Youth day competitions 2011

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(Competitions For Pre-elementary To High School ages. Rules And Topics Are On The Back Of This Flier.)

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Registration 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

(Competitions start immediately afterwards.)


Durga Temple

8400 Durga Place

Fairfax Station, VA 22039-3079
All are welcome to participate. There is no cost for participation.

All participants will be recognized with certificates. Winners will be awarded Trophies.

Swami Atmajnanananda of Vedanta Society and

Acharya Sadanandaji of Chinmaya Mission will bless the Children.

*** Competitors Pre-register Online at ***

*** Judges/Volunteers Pre-register Online at ***


Syamala Malladi (703) 968-7176

Or Harika Chadive (571) 423-8138

Or Kannan Subramanian (703) 338-3533

Or P. Srinivasan (703) 251-0900

Or Send E-Mail to

Or visit us at


Pre-Elementary (Grade 1 and below): Coloring, Religious Chanting, Story Telling, Quiz

Elementary I (Grades 2-3): Coloring, Religious Chanting, Story Telling, Recitation, Quiz

Elementary II (Grades 4-5): Coloring, Religious Chanting, Story Telling, Recitation, Quiz

Intermediate (Grades 6-8): Religious Chanting, Story Telling, Recitation, Speech, Essay, Quiz

High School (Grades 9-12): Religious Chanting, Recitation, Speech, Essay, Quiz

* If interested in Recitation, download the relevant pieces from http:/ *

** If you are encountering problems, please call Syamala (703-968-7176) or send e-mail to, so that we can mail you a Recitation piece. **



High School:
Essay: “How would you Practice Ahimsa (non-violence) in Daily Life?”
Speech: "How can you really see God?"
Essay: “What are the six enemies of mind and why is it important to conquer them

Speech: Taittiriya Upani-shad (11:2) states “Matru devo bhava; Pitru devo bhava; Aacharya devo bhava; Atithi devo bhava”
Why is it important to show respect to Mother, Father, Teacher and Guest?”

  1. Please bring your own pencils, crayons, and paper. To be consistent, only crayons will be allowed for coloring competition.

  1. If interested in entering Recitation, please download the relevant piece from our web site: If you are encountering problems, call Syamala Malladi at (703) 968-7176 and the piece will be sent to you.

  1. Drawing for the coloring competition will be given on the day of the competition, and a 60-minute time period will be allotted for coloring.

  1. Essays for these assigned topics can be prepared and researched ahead of time, however on the day of the competition, no notes or references can be used. Essays must be written in the 60 minute time period allotted.

  1. Speeches must be between 3-5 minutes with a 30-second grace period.

  1. Every religious chant (regardless of language or religion) must be explained in English. These chants must be between 2 - 3 minutes with a 30-second grace period.

  1. Stories with a clear moral and ethical message (irrespective of religious origin) will be accepted. Stories must be between 2-3 minutes with a 30-second grace period.

  1. Your grade is the one you will be entering in the new school year.

PLEASE NOTE: All competitors will be recognized with Certificates. First three winners in each category will receive trophies.

Bala Vikas Youth Competition - 2011

High School
And what is His nature?

He is everywhere, the pure and formless One, the Almighty and the All-merciful. ‘Thou art our father, Thou art our mother, Thou art our beloved friend, Thou art the source of all strength; give us strength. Thou art He that beareth the burdens of the universe; help me bear the little burden of this life.’ Thus sang the Rishis of the Veda. And how to worship Him? Through love He is to be worshiped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and the next life.’

This is the doctrine of love declared in the Vedas, and let us see how it is fully developed and taught by Krishna whom the Hindus believe to have been God incarnate on earth.

He taught that a man ought to live in this world like a lotus leaf, which grows in water but is never moistened by water; so a man ought to live in the world - his heart to God and his hands to work.

It is good to love God for hope of reward in this or the next world, but it is better to love God for love’s sake; and the prayer goes: ‘Lord, I do not want wealth nor children nor learning. If it be Thy will, I shall go from birth to birth; but grant me this, that I may love Thee without the hope of reward - love unselfishly for love’s sake.’
Vivekananda at World Parliament of Religion: PAPER ON HINDUISM
Chicago, 19th September 1893

Bala Vikas Youth Competition - 2011


On Education and Society
Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs rot there, undigested all your life. We must have life-building, man-making, character-making, assimilation of ideas. If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has memorized a whole library.

Every one wants to command, and no one wants to obey; and this owing to the absence of that wonderful brahmacharya system of yore. First, learn to obey. The command will come by itself. Always first learn to be a servant, and then you will be fit to be a master.

Give up the awful disease that is creeping into our national blood, that idea of ridiculing everything, that loss of SERIOUSNESS. Give that up. Be STRONG and have this SRADDHA, and everything else is bound to follow.

We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one's own feet.

Swami Vivekananda At The World’s Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 15th September 1893

Bala Vikas Youth Competition - 2011
Elementary I and II

Faith and Strength

The history of the world is the history of a few men who had FAITH IN THEMSELVES. That FAITH calls out the DIVINITY within. You can do anything. You fail only when you do not strive sufficiently to manifest infinite power. As soon as man or a nation loses faith, death comes.

Whatever you THINK,that you WILL BE. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.

Be FREE ; hope for nothing from any one. I am sure if you look back upon your lives, you will find that you were always vainly trying to get help from others which never came. All the help that has come was from within YOURSELVES.

Never say NO, Never say, "I cannot", for you are INFINITE. Even time and space are nothing as compared with your nature. You can do anything and everything, you are ALMIGHTY.

The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength. Teach men of the STRENGTH that is already WITHIN them.

Swami Vivekananda At The World’s Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 15th September 1893

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