Craft: Paper plate Swan
Symbolism of Craft: Saraswati is strongly associated with flowing water in her role as a goddess of knowledge. She is depicted as a beautiful woman to embody the concept of knowledge as supremely alluring. She possesses four arms, and is usually shown wearing a spotless white sari and seated on a white lotus or riding a white swan.
White Paper plate
Cut the paper plate to form the swan’s neck
Cut and glue on the beak and feathers
Draw on the eye
Ganesh: Teacher with the Elephant Head
Craft: Paper elephant Symbolism of Craft : An elephant to represent Ganesh
Colored paper (3 sheet per elephant)
Glue and stapler most effective
Divide sheet one into 4 equal rectangles for legs, Using sheet two – cut 1 X 11 inch strip and cut in half for trunk and tail, Cut remaining 7 ½ X 11 inch piece into two for body and head,
With sheet three – cut two large circles for ears.
Roll 4 pieces of paper for legs and staple together
Glue paper to legs and loop around to form elephant’s body
Loop smaller paper for head and glue on trunk and eyes
Cut out and glue on ears and tail
The Lotus Flower
Craft: Tissue Paper Flowers Symbolism of Craft : Flowers – symbolizing the Lotus flower and unfoldment to enlightenment
Brightly colored tissue paper
Wire (twist-ties) to secure
Long wire to form stem
to make simple flowers, layer several colors of tissue paper and fold in accordion, wrap pipe cleaner around center and spread out layers of tissue paper.