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July 4, 2020
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What They Say?

Guru is the creator - Brahma, Guru is the preserver - Vishnu, Guru is the destroyer - Shiva. Guru is directly the supreme spirit — I offer my salutations to this Guru.
– Adi Shankara

Let no man in the world live in delusion. Without a Guru, no one can cross over.
– Guru Nanak


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This Day for You - July 4


GURU PURNIMA - July 5, 2020
Celebrated to mark the Birthday of Indian Sage Ved Vyas, Guru Purnima is an important celebration when we thank our Gurus, specially spiritual gurus. Let's spend the weekend with a little bit of mindfullness, wellness and take time for some meditation.
Don't forget to do some prayers for the global wellbeing during this pandemic on this special day.

World Celebrates

AMERICA'S Independence Day - United States commemorates the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776.
On this day the thirteen American colonies were declared to be independent and were no longer subject to the British King, George III, and were now united, free, and independent states.

Philippine Republic Day : It is also known as Philippine–American Friendship Day, as a commemoration in the Philippines,which is held annually on July 4.


1995 : POST MALONE, aka Austin Richard Post, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer.

1998 : Malia Obama: Barack Obama’s daughter.

1805 : Giuseppe Maria Garibaldi was an Italian general, patriot, and republican. He contributed to the Italian unification and the creation of the Kingdom of Italy. He is considered to be one of Italy's "fathers of the fatherland"

1883 : Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg, known best as Rube Goldberg, was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. Goldberg is best known for his popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets performing simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways.


1054 : Brightest known supernova SN 1054 (creates the Crab Nebula) 1st reported by Chinese astronomers

1776 : US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain

1789 : Agreement made between British East India Company, Peshwa of Pune and Nizam of Hyderabad to attack Tipu Sultan territory.

1884 : Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris

1902 : Vivekananda, Indian monk and saint passed away.

1933 : Mahatma Gandhi sentenced to one year imprisonment.

1934 : Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb

1947 : The "Indian Independence Bill" is presented before the British House of Commons, proposing the independence of the Provinces of British India into two sovereign countries: India and Pakistan.

1966 : The Press Council of India was first constituted

1999 : India Army recaptured Tiger Hill

Shri Adi Guru Shankaracharya - The Greatest Guru

Shankara, also called Shankaracharya, "Master Shankara," was born to Sivaguru and Aryamba in the 788 CE, that is the 8th Century, in Kaladi, Kerela. He died at a very young age of 32, but the list of his accomplishments within this short period is never ending. He is said to have traversed the entire land of India by foot from Kerela to Kashmir and for the final phase in life to Kedarnath, the Shiva shrine. Shanakaracharya is also deemed to be a re-birth of Shiva himself.

Five things you probably didn't know about Adi Shankaracharya :-

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So great was Shankara’s thirst for the Truth that he took sannyasa when he was 8 years old. By age 16, he had not only mastered but also written commentaries on the Upanishads, Bhagavad-Gita and other prominent Vedic texts. He wrote 72 devotional and meditative hymns. He further wrote 18 commentaries on scriptural texts such as the Brahma Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita. He also authored 23 books on the fundamentals of the Advaita Vedanta theory that clarifies the principles of the non-dual Brahman, all within the short life-span of 32 years.

The articles regarding the later years of his life are slightly uncertain though it is thought that he moved broadly, engaged in public philosophical debates with spiritual learners, informed his teachings to his disciples, and founded several monasteries.

He is popularly known as the founder of the Dasanami Sampradaya of Hindu monasticism. The four mathas founded by Adi Shankaracharya are Sringeri Sharada Peetham along the banks of Tunga formed on the basis of Yajurveda, Dvaraka Pitha in Western India formed on the basis of Sama Veda, Jyotirmatha Peetham located in northern India formed on the basis of Atharva Veda, and Govardhan Matha in eastern India formed on the basis of Rig Veda.

The message of Adi Shankaracharya is a message of hope, truth and love. Through his life, Shankara taught us to live by the Truth. And today, many years after him, his life remains an inspiration not only for generations of Indians but to generations of people all over the world.
Find and read the works of Shankaracharya here: STOTRAS

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at:705tk@theschoolsocial.in for any questions, advice or feedback

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Interesting facts everyone should know about Guru Purnima.

This year Guru Purnima will be celebrated on 5th July, Sunday. It is a day of celebration for millions of Hindus, all over the world. On the day of Ashada Shukla Paksha Panchami, Guru Purnima is celebrated every year. Check out some interesting facts about the day…

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1) This day marks the tradition of celebrating teachers and gurus. On this day, Hindu people worship and take blessings from their teachers. This is a significant tradition that has been going on since the vedic times.

2) The word Guru has two syllables. If we break the syllables to ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’, in sanskrit it will mean something like this - ‘Gu’ stands for darkness, ‘Ru’ stands for remover. So a Guru is a person, who removes the darkness of ignorance from the minds of their pupils.

3) Guru Purnima also marks the birth anniversary of famous Indian guru Vyasa. He was the great author of Indian Mahakavya - Mahabharata. He is also the author of several other Hindu Scriptures. So this day is also known as Vyasa Purnima.

4) Vyasa is also known as Ved Vyasa in the Indian tradition. It is because he had compiled all the four ancient Vedas for the use of common people. Without his efforts, today we would not be aware of the knowledge of the Vedas.

5) According to Hindu belief, the three figures - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva - are considered the primordial gurus of the Universe. They are considered responsible for maintaining the balance of the entire Universe. So in a way, Guru Purnima also celebrates this celestial trio.

With this I would like to wish you all, a very happy Guru Purnima!

Credits: Lovely

Write to me at paparis705@theschoolsocial.in

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The Death of the Sun

All stars die and so will our Sun. All stars are made up of gases and they get their energy from nuclear fusion reactions. Two elements combine to form a heavier element along with the emission of massive amounts of energy. For the most part, the fusion reaction occurs between two hydrogen atoms which combine to form a helium atom along with the release of energy. Now, the supply of hydrogen in any star is limited and when the Sun burns off the last of its last hydrogen fuel, in a final show of glory, will die a violent death to become a white dwarf.

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Much before the sun dies, around 5 billion years from now, it will expand and turn into a red giant. At this stage, the sun’s core will condense by virtue of its own gravity while its outer layers will expand up to the orbit of Mars. Hence, at this stage, the earth will be completely engulfed by the sun(but don’t worry, humanity will not be around when this happens).

Now, when the sun eventually does burn off the last of its hydrogen fuel, it will fuse the helium atoms into carbon until the helium is used up as well. Now, when the sun was still burning, the energy released from the fusion reactions was enough to combat the sun’s own gravity, thus preventing it from collapsing into its own core. Now, when all the fuel is burnt off, the energy from the fusion isn’t available anymore. The violent explosions in the inner layers of the sun will blast off the outer layers of the sun into space while the inner layers, under the power of its own gravity, will shrink into an earth-sized white dwarf, the mark of a small star’s dead remains.

Credits - Arko De.
Source - www.livescience.com /

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Young Change Makers

Do you have a passion to change the world or do something noteworthy? Do you do something for the underprivileged around your home? Or plan to contribute to the sustainable development in the world?

It’s time to bring out the Young Change Maker in You!

Share your ideas through a write-up, audio recording, or a video talking about it. Answer these three questions:

1. Why do you want to become a Young Change Maker?
2. What will you do if you get a global platform?
3. What kind of help do you need to fulfil your dreams?


1) Junior Batch: Age Group 7 - 11 Years
2) Senior Batch: Age Group 12 - 17 Years
3) The ideas should be original, not-for-profit and aimed at the betterment of society.

E-Mail your entries to write@theschoolsocial.in
Last Date: July 5, 2020, Sunday
Certificates for all Participants.

Award: Selected candidates will get a chance to
create a Plan of Action and Work on their Projects under Expert-Guidance
in a 3-Day Online Workshop on ‘How to Become a Global Change-Maker?’
and will also be eligible for a 50% Discount.
(Workshop Fees: Rs. 3500 Rs. 1750)


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Etymology of the term ‘Guru

Etymology is the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history.


Meaning: a personal religious teacher and spiritual guide in Hinduism; Teacher, Mentor, etc.

Etymology: The term originates from Sanskrit

guru (Sanskrit: गुरु) from gu (darkness), and ru (light) Meaning someone who destroys darkness and illuminates with light. In sanskrit, Guru also means heavy, valuable, serious, and considerate.

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Branched flow of light observed for the first time
A team of researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Israel has observed the branched flow of light for the first time. Researchers shone a laser beam along the curved film of a soap bubble.
They observed that the light split into filaments as it travelled, with variations in the bubble's thickness creating the branched flow.

Twitter agrees to drop coding terms like 'master', 'slave', 'blacklist'
Twitter's engineering division has said the company will drop the coding terms like "master" and "slave" in favour of more inclusive language such as "leader" and "follower".
The list includes changing "blacklist" to "denylist", "whitelist" to "allow list" and "man hours" to "person hours".

THE Happy Pill

This heartwarming story began unfolding on Father’ s Day when some Good Samaritans got creative so they could get an elderly man out of the heat.They Buy All the Frozen Pops From Old Man’s Cart So He Could Get Out of the Heat, Then Raise 60,000 For Him.

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Student's Blog

Comic Strip - Coronavirus

By Akshaj Sharma,
Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura, New Delhi

July 4, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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