"Unlike the other relative roles we play, the role of a devotee is non-demanding since the Lord seeks nothing from us. Discover the devotee in you!"
The Purna Vidya book based study program offers a ten-day to twelve year course of learning, in a class-room situation.
The program can be adopted by organizations, communities, villages and educational institutions in India and abroad.
Civilians such as retired senior citizens, homemakers, B.Ed. school teachers, college professors or any volunteer can be trained to teach the program.
The training module is offered through 18-VCD teacher training course, or through workshops by a senior monk or a teacher-volunteer of Purna Vidya.
The training workshops extend from one day to one month.
In the fast changing society it is important that we preserve our spiritual tradition and culture through our own learning. Our message to the world religious communities is not “We are holier than you” but “You are as holy as we are”. “Namaste” itself means “the God in me honors the God in you”.
In the Vedic culture we have a statement - "Vasudha eva Kutumbakam” - The whole world is our family. This means that “We are one with the whole world” and we do whatever it takes to treat each other as oneself. We are committed to sharing with the world community, our spiritual traditions and our cultural forms that nurture the attitudes of reverence and gratitude in our lives.
The community classes of Purna Vidya can be launched wherever five or more Hindu families live around the globe and the experience of living with the spiritual ideals of the Vedic society can be thus created. These classes will bring confidence and pride in the families to know their roots living in a foreign land. It will help the Hindu communities form a support network like the extended family system of India. And last, but not the least, it will give the Hindu community an identity as a peace-loving community in the inter-religious nations of the world.
Purna Vidya, the first of its kind in culture-based value education, is a heritage that every Indian family must own. It is a priceless birthday gift for children, which will introduce the importance of cultural values and forms. In addition to children, it is also an opportunity for adults to discover the richness of the spiritual heritage of India.
A family that learns together, bonds together. In the private homes, parents and grandparents study and teach Purna Vidya to their children and grandchildren. Groups of families also can get-together to study Purna Vidya as an extended family community of India.
International development, while bringing material benefit to families, also serves to weaken its cultural and religious traditions. Today, there is an urgency more than ever, to guide our families to their roots and secure our traditions and belief systems.
Every family must make it a practice to start the Purna Vidya study classes for every adult and young members of the family on a weekly basis. Begin today, as there is no good reason to delay auspicious beginnings!
Young people today are coming of age in a globalized consumer culture and are leaving behind much of their cultural heritage. Some customs and traditions need to change but there is much of benefit that should be preserved. If the Spiritual traditions of India are to survive and flourish, we must find the language and the means to engage the next generation. How can we adapt tradition without losing the spiritual essence or diluting our cultures?
What parameters are we going to offer them to help them achieve their new world of harmony within the human race, with our environment and with the universe? Our young adults can only experience life as they perceive it, and they can perceive life only as they have been taught about it. It is important that they are given the precious knowledge of wisdom of life.
No education is complete without imparting the wisdom of living. Education should provide the children the tools to participate in cosmic harmony and not denigration of our planet! It must offer core concepts of holistic living such as Awareness, Honesty and Responsibility! It must give
Not only that, we need today spiritual education programs offered in a language which children can identify with maybe an interactive play-way method of education, rather than the monologues which has been the classical method of spiritual instruction.
Purna Vidya is a program with these parameters, and it is one of the leading programs to impart culture-based value education in Hindu communities around the globe. It integrates the basic moral, ethical values in one’s thoughts, words and actions. It helps a child discover the sanctity in all aspects of life including food, dress, language, arts and customs and guides the child to connect with nature in reverence and humility.
There are many social, religious or service organizations doing great humanitarian services to the society. Temples in many countries are not only places of worship, but support the community by offering various educational and religious activities.
Many such organizations have adopted Purna Vidya program integral to their goals and objectives and conduct weekly classes for the children and adults in culture-based value education.
As Non-formal Education
Propagation of Purna Vidya at the village level in Tamil Nadu is being undertaken to deal with the challenges that the Hindu society faces today.
Outside influences often come into the villages in the guise of development, but true development is far more effective and sustainable when organically generated. Poverty and lack of knowledge of the native culture has made certain populations vulnerable to these threats, tearing apart the social, religious fabric of the communities.
Purna Vidya, in non-formal education, helps develop communities with cultural integrity, in a way that maintains the spiritual values and indigenous culture of India.
The children learn to chant prayers, to do puja, write Ramanamalikhitajapa, and play games on great epics like Ramayana. In Tamil Nadu, the content of Purna Vidya has been localized in the Tamil language to include Tirukkural, GramaDevata, etc. thus catering to the needs of the village children.
An e-Learning course for the systematic study of "Purna Vidya" is being developed.
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