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A Rant on Education

Posted on 07/18/16 by Damayanti Young No Comments

My frustration as a teacher We need only peek into history to see that it has long been the tactic of the ruling class to dominate a population by undermining their independent search for knowledge and way of being, through carefully prescribed values and ideals. Accepting these ideals, the population self-moderates and is thus easily […]

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Treasurer’s Report for quarter ending 30 June 2016

Posted on 07/18/16 by Damayanti Young No Comments

Please find below a breakdown of expenditures over the last three months, showing where the school is focusing its energies and resources: Total expenditure for the period is 20% lower comparative to the previous quarter, given the absence of one-off activities such as the school’s Open Day. The major change as compared to the last […]

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Treasurer’s Report for quarter ending 31 Mar 2016

Posted on 04/25/16 by Damayanti Young No Comments

Excluding the annual event expenses and the new student subsidy expenses, total expenditure for the period is 9% lower compared to the previous quarter. The Annual Event Expenses are for three big events which took place over the past quarter — the school’s Annual Picnic in January, Srila Gurudev’s Appearance Day celebrations in February and […]

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Open Day 15 March 2016

Posted on 04/14/16 by Damayanti Young No Comments

It was a bright sunny day in Dol-Gobindapur, the future location for the school building which will host the Golden Avatar school. A temporary construction of bamboo and canvas had been erected, to shelter the patrons of the event from the hot tropical sun. Pictures which had been drawn and painted by the students festively […]

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The Yoga of Martial Arts

Posted on 01/20/16 by Chandra 1 Comment

The Universal Principles of Jiu-jitsu In one of the ancient texts of India, known as the Bhagavad-Gita (Chapter 1, Text 1), it has been told; dharma-kṣetre kuru-kṣetre samavetā yuyutsavaḥ māmakāḥ pāṇḍavāś caiva kim akurvata sañjaya O Sanjaya, after my sons and the sons of Pandu assembled in the place of pilgrimage at Kuruknshetra, desiring to […]

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A Visitor’s Notebook – The flood aftermath

Posted on 10/15/15 by Chandra 1 Comment

As many who follow Golden Avatar’s posts and newsletters will know, this year’s monsoon brought with it the worst flood in fifteen years. Although facing many challenges themselves, even the kids rallied together with the rest of the Golden Avatar team and, along with the help of donors worldwide, managed not to make a meal […]

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A Flood of Tears

Posted on 09/10/15 by Chandra 2 Comments

We got the call around 9:30 pm. One of our assistant teachers wanted to know if classes would still be held in our school. It had been raining for days. Weeks. It was still raining. “The Ganga has come!” my wife Dalia exclaimed. “If anyone does manage to come,” she told the teacher, “we will send […]

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Art Class with Manjari dasi

Posted on 04/08/15 by Chandra No Comments

A young woman from the USA poses in a circle of Bengali students. She stands as though sighting something on the horizon–her fingers over her eyes, other hand at her hip. The kids look between her and pads of paper where they scribble furiously. Their work is lit only by sunlight pouring through the open […]

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Golden Avatar’s Open Days 26 Feb & 7 Mar 2015

Posted on 04/08/15 by Chandra No Comments

The day was humid but unusually cool for West Bengal. A small crowd sat on plastic chairs in front of a large, grass hut–the school. There were long-time supporters and new faces alike. Huge whirring fans, like relics from the Second World War, pumped air through the crowd. A yellow tarp, stretched over a bamboo […]

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Golden Avatar’s 4th anniversary

Posted on 07/21/12 by Chandra 2 Comments

The 19th of July was Golden Avatar’s 4th anniversary. Just two weeks earlier,  Golden Avatar was able to purchase 250sqm of land for the future construction of classrooms. Most serendipitously, the occasion coincided with the holy day, Shree Guru-purnima – the full-moon day in celebration of the guru. The cornerstone laying ceremony was performed by […]

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