Children’s Program at Nevada Buddhist Vihara: (Part 2)


Children’s Program at Nevada Buddhist Vihara:
(Part 2)

September 17, 2023

By Bhante Sumitta (PhD)

(Part 1)

Inspiring Young Minds: 

Bhante Sumitta's Motivational Program 

@Nevada Buddhist Vihara

Published on September 18, 2023

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Part 2 of the Material

Udyamena hi sidhyanti karyani na manorathaih 

Na his suptaysa simhasya pravishanti mukhe mrigah: 

"Efforts, not wishes, lead to success - just as deer do not enter the mouth of a sleeping lion."

Have you ever heard of a deer coming and entering the mouth of a lion while he sleeps? In that case, why are we led to believe that we can achieve success by merely thinking about it? One can achieve success only by working hard and through dedication.


Let's break down this ancient saying (maxim / aphorism) to inspire children with its wisdom:

Imagine this: 

Have you ever seen a lion sleeping peacefully in the jungle? Lions are powerful and fierce animals, but even they need to rest. Now, picture a gentle deer quietly grazing nearby. It's a peaceful scene, right?

But here's the thing: 

In the saying, it asks us if we've ever heard of that deer suddenly jumping into the lion's mouth while the lion is asleep. Sounds crazy, doesn't it? Well, that's because it is!

Now, you might be wondering, "Why are we even talking about lions and deer?" Well, this saying is like a secret message from wise people a long time ago, and it's here to teach us something very important.

You see, in life, we all have dreams and goals. Maybe you want to be a brilliant scientist, a fantastic artist, or a famous athlete. These dreams are like our own beautiful deer, full of potential and possibilities.

But here's the catch: 

Just like that deer doesn't jump into the lion's mouth, our dreams won't come true just by thinking about them or wishing for them. Imagine if that deer just stood there, hoping to become a lion's meal - that would be crazy, right? Well, it's just as crazy to think that our dreams will come true without any effort.

So, what's the secret? It's "Udyamena hi sidhyanti karyani," which means "Success is achieved through effort and hard work." Just like that deer has to graze, run, and be alert in the jungle, we have to work hard and stay focused on our dreams.

Here's how you can use this wisdom to inspire yourself:

  • Dream Big: 

It's wonderful to have big dreams and aspirations. Imagine what you want to achieve and how amazing it would be.

  • Plan and Work: 

Now, just like the deer, make a plan and start working towards your dream. Study, practice, and keep learning.

  • Stay Persistent: 

Sometimes, it might feel tough, just like the deer might face challenges in the jungle. But remember, never give up. Keep trying, and you'll get better and closer to your dream.

  • Celebrate Success: 

When you achieve something, no matter how small, celebrate it! It's like the deer finding a fresh patch of grass to eat.

So, remember, dreams are incredible, but they need your hard work and dedication to come true. Don't wait for your dreams to jump into your lap like that deer into the lion's mouth. Be like the deer that works hard, and one day, you'll turn your dreams into reality. You've got what it takes!


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