Let's Go To Pathshala
Sheela: (On the phone) Where were you last
Sunday when I called?
Ami: Sheela, I was at Pathshala. We have
classes every Sunday. How about your center?
Sheela: At our center, we have a Pathshala
every other Sunday. Do you go to Pathshala every week?
Ami: Yes, every week. What made you ask
Sheela: Because, even though we have
classes every other week at our center, I have not gone there at all.
Ami: At all!!!. You must be kidding.
Sheela: No, I am not. Ami, don't you think
it's a waste of time to go to Pathshala? I would rather watch TV at home.
Ami: No, it is not a waste of time. We
learn a lot about our religion (Jainism) and its principles. We also meet
other people our age, and make new friends.
Sheela: Well, if I want to make new
friends, all I have to do is have a slumber party, then I will have so
many new friends that I would not know what to do with them.
Ami: You are really silly! I did not say
that I go there just to make new friends. You missed the main point for
going to Pathshala. I said, we learn Jain principles which help us be
better human beings.
Sheela: You mean you really learn there?
Ami: Yes, they teach us how to get along
with other kids. They also teach us that we should love other living
beings including animals, birds, bugs, and plants. My teacher told me that
they like life the same way we do; they feel the pain the same way we do
and they also feel happy or unhappy the same way we do.
Sheela: Oh!!! This is getting interesting.
Tell me more about What they teach.
Ami: They also teach us that we should not
hurt anyone, get mad at anyone, not show off in class, tell the truth,
share what we have and not steal.
Sheela: I was mistaken. Pathshala is not a
waste of time.
Ami: Wait, that is not all. They also tell
us stories. They show us videos on Jainism. We sing devotional songs, and
we have discussions among ourselves.
Sheela: I have been missing a lot. Well, I
will tell my mom to take me to the Pathshala next Sunday, and if she is
busy, I will go with Rina. She goes to the Pathshala regularly.
Ami: That is wonderful. I am so happy that
you will be going to the Pathshala. Hey!!! I forgot to ask you why you
called me last week.
Sheela: Oh yeah!!! I called to let you know
that we are planning to come to your house next weekend. I wanted to spend
time with you.
Ami: Sure and on Sunday we can go to
Sheela: Oh Yeah!!! That's a deal. I am
sure, I will have a good time. Bye.
1) Why was Sheela surprised that Ami goes
2) Why does Ami like Pathshala?
3) What kind of Jain principles do they
teach in Pathshala?