It’s Time The Young-Bhagavatha Graduated
It has been a pleasure sharing with you some important tenets of our Sampradaya through programmes like Trail Our Glorious Sampradaya, Trail Our Glorious Sampradaya — Junior and Weekly Paasuram Quest. As stated before, the main objective of these exercises is to cultivate the habit of referencing in search of the answers and the zealous and spontaneous participation is a good enough proof that the purpose has been served well.
Questions in the form of ‘match the following’ on the Lord and His Consorts, the Avatharas, the Epics and Puraanas, the Divyadesams, Divya Prabandhams, Azhwars and Acharyas and their great works, Sthothrams provided interesting challenge to young Bhagavathas. Annaul prizes given in recognition of regular participation added to the value of the quiz. On an average, about 60 avid children attended this monthly contest.
While there are still a lot to explore in the Seniors’ quiz arena, one feels that the Junior quiz has reached its saturation. The reason is that, almost the entire gamut pertaining to the Visishtaadvaitha philosophy that are needed to be known by the children of that age group (between 7 and 17) have been covered in the 60 episodes spreading over five years. Generally, the first 30 have been assorted quizzes and topical subjects were featured in the second half.
If stretched, it would only amount to repetition given the fact that it is a restricted group of young participants. Therefore, it has been decided to have the 60th episode featured today as the final one. If one is well-versed in the full content of the Junior Quiz archives, he/she can seamlessly upgrade to the Seniors’ category, which in fact, is open to all. Children would do well to periodically go through the archives (built up with and without answers separately) and refresh their knowledge.
Again, in the case of very young children who progressively become eligible to take part (on attaining age seven), the parents can guide them through the archives and inculcate the salient features of our Sampradaya at a tender age.
Personally, I enjoyed preparing the quizzes as much as the young participants would have been in solving them. The young Bhagavathas who are on the verge of completing 17 years of age are given a warm welcome to graduate to the Seniors’ quiz.
Meet you in the next Note.
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